Unleash The Droid: Rooting The Android
In the past few years, Android has changed our lives in ways we never imagined were possible. From being able to receive all our emails to finding the best restaurant nearby, the Android OS is constantly making life easier for us. The Android OS is an open source Operating System.
So what does Open Source really mean?
Open-source software is computer software with its source code made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose.
Root your Droid
The true power of the android is capped behind the well decorated interfaces by the companies. The true potential of what your android device can do can be unleashed by ‘Rooting’ the device. Rooting is the process of allowing users of smartphones, tablets and other devices running the Android mobile operating system to attain privileged control (known as “root access”) within Android’s sub-system.
WARNING: THIS WILL VOID YOUR DEVICE’S WARRANTY!!
Rooting the device allows you to install custom versions of the android operating systems. The custom roms and the step by step process for each device can be found all over the web. Rooting your device will allow you to overclock the processor as well as install applications which give you complete control over your device.
Cyanogen Mod Logo at Boot
“I have always rooted and jailbreak-ed my devices. I love being able to customize my phone as per my wishes. I have also hated the stock firmware installed on most devices. Custom roms by Cyanogen are always a preference, considering the smoothness and fluid interfaces. They also pack a ton of features. “Quoted Nitin Dev, an I.T. Engineering student and Tech enthusiast.
Even though rooting has many benefits, it has a few negatives as well. You lose your warranty, and you also stand at the risk of bricking your phone useless if the process is not done properly. So be careful when you download the firmwares and always check out the comments for reviews from other users.