When T-Mobile announced the G2, there were a lot of mixed feelings. On the one hand, the G1 has been heralded as the trendsetting Android device, given that it has been kept “pure” as a device, and has served as the standard by which other phones were measured. Due to being developed by Google themselves, it was a very untouched platform, and developers loved it. So, the G2 announcement was great news.
But then came the bad news…the G2 firmware had locks in place to prevent hacking. It was said that if the firmware detected any foreign kernels or tampering with the system, it would shut down and brick. Anger and sadness followed in the wake of this news.
But a few weeks back, we discovered that the G2 had been rooted, and we knew that meant great things lay ahead.
over at XDA-Developers, Scotty2 has managed to advance the cause. He has broken both the lock on the firmware AND the security system that checks to make sure that the firmware is “valid”. He then unlocked the SIM slot so that it can accept other SIM cards. Might as well kill two birds with one stone, right?
The process is tricky, and a lot of phones are still being bricked, so proceed at your own risk. One thing is for sure, though…the mod community took a huge step today. Scotty2, we salute you.