Usually rooting guides aren’t too difficult nowadays because of the abundance of third-party developers we have offering support combined with an Android open source operating system that’s always been easy to hack. Even though the new Android 5.0 Lollipop comes with heightened security, developers are still coming up with solutions for unlocking the system internals.
Anyway, now and then a toolkit comes out and when they do they offer hackers lots of joy because of everything available all from the one package; thus making opening your device with root access even easier than earlier.
What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?
When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.
Why Would You Want to Root Android?
Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:
- Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
- Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
- Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
- Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.
What Are the Risks of Rooting?
If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.
With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:
- Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
- You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
- You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.
Details of Note
- The Google Nexus 10 comes with its own all-in-one toolkit that is made by popular XDA Developer member Mskip. You might know the developer’s name from other kits for the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7.
- So, what do we mean when we say it offers everything in the one place? Inside you have the Nexus 10 ADB and fastboot drivers, a dedicated option for locking and unlocking the bootloader, a button for flashing the custom recovery, a button for gaining root access, a Nandroid backup option, APK’s, other backup and restore options apart from the Nandroid, BusyBox, change extensions to tar files, reboots in fastboot and normal mode and a whole lot more. Other standout features include Google stock images available from a folder, partition dumps, compressed zip files, renaming of recovery files for stock ROMs, boot in ClockworkMod Touch recovery without any other CWM files required and the ability to boot in download mode for flashing files.
- Now that you know every that’s coming inside the toolkit it’s time to learn the steps for downloading the same to your computer. that way you can enjoy everything we mentioned and more for your giant tablet whenever you want to use something.
How to root the Nexus 10 with the all-in-one toolkit
- Download the SkipSoft toolkit from here.
- Download the file to the desktop of a Windows computer.
- Double click the icon to open the program.
- Click the ‘next’ button on the display for finalizing the installation.
- Click the icon from the desktop that’s readily available after the installation completes.
- Type ‘No” in the option box
- Select the “Enter’ option on the display to access the main menu
- From there you can see the different buttons available which allow you to perform different functions.
- Each option comes with a number. Type the number in the vacant area and then follow the set of on-screen instructions to finish the task you are choosing to complete.
Those wanting more can visit the same link above where you’ll see the original poster with additional information on the topic. There you will find the full list of features that come inside and a bunch of comments for problems and solution which you might find useful.