Google May Introduce a Hardware Tweak In Future Phones To Prevent Custom ROMs

Since long now, while iPhones of the world were exploited with jailbreaks, Android devices had their own mechanism. Yes, it is true that Android offers a lot of flexibility but sadly not all versions are according to what people need. Thus, the idea of rooting and installing custom ROMs was normalised. Today, we see a bunch of ROMs in the wild but before that, ROMs like Cyanogenmod was the norm. These companies often do a lot, like lock the bootloader in order to prevent users from installing custom ROMs but now Google has come up with something from its end.

SafetyNet & Custom ROMs

According to an article from, Google is working on a solution, from its perspective, in order to block these exploits. With the help of its SafetyNet, Google has been able to prevent certain direct exploits. This couldn’t really stop certain developers who managed to tweak the software according to their need. Therefore, the article covers how Google may be looking for a permanent fix, something that cannot be tweaked with some software changes.

According to the article, Google plans on adding a piece of hardware which would actually prevent users from installing custom ROMs. This may be similar to what Apple does with its T2 chip. Now, this is just theoretical but with SafetyNet being infused with a hardware component, this would make things different. Even the article claims that it may just be bye-bye to custom ROMs. Now, people who already have phones, do not worry, you’re not going to be affected. As for new phones in the future, we may see a change.


Sarmad Burki

Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.