I just rooted my Android phone yesterday. For those unfamiliar, that means I now have administrator-like access to my phone and all the enhanced privileges that brings with it. I’ve got an old (that word sure doesn’t mean what it used to) Motorola that has been a little sluggish of late, so I took the risk and dove into messing with the operating system. What made my upgrade possible was the community that has evolved and flourished under the open Android operating platform.
iOS may get all the popular press, but globally Android is racking in all the sales. One of the many reasons for this has got to be consumers’ ability to customize and adapt their device to their own personal style, rather than having to adapt to the device as with Apple products. Oh sure, you can always “jailbreak” your iPhone, but “rooting” an Android device does much more than simply letting you take your handset to another carrier.
Rooting my phone allows me to now remove all the “bloatware” apps that came pre-installed that I never use. It also allows me to run in a safe mode while trying new mods, and it lets me overclock my CPU if I wish. From re-allocating memory priorities to installing new graphic themes, rooting allows me to take command of my device in a way that a closed system like iOS or the Windows phones never will.
This is why open will win. Having a streamlined and unchangeable system will always appeal to a subset of the population, but the ability to personalize your experience is so much more beguiling to a majority of the population. Add to this the dedicated and committed community of modders that make these changes as simple as a download and you have the recipe for a sustainable movement away from closed architectures.
And my root? So far my phone is working great is as speedy as the day I bought it. Not too bad for 2 clicks and 3 downloads. Thanks community, keep on spreading the good word.