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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by CZ Eddie, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. CZ Eddie

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    New Android user here.
    Sold off my iphone and got an Inspire.

    Is rooting it the same thing as installing a new operating system from Google instead of the customized OS from HTC?

    Sounds cool... I assume it'll come without any weird HTC stuff installed.

    What are the downsides to doing something like this?
     

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    Okay - some googling and I figured out that "rooting" is just giving yourself root (administrator) access so you can manipulate the phone to your will.

    Is there a good, safe operating system I can install that will be clean? No hacks/back doors/virus?
    Something well known, simple and up to date with cool abilities?
    I think 2.4 is the current version of Android - can I install that?
     
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