As it seems the most talked about topics on here are about how to root your Hudl, I am curious to find out why people are so eager.
I've owned an original N7 from release and have rooted it/upgraded it over and over and when I look back there was only ever one valid reason I could find as to why I did this - to use USB on-the-go with a 3G dongle so that I could get 3G network access. I soon realised that it hammered the battery and was so flakey that it just wasn't worth the hassle. In the end I just bought a MiFi device and waved goodbye to root access and hassle.
So when I got a Hudl - cos they are great aren't they? - I was tempted to root it, but was struggling to find any reason. From my own experience and various posts on the forum I've listed some fors and againsts, but why do people specifically want root on the Hudl.
To be clear I mean just applying the su binary to get elevated rights, not flashing a whole new customised ROM or recovery tool. I'm also aware, unless I missed a memo, that the only way to attain root access on the Hudl right now is to flash a modified Tesco system image with the su binary included.
Reasons to root!
- "Because it's there". The act of rooting your device is in and of itself a reason to do it. It's a learning exercise, a triumph over those nasties at Tesco/Google that don't give you full access to the hardware you own.
- To allow the removal of the Tesco apps/widgets and the (I agree) annoying [T] button. This seems to be the #1 reason right now. Apart from the [T] button removal, I'm not sure you gain that much additional storage space/CPU cylces or save that much more battery by removing these apps.
- To poke around the underlying Android file structure to modify files such as build.prop . E.g. to allow things such as fooling Android into thinking your Hudl is a phone instead of a tablet and thus allow you to install phone only apps - but there are easier ways around this.
- To allow a 'fix' to be applied for an underlying problem ... I'm yet to see a fix for any of the Hudl 'problems' yet that needs root.
- To allow ad blocker software complete access to block in-app advertising
- Allow you to take a full backup of your apps and data including system apps
- To allow special things to be done with external hardware such as using USB on the go and a 3G dongle - the only reason I've ever had for rooting.
- And... the only reason I currently have to root my Hudl... to turn off the REALLY annoyingly loud and pointless startup plinky plonk!
Equally there are reasons not to root.
- You can mess up your device to the point where the average user can't recover it if you modify too much.
- If you change some low level Android files official updates will often fail when they verify the intergity of your device. This means you have to revert to 'stock' or unroot prior to installing updates
- Rare - but you could inadvertently grant root access to a nefarious app. You'd have to be foolish enough to install a dodgy app in the first instance.
- To remove the mistaken belief that simply rooting a device miraculously fixes various hardware/software bugs. It does not unless you subsequently use the root access to modify files/settings/software to fix the bug.
Really I'm just looking for a reason to root my Hudl because I'm actually one of those that does it "Because it's there". I'm also truly interested to find out why people are so eager. Especially as the Huld must be introducing a lot of people to Android and tablet computing for the first time and they may think that they can only get value out of their device if they root it!
Shields up. Ready for the barrage of things I missed