by Stephen Schenck | November 1, 2013 8:08 PM
There's an interesting relationship that plays out between Android security and Android openness. This shouldn't be surprising, since device security is based around the notion of “preventing certain things from happening,” and it's difficult to achieve both that and offer unfettered do-as-you-please access to the system. As a result, we get a balancing act between the two, and sometimes that means needing to choose sides, like a tool that exploits security holes, yet gives users the root access they're after. With Android 4.4 now arriving, that balance could start shifting, as we get ...
by Taylor Martin | March 27, 2013 2:22 PM
Two terms you hear thrown around a lot in the Android community are "root" and "rooting". You always hear of all these advantages to having a "rooted" device. But what does it all mean? In short, "rooting" is gaining access to the root directory on the system partition of your device. In other words, it's similar to granting yourself administrative privileges to your own device. Superuser (or SuperSU) acts as the gateway between the root directory and applications that extend the capabilities of Android. For example, taking a screenshot used to require root access, as did tethering and ...
by Joe Levi | August 21, 2012 1:00 PM
Unlocking and Rooting. They're two words that we throw around all the time, and sometimes it seems like they're used as synonyms. They aren't the same thing, but it's not hard to see why there may be some confusion. Let's tackle unlocking first, since that's what usually comes first in the process. What is Unlocking? When we're talking about "unlocking and rooting" your phone or tablet, the "unlocking" part has to do with unlocking the bootloader. If you don't remember, we talked about the bootloader in our last episode of Android Power User. If you haven't guessed, the bootloader comes ...
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