Tech lovers and geeks have always questioned the functionality limitations of devices as far back as when we only had the Windows Mobile ROM. Even when the iPhone was launched in 2007 with many users marvelling at its wonders, tech geeks were more marvelled by the power user side which Apple had set several software limitations. With this desire to have more control and accessibility, ‘Jailbreaking’ as a term was quickly introduced. This act was quickly translated to other Operating Systems when they became available. So when the first android was launched in 2008, the same concept was born but was rather termed, ‘android rooting’.
A successful android root is basically exchanging the operating system on any android with a ROM. For more functionality and user-friendliness, one can install some custom ROMs.
The android is composed of files
Just like any other LINUX-based operating system, the android is mainly composed of files; yes files! When you try to put off your android device, a file gets read and instructs the system to shut down. When you try to reduce the volume of your media player, another file is read and instructs the sound server to change the sound volume. Even something as little as changing your device clock, a file still gets read to instruct the system to initiate and accept such changes.
Permission to break and things
Since we have been able to establish that any android device is simply just a combination of readable files, the idea that such files can be deleted and created can now be simply understood. Android rooting gives users the privilege to manipulate these files as they deem fit. It gets more interesting knowing that users can ultimately tweak files they never truly owned in the first place. An android root on its own would not automatically alter these files; it only gives the user access to alter the files.
If things are so good after performing an android root, why doesn’t the device come rooted? A question like this is what many android users, who have ever thought about android rooting, try to understand. While there are several benefits to perform an android root, here are some possible risk you may want to put in mind.
What are the risks of android rooting?
- Losing the device warranty
The first and foremost risk any user tends to face when performing an android root is voiding the device warranty. If and when there is a fault with your device during the warranty period, the device manufacturers will charge you for repairs. There are some phones that can easily be ‘un-rooted’ back to its default operating system but the same does not apply for most of them. It is good you confirm if you can ‘un-root’ your device after performing an android root.
This is a word that android user all over the world dread when performing an android root. Just like the word indicates, a bricked device will basically have the same function as a fanciful brick. There are lots of ways for android devices to brick. There are quite a handful number of ways to unbrick the device but it’s probably going to cost you.
There are quite a number of other possible risks to take note of but in the end, it all boils down to knowing how to root and doing it properly.