Cynogenmod.

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Southernboyj, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Southernboyj macrumors 68000

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    Ok so I have a Verizon Galaxy S3. I have never rooted before. Anyone else rooted their Verizon Galaxy S3? I've heard it is the most annoying to root due to the locked bootloader. I'm wanting vanilla Jelly Bean on my Galaxy S3.

    My main questions are: How difficult is it to un-root the device if I decide to for any reason, and will I lose all my data? And I've heard the best root to do is called AOSP Cynogenmod. Any help would be great as I wanna find out as much info as possible before I start. I'm a little nervous. :p
     
  2. tgi macrumors 65816

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    I haven't read anything about the GS3 having a locked bootloader. Is it just for the Verizon version? Anyways, I'm curious about this is as well. Looking forward to the responses.
     
  3. Southernboyj thread starter macrumors 68000

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    As far as I know, it is the only one with a locked bootloader.
     
  4. sarcosis macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah i don't know why, but it seems that the Verizon one is the only GSIII with a locked bootloader, which makes things a little more complicated. I found some info after digging around XDA.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1762709

    Check out that guide and do read the entire thing. Don't read part of it, read the whole thing first a few times and make sure you have a good understanding of what you need to do. You can also do a quick google search for some videos to see if there are any of those. I'm guessing there are since the GSIII on Verizon is quite popular. Otherwise, XDA is great resource for this kind of thing and it's device specific.
     
  5. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020

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    Your concept of root is so far off it's mind boggling.

    fyi - AOSP is completely different from cyanogenmod, and neither are root processes.

    Please go check out the Verizon SG3 development section @ xda developers forum.

    Read as much as you can first and if you decide to root, then you'll be in the right place from there.
     
  6. 3bs macrumors 603

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    How is it completely different? I thought Cyanogen and AOKP were both based on AOSP? (I'm new to rooting/flashing so I'm no expert)
     
  7. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020

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    It is based off aosp but CM has a plethora of added functions that aren't available in stock Android. Also, a lot of those functions might be a bit overbearing for someone just getting into root & romming.
     
  8. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Just going to point out rooting and lockedbootloader are 2 different things. You do not have to unlock your bootloader to root your phone.
     
  9. 3bs macrumors 603

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    I see. But I disagree about CM9 being overbearing. I'm fairly new to custom ROMs and I didn't feel that way when I started using it. I had only used AOKP before it.

    What would you need it unlocked for if you can still root and flash custom ROMs?
     
  10. chakraj macrumors 65816

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    Yes it can be annoying to unlock the bootloader, you have to go to the google play store and install the free "verizon gs3 bootloader unlock app" then you have to press a button, I know, very annoying.

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    you can not flash custom roms or kernels with a locked bootloader. (well you can use k-exec but its a pain and not as safe)


    its so funny, on android forums they are talking about very technical things, and the techno slang is going everywhere. On here in the iphone section its all, how do I order an iphone, I cant believe some of these people were able to use the computer to comment on the forum...lol
     
  11. 3bs macrumors 603

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    Yes they tend to get technical on xda and sometimes it's hard to keep up especially for someone with no background like me :p
     
  12. Southernboyj thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'm sorry that I am misleading. As I said I have never rooted before. I'm not trying to do any crazy mods. I just want vanilla Jelly Bean on my Galaxy S3. That is all I want to accomplish. I just hope the current build is stable.
     
  13. chakraj macrumors 65816

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    yes there are a few stable builds on xda or rootzwiki.
     
  14. Southernboyj thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So let me guess this right, I need a microsd card. I need to backup my IMEI/EFS. Root the device, then unlock the bootloader. Install CM10, then install CM10 4.1.1 based kernel. Then I'm done? And if I want to revert back to the stock, TouchWiz filled OS.. use Odin to flash back?
     
  15. 3bs macrumors 603

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    As far as I know CM9 comes with it's own kernel when you flash it so I assume CM10 does too.

    CM just announced that they'll be releasing monthly builds for specific phones so maybe if you don't want to be flashing nightlies then ypu can get this. Too bad it isn't available for the International GS3. http://www.cyanogenmod.com/blog/cyanogenmod-10-m1
     
  16. Southernboyj thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ok one last question, do these builds include Google Wallet?
     
  17. 3bs macrumors 603

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    Sorry I'm not sure. I've only flashed CM 9.1 stable and I would check but I don't have my phone at the moment. (got broken, waiting for replacement).

    Someone else will have to answer that and the rest of the questions I couldn't answer.
     
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    Anyone else know?
    Also, I know rooting voids the warrenty.. but if you flash back to stock, how will they know?
     
  19. Calidude macrumors 68000

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    1. When you root your phone and install a custom ROM such as Cyanogen, the Gapps are in a separate package and do include Google Wallet.
    2. You can root and flash back to stock without ever letting your carrier know what you did, but you have to follow the directions at the XDA forums

    You may also be interested in the JellyBro Nightlies for CM10 which a lot of people on XDA swear by, found here:

    http://fitsnugly.euroskank.com/?rom=cm10
     
  20. Southernboyj thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I'm pretty much for sure rooting at this point. Just trying to decide on the right ROM, I'm probably gonna go with CM10 just deciding between Nightlies and M1. I'm not looking to be flashing every week. I just want a stable build of vanilla Jelly Bean. Also I bought a 16gb microSD. How can I back everything up to it? (apps, pictures, texts, etc?) I sync with Google Contacts so those aren't a big deal. Also, I use the Mobile Hotspot bloatware app for well.. hotspotting, will that carry over to JB? As I have free hotspotting with my plan.
     
  21. Calidude macrumors 68000

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    http://forums.androidcentral.com/an...a-backup-wonder-machine-no-root-ics-only.html

    I dunno about the bloatware though. Might be on the Play store? Also, I'd go with the M1 over the nightlies if you don't want to flash often.
     
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