Growing new roots
HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF ROOTING YOUR ANDROID TO UNLEASH ITS TRUE POTENTIAL? IT IS A BIT RISKY, BUT CAN BE WORTH THE TROUBLE.
Your phone can gain enhanced working abilities if you “root” it. However, rooting is not for everyone. If care is not taken, it can wreck your phone.
Have you ever come across the word ‘rooting’ while reading about the Android OS? Wondered what rooting is all about? Any idea how to go about it? Let us cut through the jargon and tell you about the advantages and disadvantages of “rooting”. A word of caution before we proceed: rooting is not recommended by the manufacturers, so what you do will be at your own risk.
WHAT IS ROOTING?
Manufacturers of Android devices often disable many software and hardware features to exploit them in the future. By rooting an Android phone, you can get rid of these limitations and gain full access to the kernel and the phone’s hardware. The root user is similar to the Administrator user on Windows. Or, you can say that rooting an Android phone is just like jailbreaking the iPhone. Once rooted, you can upload custom ROMs, install custom themes, increase performance and carry out several other things. A reason why manufacturers restrict you from certain features is that it is easier for them to manage and update locked devices. Unlocked devices will have modified versions of the phone’s software that becomes difficult or impossible to repair.
ADVANTAGES OF ROOTING?
There are many advantages of rooting. Custom ROM: The basic software is stored on the ‘Read Only Memory’ of the device. But there are plenty of custom ROMs that not only make your phone look different, but also enhance overall performance. For instance, if you want to upgrade your phone from Android Froyo to Ice-Cream Sandwich, you can do