On Apple’s iOS, we often hear of the term “JailBreak”. We similarly hear of “ROOTING” on Android.
These two words are so common in tech circles that I would not be surprised to find those words in the dictionary soon. Like the word ‘google’, they have become verbs.
On the Android platform, there are very many apps that require that your phone be “ROOTed “ before they can perform their tasks. Many of those apps perform “low level” functions, hence their need to gain “administrative privileges”. Examples include actions like rebooting the phone, or simulating the BACK, MENU, and other hardware keys on pre-ICS phones.
The benefits of rooting, or not rooting is an argument that could rage on for eternity. The ‘pro’ is that an app can perform more “magic” when it has unfettered access to the device. The ‘con’ is that ROOTing your phone could make it more vulnerable to malware infestation.
Whatever, it is a root ROUTE I am unwilling, and find unnecessary, to take.
However, my take on it is that we should not rush to assume that we must root to get certain facilities from “low level” apps. Carefully searching will almost always reveal viable app alternatives.
Very many apps that insist on ROOTing (to get their tasks done) have excellent alternatives that do not require ROOTing.
Here are a few examples ;
(Root needed versus RootUnneeded):
Apk4apps versus Avast! Mobile Security – Firewall function
Titanium BackUp versus Too Many To Mention
Apex launcher Widget Handling versus Elixir 2 Widgets
Conclusively, before assuming that certain things cannot be done without ROOTing, it may be a good idea to examine the (dis)advantages of ROOTing viz-a-viz getting certain things done.
For me, I am yet to find a compelling reason to ROOT my Android phone.
Finding non-ROOT alternative apps to do ALMOST anything I need on Android is a challenge that I am ever willing to take.
What about you?
Have you ROOTed your Android device or Jail-Broken your iOS device?
Is it worthwhile? Did it create any problems? Or bestowed any advantages?
Ibukun Olaoya popularly called Eye.Bee.Kay is a Geek and Mobile Tech Enthusiast, with a passion for Symbian, now with the mission to conquer the world of Android. He is vastly read and hopes to come out with the next big thing in Tech. You can follow him on Twitter at @Eye_Bee_Kay
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