October 31, 2012

Advantages & Disadvantages of Android Rooting

Super-User Rights

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Having super-user rights allows the user to do a number of tweaks, which is not possible in a closed system. Super-user rights enable the user to over-clock and under-clock the device, boosting the performance and battery life. Over-clocking means speeding up the phone’s processor and under-clocking means slowing it down. Over-clocking could be enabled to derive greatest power from the processor for heavy applications, while under-clocking could be enabled to rest the processor for when the screen is off.

Install Custom Software (ROM’s)

Custom software or ROM (read only memory) is the software that runs the device. Rooting allows the user to install custom ROM, which can drastically change the look and performance of the Android device. For example, if a user has bought the device running an older version of Android OS and it is also not getting any new updated versions of Android. With a custom ROM, one can load the latest version of the available Android versions (provided the hardware is compatible) and bring that old device on par with some of the newer ones. There are a variety of ROM’s available in the market, but one of the best place to find custom ROM’s for Android devices is the XDA Developers Forums. The XDA developer community is filled with Smart phone enthusiasts and developers who routinely update latest versions of these apps for the Android platform.

Install Custom Themes

Themes are basically the graphics that appear on any Android device. Rooting allows the user to fully customize his device’s themes based on his interest and choice. There a lot of themes available in the XDA community website.

Tweak Kernel for Improved Speed, and Long Battery Life

Rooting allows the user to modify the kernel (the layer of software code which handles the communication between the hardware and software) to drastically improve the battery life of the device and the performance (response time) of the device. A majority of developers tweak the kernels to boost the battery life, performance and other features.

Update the Baseband for Better Signal and Quality

The rooting of the device allows the user to update the Basebands (Baseband is the device which controls the radio on the device) on the Android device. Updating the device’s Basebands with the latest one, can potentially improve both the signal strength and the quality of phone calls. It becomes useful, when the manufacturer is no longer updating your, outdated device.

Backup of Data and Apps

Rooting allow the user to install custom applications, such as the Titanium Backup, which allow complete backup of the device, including both data and apps.

Other Additional Features

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There are a lot of other features, which could be enabled by rooting your device. For example enabling free WiFi and USB
tethering, these services are being charged by certain network carriers.

What are the Major Disadvantages of Rooting Android Devices?

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Although there are innumerable advantages of rooting your devices, there are a number of disadvantages, which should be considered before jumping to rooting. Some of the major problems one could face due to rooting include bricking and security vulnerabilities.

Bricking

The most important reason not to root your device is the potential risk of “bricking” it. Bricking your device means damaging the mobile phone’s software in such a way that the device becomes completely useless, pretty much as useless as a brick. Bricking will also void the manufacturers’ warranty and one would need to shell out money to buy a new device.

Security

Rooting the device exposes it to an increased risk of security vulnerabilities. Rooting affects the security restrictions of Android OS and there is no affective way to find out what the application intends to do with the “super-user” access. So far, there are no reported problems of malicious software on rooted devices. Still installing Anti-Virus and Security App is recommended to keep your device safe.

Is it Possible to Unroot Android Device?

One of the most common questions arising in any reader’s mind is whether one can un-root his device? Yes, un-rooting could be done and apps are available on Google Play to un-root rooted devices.

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