Benefits of Rooting a Nexus?
I just bought the Nexus 4 today and was wondering if there were any significant advantages to rooting an already high performing device with stock Android. I'm not really looking to put on any themes or fancy customization of that sort, although a numeric battery indicator would be nice. If you're a Nexus owner, why do you root your device and what do you use to take advantage of it?
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If you have a new device, then you have to determine whether the apps that you wish to use require root access. If not, then you probably don't need to bother rooting you device.
However, similarly, with my new HTC One X, I wondered what other purpose I had to root my phone. Previously, I used to install custom ROMs that offered a bit more speed/smoothness and App2SD since my previous phone was slow and had little internal storage. With the HOX, I'm more than happy with just about everything. :D
I've rooted my Nexus 4, like I had with all my previous Android devices. I'd recommend it, and here's why.
I've installed/flashed a custom Kernel onto my device, which has significantly improved battery life. Previously I could use the Nexus 4 for maybe a day, at most. With the same usage, I'm able to get two days of battery. A custom ROM (like CyanogenMod) is also enticing - I'm currently running AOKP, and it has many advantages. Read about it more at aokp.co.
Nexus 4 devices also have a weird yellow hue, this can also be solved with rooting. I love my display now!
Aside from the new features, the battery life was the real reason I rooted my device. The chance to increase my battery substantially is extremely enticing.
Hope this helped!
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