|In the early years of Android, due to its low specifications, the “ROOT” or superuser permissions was something almost forced. It was instrumental in pushing the Android community, but I can say that it is no longer useful.|
The beginnings have always been hard, it’s something we all know. Tell it to Android. Our beloved android has had a rather hard drive, and its first versions were rudimentary and quite conditioned by the low levels of hardware that mounted the mobiles of then, forcing us to use the famous ROOT. And over the years, and with Android at the cusp of operating systems, I continue to give advanced use to my mobiles as soon as I can. And being a ROOT user, I can say that it is not worth having superuser permissions to this day. Why?
The use of ROOT has been distorted
What is ROOT specifically for? Its use is simple: we get full access to all our Android. We own all of its functions, and with various tools we can modify each of the smallest aspects of this system. Part of this has been what has gained the popularity of Android throughout all this time.
At first, the ROOT was necessary due to hardware limitations and to have some more storage with our SD or to have a customized ROM that would give us more power of choice. CyanogenMOD will always be in our hearts for giving many life to many devices and for making using Gingerbread or Froyo easier. With the current hardware we do not need to expand our space of action and the rooteo has been relegated to mere aspects of customization or optimization. Does the majority of the public need this? I firmly believe that no.
Change a ROM? Wait…
To change a ROM (one of the bases of Android) we had to pass through the root. The recovery needed to access the entirety of our device, resulting in the complete deletion of our internal data. Currently we do not need the ROOT for the recovery to install a ROM in our Android, and only misses the settings and apps of the system when making a wipe, without having to erase the multimedia aspects. So?
We could say that with ROOT we can optimize our system better by installing applications like Greenify or Xposed modules. And that was necessary when Android was a premature system with bugs and management failures, like Lollipop‘s battery leak. With Marshmallow and Nougat the vast majority of those bugs have been fixed and customization layers have added these improvements to their own options, such as Oxygen OS. So we have the customization. Does that have real weight? Yes, with nuances.
Freedom is good, but not always useful
I will never deny that one of the most positive aspects of Android is its ability to customize. The fact that we can change all aspects of our system is a feeling of freedom that we need and that we hope we never lose. I love the possibility of doing what we want with our mobile, but let’s face it: ROOT is no longer necessary for many of these capabilities. Why?
To customize our Android we had to pass through the root. Now it is not necessary.
We have packs of icons, launchers, themes in apps like Telegram … If we want to radically change aspects of our system we would need apps like Substratum and an AOSP ROM, and apart from the variety of topics is reduced, nobody who does not have some knowledge of Android Will bother to carry out the whole process that entails installing all this shed for what it gives. The freedom to do this is fine, but it is not useful for the vast majority of those using Android today.
The customization aspects have been standardized so that it is possible to modify many of the sections of our system without really having to work hard. So the root has descended to concepts of experimentation and pure curiosity. Try an app that needs root or do something different with our mobile. I have an old Android and having a ROM perfectly adapted for the ROOT I hardly use it and that I give a quite intensive and advanced use. This is repeated between my acquaintances and nearby circles, so I can assure you that rooting your device can not only be dangerous, but totally unnecessary.
But this is not bad. The rooting, without being necessary, gives us the freedom that we enjoy on Android, and that is something very valuable. We may not need it, but I highly recommend anyone who is curious to explore this type of world, since it will bring you enough and will help you to know better this system that we enjoy both in Android.