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What is the meaning of “flashing a custom ROM”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc.? What is a custom ROM, and what does "flashing a custom ROM" mean?
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1answer
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What is the difference between rooting and unlocking the Boot Loader in reference to Android? [duplicate]

I have heard these two terms the most, whenever people talk about Android OS. One of them is Rooting or root access, and the other one is unlocking the Boot Loader. Are these two terms exactly the ...
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2answers
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What do “root,” “flash,” and “ROM” mean? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the meaning of “flashing a custom ROM”? I have been looking for some good explanations of some words that have been frequently used the android developer ...
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2answers
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What is the difference between jailbreaking and unlocking an Android? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc Is either possible, legal, contractually legit and does either damage the phone?
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What do “NAND”, “ROM” and “to flash” mean? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc.? I'd like to know the meaning of the following terms: What does NAND mean? What is a ROM? Is it a custom ...
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0answers
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How to explain rooting, recovery and custom ROMs to a beginner? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc.? What is the meaning of “flashing a custom ROM”? What do “root,” “flash,” and “ROM” mean? I've got Dad a ...
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1answer
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What do you mean by kernel [duplicate]

I have many times come across this word. I even know a little about it but don't know exactly what it is.
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2answers
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What do the terms root, bootloader unlock, custom recovery and ROM installation mean? [duplicate]

I'm trying to root my Galaxy Note 4 and I see the above terms being used everywhere. What do each of them mean? I have a vague idea about each of them, but I'm still confused about some of them. A ...
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1answer
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Understanding Android terminologies [duplicate]

I am a Android greenhorn, and seems like there are a lot of jargon that float around. Example: Android OS Android Kernel Rooting Recovery Partition ROM Boot locked BIOS SIM Locked stock android etc. ...
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What are the technical differences between bootloader, recovery, kernel and ROM? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc.? I'd love a reference (or an explanation if anyone has the time) on what characterizes these different ...
478
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1answer
693k views

How do I root my Android device?

This is a common question asked by those who want to root their phones. How exactly do I root my Android device? Are there risks involved?
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3answers
474k views

I've rooted my phone. Now what? What do I gain from rooting?

This is a common question by those who have just rooted their phones. What apps, ROMs, benefits, etc. do I get from rooting? What should I be doing now?
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7answers
162k views

What does “to root a phone” mean?

I heard this phrase or the variants (rooted phone, rooting, etc.) in android forums but I don't know what it means. Can you explain it in simple terms?
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3answers
234k views

Where can I find stock or custom ROMs for my Android device?

There are several reasons to be looking for a ROM: Upgrading or downgrading your stock ROM Looking for firmware from a different region/language Flashing a custom ROM for different features, removing ...
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6answers
13k views

Why are there so many different Android kernels (technical answer please)

Isn't Android a common kernel that is used across all devices? For example CentOS will install on Dell, HP, and a variety of other hardware. Sure there are different modules but it's still CentOS ...

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