"A Google Android engineer publicly defended the relative ease
with which Android phones can be rooted, arguing that the loopholes
used by modders do not reflect flawed Android security defenses.
Besides, carriers and handset makers who lock down their devices
are begging for rooting exploits, writes Nick Kralevich in his blog
"Google's Android team has made it clear this week in a blog
post that it would prefer carriers and handset makers provide
unlocking mechanisms for Android smartphones. This would enable
application developers to tweak the operating system without
circumventing Android's security, argues Google.
"Android, which is aggressively challenging Apple's iPhone in
the U.S., is by nature open source. However, wireless carriers and
handset makers "lock down" the devices to prevent tech-savvy folks
from accessing with the software that is hand-picked for their