If you’re a Samsung Moment owner who’s rooted your device, you have an idea of what root means, obviously. Rooted devices have access to system files, which can enable a user to apply modifications, themes, and yes, custom ROMs. With the Android 2.1 update for the Moment possibly days away, for those who can no longer wait, you can install it yourself!
The Android 2.1 ROM, found at SDX-Developers is for rooted devices only. Usually, this is not the case. We’ve reported how to ‘sideload‘ an update onto your un-rooted device, but sadly, this time around you need to be rooted. Some issues have been reported when a users tried to access the Android Market, but all it takes (in most cases) is to reset the device, and you should be good to go.
Rooting, as well as flashing a system image onto your phone can brick your device if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you decide to do this, check out the forum, and read what people are saying about the process. Of course, you’re going to want to check out the ROM itself.
Only after you’ve educated yourself, should you make the decision to root or manually install the update. Just make sure you know that things can go wrong. I’ve come close to bricking many of my Android devices, but I’ve been lucky for the most part. Thanks to the great community, a lot of issues people run into are probably already posted in their right place. So if you happen to dive in, and think you’ve bricked you device, check a forum, there may be a fix for it. While bricking is possible, it’s actually pretty hard for an Android device.
If you end up updating to the ROM, tell us how it is. I don’t know anyone with a Moment, so I can’t even beg someone to allow me to fuck with their phone. The Moment is a nice phone, but let’s hope the Moment 2 delivers more.