Sunday, November 9, 2008

Fixin crackin Droid

First comes to order, is to ask for your mercy because I'm using short words mixed with slang for the title of this post. I just can't resist to rhyme the words, thus I took out the "g" word and the "Droid" should mean "Android" instead... ;-p

And now into the business; when you heard that the G1 Android phone was jailbroken less than a month since its first release, your reaction was probably like me: "Yea, it's jailbroken already? So what's next?"

In spite from the fact that we're already gotten used to the word "jailbreak/jailbroken" ever since the iPhone became so popular a year ago, the next thing comes to mind is the imagination of every tough mobile OSes can be easily hacked into.

But the real gimmick here is not the cracked Android platform itself, it is the purpose of jailbreaking into the mobile open source platform that is.

Let's take one minute to go back, and remember about Android. Google is determined to pitch Android as an open platform, even looking deep into its core we will find Linux code as one of the base builders of the platform. And then Google did exactly the opposite of what Apple is doing with its App Store: no apps are restricted to enter Android Market.

So jailbreaking an Android platform, not unlocking (it's two different case & purpose just in case you don't know), has no immediate benefits to gain by doing so. Then why do hackers jailbroken Android for? If you want to have a peace of mind and sleep well at night while holding your G1 phone in your bosom on bed; I'll give an easy rest minding answer: They're just doing it as more like a symbolic kinda thing to proof that no mobile OS is safe.

But, since I'm here to tease you because you have a G1 phone and I don't, I need to tell you the more scary version like what Christian Zibreg from TG Daily is predicting: "...the move is significant to a group of enthusiasts and developers who want to take Android to places where the official SDK can't go, possibly unlocking access to phone functions that are currently off limits, like the dialer."

Yup, the dialer. If you happened to know & lived in the era where 56kbps modem was still used as the only way to connect to internet way back there, *gasp* then you know how scary it was the 'dialer' is. It forced your computer to use the modem and dial a certain number, even sometimes with strong anti-virus and spyware blocker softwares were not enough to stop it. ~LOL~

And as you may have know it, Google has released a patch called RC30 update to close the loop hole that has been used to jailbreak Android. But for how long will it hold up until the next jailbreak attempts?

[blogged with my Treo 750v]

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