Why Root

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==You never know==
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The good thing about having root is you can go back if you want. The same is not true of not having root. We do not know what steps Google/Tmobile will take to rid the end users of root in the future. For all we know the next OTA will remove the keys that allows the [[Root For RC30|RC29 downgrade method]] to work and you could be stuck on a non rooted G1 forever. If you have root and for some reason it does not work for you there is always the option of going back.
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==What Does Root Give Me?==
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# Full control over your system
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# Ability to alter system files. You can replace many parts of the "Android Core" with this including:
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#* Themes
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#* Core apps (maps, calendar, clock etc)
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#* Recovery image
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#* Bootloader
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#* Toolbox (linux binary that lets you execute simple linux commands like "ls") can be replaced with Busybox (slightly better option)
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#* Boot images
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#* Add linux binaries
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# Run special apps that need more control over the system
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#* SuperUser (lets you approve or deny the use of root access to any program)
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#* Task Manager For Root (Lets you kill apps that you otherwise could not kill)
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#* Tether apps (like the one found at [[http://android-wifi-tether.googlecode.com android-wifi-tether.googlecode.com]])
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#* <there are more but I cannot think of any right now>
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# Backup your system
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#* You can make a folder on your sdcard and backup all of your .apk files to your sdcard (helps if an author decides to "upgrade" you to a version that requires you to pay to use the version you just had)
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# Relocate your (browser/maps/market) cache to your /sdcard
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# Relocate your installed applications to your /sdcard
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# Reboot your phone from the terminal app easily (su <enter> reboot <enter>)
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==What Do I Lose Having Root==
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# The ability to accept OTA updates (well, you can but you would lose root, so its been made so they get denied)
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# The sense that someone else controls your phone
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# The need to sit in an Android chat channel asking how to get root
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# The need for a stupid useless "File Manager" that lets you see filenames but almost nothing else.
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# The ability to have a knowledgeable conversation with a T-Mobile rep about your phone. (Ask one of them to spell root for you)
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==More!!==
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I know there is a ton more, but others will have to fill them in for me.
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Revision as of 21:26, 1 August 2009

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