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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by adz63, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. adz63

    adz63 Android Enthusiast
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    ok i have been on forums and they say RIL download , i have looked on wiki to find out more about it but it may as well be chinese .

    could someone explain what they are in plain english simple terms , what benefits do they have when added to phone etc

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  2. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    it interfaces with the radio. it provides radio version specific drivers and settings to work with the radio you have.

    Ive never flashed one myself.
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  3. GingaB

    GingaB Android Expert

    Neither have I. Its rather pointless.
  4. Borat38

    Borat38 Newbie

    The RIL is a program between the Radio and the ROM. It communicates with the hardware and supplies an interface for the ROM so it can use the hardware.

    Think of it as the device driver you have to install to your PC when you're adding a modem, so that the PC would recognize and work with the modem. You don't really need to flash an RIL unless you're lacking a radio.
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  5. InfernalByte

    InfernalByte Android Expert


    There are risks in flashing a ril and I'm not sure the benefits are worth while.
  6. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Agreed. I assume like radio, it flashes to NVRAM? I've never felt the need for ne myself
  7. InfernalByte

    InfernalByte Android Expert

    I think it lives in System, but it seems you have to make sure you flash it last of all otherwise it causes you endless issues.
  8. EddyOS

    EddyOS Android Expert

    The RIL (Radio Interface Layer) is part of the ROM and as said is the link between OS and hardware - in essence the same as drivers in Windows

    Having a matching RIL/Radio can mean better battery life as well as better features as they're matched
  9. InfernalByte

    InfernalByte Android Expert

    Sorry EddyOS its too early for me. I'm running and ril. I think I have better signal and faster data but cant be sure whether its just a fad I'm going through!

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