Android: To Root, Or Not To Root?

Rooting Android devices is something of a cottage industry; rooting can allow access to some otherwise "hidden" features in the Android OS on a particular piece of hardware. Some Android devices come with customized versions of the OS (some may be heavily modified) and rooting can bring the user back to a more "pure" or "stock" Android installation. Whatever the attractions, there are downsides too - the most pernicious one being the possibility of "bricking" the device, effectively rendering it useless and irreparable. BetaNews has 4 other reasons you may want to hold off on attempting to root your device (unless you got it used or cheap, and just want to experience the process for yourself or course).

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