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    Thanks for the step-by-step. Rooting my G1 is on my todo, but I just haven’t had the time to sit down and search out the how-tos. Your post eliminated that step for me.

    FYI, there is a way to achieve a USB tether without root using PDANet. It works really well.

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    Jason Krellner

    Great write-up, Gina. I will be taking the Android plunge when the Hero is released by Sprint on Oct. 11. I want to root my phone immediately (before I put anything on it, since doing so deletes everything), but I have heard such great things about the Sense UI. Is there a way to root these things without losing the factory UI? Or is there a custom rooted Sense UI somewhere? I have Googled this stuff to no avail. Anybody got tips?

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    Paul Howard

    Or you could wait until the Hero is released. It comes with tethering built in.


    Easy instructions on how to get it working.

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    Kevin Purdy

    @Jason: Rooting your phone with Cyanogen’s mod doesn’t apply any distinct UI to your phone, but does open it up to using themes:


    I haven’t tinkered with them too much, but there are definitely Sense-ish themes to work with. Good luck!

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    Chuck Falzone

    I did this last week. I don’t currently need to tether but did it mainly for the performance boost, which is quite noticeable.

    While it is annoying to have to wipe yr phone, it’s a little less annoying if you use something like MyBackup to back everything up beforehand.

    I was under the impression tethering was possible without root access using PdaNet.
    Haven’t used it, tho…

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    Jörg Reinhardt

    there is a way to quasi tether without rooting the device (it’s actually a proxy, but works for me), using Tetherbot: http://graha.ms/androidproxy/

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    How is rooting different from Jailbreaking? Both are trying to basically gain root access.

    But that aside. I wish someone or some company would get Android’s stuff together. Android and DoubleTwist could become a great threat to the Zune and iPod chokehold (Ok, maybe not much on Zune, but maybe iPod). Have doubletwist be able to sync apps, have Creative Commons content, Podcasts, and more. And have Android and Android devices be what the iPhone OS is to the iPod touch.

    I want Android. But only if it can become… iPod touch like, in terms of what I mentioned above.

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    Stephen Skoutas

    OK, I gave it a go. It didn’t work. The phone hung up on the “new” Android splash screen (the skateboarding android). So I restored, and got back to the original OS. Then I tried it again, starting over from the beginning of the tutorial. Same result, except there seemed to be a problem with the back-up file, so I couldn’t boot into the new OS nor restore to the factory OS (SEE LAST PARAGRAPH FOR ERROR MESSAGE)

    The error suggested that I repair by running
    “nandroid-mobile.sh. restore” from the console. The suggestion to repair via console is great, but this is a MyTouch 3G with no physical keyboard to be able to type in console.

    To make matters worse, since I can’t fully fire the phone up, I can’t mount it for mass USB storage either.

    LAST PARAGRAPH – OK, I don’t know why, but get this… I tried to repeat the error I was getting during the backup process and the phone was not responding. Assuming that the battery may have drained, I plugged it in, Home/Powered up, and again selected “restore latest backup” It worked. I have no idea if it worked on a fluke or if the phone needed power to complete, but I am apparently all set now and running the original Android that shipped with the phone. As I figured this may assist someone else, I decided to proceed with posting this.

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    Brandon Amand

    Does rooting the phone allow you to install apps on the external memory? I’ve already run out of space on my G1.

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    One Click Root no longer works, removed as per Google’s request I think.

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