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Old January 30th, 2011, 05:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default rooting: a non-technical answer

Originally Posted by macgiobuin View Post
What is "rooting" and why is it important or wanted? I have been serching this site and have seen a LOT of technical jargon that is WAAAAAY over my head. I have a new Flipside, BTW.
The non-technical answer is that rooting allows you to have control over your phone. Specifically, it will allow me to:
  • Update to Android 2.2 or 2.3
  • Install apps to the SD card instead of in-phone storage
  • remove many of the *44* crapware apps that come pre-loaded that AT&T won't let you remove (like the social networking crap, the news reader, the horrid GPS app, and more)
  • Allows you to install apps from 3rd parties
  • Allows you full access to the App Market (AT&T filters many apps that compete with their crapware)
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