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Cool [Q] Just got a new phone!

Bought the unlocked Moto X, and loving it so far.
But there are a few things I want changed: I want easy access to block certain permissions to certain apps, block ads, see how much percent of the battery is left in the top bar along with the icon.
If I understand correctly, there are two ways to achieve those things: Get root access and install apps which require superuser access, or install a custom ROM.
What would you recommend? Is there a custom ROM that can even be installed on the Moto X? How mature is it?
Thanks! Just trying to see what my options are.
 
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I just unlocked the boot loader then installed twrp which will ask if you want to root the first time you boot into it. I then installed xposed and gravity box. It's the best combo I have for now.

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Thanks! Now I see some keywords - will be reading more about all this stuff

So if I understand correctly, you didn't install a custom ROM? What factors went into this decision?
 
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Roms aren't needed because most of us can do customization ourselves with xposed modules. Unlike sense and touchwiz, Moto adds very little bloat so there's no need for any tweaks a rom may promote since the device has never been laggy for me. GravityBox is a very useful app to have. Additionally you can use modules like Xprivacy and MinMinGuard to help with restricting data apps have access to and toning down ads, respectively.
 
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Thanks, guys!
Will follow your advice here - I'll stick with the stock ROM.
Already unlocked the bootloader (super easy).
Now I need to install TWRP, but to do that I need software which is called mfastboot
This thread
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2603358
gives this link for the mfastboot software
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0d...it?usp=sharing

But it never says who developed it, and where it actually comes from. Do we just need to trust it?
 
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Thanks, guys!
Will follow your advice here - I'll stick with the stock ROM.
Already unlocked the bootloader (super easy).
Now I need to install TWRP, but to do that I need software which is called mfastboot
This thread
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2603358
gives this link for the mfastboot software
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0d...it?usp=sharing

But it never says who developed it, and where it actually comes from. Do we just need to trust it?
Itīs made by Motorola themselves. mfastboot was made to flash Motorola devices since normal flashboot canīt or something like that (canīt remember )
 
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Bought the unlocked Moto X, and loving it so far.
But there are a few things I want changed: I want easy access to block certain permissions to certain apps, block ads, see how much percent of the battery is left in the top bar along with the icon.
If I understand correctly, there are two ways to achieve those things: Get root access and install apps which require superuser access, or install a custom ROM.
What would you recommend? Is there a custom ROM that can even be installed on the Moto X? How mature is it?
Thanks! Just trying to see what my options are.
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Once rooted, AdAway is a really good app. I like how it uses the phones Host file, the same method I use to block ads on my computer.
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I went with the xposed way.
Everything works like a charm.
Until I got a message "New system software available!" It asks me to upgrade to 4.4.2.
What does this mean? Do I have to revert all changes I've done so far? I clicked No, maybe later just to be safe. But what is usually done in this scenario?
 
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I went with the xposed way.
Everything works like a charm.
Until I got a message "New system software available!" It asks me to upgrade to 4.4.2.
What does this mean? Do I have to revert all changes I've done so far? I clicked No, maybe later just to be safe. But what is usually done in this scenario?
It would probably fail if you did take the update since you have made modifications to the Stock ROM. You have to be 100% Stock without any modifications to take the Update.

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