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Old 01-25-2012, 10:15 PM   #1
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Vanilla ROM for the Vox

I'd like to take a quick poll :

I would like to see a vanilla ROM available for the Vox. I don't use the e-reader facilities of the Vox at all. I have a Kobo Touch for reading books, and use the Vox for watching movies, reading comics and other multi-media applications.

Would you like to see Kobo release a vanilla ROM?
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:38 PM   #2
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I don't know why Kobo would bother to spend any time doing that. They sell books and are selling the Vox as an eReader tablet, to enhance their book sales.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:33 PM   #4
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Multi-media??

But the processor in the Vox is so lame.

Reading books is about all it's good for!
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:32 AM   #5
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I'd rather see a less Vanilla ROM from Kobo since I believe that one of the merits of an ereader is a distraction free reading environment.

That said, I would probably use a vanilla ROM from a third party since the Vox currently ships with too many apps that are there for purely marketing purposes (globe2go, pressdisplay, zinio, rdio, INQ, etc.).

Laridae: the processor and memory on the Vox is plenty powerful for multimedia. Cripes, I remember the days when a 50 MHz 80486 or 68040 was considered a video production machine. Sure there was plenty of add-on hardware to do that, but even that add-on hardware was nothing compared to the video extensions on modern microprocessors.
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My Vox plays Netflix fine, flash is a bit slow. No interest in ROMs.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:05 AM   #7
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None of what you want requires a different ROM. You can root your VOX, then remove or install any apps you want. It is easier to install other apps if you also install Android Market after rooting.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:12 AM   #8
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Multi-media??

But the processor in the Vox is so lame.

Reading books is about all it's good for!
My daughter's watching Gnomeo and Juliet on my Vox as I type this. It's a very good multi-media device.


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None of what you want requires a different ROM. You can root your VOX, then remove or install any apps you want. It is easier to install other apps if you also install Android Market after rooting.
Yes, I've rooted it, removed the "cruft" apps, installed Google Market, but I'd prefer to have a vanilla ROM and have a clean slate to start from.

To be brutally frank, I don't like the Kobo software that's on my Vox. As I mentioned, I have a Touch and much prefer to read books using that.
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Let me say this a different way.

It is not the ROM you are objecting to, it just interfaces the hardware with the lowest software level.

You don't like the Kobo apps and how they are presented. The apps loaded by Kobo are "special" in that they are root apps, rather than normal user apps. The main difference is that they can't be deleted unless you root the VOX. If you want the Kobo apps de-emphasized, get the Go Launcher from Android Market, then you can get rid of all the Kobo apps on the bottom row of the home screen.
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:11 PM   #10
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It is not the ROM you are objecting to, it just interfaces the hardware with the lowest software level.
I think ROM refers to everything from the hardware interface to the bundled software in this case, rather than the technical definition of ROM (or, more appropriately, firmware).

For the most parts, removing bits and pieces of the system works well. Yet it does have some drawbacks. If you get a little too zealous, breakage is easy. Also, how many people understand what changes Kobo made to the system? The user-facing stuff is the obvious part. While poking around, it seems as though other modifications were made as well. Kobo's fingerprints are definitely on some of the initialization files (as an example).
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:03 AM   #11
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I think ROM refers to everything from the hardware interface to the bundled software in this case, rather than the technical definition of ROM (or, more appropriately, firmware).

For the most parts, removing bits and pieces of the system works well. Yet it does have some drawbacks. If you get a little too zealous, breakage is easy. Also, how many people understand what changes Kobo made to the system? The user-facing stuff is the obvious part. While poking around, it seems as though other modifications were made as well. Kobo's fingerprints are definitely on some of the initialization files (as an example).
BWinmill has hit the nail on the head. There's massive amounts of customization with the Vox - A great example is when you use the pull-down shade - The Kobo information is right there. I've already tried installing other launchers but this doesn't help. I'd like a blank, clean slate to start from.
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Old 01-27-2012, 01:26 PM   #12
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Would you like to see Kobo release a vanilla ROM?
I don't understand the question.
Is that the same as "rooting" it?
Would it still have the Android O/S?
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Old 01-27-2012, 01:31 PM   #13
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Not the same as rooting but yes it would still be android. It would be "pure" android without kobo's customizations.
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Old 01-27-2012, 02:05 PM   #14
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Cant really answer this question, I personally wouldn't want one, happy with the Vox as it is, but if others want it then no problem with it being done
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