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Never been a fan of Bing myself. The layout, format, color, actual results -- none of it tickles my fancy.
I've said it several times before, but it has always looked like a domain sqautter's site, like you misspelled bing or something, but no, you spelled it right.

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I heard that Bing uses Google search.
I'm just a Googly kinda guy i suppose. lol
Lol. What they do is apparently use the google searches within IE to add to bing search results. We'll see what becomes of that.

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root gives you access to insert custom roms (yes also illegal ones).
... I'm not sure what you mean. I might, but even then...
Rooting gives you the ability to add/delete/modify system files. In doing so, you can delete the "packaged" apps that you aren't allowed to delete without rooting. You can also put on much better versions of android that the modding community compiles from source (these are ROMs), or custom kernels. I prefer CM myself for my original Droid. There are also "cooked" ROMs like Bugless Beast which are just repacks, and modifications, nothing built from source. You have several options at your disposal.

With nandroid, you'll have a very hard time bricking your phone. Before that, when you had to use ADB on a computer, and manually do all of this, you might brick it. And I had to reflash an SBF once, but even so, I've never bricked my phone.
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Edit. I just got my phone. It's not rooted will. I will look into doing this. Sounds pretty cool.
Edited by lowkickqop - 2/7/11 at 6:33pm
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im sketched out by rooting. i feel like its not as easy as overclocking a cpu in the bios. btw does it void warranty?
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Come and read. I am part of the forum, because of my Moment.

http://forum.sdx-developers.com/inte...velopment-2-2/
    
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ROOT = void warranty......

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I did it and it went fine. It is needed to run SetCPU which is a great battery saver.
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I did it and it went fine. It is needed to run SetCPU which is a great battery saver.
no it didnt.

http://www.overclock.net/mobile-phon...out-there.html

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Ahaha, well that stuff is actually a lot more complex than rooting. I was installing a specific Hboot and partition for my ROM and I forgot to re-install the ROM after!!!

Rooting itself is very quick and easy.
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Ahaha, well that stuff is actually a lot more complex than rooting. I was installing a specific Hboot and partition for my ROM and I forgot to re-install the ROM after!!!

Rooting itself is very quick and easy.
oh. haha. is it as safe as jailbreaking? like if i mess it up i can just restore?
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oh. haha. is it as safe as jailbreaking? like if i mess it up i can just restore?
Yeah, it can brick just like you can with an iPod, but provided you don't turn the device off, it's all cool. It's like installing any low level firmware, turn it off at a critical point and it'll brick (like turning off a PC mid BIOS flash )

Essentially rooting a device gives you access to very low level files to do with Linux. You can install root necessary apps from Android Market like SetCPU or Titanium Backup. However, most people root so they can install a new ROM.

The ROM is the software that runs. It is all based on Linux Android, but some use newer kernals (2.2 vs 2.3 etc...). Basically, different ROM's aim to achieve different things. I personally use Oxygen on my Desire as it is meant to be the quickest and cleanest (plus I hated HTC's SenseUI).

If you got more questions, just hit me up on MSN. There are other things like Radios, Hboot, Clockwork Recovery... all things you'll encounter and might want to change (especially Radios).
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