In the time since buying Galaxy S4, I haven’t done anything to it. The S4 remains as virginal as the day I took it out of the box, plus a new launcher and keyboard. It still runs TouchWiz on the stock ROM. I’ve swapped out only a few other stock apps. It’s not even rooted yet. The truth is, I’m done with modding. After years of tinkering, I don’t feel like my new S4 even needs to be rooted. And this is coming from a guy who has rooted or jailbroken everything back the first-generation iPod Touch. For the first time in Android, I don’t need root.
When you get onto the scene of Android custom ROMs, rooting, and hacking, it can be hard to understand everything. We remember just getting started and staring blankly at a page of terms we couldn’t recognize. People experienced with this kind of thing tend to throw around terms like kernel and firmware like everyone else has a background as a system admin or has contributed to open source projects before. We’ll try to help you out here with a short cheat sheet of Android Terminology that you’re likely to encounter while trying to hack or root your Android phone. This
Power Android users require quite a few tools in order to execute all the fun hacks that are possible these days. It’s not enough to have a file explorer, you need one that can access root and mount /system. It’s not enough to be rooted, you need a system to manage your custom recovery and ROMs. Managing a custom Android build can be a complex task at times that requires many different tools. Enter all-purpose utility apps. As we’ve mentioned before, the Android Market (sorry, Google Play Store) is full of helpful aids like Titanium Backup and Super Manager. Continuing