[Q] Is this the end for rooting Droid Razrs?
I've owned a Droid Razr Maxx (gave it to my son, who still loves it), a Droid Razr Maxx HD (bootloader unlocked) and a second Maxx HD (running 9.18.79 unfortunately but I got a good deal on it second-hand). All are on Verizon as I'm one of five on a family plan. I've rooted all of them, I unlocked the bootloader on the 9.16.6, I'm run different custom ROMs on the 9.16.6 and I'm running a stock-based custom ROM on the 9.18.79.
I'm not smart enough to write code or be a developer but I love being able to control my phones, root them, flash custom ROMs, install custom themes, change launchers, etc etc. In fact, I probably enjoy messing with rooting and ROMs and stuff more than actually using the phones. Its just interesting.
Every thing I'm reading now says that the days of exploits and unlocking and maybe even rooting may be ending. It seems that every update and every new phone that Verizon releases is locked down tighter than the one before. I assume this terrible trend will carry over to the new Droids that Verizon will release later this month.
At first I thought OK fine, I'll just grab a few bootloader-unlocked Razr Maxx HDs and be happy with that for a while. But then I realized that a shrinking pool of mod-able phones will mean less future work being done by devs, which will mean fewer new custom ROMs and cool new features. So, and here's the big question for me -- WHERE WILL THE MOST ROBUST CUSTOM WORK ON VERIZON PHONES BE? It's just not practical right now for me to change carriers or go to prepaid so I'm stuck with Verizon (I like Verizon mostly but evidently they're dicks about locking down their phones). Will developers move from Motorola Droid phones to HTC phones or some other manufacturer or will the assault on "open" phones apply to all new Verizon phones?