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After adquirir an Android smartphone are presenting different needs that are often not possible to meet them in a conventional manner. At this point is when we leave the category of the user who simply uses the technology offered and passed to the category of experienced users, extend and take full advantage of technology to bring their service.
Android is an operating system and as such needs of applications to perform a given task. However, many of these applications are not possible to use if you do not have a prerequisite – to be root on your mobile device -
This is when users start to see Android all over the floor above and wonder "What is ROOT? How do I become root on my device?
Throughout this article I will try to answer these questions and concerns related to the alteration of Android.
Android mobile devices distributed commerciallycome with certain limitations imposed by manufacturers and operators, these constraints ensure that users do not spoil their devices with unnecessary changes in the system.
It may be contradictory since Android is Open Source, but the operating system gives users full access on their device. This is where the term comes ROOT
Root basically means having access to the highest level of the mobile device using a Super User <with administrator privileges > that you can control absolutely everything you need to stay or not in the smartphone, including these:
- Control over the system, even from the command line can access the files and folders.
- Ability to alter and replace the files or applications on your system, boot loader, boot images, etc.
- Run custom applications that need higher privileges on the system
- Copy is complete security systemincluding apk files, reallocation of the location of the applications, etc.
The root in Android is achieved using tools implemented on an exploit that takes full advantage of security holes discovered in the kernel or another part of the OS.
Currently there are a variety of tools to make Android devices to ROOT. However, it is necessary to take into account:
- Verify that the tool is compatible with your mobile device
- Check the tool work with the version of Android / Linux Kernel installed on our device.
- Verify that the tool also allows unrooted, undo root or any other mechanism that reverses the root when we want.
El last point is perhaps the most important because this way we lose the guarantee of the device. And, we continue to receive updates of the operating system official.
Finally, if you take the proper precautions, the root is safe, easy and reversible. In the next series of tutorials will explain more about it.Meanwhile, these are some of the possibilities that were achieved with a device rooted:
- Access to International Market to buy Android applications
- Take screenshots of the phone without using the Android SDK
- Changing the official ROM a personal one
- Change the CPU clock frequenc
- Have internet via tethering Wi-Fi/USB / Bluetooth and share files via bluetooth
Note: Root on Android can be done from a Windows / Mac or directly from an Android application that needs to be copied to the SD card in the phone or downloaded from the Market. Then talk about this