Top 5 Reasons to Root Your Android Phone

Normally I’m not one to take risks at the risk of damaging or voiding the warranties on my expensive gadgets, but recently I finally decided to go through the trouble of rooting my Samsung Charge. I had been going back and forth about the idea for the past couple months because I didn’t want to brick my phone.

Warning: Attempting to root your Android phone will most likely void your warranty, runs the risk of breaking your contract with your carrier, and may have the potential to render your phone useless (i.e. “brick” your phone). Be careful to research documented risks and consequences that others have had in attempting to root your phone model, and be sure, if you decide to root, that you root your phone in the safest method possible.

What ultimately led me to root my phone was the fact that the Charge was receiving little developer support from either the manufacturer or carrier (I’m not sure who is responsible) in terms of Android OS updates. These updates often help the performance and battery life of the phone, and I had read multiple accounts of the new Gingerbread leak (available only through root) had made major differences in phone performance.

  1. Getting Updates

    As I mentioned above, carriers and phone manufacturers are often slow to update their phones because they have more of an incentive to sell new devices rather than update devices already owned by customers. For some phones, such as my Samsung Charge, carriers have made no indication that they will update to new versions of the Android OS at all. These updates can often improve bugs and phone performance.

  2. Better Performance

    I’ve already stated that upgraded Android ROMs can improve the performance of your phone, but you can also improve your phone’s performance through using custom kernels. Many custom kernels (including the one now running on my phone) will run faster filing, conserve battery life, overclock your CPU (allowing your phone to run faster, and will run less superfluous background tasks such as indexing.

  3. Can Finally Remove Bloatware

    Remember in the old PC days when you would purchase a computer with Windows on it, and the manufacturer would add a whole slew of affiliate programs and bloatware that you will never use? Well at least then you could uninstall the bloatware. With an unrooted phone, most carriers and manufacturers have made it impossible to remove their bloatware, so it just sits there taking up storage space and even memory resources. Rooting your phone will let you remove these.

  4. Easier Screenshots and Free Tethering

    Before rooting, getting a screenshot from your Android device could be surprisingly tedious. Once rooted, you will find apps that make this an incredibly simple process. Free tethering to other computers is nothing to scoff at either. While it seems like a trivial benefit, this can really come in handy if you ever have any issues with your internet service provider at home. Now you will always have a failsafe plan.

  5. It’s All About the Apps

    Rooting your phone gives you more control over your phone which consequently give you access to a whole host of apps you otherwise couldn’t use. Best of all, you can find most of these apps in the Android Market, so you don’t have to worry about shady spyware on your phone (like jailbroken iPhone users). With these new apps, you can save the state of your phone and recover to it anytime, freeze or remove any app, tether wirelessly to other devices (without having to pay more for this feature like you would with a rooted phone), and a whole bunch of useful things that would otherwise be off limits.

Kik Update (Simple)

Yesterday Kik Interactive released an update. The new update is code-named simple. Its goals were to provide a simple interface to communicate with friends. It becomes easy to sign up with friends among other things. In the last release Kik also released an API for developers. There have been a couple cool usages. The first notable one is File Kiker. This allows you to share files quite easily between phones(Download File Kiker Here). Also there are two new Apps that use kik (Check it out here) to allow people to send video from the camera and also send voice notes.

Using the Kik API is really easy and you have a chance at $5,000 if you release an App to the iTunes App store or the Android market.

My husband used to start everyday with the product and it really works. You should be able to talk with a human being, including a licensed pharmacist, to answer questions about your prescription.

Also there will be a how to guide coming soon!

Get Nokia N8 to run on Fido Network | N8 on Fido

Here’s how to get an N8 working with your Fido SIM card

  1. Get the phone by either:
    • Buying an unlocked version on ebay.
    • Get someone you know who is a rogers customer to purchase the phone for you, slip your SIM card in and purchase a $7.99 unlock code from cellunlocker.net.
  2. We start by adjusting the Internet Settings so that we can browse the internet on the handset.
    • Go to Menu > Settings >Connectivity > Settings > Destinations to display the network destination settings.
    • Select “+ Access Point” and respond no to the next prompt where it asks to check for available access points.
    • Select Packet Data access point and name it “Fido Internet”.
    • Select Internet on the Select destination prompt

    This should bring us back to the Network destinations screen. Select the “Internet” destination and from there, select our Fido Internet access point. Fill out the fields according to this:

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    • Connection name:Fido Internet
    • Data bearer: Packet Data
    • Access point name: internet.fido.ca
    • Username: fido
    • Prompt Password: No
    • Password: fido
    • Authentication: Normal
    • Homepage: wap.fido.ca

    Press back and power the phone off and back on.

  3. Press menu and go to Web Browser > Settings > General and change Access point to Internet if it isn’t already selected. You should now be able to access the internet on your N8!
  4. Next we have to adjust the MMS settings so that we can send and receive text and media messages. Go back to the network destinations scream by following Menu > Settings >Connectivity > Settings > Destinations and follow these steps to create an MMS access point:
    • Select “+ Access Point” and respond no to the next prompt where it asks to check for available access points.
    • Select Packet Data access point and name it “Fido MMS”.
    • Select Media Messaging on the Select destination prompt
  5. This should bring us back to the destinations screen, select Media Messaging and then Fido MMS. Fill in the fields according to this:
    • Connection name: Fido MMS
    • Data bearer: Packet data
    • Access point name: mms.fido.ca
    • Username: fido
    • Prompt Password: No
    • Password : fido
    • Authentication: Normal
    • Homepage: http://mms.fido.ca
      • Now select Options on the bottom left and choose Advanced Settings
    • Network type: IPv4
    • Phone IP address: Automatic
    • DNS addresses: Automatic
    • Proxy Server address: 205.151.011.013
    • Proxy port number:0

    Press back twice and power the phone off then on.

  6. Finally, go to Menu > Messaging > Options > Settings > Multimedia message and change the “Access point in use” to “Fido MMS”. You can now send and receive text messages on your N8!