New to Android and rooting

o14726

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Hi Everyone,
I have an interesting task these days. I work at an advertising company that has created a "device library" for multiple devices. I have iPhones, Android devices, Windows devices, Kindles, iPads, Samsung and BlackBerry devices. The thought behind this is that marketing people can "check out" one of these devices for a week to see how their marketing placement looks on all of these devices. Each device has been set up with certain applications that the managers of this library wish all users to have. All are easily downloadable from the web.
Here is where I come in. Once these devices are turned in, they need to be wiped clean for the next borrower. I am spending alot of time on the android devices setting the device back to factory settings and then reloading all of the apps. I have done a little research on "imaging" an android device, but I need to root the phone in order to take a complete image of the device so I can restore them at will.
Please let me know if you guys have any suggestions on how I can restore android and windows devices back to a clean image with specific apps installed.

Oh about me...I work in Atlanta, GA. I still have a company owned BlackBerry and I am dying to get something cool and new for myself.

Thanks for reading. I am looking forward to your suggestions.

Thanks,
o14726
 

mclarryjr

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If your looking to restore some app's after wiping the phone your best option would be to use a backup/restore application like titanium backup or backup pro. I use titanium backup and you could restore any app's you backup before wiping with a few clicks, you would also have the option to restore those applications with the data if that's something that would be helpful. Another option would be to make a nandroid backup of your device and restore to that each time you need to transfer the phone to a new individual either option should work for you. Goof luck and make sure you check out our rooting guides in each phone specific forum for the easiest rooting methods.

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Thank you MclarryJ,

Am I correct that I have to root each phone to take an "image" of it with Nandroid backup? Does Titanium do the same thing without rooting?

I have another problem...I have a HTC EVO Desire 4G that I have rooted BUT the 3G antenna is no longer working. I think the rooting software I used was for a slightly different phone. Is there a way for me to get this phone back to functional again with the "right" rooting process?

It would be ideal if I dont have to root any of them. Let me know if this is even possible.

Thanks again,
Dave
 

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Both Nandroid and titanium backup require root and are going to be your best option that I can think of and would recommend using titanium backup. If you used TB after wiping the phone you would just download TB from the market and restore your desired app's and then your done.

I would recommend that you ask about your Desire in that forum because you'll get a better answer I'm just not sure if the solution if flashing a new radio in hboot or not.
 

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