There’s more than one way you can beef up the overall value of your rooted Android phone. Upgrading to Froyo 2.2 would be the first on that list, since most Indian Android devices don’t have Froyo updates out, just yet. Next up on the ‘Android Beef-up’ list would be USB Tethering and overclocking. But is it really worth going through the trouble of rooting and putting another modded OS and making things difficult for yourself? Going through the ordeal of reading up complicated processes on forums, downloading software, pressing the appropriate buttons during the startup of your device can be annoying at times. But hey, if iPhone users can do it, so can we.
In this article, I’ve showcased a short account of how I overclocked my Motorola Milestone in less than 15 minutes by a simple 3-way process. These steps may or may not be applicable to your Android device, as each handset's hardware has a different modular engineering with the Android OS. So, be absolutely sure before you go ahead with this.
Things I had before I started -
Motorola Milestone (unrooted)
Universal Androot (rooting app)
Milestone Overclock (Overclocking app)
Let's get started -
Getting down to business, the Milestone is a pretty sturdy device but make sure you’ve charged your Android phone to the fullest so that it doesn’t drain during the process. Once you have dropped the rooting and Overclocking apps onto your SD card, you must enable the option for using them from Settings>Application Settings>Unknown Sources. This will allow you to install 3rd party unsigned apps.
Install the Universal Androot app and that will take care of the rooting. It's a one click process, which says root or unroot. Once the rooting is done, an alternate app called SuperUser Access Controller gets installed on the device. After this process is complete, just make sure that you restart your device so that the Superuser Access Request gets activated at startup.
And that’s that. Your device has been successfully Rooted.
The restart of your device makes the kernel restart and also helps the SuperUser Access Control get activated. After your handset is up and running, go to the SD card location where the Milestone Overclock app is and install it. Because your 3rd party apps install permissions are enabled, you won't have a problem installing this too. Recently, I saw this app on the Android Market too, so I guess you can download it from there directly and install it.
Once installed, the interface opens. Make sure, before you do anything else, to refresh and load the module, then press apply. After that, your Android device's speed would be shown in MHZ. Mine showed 550MHZ. So, I increased the band from 550MHz to 1200MHz (1.2GHz). Post that, I applied the setting one more time and restarted the phone.
Your device has been successfully overclocked at 1.2GHz.
Do keep in mind that even though this seems like an extremely simple procedure, I did it at my own risk and there's always a possibility things could go wrong and your device could get bricked. Just keep this in mind before attempting anything.
To read the rest of the article head on over to BizTech2, here.
Published Date: Nov 25, 2010 05:10 pm | Updated Date: Nov 25, 2010 05:10 pm