Last Updated: Aug 05,2010
Okay, scrapped that. I managed to fix my issue by removing the read only attributes via super user
Just a warning to everyone, please be carefull with root - one wrong step and you might end up with a bricked phone.
Read and understand what you're doing before you try - if not certain, don't do it.
I'm new to Android and I keep seeing references to root. I'm not keen on messing around it with too much as I'm not too tekky but what are the advantages of doing it.
The advantages of rooting your phone are many.
The term root/root'ing is based on the fact that you gain root access to the phone.
In Linux (Android is based on Linux) the root account is the administrator account.
Hence with root you're gaining full controll over your phone.
This gives you the permissions to delete pre-installed apps you don't want/need.
(but be carefull, removing a vital part may brick your phone - rendering it useless)
It also enables you to install apps you normally won't have access to (if you're not in a region with access to Market or the paid version of apps).
It also gives you the possibility to put a custom rom on your phone.
This would be possible later on the mini, work in progress
A custom rom is often a rom based on newer Android versions and have themes/skin and icon packs that the creator of the custom rom likes or think others would like.
Also it has pre-installed and partly configured apps to make the phone "complete" in the eyes of the rom creator (or as a base to build on for others, and in some cases you'll se stripped rom's that contains a bare minimum so those who want a "clean" phone are happy)
Rooting is not for Android phones.
Windows Mobile devices, other PDA's and the Apple iPhone, iPod and iPad also get rooted for the same reasons (and the latter also to drop the iTunes store and be able to install apps not signed by apple)
Hope this helps
Don't mean to sound nasty but I wouldn't really bother.
Only real advantage is to get rid of the apps sony ericsson fill your phone up with... you can also use certain root-only CPU and battery apps but I find they use up more memory and battery power.
I struggled to get mine rooted and I am usually quite good at these things.
Once I got it rooted (after about 4 hours following the instructions) I only got rid of timescape, roadsync and the default homescreen.
No need for any more root functions now on my mini...
There will not really be no need to root once they upgrade us to android 2.1, we will be able to put the apps on the memory card instead...
Not sure if this will count for the preloaded sony apps, but I hope so.
The main thing I'm looking to do is remove apps like you said... roadsync, timescape, gmail, email app etc.
Is rooting the only way to do this?
By the way is K9 the best multiple email account app?
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