There are certain very obvious and now indispensable functions that have been taken advantage of by root users and then the rest in a native way.
Just as Android prevents getting super-users in their software, its evolution as an operating system owes much to this community. Those developers who were looking for the & # 39; tickle & # 39; for Android brought many features that until then Android had natively.
Google, seeing the receipt of these improvements to its software, presented them by default. Changes that have been enriching Android to take you where it is now. Well, today we're going to collect that series of changes that came first in the form of an application with root access instead of as a function included in Android.
Now, the big G is doing anything to avoid root in their devices. Something understandable since having the superuser permissions enabled on Android is a risk. It is true that those who agree to activate it are people who have knowledge, but the problem lies in those who do not.
Root is no longer needed as much as before
As a personal opinion, when I started on Android with a Nexus 4, I soon did it with root and started to "tinker" with custom ROMs. I liked to have new features and have additional customization on my device. However, I now value the opposite, because the I have the custom ROMs and the root I have by default.
I installed Xposed and a module that allowed me to switch between recent applications with a double click on a button. Android already has it. I installed another to change the notification center shortcuts. Now I can do this without it. And many other things.
In this article, we will not compile such things, but functions that seem so obvious to us that we did not imagine that we had adventures before to enjoy them.
What we now do, by holding down a series of buttons on the phone before needing root access to do so. It is true that this was a long time ago and many previous versions of Android, but there was a time when makes captures was only for root users .
You're currently pushing two buttons for a while and that's it. Volume reduction and lock button and you have the capture ready to share from the notification center. There are even customization layers that allow you to edit them right away to share them with other applications.
Disable pre-installed applications
Whenever I get a new cell phone, I go to the apps section and unplugged the typical ones that I never use. Well, if I wanted to do this some time ago, I would need root. I remember that in my time of "messing up" the cell phone, I was doing something similar with Titanium Backup .
Disabling an application is useful if you want it to occupy a little less space (although a trace remains on your phone), but it will never be activated and will be as if it were not. In my case, I usually do it with Google Play Music and other Google suites. I only keep Google Photos and Google Drive. I also usually disable Facebook or some antivirus that it brings by default.
Control the permissions of the applications
It was from Android 6.0 Marshmallow when it was introduced in the settings the possibility of controlling the permissions to which each application had access . For example, access to location, messages, etc.
But this could be controlled from before thanks to customized ROMs or without going any further, MIUI, the own ROM of Xiaomi. Google was Android 6.0 when it began to give more importance to these permissions and no longer need third-party applications to control this.
Restrict mobile data
In the early days of Android, there were not so many apps that used the Internet connection. But as Google Play grew in content and more applications were connected to the internet, they began to be problems with excessive data consumption by certain applications.
Therefore, the root community developers have launched applications that allowed to block access to mobile networks for certain applications . This can now be done natively in the "Data Usage" settings in the device settings. Even having a certain Wi-Fi network as a mobile network will be treated so that the control of Internet access of certain applications remains active.
Encrypt the device
Security on Android has always been a concern in the "alternative" community of developers. With encryption of the device is achieved that, in case of turning the phone off and on, requests a key that decrypts the content to be used . If you do not know the password, you must choose to restart the factory and therefore do not have access to your personal information in case of loss or theft.
In fact, Google requires devices to be encrypted by default. This helps a lot because now our phones have many sensitive content, access to our bank accounts and payment methods with the mobile phone, such as Android Pay.
Connect to VPN
Something as absurd today as it is restarting the cell phone before having to do so using the root. It's true that certain phones brought you in your customization layer, but remember to have use Gravity Box to activate a reboot button. So not too long ago.
There are times when the resumption of the cell phone solves some problem of stability in the software, as it happens in the computers. So if you press a button saves us having to turn it off and turn it on again, the better. We reboot and wait for reboot.
Google must to the Android scene
All of these functions that now seem basic but did not appear on Android by default: you needed to choose the root of the device and install the appropriate applications to have them. So while Android now restrains the root (understandably, considering that now our phone is used to pay), Google owes much to the community of developers who move through XDA and others.