Whether you are new to Android or been around since the days of the HTC Dream, you have probably heard the term “root” or “rooting”. Rooting is essintially gaining access to the core components in your Android device and giving users complete control.
While Android is an open source platform, unlike many others, it still does not give users complete and total acess and control of the device. This is where rooting comes in to play.
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What rooting basically means is gaining “root” access throughout your whole entire device. You the user become the administrator of the device and decides what remains on the device and what does not. I am sure that many of you have noticed that the majority of Android devices that you see or purchase come preloaded with “crapware”. Crapware is basically the apps that carriers like T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T want their subscribers to be aware of. Theses can include such applications such as mobile t.v. applications, to recommended applications, and demo versions of games that you can’t remove and take up precious space on your device. By “rooting” you are given the ability to remove what you want and keep what you need.
Now rooting is nothing new it has been around for quite sometime. Many of you have probably heard the term “jailbreaking” when it comes to iPhones and hacking when it comes to computers, and they all center around the same concept as “rooting” which is “gain control”. The only difference between Android and other platforms is the fact they do not want you gaining acess, while Android says have fun.
Rooting may sound scary to many first timers, but as long as you do your research, and follow the instructions 90% of the time you have nothing to worry about. But as with all good things their does come risks. These risks, while minimal, can render your device completely useless and you are basically left with an exspensive paper weight, however, like I stated you are more than likely fine as long as you go about it smartly.
Stay tuned for are next addition.
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