Two of the questions asked most frequently first-time owners of phones and tablets with Android have to do with the possibility to implement a procedure called “Root“, which would allow us to take our device a step further, both in features and performance.
The first of these questions that users are made is of course what is root?, and the second of them is Me serves something? In this article we will try to explain in simple and clear both questions, which will surely serve to determine if root our smartphone or tablet is suitable for us.
What is root?
The word “Root” comes from the world of Unix/Linux, software and is used to describe a user who has all rights and privileges required to read and write all files and programs on the operating system. In a nutshell, a “superuser”.
Become “Root” or “superuser” requires that we implement a procedure called “root”, which is that it will allow us to use our device to the maximum extent possible, something that manufacturers are usually limited by issues related to safety and the same software update. This conspires to make the device cannot be used at the limit of its potential or the way in which we really want to.
Thanks to these “root” permissions we will be able to perform tasks that are impossible to realize for a basic user, i.e. one that does not have these permissions. Some examples of these tasks are install and run applications and modify parameters of the device that will allow us to customize and adjust features of the same, with the aim of improving points such as the duration of the battery, load ROMS with the image of the latest version of Android available, install custom themes, do a bit of overclocking, i.e. slightly increase performance in speed and capacity of the processor of the device modify or update backup copies of their data and applications and many other advantages that can be “basebands”, promote the use of our tablet or Smartphone.
As we could see, rooting a device so far offers only advantages, However, the implementation of the procedure of root has some negative edges most of them related to its implementation.
The first of them, and of course the most dangerous, is that something can go wrong during the procedure and cause damage to the device, i.e. leave it unusable. The other reason is safety; Android is safe thanks to this permit system, which makes it virtually immune to viruses and attacks, now, if we remove them, will be left exposed to all these problems.
Finally, it should be noted that there is a uniquely of rooting a device, each of them needs in different method. However, there are forums such as the of XDA Developers where you can find detailed information about our phone or tablet in particular, if there is a way to rootearlo.