Android powers almost 50% of the smartphones and tablets today. Though many manufacturers have embraced Android, we neither get the pure Android experience nor do we have control over the apps and CPU performance. Nexus and a very few devices offer the stock Android but with restricted access. It is because, by default, we are a normal user of the device. Android Rooting (AR) makes the user an administrator (root) with full rights. Rooting your device is complicated but it has its perks if completed successfully.
Rooting is performed by exploiting bugs in the device. There is virtually no device that cannot be rooted. The following are the major advantages of AR:
- Full freedom over the applications in your device
- Take backup and restore applications including the data
- Completely customise the look of your device including the animation (bootloader) on your device when it boots up
- You can increase or decrease CPU frequency
- Applications get root access only with your permission
Titanium Backup is an application that works only in rooted devices to perform various tasks like backup & restore apps, detach apps from Play, create zip file with our apps and so on. It is a must have for all rooted devices.
Though there are many advantages of rooted devices, you need to be wary of the applications that you install. If you inadvertently give root access to a dangerous app, it can exploit the root access and harm your device. Also make sure you have read and understood the steps to root your device before you actually do it. If you perform a mistake when rooting, you end up bricking your device making it permanently unusable. So ensure that many others have successfully rooted your device and made it work.
I have a rooted smartphone (Huawei G300) and it is my primary device too. It works like a charm with the latest Android Kitkat 4.4.4, thanks to Cyanogenmod.