Android rooting gives liberty to the smartphone owners to run privileged commands that are usually unavailable to the android devices that have been loaded with stock configuration. Rooting is required for advanced operations and their commands. These operations could be potentially dangerous that includes the modification and deleting of the system files and removing the applications that are bloatware.
The process of rooting android differs for different phone models and android versions and it gives access to the low-level layer hardware like boot hardware, controlling of the status indicators and recalibration of the touch sensitive displays and battery too. The process involves typically, the installation of the SuperUser app, which supervises applications that require access and permissions to explore the root file systems.
Another secondary application is required in order to unlock the boot loader of your smartphone and its verification. This will in turn cause the removal and uninstallation of the operating system. The main different between Android rooting process and the iOS jailbreaking is that rooting is not required to run the applications that are available outside the Google’s Play store. This is called as the possibility of side loading. This is because there is support rendered by Android for third party apps natively on every android version. You just have to select the “Unknown sources” checkbox available in the settings menu and through the ADB – Android Debug Bridge.
In addition to this, there are restrictions from carriers themselves as they do not allow the installation of applications that are available outside the Play Store. Root access on an android phone lets the users modify and/or delete the files on the system. This in turn allows them to perform certain desired tweaks and enhancement on a custom level. Many efforts have been in place in order that the users are discouraged from rooting android devices. These efforts are taken care of by manufacturers and carriers jointly.
For instance, the Motorola, LG and HTC have added certain security precautions to their devices. The Motorola Droid X has a secured boot loader. This prevents users from root attempts since the phone is put to the “recovery mode” if the user tries to load in unsigned firmware into the device. The Samsung Galaxy S II takes the similar precaution where it displays a yellow triangle as an indicator if the firmware of the device has been tampered with.
With growth and development of android, it has gained wide popularity and attracts many manufacturers for development. An easy installer is available on the Amazon Kindle Fire for side loading of the android apps from the Play Store even though the product itself defaults to the Amazon App store. Android rooting facilitates whole suite of modified operating system or in some cases their complete removal and reinstallation. It is possible to acquire the latest version of android on your smartphone even though your manufacturer has not released an offices update yet for your phone model.