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Root Access to Android OS Easy as One Click

August 19, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

So it’s reported that, that full access to an Android OS device is as easy as downloading a 4MB app called FlashRec and executing it. The app basically replaces the devices recovery ROM with a less restrictive one, so completing the process requires asking the device to do recovery. The user-friendly aspect? This hack is kind enough to allow backups of whatever it overwrites, so returning the whole setup to “pristine” condition is possible.

Courtesy Source

Courtesy Source

What’s the point of “rooting” the Android OS? It pretty much opens up the device to any modified Android OS of a user’s choosing, allowing customization on a very low-level.

What are the implications? Well, I don’t think we’ll hear Google complaining. The Android OS is the company’s attempt to make its mobile presence more significant, and Google is traditionally about letting people do what they want with what they have (Google Voice vs. Apple, anyone?).

We will hear complaints from T-Mobile, as this hack potentially gives them less control over its subscribers, if any will remain at all. This will probably lead to other operators to rethink any plans to subsidize Android OS devices, as US operators love dictating what their customers can and can’t do.

In any case, click on the source for full instructions on rooting your Android device—and what precautions to take. A video summarizing that is below:


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