Rooting has always been a legal grey area, especially when it comes to warranties. Fortunately, if you purchase your shiny new Pixel 2 directly from Google, it appears you can root away without voiding your warranty.
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Android: For those who root their phones, custom recoveries are a godsend. Few are as useful or as popular as the Team Win Recovery Project (or TWRP), and now you can download a TWRP installer straight from the Play Store.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Android (rooted): On-screen navigation controls are a great alternative to physical buttons. Xtended Navbar provides easy access to not only home, back and settings buttons, but also music controls and toggles.
Android (rooted): Xposed Framework is one of our favourite ways to personalise our Android phones. Now, the framework is more user-friendly and shows you potential risks with specific mods before you install them. Here's what's new.
Android (4.0+, Rooted): We've highlighted several useful Android music players, but one big drawback to most of them is that they can't access or play music stored at Google Play Music. GMusicFS breaks down that wall and lets just about any Android player access all the tunes you have stored in the cloud.
Android (rooted): Several apps let you tap the status bar at the top of the screen to jump to the top of a feed or page, and a few let you tap somewhere to go to the bottom of a screen. But how do you get both functionalities across all your apps? OneClick Scroll lets you jump from top to bottom just by tapping the status bar.
Android (rooted): Most days, having a rooted phone is an asset. But it can become a liability when a certain app refuses to run on rooted devices. RootCloak aims to prevent that.
Android (rooted): If you root your phone and install a new ROM, the first thing you may notice is that all of the Google apps you're used to may not be there. Gapps Manager is a utility that will make sure you get the right ones for your device and version of Android.
The hardware buttons on your Android phone are already programmed to be useful, but if you're repurposing an old phone as something new, want to switch the buttons around to something you're used to, or just enjoy bending Android to your will, it's not hard to change them. Let's take a look at how to remap the buttons on your Android device, and why you might want to.
Until recently, if you wanted to fully customise your Android experience, you had to root your phone and flash a new ROM -- essentially a whole new version of Android -- that included the features you wanted. If you only want to tweak specific parts of Android, you now have another option. It's called the Xposed framework, and you can use it to customise your phone without the need to flash your ROM.
We love Android in its native form, but rooting your phone can give you the opportunity to do so much more than your phone can do out of the box -- speeding it up with overclocking or customising the look of your phone with themes. Here's what you need to know about the rooting process, and where to find a guide for your phone.
Android is one of the most open, versatile and customisable mobile operating systems out there. You may think you don't need to root your phone, but you'd be surprised at how much more you can accomplish with a little work. Here are 10 reasons rooting your phone is worth the hassle.