What is rooting and why is it needed?

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  1. brodon

    brodon New Member

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    HI folks,

    I use my Eris Droid for mostly mail, texting, GPS, virtual Bible, research, photos, news, Skype, etc. i.e., the basic stuff.

    1. Soooooo. . . what is rooting and would it enhance any of the apps I use now?

    At 68, I've have a lot of (computer) years using major Office, business and photo editing programs, but I've never felt comfortable with system mods, which I assume this is.

    2. Also; does anyone know the status of Vlingo for Droid? I've quite a bit of hand movement, so speaking a contact would be a lot easier than touching a screen :)

    3. What does Layar do?

    4. How do I set a new homepage?

    Thank you in advance.
     
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    hookbill Premium Member Premium Member

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    1. I'm not being rude, this is the title of the thread. It's meant for the MotoDroid but I guess you could apply it to Eris too. http://www.droidforums.net/forum/droid-hacks/632-what-root-means-stop-asking.html

    2. Well, with a Moto Droid we have speech to text built in. Eris Doesn't do that?

    3 and 4. No answers for that.

    Maybe somebody with an Eris can give you more specific details, but the first item will keep you busy for a while.
     
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    Corinacakes DF Super Moderator Theme Developer

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    you're very welcome and if you have anymore questions feel free to ask :D
     
  4. brodon

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    Thank you.

    Also; I'll make sure I'm on the Eris site next time.

    Don