By Joe Levi | March 19, 2012 2:06 PM
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!