New HTC Owner - Rooting questions

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by sammieboy, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. sammieboy macrumors member

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    After weeks of researching the HTC One and the Galaxy S4, I've decided to go with the HTC One. It is a magnificent phone! I've owned the iphone 3g, 3gs, and recently, the 4s...and the HTC One looks like the true MBP of smartphones.

    I'm a seasoned Jailbreaker when it comes to Iphones...and I've rooted my wife's Nook HD the other week and installed the CM 10.1 ROM by following a tutorial. However, I am still feeling very green with the entire Android Rooting world.

    I have some questions that I couldnt find answers to in various forums and was hoping if someone knew off top of their heads.

    1) Once I have rooted the HTC One, how would I update to Android 4.2.2 once that is released? I would like to keep the stock Sense ROM, but just want to gain Super User so that I can flash a custom kernel to convert the HTC logo into a capacitive button.

    2) How easy would it be to un-install the Root and return everything into Stock form if I wanted to resell this phone for any reason.

    3) Is there a Cydia like hub for custom tweaks/mods once rooted? How do people figure out what tweaks to add? Do they normally just go to the XDA forum and browse the threads? Doesnt seem very centralized nor efficient to me. And if no Cydia like hub..I wonder why not?

    Thats all for now.

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Jessica Lares, Jul 2, 2013
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    Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    1. You would still be able to update. If it blocks it, it's just a simple flash in ClockworkMod. They always post the stock ROMs up over at XDA.

    2. Pretty easy. Re-flash stock recovery, re-flash stock ROM. Done.

    3. Google allows developers to publish their tweaks like any other app on Google Play as long as they're signed correctly and are not designed to use in the system folder. Themes are no issue, but a edit to the framework apk itself is not allowed.

    XDA is hard to search through, yeah, but you really don't want a tweak from a year ago to begin with. Android related sites always post the latest and greatest, here are the ones I really like, they are mostly a mixture of news, new app releases, ROM showcases, and tweaks:

    http://www.androidpolice.com
    http://www.droid-life.com
    http://android.appstorm.net
     
  3. sammieboy thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you Jessica for the informative response!
     
  4. Explicitic macrumors 6502

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    1) Flash a stock Android 4.2.2 package in recovery. Most of the time, someone will post rooted and unrooted stock packages to flash in recovery not long after the update is released.

    2) Flash a stock ROM in recovery and use fastboot to flash a stock recovery. There's also the option of flashing a RUU (which basically does all the above for you...this gets your device back to complete stock) if it's available for your device. Look on XDA.

    3) There really isn't, and the ones that are available are usually bundled and developed just for a ROM. Even with those, not many tweaks are available. There are two main sections of XDA you should look at for tweaks and mods: Android Apps and Games and your device's Themes and Apps section. I also recommend you install the Xposed Mod framework. Xposed mods allow you to make modifications that would only be available in custom ROMs without actually flashing/using a custom ROM. The mods are (mostly) universal...

    You can find more information here - http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1574401

    Edit: Beat to it ._.
     
  5. Assault macrumors 6502a

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    1. Rooting only gives you access to your root files, leaving the stock ROM as is. Nothing in that regards changes. Although I fail to see how a custom kernel would give you access to change your logo to a button. Kernels typically allow for governing CPU/GPU, while ROMs customize software for a feature like you described.

    2. Returning to stock is as simple as rooting and roming. Same process, only you flash a stock image via Odin vice custom.

    3. There is no need for a Cydia store with Android. There is no walled garden requiring such a need. The Play Store apps that require root to run are labeled as such.
    And XDA is really the only place you need to go to find everything you need. Its the unofficial authority on all things Android.
     
  6. Explicitic macrumors 6502

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    Odin is for Samsung devices, btw. HTC uses RUU (.exe file/program).
     
  7. Assault macrumors 6502a

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    Yep. Sorry, I'm so used to samsung devices for root/ROM. Thanks for the correction.
     
  8. sammieboy thread starter macrumors member

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    Check out this link:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2244620
     
  9. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020

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    I believe the closest thing to cydia would be something like goomanager .
     

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