July 20, 2015 at 1:18 pmPatrick O’RourkeModerator
I was wondering if anyone could give me some background information on what the point of rooting an Android device is? (beyond the obvious like installing root-only apps)
I’ve been thinking about rooting at least one of my Android devices for some time but can’t really see any reason to do so.
July 20, 2015 at 6:12 pmJTonMember
Rooting is about control. The root-only apps you mentioned need root-access to look at and/or modify restricted files or run restricted functions. With that information the app can provide advanced features/functionality.
Skinning and other UI customizations are a reason some people root. For example, changing the colour or look of the battery icon on the top bar. Developers will release all sorts of UI tweaks, sometimes in a package with a bunch of tweaks bundled together which look aesthetically pleasing together.
Advanced performance tweaking is another. For example, you can change how the CPU governor works, maybe to underclock your phone and get improved battery life. Or change max brightness to higher than normally allowed. Again, Developers will release performance tweaks in a package with claims on how they extended their battery by x-hours without a noticeable hit to performance.
I’m really just scratching the surface of what you can do. If you want to learn more, XDA devs is where these types of people hangout. It’s an amazing resource. http://forum.xda-developers.com/
September 1, 2015 at 11:32 pmPatrick O’RourkeModerator
Thanks for the detailed answer. I’ll check it out!
September 6, 2015 at 2:48 pmMhee1234Member
Choosing the right ROM is like picking the right flavor of Linux for the user. Each has it’s own purpose that can serve the unique individual. Example. I bought the Motorola Atrix 4G after my Blackberry Curve 8520 broke. If I had it on it’s current stock (Gingerbread 2.3.6), I wouldn’t have the ability to use the Android Market on my phone because the version was so old. However, once I rooted my phone to the Buttery Smooth 4.1 Jelly Bean, it felt like a proper Smartphone. I was able to use current apps and play better games on my Atrix (so much Punch Quest). I will admit, it took many hours and headaches to finally make it work, but I felt like I had broke the limits of my phone for the better because I rooted my phone.
I now have a Nexus 5 and pure android is fine for me, but I’ll still remember the good times with my Atrix.
Also to add, if you wanted to use Apps that weren’t approved by the google store or are foreign apps, rooting would give you the permission to add them.
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