Well, to make your Smartphone more smart break it. Break it ? Yes jailbreak or root it. While jailbreaking is the term used for iPhones, rooting is the term used for Android phones. Both terms in simple terms means releasing your phone from the restrictions coded into the pone by your provider/manufacturer.
But beware of the consequences before you proceed. It would invalidate your warranty and most importantly it may brick your device. Brick? yes the work exactly means that your phone could be used as a brick if the process fails for some unknown reason.
On your Apple iPhone:-
- MyWi: Turns phones into mobile hotspots
- MxTube: Download YouTube videos onto your phone for offline viewing
- My3G: Allows Wi-Fi-only processes to run on 3G (e.g. HD YouTube videos)
- PDANet: For sharing your internet connection
However the biggest motivation to jailbreaking is the access to Cydia, wich is a store of illegitimate apps for your jailbreak iPhone. So what do you need? Google jailbreakme and go through the results. Again let me remind you about the consequences. It could brick your phone, void your warranty, add some bugs and the jailbreaking process itself could add a trojan or similar software in you phone.
On your Android:-
On the Android the process of getting released from the clutches of Google is called rooting. This simply means getting your root or superuser password for your device which could be your new HTC Desire, HTC Wildfire, Samsung i9000 Galaxy S or Galaxy Tab. Go to xda-developers.com and read through the forums to get a better idea on rooting your specific device. By rooting you can have your own custom version of OS for your phone (called Custom ROM). Rooting also allows you to remove most of the preinstalled applications, which cannot be removed otherwise. This will free up some space for your needed apps. One application that a rooted Android can use is the Titanium Backup which is a powerful utility to have your entire phone and applications backed up and restored whenever required. Also you could have the MarketEnabler app installed in your phone to access the otherwise restricted apps in the Android Market. As a security precaution change your root password as soon as you have rooted your device, if you are doing it. Again, rooting an Android device can make your phone a brick (a paper weight) and invalidate your warranty.
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