Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Rooting the Huawei Ascend

I just root-ed my Huawei Ascend. It was surprisingly easy. Tokenpoke at Android Forums provides an easy step-by-step guide to customizing the Ascend. I found it easiest to do everything from my phone. Here's a quick summary of what I did:
I chose not to delete the Metro Web and Android Keyboard apps. I may delete the Metro Web app if I decide I like the Skyfire app better. But, AFAIK, I don't have a keyboard app other than the Android Keyboard and I don't want to be stuck without a keyboard! Is there a build-in keyboard that Android would use if I delete "Android Keyboard"?
As Tokenpoke notes, deleting Boingo and MetroWifi are probably the largest benefits since they will run in the background and you can't permanently shut them off (without rooting your phone). I'm already seeing benefits to rooting my phone and deleting apps. When I play Angry Birds, the animation is much less choppy. Also, interaction with the phone seems to be snappier.
Note that you delete applications from the "Titanium Backup" app. Click on an application, then click the "un-install" button. For reference, these are the apps I removed:
  • Boingo wifi
  • Loopt
  • Mail@metro
  • Metro backup
  • Metro navigator
  • Metro 411
  • Metropcs easy wifi
  • Mobile Im
  • Mocospace
  • Myextras
  • Pocket express
  • Swype
  • Uno
  • Voice dialer
  • Virtual card
  • YouTube
I didn't see the Google Skymap app.

Update 7/6/11: MetroPCS has released the Android 2.2 Upgrade.  If you've tried this on a rooted Ascend, please let me know by leaving a comment.  Thanks!