One of the huge differences between the Android and iOS operating systems is the ability to hack your device. Each can be hacked and modified in some way, but the Android operating system allows much easier and more frequent modification. On Apple devices hacking is referred to as “jailbreak” whereas on Android it is referred to as “root”.
Put simply “rooting” just gives a user full control over their device, similar to having administrator rights on a computer. On the other hand, this is something that should only be performed by advanced users as there is a risk of “bricking” your phone – rendering it as useless as a brick or paperweight. So why would anyone take the chance of ruining their phone? Here are the top four reasons why:
1. Ad blocking. Consumers are bombarded with ads every minute. Rooting your phone allows you to install an ad blocking application such as AdAway to keep those annoying ads from invading your device.
2. Your phone on steroids. Most newer smartphones are plenty powerful, but rooting allows you to flash custom software (ROMs) that will run more quickly and smoothly. It also affords you the option to clear up extra RAM and overclock your processor higher than the manufacturer set speed.
3. Extreme customization. Depending on the software that you install after rooting your phone there will be many new customization options available. For example, the JellyBomb ROM for the Galaxy Note II has a complete blue theme including blue menus, keyboard, and main applications.
4. The newest features. Many ROMs are based on the newest version of the Android operating system, which likely will not officially be released for your device for months. This allows you to get new features first such as the gallery and camera application from Android 4.2. The JellyBomb ROM also includes some James Bond type features such as silent camera shutter and call recording.
There are plenty of other advantages to rooting your device, but they aren’t all available on every device. The benefits rely heavily on the actual ROM that you install on your phone. If you are a person that loves to be on the bleeding edge of technology and have features unavailable to the general public, then rooting may be your new hobby.