Written by Andrew
For those who have an Android smartphone, you may have heard of ‘rooting’. Rooting Android smartphone device is like jail-breaking for the Apple iPhone, except it is much easier to root a smartphone powered by Android. Android is open source so gaining access to the system and tweaking is easy and allowed, whereas Apple does not want users to access the system and have made it difficult to jail-break it. Rooting an Android device gives the user the ability to customize their device. You don’t need to be a computer programmer to do anything as there is an Android development community that puts together the tweaked Android OS.
The file that users download to install onto their Android smartphone is known as a ROM which is the Android operating system’s user interfaced along with the tweaks to how the developers want it. These tweaks include everything from the aesthetics, speed, battery life and other advanced features that may improve the user’s smartphone performance and functionality. Memory usage is decreased allowing for more memory to be diverted onto other areas rather than on bloatware found on stock system interfaces. Some developers even have roms that allow the user to customize the look and feel of their system more which allows the user to give their smartphone home screen a more unique look. Another reason to root your smartphone is that it will free your smartphone from applications you do not want that came pre-installed by your network provider. And of course, you can install the latest Android version available so you don’t need to wait for your provider to release it, unless you are using the Nexus device which gets all the Android updates first straight from Google. So if you don’t like Samsung’s Android UI, Touchwiz, root your device and install a rom to give it a different look.
Where can one find a website to root? For one, xda-developers.com offers a forum that instructs users on how to root and install roms. You may need to do a bit of digging as the community is quite big. The forum on xda-developers even offers many different roms by different developers for almost all the top Android smartphones out on the market. Just make sure you select the appropriate device that you have. And of course, do this at your own risk because there is a chance of bricking your device if you don’t follow the instructions or you didn’t check to make sure it is supported by your device or the rom is not stable. Also, GalaxyS3root offers a simple way of rooting the Samsung Galaxy S3 with easy to follow instructions on the website.
Rooting an Android device allows you to have more freedom with a better performance. You don’t necessarily have to install a different rom to free your smartphone of bloatware as rooting alone can give you access to uninstalling those bloatware by your network provider or applications you don’t want but came with the device. So have a look at possibly improving your Android experience and root it.
Side note about roms:
AOKP/AOSP= Android Original Kang Project/Android Open Source Project – These roms are based on the original Android and do not feature the built over UI of Samsung’s Touchwiz or HTC’s Sense that comes when you purchase your device.