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Cutting Off The Root: The Future Of Community Developed Android

Mar 20, 2012, 14:05 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Nardi)

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"As Android is essentially a Linux variant, it inherits the root user concept and the idea that the device?s owner shouldn?t necessarily have absolute control over the hardware. It was this limitation specifically that lead early Android users to seek out a way of running applications as root on their devices. This allowed for many applications that wouldn?t otherwise have been possible, such as overclocking the processor or using the device as a WiFi access point. This ability has been able to breathe new life into older devices, and has been a staple of the custom ROM community for years.

"Android ROMs which include root-level access (known as 'rooted ROMs') have employed a system very similar to what the desktop Linux distributions have been doing: prompting the user when an application is requesting higher than normal permissions to perform an action. It is designed to give the device user a very clear indication that something is happening on their device which needs their attention."

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