Easy Root App For Motorola Droid/Droid-X/Milestone Removed From Android Marketplace

Easy Root” – an easy one-click solution for users looking to root Android 2.2 on their Motorola Droid, Droid-X and Milestone has reportedly been removed from the Android Marketplace. While I have not been able to try the app out myself, the app presumably offers an easy way for non-techie users of these Android handsets to be able to root their Motorola phones. Unlike most other rooting applications, Easy Root does not require users to connect their handsets to a computer. Instead, they were required to download the $1 app from the Marketplace and tap ‘Root Me‘ to get started.

Interestingly though, it isĀ Google and not the developer who has pulled the app from the marketplace. The reasoning is not exactly clear since rooting is now legal and hence Google – a company that extolls open source – should have no problem with letting a rooting application on their marketplace.

There are speculations though that the app may have been removed because it used Google’s open source for profit-making motives. A user on the Google support thread notes,

“I was told that the reason it was suspended is because it used googles source code and made a profit using the source code only which i actually think is against the EULA.”

While I cannot vouch for the credibility of the statements, that definitely appears to be a valid reason though. Will the developer relaunch this app as a free download? Possible. Let’s wait and watch.

PS : If you have a Droid X, then check out these two links for alternate rooting solutions.

2 thoughts on “Easy Root App For Motorola Droid/Droid-X/Milestone Removed From Android Marketplace”

  1. There is no problem in using Free Software (or “Open Source”) for profit, just you have to comply with the license, that in case of Free Software being GPL just implies you have to release the source code as well with the application. Period.
    The goal of Free software is respect the user’s fundamental freedom:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Free_Software_Definition
    people have to avoid “open source” wording and use and think about “Free as in Freedom” software. Maybe English speakers (and FSF) should start using “Software Libre” since for you “free” means also “at no cost” and so confuses people a lot.
    The rest of the world has no problem in using some “specialistic” english words, so english people should start use “Libre” or whatever they like.

  2. The ultimate goal of FSF is for “free” to mean what they mean by it. Since that’s pretty far-fetched goal, for now they’ll settle for trying to confuse people with the word.

    If you mean FSF-style free software AND don’t intentionally want to confuse, you should say something like FSF Free Software or GPL Free Software or GNU-style Free software or whatever.

    AFAIK Google Android software is not that kind of free software?

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