Monday, March 21, 2011

Cyanogenmod on my Milestone

After Motorola finally released the Froyo update for the Motorola Milestone, a lot of people were *very* eager to update and taste some frozen yoghurty goodness. I was one of them.

Alas, the Froyo update for the Milestone was big disappointment, and that is putting it mildly. It's slow, it doesn't offer much news, and it still has the locked bootloader. I'm not sure what Motorola is trying to do, but if it is scaring away your tech-savvy customers, they are pretty close to a magnificent success.

So I tried to find some time to check out the several mods that exist for the Milestone, like FroyoMod and Cyanogenmod. It was a bit of a hassle, due to the bootloader crap, but in the end I managed to check them both out. FroyoMod didn't really work for me (probably due to me not completely resetting the phone), but Cyanogenmod was fantastic. It's wonderful. It's great.

Previously, my phone ran a pretty buggy 2.1-update1 firmware, that caused random boots, terrible voice quality. Of course, I put that 2.1-update1 firmware on there myself. I did that fairly soon after I bought the device and thought nothing more of it. I expected bad hardware, not bad software, caused the rebooting and terrible voice quality, but I was too lazy to look into it. :P

Cyanogenmod, however, is fast, offers *great* voice quality, does not reboot several times every day and is has the Motorola crap ripped out. I love it.

Now, today, a day after I first loaded a mod onto my Milestone, I learned the bootloader encryption key has been cracked. Praise be. Fully custom ROMs are on the horizon. It'll be a cold day in hell before I next buy a crippled Motorole phone, though.

Update: bugger... apparently we have all been fooled. The bootloader is still locked :(

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