Just rooted Canadian Galaxy s4, whats next?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by purplekush604, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hey guys as the title says, i just rooted my fido galaxy s4. I came from a jailbroken ipnone 4s, and am a compete noob!
    Will the automatic updates effect the rooting?
    Do i need custom recovery? If so, which one?

    Thanks
     
  2. MRU
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    MRU

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    What do you "want" to achieve ?

    Rooting allows certain things, and yes it stops OTA updates, and updates via Kies. Though you can simply unroot is superuser app with one click.

    If you are looking to put a custom recovery - these are used for installing ROMs - then I'd suggest Philz recovery as it seems to work better for me in the past.

    I've actually stopped now though as novelty has worn off of flashing ROMs. Especially after latest security update causes havok for me with a lot of stock ROMs failing to get past the ABOOT section of ODIN or ROMs now failing to have either WiFi or Sound.

    Thankfully I found a very recent unbranded stock ROM which I could flash with everything working, but to be honest the stress that evening when I realised my previously working ROMs were now somehow fecked was not worth going through, so I'm now on latest Touchwiz.

    Just be aware flashing part is easy - but if it goes wrong or an update (last Samsung update changed Linux status in the about section to enforcing - which I think must be the cause of my problems) it can leave you flustered and without a fully working handset if you can't get a fully working stock ROM to roll back to.

    If your really keen on going forward, head over to XDA. But be aware its a pretty big learning curve and folks tend not to be the most helpful to new flashers over there.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply. Honestly i'm a little confused with what i want. Just came from a jailbroken 4s.
    Are roms just widgets?
    I definitely want a custom recovery, i was thinking of going with the one that comes in the rom manager app, clockworkmod.. What are you're thoughts on it?
    I would like to stop auto updates, I hate how i cant set my screen lock pin to come on every 5 mins, rather than every time i press the power button. I would also like to get a camera "widget" on my lock screen that goes to the camera quickly as possible for quick photo shots.

    Thanks
     
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    gotluck

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    Adaway is one of the best reasons to root
    https://f-droid.org/wiki/page/org.adaway
     
  5. MRU, Oct 2, 2013
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    MRU
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    You do not need to root or put a custom recovery for any of what you want.

    A ROM is not a widget but the entire Operating System

    Custom Recovery is only needed to flash said ROMs. Otherwise it serves no purpose.

    Widgets are in plentiful supply on the play store.

    If you want to turn off auto-updates you can do so in the play store for your downloaded applications, and if you don't want to be bugged about software updates regarding the Operating System, simply go into applications management in settings, then go to all apps. Scroll down to Google Services Framework, click on it and untick show notifications.

    As for lock screen, sadly widgets / shortcuts are not available with pin lock - only with swipe lock. But you can change the pin lock time by simply changing the screen timeout in display settings. Every time your screen tines out after 5 additional seconds the pin lock will kick in.

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    Yep there is nothing like begrudging developers ad revenue so that they are actually paid for their hard work developing an app and offering it free on the app store. Heaven forbid anyone with a conscience would want to pay a developer to unlock the ad free version if they were going to use the app regularly....;)

    /s. Sarcasm - but I do strongly believe in paying for an app if you don't want ads. We have $500 + phones, I don't see a valid argument to deprive a developer of the $1 for an app.
     
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    gotluck

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    Hey I have paid apps. Its no ads in the browser that is so nice. But yes fair enough someone has to get mad, but the user experience is wonderful.
     
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    Phil A.

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    I avoid rooting my S4 because there's not much I'd want to do with rooting anyway and it's a constant battle to avoid Samsung detecting rooting and invalidating warranty.

    The latest issue seems to be an e-fuse indicating "knox warranty status" - https://plus.google.com/+Chainfire/posts/ZKuMQ3fNzuN
    If Chainfire can't figure out a way round it, there probably isn't one!

    Once my warranty has expired, I may root it, but until then, I'm keeping it stock
     
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    gotluck

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    Damn, that's some brutal stuff - fair enough, interesting read.
    Knox is not on the GE.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the great replies everyone. Maybe i really didn't need to root it than. What about recording phone conversations? I like how the old nokias would always do it, but than i went over to apple and it was never allowed. As far as auto updates, i was mainly talking about the os software updates; how exactly do i get into the "all apps" option?
    As for the lock screen option, if i take the pin off, what is the best security app to lock every other option on my phone, such as the settings app or even mail?
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    Sell it for an iphone.
     

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