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    in other news: oneplus made rooting its devices impressively easy

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      yeah that’s how I read this, too!

      FWIW I’ve seen an app with that same name on some other phone, not oneplus and not oppo (whatever that is, maybe a typo for openplus).

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        and so the product gains from the incompetence of its developers

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          Does anyone make rooting hard? On most devices you just unlock the bootloader and flash su (or a whole OS distribution like LineageOS). No exploits required.

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            I’ve had some phones (mostly region locked ones) in the past where there is a complicated ritual you must perform before Google and the Manufacturer decides you’re worthy of being allowed to use your phone how you like.

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              On many cheap devices, unlocking the bootloader is disabled or protected. And with Sony, for example, you must enter a secret code that’s derived from your IMEI. You’ll only get it from Sony, so they know your warranty is void.

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                Devices sold with the name ‘Cricket’ on the box (that’s a cellular service provider, actually a MVNO) never have a legal/easy method for flashing. You always have to exploit some vulnerability.