Android Guy Weekly: To Root, or Not To Root? (Video)

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To root, or not to root, that is the question.

In the past if you’ve wanted to do “really technical stuff” like use your camera’s flash as a flashlight, synchronize your clock with a time server, or even backup your phone. You wouldn’t think that you’d need superuser permissions to be able to do any of those, but you have.

Later builds of the Android OS have exposed APIs, hooks that programmers can use, to accomplish the same sorts of things — without requiring superuser, or ROOT.

A lot of things still require ROOT to work correctly. The entire CyanogenMod custom ROM requires ROOT, and not just to install it, but to actually run it — but that might change if one person has his way.

That’s what we’re going to talk about in this episode of The Android Guy Weekly!

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video.Read more about Joe Levi here.