What is Rooting? Rooting is the addition of SuperUser “su” to your device. This allows applications and commands to run at elevated permissions.
Why Root my phone? Rooting unlocks abilities from doing little things from removing bloatware to huge things like Custom ROM’s, unsupported software and even leaked updates. The open source community is pretty diverse and helpful. So there’s no shortage on possibilities. Not seeing something you want? Ask for it, maybe someone is looking for a project. Either that or you can learn to do it yourself!
Is rooting dangerous? Will it brick my phone? Will it void my warranty?
It can be, It could, and Yes. By blocking su, the manufacturers and carriers have taken a huge stride to protect its end users from malicious software and instable systems. Sometimes, one mistyped key in a command string can render your phone useless. Most of the time, it’s recoverable, but not always. If you feel capable, there are guides (coming soon) posted on this site to root your phone.
It will and does void your warranty with Motorola. Verizon and Motorola will not support a phone they suspect is rooted.
That being said, rooting alone is generally a safe, easily reversible practice. What you do after rooting is what’s more risky.
If I root, will I still be eligible for (Over The Air) OTA updates.
It varies. Some users have no issue, they just use a Root Preservation App. Others have had difficulty in applying the update.
Things are relatively easy to update and most current ROM’s are updated to reflect the new OTA.
Will I still get application updates? Absolutely. Rooting does not affect the update eligibility of any legitimate program in the Market.
If I decide to Root / Un-Root, how do I do that? Follow this [guide]