What is and how to root a android device


The son of my client, (a 10 year old!)
asked me if I knew how to root an android; He told me that is like jail breaking an IPod with different results and consequences of course.
Since I never heard the expression before I decided to check it… and sure enough, there is such thing as “root a droid”.
In very short words. Rooting an Android device is to grant yourself local administrator rights to the phone (a superuser icon is added to your phone and you can perform superuser functions); ), so you can install apps and become more dangerous with your phone.

When you root a phone you will void the warranty, and other unexpected consequences may occur, so be careful when you do it

Haroon Q Raja on his blog gives a good explanation what a root procedure accomplishes:

“…Android is based on Linux and comes locked with only standard user access given to its user. Root access – also known as Superuser access – is the access level on Linux-based devices that lets their users perform administrative tasks including updating the system, installing applications at the core level without using the standard ‘.apk’ installation files, accessing the system partition, modifying protected system files and changing their permissions etc….”

Here is a link that explains how to root an android device using an application called
Super One-Click App: (this app needs .Net Framework 2.0 or higher to be installed on your Windows computer in order to operate).
There is even a short video showing the procedure:

http://www.addictivetips.com/mobile/root-any-android-device-and-samsung-captivate-with-super-one-click-app/

I pasted here some of the instructions:

“The first step is to download Super One Click Root App and save it on your desktop.
Once this is done, connect your phone to the computer. it is important to note that after connecting the phone, you must not mount SD card.
Now go to phone settings and enable USB Debugging.
Once this is done, launch SuperOneClick.exe by double clicking.
Now click on Universal tab on screen if you are going to root any Android device like Nexus One, Galaxy S, Droid etc. Click on Samsung Captivate if that’s you phone.
Now simply click on Root tab and wait for the process to finish. It will take some time so hang in there.
After the rooting is complete, click Allow Non Market Apps if you need to.

There you go! you now have a rooted handset ready to accept any custom ROM”

check also this article:
http://www.addictivetips.com/mobile/how-to-root-your-android-phone-device/

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