I can still remember Dan Bader's anti-modding screed on Mobile Syrup
back in 2013, which got him a lot of notoriety and ultimately a guest spot on TWIT.tv
(the link to that episode is unfortunately down at the moment). It was the reaction to his post that was so surprising to me—Android users everywhere seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief, as if to say: "Finally
, someone's saying what we're all thinking...!"
In the years that followed I've observed a growing derision of custom ROMs and such on the various Android-centric blogs and forums that I follow. There's even an xdacirclejerk
board on reddit, filled with in-jokes like How do I partition sim card?
and BATTERYGUIDE[SUPERPOWER][100 hrs SOT]
—all good fun, until you read the rant that XDA editor-in-chief Mario Tomás Serrafero wrote about people buying Nexus phones and doing absolutely nothing with them
It's true that with full disk encryption turned off the Nexus 5X is an entirely different—that is, much faster
—phone. It's also true that your technology is yours to do with as you see fit. Or not. I just have to ask, are there still Android modders amongst us?