android phone rooted vs. unrooted


I have an android smartphone and I have heard alot of the "power" of root it, I would like to know the implications about it, starting from the point of what is rooting?

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Brad GrouxSenior Manager (Wintel Engineering)Commented:
Rooting the phone allows you to create and/or update your phone with your own or customizable builds of the Android OS. It also allows for the ability of "side loading" apps without the need of the Google Play or Android Stores.

People generally root their phones because they want to customize them and/or improve performance (most carriers and manufacturers load unneeded "bloatware"). LifeHacker and Gizmodo have some good articles to get you started.

It is relatively safe but it does void most warranties. You can always reload the original carrier's image however if you ever did need to get the phone serviced.

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dimensionavAuthor Commented:
Is rooting a legal activity or depends on the company that provides/manufactures the phone?
Brad GrouxSenior Manager (Wintel Engineering)Commented:
Legality depends on where you live and your agreement with your carrier. In the US it was passed a few years ago that you can unlock and/or root your phones as much as you'd like - but doing so may void your warranty per carrier and manufacturer Terms of Service.

Obviously, side-loading paid apps without actually paying for them is considered theft (pirating) - but the act of rooting or customizing your device is not.
dimensionavAuthor Commented:
Very clear and precise answer
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