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IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET 400% PERFORMANCE FROM AN ANDROID PHONE?

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IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET 400% PERFORMANCE FROM AN ANDROID PHONE?

A custom Kernel, Android custom ROM, Bootloader, rooting android, getting android phone bricked, etc are always the least discussed topic to us. We always want to get more from our consumed product. Let’s see if our handset has the capability to provide us something more or it is just a regular smartphone.

 

Accept my cordial greetings,

We all have a smartphone running on android or IOS. Today our topic is Android because we are not rich <Huge SENTI/> What could we possibly do to get the best performance out of a device no matter what specs it has or what configuration it contains. Can we run PUBG on high graphics settings on a 2GB Ram variant phone from 2016? Can we get a battery backup for 3 days from a 1200 mAh Battery?

The answer is: Maybe. There is always a possible way. What is hard is to find the path. Let’s try if I can show you the path. Hold tight, we are going to explore the glorious world of android which we barely even imagined.

 

ANDROID ROOTING

There is a myth ongoing that introduces rooting as a harmful method to apply. The truth is Android rooting is and was never harmful to any device. But keep that in mind by rooting our device we are going to void our warranty and will never be able to get a security patch update which has a small possibility to expose our beloved android to a security threat. For example: If there is ransomware created in August and our last security patch update was from July. There is a chance that our phone could be affected by that virus as our phone barely knows the virus. But no worries, these days rooting is much safer and we can update our phone with the help of 3rd party ROMs and kernels.

TO ROOT OR NOT TO ROOT?

The next question is whether you should root Android or leave it as it is. That of course is a matter of personal preference, but there are some compelling arguments both for and against.

On the plus side, it gives us more access to a number of cool apps and customization options. It also lets us upgrade older phones to newer versions of Android, long after our manufacturer and carrier have forgotten about our device. As mentioned, rooting Android will let us change things that we otherwise couldn’t, and it will also let us use a host of cool apps. [Source: Android Authority]

ANDROID ROOT APPS AND OPTIONS

Here are just a few things you can do with a rooted Android device:

  • Overclock the CPU to improve gaming performance
  • Change the boot animation
  • Increase battery life
  • Install and run desktop Ubuntu!
  • Greatly enhance the power of Tasker
  • Remove preinstalled bloatware apps
  • Try out any cool root apps

For some people, rooting Android is also something of a statement. You paid for this device, so why shouldn’t you use it exactly as you wish? Especially if it means removing cynical and unhelpful bloatware. There’s also a certain status that comes from it, and a great sense of accomplishment when you achieve root access for the first time. [Source: Android Authority]

WILL YOU DAMAGE YOUR DEVICE?

That said, there are also some potential downsides to rooting.

For one, even once you know how to root Android, there are still some risks involved. Get this wrong and there is a slight chance of bricking your device (it’s happened to me). It’s definitely easier and safer on some devices than others, but if you’re not overly confident with your tech wizardry, then you may prefer to leave well enough alone.

HANDY ROOTING TERMINOLOGY:

  • Bootloader – Lowest level software on your phone that starts up recoveries and then the main operating system.
  • Recovery – Low-level software that can create and restore full system backups. Accessed before the main OS.
  • ADB (Android Debug Bridge) – A command-line tool that is part of the Android SDK, which supports communication between a computer and an Android device. [Source: Android Authority]

WHAT IS KERNEL?

A kernel in an operating system—in this case, Android—is the component responsible for helping our applications communicate with our hardware. It manages the system resources, communicates with external devices when needed, and so on. Android uses a variation of the Linux kernel. A kernel is not the same as a ROM, even though we install them in mostly the same way. A ROM is a bit more all-encompassing. It’s the operating system we use on our phone, the software our phone uses to get things done—the kernel is the bridge between that ROM and our hardware. All ROMs come with a kernel installed, but we can install a third-party one if we like—and that’s what this post is about. [Credit: lifehacker.com]

More simply, the kernel is an agent to create a relation between android softwares and hardwares. The kernel decides how much memory an application will use from the RAM, how much CPU it may use, how much battery it may consume. So, our phone’s performance entirely depends on the kernel we use. You can check your kernel version from the settings. 

Now you might be getting a bit eager to ask me can we boost our phone’s performance by modifying the kernel? Is it possible to modify the kernel? Well, we will see. Learn the basic concepts first. We will get to the level intermediate.  

CUSTOM ROM, CUSTOMIZE YOUR PHONE AS YOU WANT

A custom ROM is an aftermarket firmware production based on the Android source code provided by Google. The main reason why people prefer custom ROMs is the fact that almost every company drops support for their devices after 2 years of their launch. A custom ROM, on the other hand, helps keep our device alive and updated with the latest in the world of Android. [Credit: beedom.com]

WHY WILL WE USE A CUSTOM ROM INSTEAD OF USING THE STOCK ROM? 

The answer is simple, custom ROM gives us plenty of options to customize our phone as we want. Moreover, most of the smartphone manufacturers do not provide an OTA system update after 2 years. So, we won’t get the latest versions of the android after 730 days. So, if we have an old phone which we want to upgrade to the latest android version. Now we can do it before we can finish our coffee. Secondly, a custom ROM comes with a custom kernel which gives a massive performance boost or a huge battery backup or may give us the opportunity to use our snapdragon 665 to run at the clock speed of 865. Don’t forget, Linux always gives us the superpower to modify every possible tweaks. Use it or lose it, the choice is always ours.

Now the most awaited question of yours (If you are still awake)- IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET 400% PERFORMANCE FROM AN ANDROID PHONE?

In other words, YES it is possible by matching custom ROMs and custom Kernels we can easily get 4x performance from our device. But the answer is still confidential. We can do it, but for doing so we need to keep that in mind that we need to find out the best suitable custom ROM for us. For example: If we want the best performance we can use the ROM “Ressurection Remix”, for better battery backup and stock alike feel, we have the option to go for “Pixel Experience” for most customizing capability use “Havoc OS”.

We can easily find our desired custom ROM on the “XDA Developers” website or any trustable site. 

Caution: Do not download custom ROMs from a website you don’t trust otherwise you are transferring your device’s authority to an unknown person, maybe a hacker. Who knows!

Aranya Kishor

Saint Gregory’s High School and College

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