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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Enegue, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. Enegue

    Enegue Lurker
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    Will someone please provide the definitions for the following two words?

    1.bricked or brick
    2. root or rooted

    Can anyone translate the following into less "inside baseball" jargon?

    "Myself, I was rooted & unlocked & stock...failed the OTA install 3-4 times. I had to flash the 4.3 file to upgrade...than flash SuperSU to regain root."

    Thanks for your help

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  2. Rukbat

    Rukbat Extreme Android User

    Literally, turned your phone into a brick. Did something wrong, so your phone no longer works. (Most bricking situations can be fixed with software and no expense - IF you find instructions to do it for YOUR phone.) You may also see reference to JTAG - that's a method (and a piece of hardware) to bring what seems like a totally dead piece of equipment (like a phone or a router) back to life.

    Getting administrative access to the operating system of the phone. Like Run as administrator in Windows.

    Had admin access to the phone

    Could use any carrier's SIM card (or it could refer to unlocking a locked bootloader, which would take a separate thread to explain.)

    The ROM (system) that the phone came with, not one I put in myself

    Over the air update, sent out by the carrier by radio to all that model phone its customers are using. It failed.

    Write software to read-only memory

    Latest version of Android Jelly Bean

    Because the OTA upgrade kept failing - probably because the phone was rooted, and OTA updates don't take on rooted phones.

    An app that gives you access to the su (superuser) program

    Well ... you get root by installing su. You make use of that ability by installing a program that can access su, and SuperSU is one of the best.
  3. Enegue

    Enegue Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Thank you so much for the very concise explanation and definitions.
    After all that I don't think that most of it will apply to me since I have an inexpensive tablet that has no phone capability just Wi-Fi. I can however see that with some hard work I "might" be able to turn it in to a large "brick".
    Thanks again for answering.

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