Root your android device for better functionalities

Android is an open source, Linux based operating system, developed to provide excellent computing experience even in low resource in terms of processing, memory and power. Android is used in smartphones and tablets as their operating system for better performance.

What is android rooting?
Android rooting is a process which allows users privileged or ‘root’ access in smartphones, tablets, or any other devices running android operating system. Rooting is performed in order to overcome the limitations imposed by the carriers or the hardware manufacturer on such devices. Overcoming such limitation enables the users to modify existing system applications or settings, run specialized applications which require administration level permissions, or perform other special operations which are inaccessible to normal users.

Android rooting is somewhat similar like ‘jailbreaking‘in some devices running Apple iOS or Sony PlayStation 3. Jailbraking allows the users to run some third party software and apps which are not specialized for iOS. The idea root android is not to run some third party apps, as android OS provides this capability by sideloading. Rather, it is similar to the superuser concept in Linux OS. It allows the users to perform some hardware level task such as rebooting, recalibrating touch inputs, controlling status lights and many more. A root user also has the privilege to modify or completely remove system files and manufacturer installed applications.

The process to root android devices is performed mainly by copying su binary files in a location and by granting it executable permissions. This is done by chmod command. The process varies from devices to devices.

Some android rooting software has made the process a lot easier. The software is needed to be installed in the android running device by the users. By exploiting some security weakness, the android rooting software installs the su binary files in some location and enables the root access for the users. Also, un-rooting of the device can be done using same android rooting software.

As rooting involves gaining administrator level access, there are some potential risk involved in the process. Some of them are mentioned below. Bricking is the main threat to the process of rooting. Bricking means messing up the system software so badly, the device becomes useless as a brick. Moreover, the manufacturer may cancel the warranty of the device for rooting.

There are some security threats involved with root android. As the user gains administrator level access, he must be cautious about installing the apps as they can exploit some security weakness.

Aside from the threats, there are some pretty cool advantages of rooting. If you root android devices, it can improve the performance drastically in terms of speed and battery life. Some developers also modify the kernel in order to increase functionality. Rooting also allows users to install custom applications or custom themes which cannot be done with normal access.

Rooting can increase the connectivity of your smartphone by updating the baseband. Baseband is something which controls the network connectivity. By updating the radio of your device, the signal and the quality of your phone calls can be improved. Aside from network connectivity, rooting also improves the Wi-Fi tethering for better file sharing.
Some other functionality includes updating the current version of the android to a newer one, unlocking additional features and backing up all the data to your pc.

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