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Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Newport News, Virginia
Originally Posted by russianmob
Can't go to the store. You pay $200 more that way. Such a rip off
He just meant pick up a micro-sim card from the store, not the whole phone. Sometimes cut cards don't work right, so it is better to get one that is designed and precut as a micro-sim.
Originally Posted by Iky316
Awesome. Thank you.
Just a couple questions/clarifications.
Do I install custom recoverys on my computer or do i root my phone first and then install them on my phone. (Basically do i root my device before installing custom recovery or are they needed to perform root)
Also what are JDK java tools. are they needed for rooting or adding custom roms or are they only needed for devs?
Just to go a bit more in depth as a lot of people don't necessarily understand this.
Rooting your device and getting a custom bootloader are two different things, and depending on the phone will need to be done in a different order (or one might not need to be done at all). When Nexus devices first came out, they were designed to be developer friendly. In doing so, they removed the need to find security holes in the OS so you could root the device and then using root permissions, flash a custom recovery. With Nexus devices, you could bypass the need to root before flashing the custom recovery (if you wanted root after that, you just flash a simple package, or skip that and move directly to a custom ROM).
Now what you needed to do on your phone (root/unlock) depended on your phone itself. The popularity of custom ROMs on Nexus devices made some phone makers decide to allow their bootloaders to be unlocked as well. Again, this helped remove the requirement to find security holes in Android to gain root access.
For the N4, currently, the only way to get root is by unlocking the bootloader, flashing a custom recovery, and then flashing a root zip. If you don't want the custom recovery (you want to run stock + root and get OTA updates), you would need to then revert your recovery back to stock. Possibly, in the future, a security hole may be found in the Android version included on the phone which will allow root access without unlocking the bootloader, but it depends on whether or not the developers can find a hole to exploit.
Hopefully I didn't butcher my explanation too bad. My head it pounding and I feel like I should be asleep (even though it is just past 5PM).