If you’re an Android phone owner eager to try out some custom OS builds, a helpful hacker explains how to get root access to your phone’s underlying system.
Even though there is, for the moment, a one-click solution that doesn’t require much command line geekery or scary “don’t mess this up” operations, it’s still something you’ll want to read up on and ensure you want to do. “Rooted” phones won’t pick up official updates from carriers, and certainly won’t be looked upon nicely if you have to send one in for service. That said, there are a lot of neat custom ROMs out there to explore, some of them promising better speed and features like multi-touch browsing.
Hit the link for a textual explanation of the rooting process, and tell us if you’ve been happy with your hacked Android handset in the comments.