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Root Exploit Found for Motorola Droid

Category: Mobile
Posted: 06:44AM

The Motorola Droid has finally been rooted by the hacker Zinx Verituse. Once rooted, users can enable multi-touch support and other features Motorola and Verizon didn't want you to have. Users will even be able to download widgets to overclock the ARM processor in the Droid. Though I don't know why you would want to, and cooling would seem to be an issue. Caution should be used when rooting the phone, as doing it wrong could have several bad implications. The phone could be bricked, or key features could become disabled. I don't currently intend to root my phone.

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MrAlex on December 9, 2009 07:32AM
The ARM processor in the Droid is downclocked to 550MHz, so you could overclock it to the stock 600MHz :P
ClayMeow on December 9, 2009 07:43AM
Well as he stated, it could cause a heating issue and/or stability issues. They wouldn't have downclocked just for the hell of it.
BizaroStormy on December 9, 2009 07:49AM
They did in the Play Station Portable, up until they released an update that increased it processor speed a little while ago.
Fight Game on December 9, 2009 09:09AM
I wouldn't doubt they downclock on purpose. This way they can "upgrade" it later, maybe for a fee, or to make people think they are getting something extra later on.
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zackplanet42 on December 9, 2009 06:09PM
I remeber reading that TI, the manufacturer of the arm chip in the droid gives a much lower life expectancy of their omap 3430 when clocked at 600MHz vs 550Mhz so motorola opted to underclock

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