What is Jailbreaking and Rooting
From construction to communication and from households to entertainment, technology has brought radical transformations in all arenas. Just 20 years back, the scenario was completely different. Just compare the televisions, phones, computers and vehicles of both generations. The changes have been quick and impressive.
Let’s discuss the Smartphone technology this time. The phones used a couple of years back just had basic features like voice calling, text messaging, FM radio, calculator etc. Today the same phone-based technology has evolved into a gigantic digital communication model. You can do almost everything with the Smartphone of today, be it capturing high-definition photographs, sharing information, sending emails, checking live news updates and more.
As more and more Smartphones are hitting the market, new technologies are being deployed each day. Some day you get a great camera, and the other day there’s an awesome operating system. In the midst of all these development, Smartphone makers are trying to level up against competitive players.
In order to curb malware threats or just out of customer-retention endeavor, Smartphone manufacturers resort to practices like locking, jailbreaking and rooting. These systems are software-produced techniques of placing privilege-level restrictions on mobile phones. While locking is just about restricting a particular phone’s use with a specific network connection, the real confusion comes between jailbreaking and rooting.
Used in the context of Apple’s communication devices like iPhone, jailbreaking is the technical procedure of making Apple devices compatible with software not authorized by Apple. With the help of different technological systems like ‘JailbreakMe’, ‘redsn0w’ and ‘Blackra1n’; users are able to remove Apple’s inbuilt restrictions.
Apple mandates normal users to install applications and software only from the App Store. Jailbreaking breaks this compulsion and lets users to download third party software. Users can change their iPhone’s default browser, mail client and do downloads that Apple otherwise doesn’t authorize.
Rooting, on the other hand, is usually performed on devices that run on Android operating system. Rooting means gaining ‘root access’ to a device for obtaining administrator permissions to make desirable changes. Rooting can also be performed on systems based on Linux.
Unlike jailbreaking, rooting gives deeper access to make changes to a device. For instance, rooting could allow uninstalling system applications that was otherwise not possible. The process of rooting allows making almost all kinds of changes to the phone’s operating system, including OS upgrades and saving battery life.
Just like jailbreaking isn’t favored by Apple, rooting too isn’t preferred by phone manufacturers. For this reason, Apple frequently launches updated versions of operating systems to patch the flaws of jailbreaking. Similarly while rooting a phone device, users may be required to conduct a security exploit. However devices like Nexus may not need security vulnerability for rooting purposes.
The above post is written by Alice Aires. She loves to write about Technology news, gadgets, unlocking, rooting, jailbreaking. In her free time she loves to read and play basket ball. She also maintain her site: www.smartphoneunlockers.com