Life’s about to get a whole lot harder for all you Android enthusiasts who want to root your phone: IBM’s next generation 64-bit Merrifield chipsets are going to be OS-locked.

Let’s say you own an Android smartphone powered by Intel’s new Merrifield mobile chipset and you want to install a CyanogenMod ROM that would presumably make your device faster and more reliable.

Well, you should know that “thanks” to the new “hooks” feature integrated in these mobile chipsets, you risk losing some of the most important capabilities of the phone, such as LTE/UMTS, as well as some – if not all – emails received.

The reason is simple, as Kuypers says that Intel’s SoC will be capable of identifying the new software installed as “risk” and will block these features until you revert to the previous OS version recognized as “safe.”

Given Google’s rather cavalier attitude towards power users, this is a thoroughly baffling move on Intel’s part. I’m still trying to figure out just what they’re hoping to accomplish with it. Oh, it gets better, too: apparently Intel is still on the fence as to whether or not they want to make the implementation of this new feature public.

Here’s hoping public outcry will be strong enough that they reconsider this foolery.

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