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How & Why to Root Your Android Device and/or Install ROMs/Radios

Thanks to Android's use of Linux for its kernel, Linux is the most popular operating system in use by consumers in the world.  However, many people aren't taking advantage of the freedom this permits, but rather allowing themselves to be walled in by the proprietary interfaces that come with their Android devices.

For April's meetup, we introduce you to a man with the keys to set you free.  Adam Stroud is the lead developer at RunKeeper and author of Professional Android Sensor Programming. He is a self-proclaimed "phandroid" and is an active participant in the Android virtual community on StackOverflow and Android Google groups.

Presentation Outline

-- Why root/modify your Android device?
-- What's the difference between "rooting" and installing a ROM or radio?
-- Cool things you can do once your device is rooted
-- Demonstration of rooting a device
-- Q&A

Meeting Logistics

Akamai has generously agreed to provide space and 'free as in food' (pizza) for this meeting.
Thank you to our sponsor!

We will meet in the lobby of the building and be escorted past security to the meeting space.  If you arrive late, let the security guard know and someone will come to get you.

Our March meeting ended a little abruptly at 8:30pm because of scheduling confusion.  Apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced.  We will have more time to mingle and chat at the end of April's meeting.

Transportation & Parking

The Akamai office is a short walk from the Kendall Square T stop and other public transportation.  Metered parking should be available near our location (Ames St, south of Main St, is a good place to look for parking).

More Events & Announcements

Northeast GNU/Linuxfest March 16-17 at Harvard University

BLU meeting on ClusterFS, Wednesday, March 20

LibrePlanet March 23-24 at Harvard University:

Contact [masked] if you'd like to volunteer at LibrePlanet. Free admission is available for volunteers.



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  • Will R.

    Adam Stroud (our speaker) has generously shared his slides with us:

    I'm working on getting audio posted (no guarantees).

    April 4, 2013

  • Martin D.

    Thanks for a great talk and a lively engaging discussion!

    April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had to leave early. Are the slides available?

    April 4, 2013

  • Brendan K

    Great presentation!

    April 3, 2013

  • Brendan K

    Great presentation!

    1 · April 3, 2013

  • bob q.

    sched conflict

    April 3, 2013

  • Nam P.

    last minute conflict, can't make it...hopefully someone from the waitlist can take my spot

    April 3, 2013

  • Brendan K

    Confirmed on 2 April: see you tomorrow.

    April 2, 2013

  • Will R.

    @Luke, hope you make. It would be great to finally meet.

    March 19, 2013

    • Will R.

      @luke, our presenter will be demonstrating on his own devices because we don't want to risk bricking anyone's phone. But thanks for the offer. I'm looking forward to seeing you Wednesday and hearing your questions.

      March 29, 2013

  • Chunyee L.

    my t-mobile android phone is stuck on 2.2.3. being a developer in Java, it is time to learn more about the Linux underneath to take it on wisely. Looking at the Nexus 4's new OS and hardware capability.

    March 20, 2013

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