My first smartphones remained only a short time in the factory state. Whether to customize or optimize, the root was a mandatory passage. But things have changed, and I no longer need to root my smartphone as in the past. Here are the reasons.
In the first years of Android, there were many reasons to root your smartphone. Without root, it was impossible to install many applications like energy savers, or applications to optimize the GPS reception of his smartphone. Backup applications such as Titanium Backup require root privileges. Also, smartphones were not as powerful as the current models and it could be interesting to use applications to increase the frequency of the processor. Again, it was necessary to have a smartphone root, just as to have access to the system files of his phone to change the settings.
The lack of internal memory was also a problem on older models of smartphones. Applications for roots smartphones such as SD Maid Pro allowed to free up space by optimizing file storage, which sometimes allowed to save a few hundred megabytes. The use of this type of application was not without risk. several times, they were the source of malfunctions with the other applications installed on my phone. So I became more cautious and soon the installation of these applications.
Why I no longer need to root my devices
Times are changing and root has lost some of its interest. Today's smartphones are powerful enough to stop installing customization applications. For example, the GPS and battery economy features are more complete, and it is no longer necessary to install applications to optimize them. With the ability of today's smartphones, I also no longer have the same need to remove default installed bloatware. With a memory of 32 GB or more, remove a bloatware psi a hundred megabytes does not change much.
I also no longer need to back up everything as I did in the past, and perform NANDroid backups for example. My photos are automatically synced to the cloud; I use streaming services for music, so I save a lot less files on my smartphone. Backups of most games I play are also synced with Google Play.
Some apps do not like root
Many applications are not compatible with roots smartphones. This is especially true with banking and streaming applications, with which I have found myself several times with sticks in the wheels. For example, I happened to want to try an application to make contactless payments, but it was impossible because my smartphone was root. The same thing happens with a video streaming application, which notified me with an error message that it was not compatible with my root phone.
What would root bring me today?
There are still good reasons to root your smartphone. Among them, having a total access memory card, which is difficult since Android KitKat. But since many applications have adapted to the specifics of Android, I do not really care anymore.
The root is also always interesting if you want to install custom ROMs. In order to install CyanogenMod, it will absolutely necessary to root your device beforehand.
Thanks to root and the installation of CyanogenMod, I can run my old Samsung tablet under Marshmallow, which otherwise would remain under Android 4.4 KitKat.
For my use of my smartphone everyday, I no longer need root permissions. In case you want to benefit from firmware updates that are only available via CyanogenMod or the developer communities, then the root will be a required pass.
Do you have a smartphone or a roots tablet? To install which applications? Do you use custom ROMs or Xposed? Are you like me and have abandoned the idea of root? Tell me about your experiences in the comments.
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