We all know what it’s like. Just bought a new phone and now happy. Run home, log on to YouTube and do the obligatory unboxing video and now happy. Turn on the device, watch the boot-up and now happy. Device starts, play around and suddenly realize you are back to a stock operating system (OS). Suddenly not so happy. This sucks! This is a common feeling experienced by many rooting addicts out there, but thanks to XDA and its developers rooting has become somewhat of a norm. For those not-in-the-know ‘rooting’ is essentially the unlocking of your device at its most fundamental (system) level. Once here and in among the bare bones of the device the possibilities to install custom ROMs (changing the OS), rooted apps and advanced recovery options are all there to be taken. One of the first steps in rooting and flashing (installing new software and features), typically includes installing a new recovery system such as ClockworkMod (CWM) or TeamWin Recovery Project (TWRP). Both recoveries aid rooted devices in their new found abilities as well as providing a safe-base to return to when things go wrong.
The rise in rooting has become so popular that creating a rooting guide is no longer a badge-of-honour. Instead now, it is all about how quickly developers can root a device after its release and this window of launch-to-root is increasingly getting smaller. Thanks to xda developer varun.chitre15 the rooting and customizing of Android One devices just took a massive leap forward by porting CWM to Android One devices. As Android One is so new and the operating system identical across the launch-manufacturers this means owners of the Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V and Spice Dream Uno can all now root and install CWM.
For those interested, the first step is unlocking the bootloader. Similar to the OnePlus One this is rather easy (compared to other devices) and owners simply need to input the fast-boot command fastboot oem unlock. Following this, users can then check-out the flashing instructions to install CWM and also how to fully root the devices. Once installed users can take advantage of the additional backup and restore features as well as rooted apps. Now of course, those clever XDA guys just need to get on with creating custom ROMs for Android One. Hurry up guys! Jeez! What’s taking so long?