[QUOTE=kevpc;2717296]i thought Android was free and open source. if so, why would Google want to do something like this?[/QUOTE]
I do believe this is what they call tivoizing… installing digital locks (which the users don’t have the metaphoric keys to) into “Free” (as in freedom) Software, therefore being able to claim freedom while forcing totalitarianism.
I’m sure hackers/crackers will always be able to find ways to get around this bulls–t. Until then, the users are screwed, as per usual.
The good news, however, is that users aren’t really “free” to update Android versions in most cases, which means they won’t be affected by this “update”.
Of course, they could do so if they had the freedom to root their devices in a simple straight-forward way, without needing to spend several days or more trying to figure out how to crack the O/S (assuming they even have the skills), but the arguement that devices should come “root-able” is another topic.