Sunday, August 22, 2010

Motorola Sends C&Ds to Leaked Android 2.2 Hosts!!

Well, Motorola, that didn't take long. Word of a leaked version of the Android 2.2 update—"Froyo"—for the Motorola Droid X smartphone hit the news circuit on Friday, and the company has already prepped a response for sites hosting said Froyo ROM file: Take it down.

According to Intomobile, Motorola has begun sending out cease-and-desist letters to sites hosting the leaked upgrade—scheduled to officially hit Droid X devices in early September.

Richard Rushing, Motorola's senior director of information security, pens his name to the letter, which demands that sites hosting the file remove it from their servers, "in as expedient a fashion as possible."

The move is just one more salvo in Motorola's attempts to restrict custom modifications to the Android OS running on its Droid devices. Already, the company has taken a bit of flak from the modder community surrounding its use of eFuse—a technology that allows the phone to authenticate its bootloader to ensure that users are only running Motorola-approved software on their devices.

According to an official statement by Motorola, "If a device attempts to boot with unapproved software, it will go into recovery mode, and can re-boot once approved software is re-installed. Checking for a valid software configuration is a common practice within the industry to protect the user against potential malicious software threats."

That said, the Droid X has already been rooted—giving a user superuser-type access to the phone's underlying operating system—by a variety of applications now available on the Android market.

As well, Koushik Dutta—author of the popular ClockworkMod recovery application—has released the Droid X's first working recovery, which allows a user to backup and restore the state of the device using an app like Nandroid backup.

This paves the way for loading custom ROMs onto a Droid X, as now users have a much easier way to go back in time should running a customized version of the Android OS—the aforementioned "custom ROM"—not go according to plan.

"You can't replace the kernel or boot image," writes Dutta. "But really, once you have access to /system, anything is possible. It will just take a little hackery."

Being said that, the 3rd Party Froyo downloadable links available on this site may become unavailable shortly!!

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