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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by MRW1215, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. MRW1215

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    I'll be getting my first smart phone at the beginning of April. I've never really had any experience with them, personally, but I'm curious about something I often see people posting about on phone forums -- rooting, and "kernels", etc.

    What, exactly, are these things? What do they do? The way people write about them, I get the impression there are a lot of benefits to doing it. What are the downsides (if any)? Can doing it damage your phone, or cause problems with your provider? Is it an easy process to do (is it "idiot proof"?)?
     

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    http://androidforums.com/evo-4g-all-things-root/129648-quick-intro-rooting-those-new-rooting.html

    The "how" in this next one is specific to a certain model, but the general concepts are, well, general -

    http://androidforums.com/evo-4g-all-things-root/140357-root-faq.html#post1312705

    How easy it is to do depends on the phone model - some are easier to root than others.

    By definition, carriers are way unhappy with this - so research that part carefully.

    You can brick your phone during a rooting error, but as root methods evolve this seems to have become more and more rare.
     

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