Things have really turned sour in the Android world in just the last four days.
Google pulls 'Easy Root' from Android Market. Have they turned evil?
Google pulls 'Easy Root' from Android Market. Have they turned evil? | Android Atlas - CNET Blogs
For the uninitiated, rooting
lets users overcome limitations or restrictions imposed by wireless carriers and/or handset manufacturers. It's very much like jailbreaking
. It may sound like a natural step on an Android phone, but on Saturday pulled
Easy Root abruptly disappeared from the Android Market.
Carriers like Verizon Wireless look past any user benefits and only see developer claims that Easy Root helps users circumvent the $20 (or more) add-on fee your wireless provider has imposed. It's likely the final decision to remove the application came from Google, but only after a little prodding by a carrier or two. Who cares?
wrote on August 8, 2010Yeah, you are free to install the app in other ways–only wait, didn’t VZ and AT&T just start releasing Android phones with 3rd party installation forbidden?
August 10, 2010 7:09 PM PDT Totally agree. I was thinking of rooting my phone, as some apps in the app store require a rooted phone to work. However, I did not realize until reading this page that it could brick my phone, and call me crazy, but I really do NOT want to do that. I would have installed this unknowingly, like thousands of others, and screwed something up, no doubt. I do think Google realizes people can still download this from the website, and that's probably totally cool with them, but now people can't blame the app market when their $200+ phone stops working.
Monday, Google even removed, at T-Mobile’s insistence, apps from the market that let Android users use their phones as modems for laptops.