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What does rooting in android actually mean?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by silvercats, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. silvercats

    silvercats Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    1. is it exploiting the firmware(of the device) to gain root access?
    2. is it exploiting the Android OS to gain root access?

    also, does installing a custom ROM means re installing the device's firmware (for a instance,is it like replacing Phoenix BIOS in a PC?)
     



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  2. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Rooting a device is gaining administrative rights.

    This is usually done through a software exploit


    Flashing a ROM would be akin to reinstalling the windows operating system. Its only software.
     
  3. silvercats

    silvercats Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    does this mean by exploiting the Android OS software?
    or the firmware (which is also a software) of the phone ? (like the BIOS firmware in a regular PC).
     
  4. silvercats

    silvercats Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    does this mean we install a modified Android OS ? nothing happens to the firmware of the device? (mob phone in this case)


    you know ,in computer terms (PC) , modifying a ROM means modifying the BIOS (phoenix BIOS for an example) not the OS
    SO I guess Mobile ROM and PC ROM have different terms here ...
     
  5. rickross

    rickross Lurker

    i cant get apps to transfer to sd card what do i do
     
  6. silvercats

    silvercats Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Go to 'Forum' (blue menu bar)at the very top of the page.then click on a sub topic.

    there is a blue button named 'new thread'. go there. then create a new topic for your questions.
     
  7. nickdalzell

    nickdalzell Extreme Android User

    rooting to put it simple is the Android equivilent to Jailbreaking an Apple device. allows custom ROMs, apps designed for root-access (such as different launchers, removing bloatware, cpu over/underclocking, etc) and much more.

    rooting can be done with or without flashing a ROM or BIOS. you don't even have to change anything. a basic root just adds the 'super user' app that root-specific apps require for access to the system. software designed for rooted phones/tablets will ask for super user rights when launched. custom ROMs and BIOS are optional. the only thing that changes under the hood is the installation of a custom bootloader or recovery console for use later if you want to flash a ROM onto it for better features (such as installing a later copy of Android like Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean)
     
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