Absolutely clueless on how to upgrade rooted nexus 4
I took a look around and didn't see another thread answering my question although, I'm so clueless i'm not even sure what I would be looking for so PLEASE don't slam me if I am posting this when it's posted somewhere else!
I have a Rooted Nexus 4 that I managed to figure out how to Root with the Nexus Root Toolkit & I just updated everything today when I plugged my phone into my laptop and the toolkit popped up a bunch of different windows telling me that i needed to upgrade to new versions of this and that BUT here's where I get confused - I got a notification on my phone that I almost downloaded just out of pure habit but the notification said that there is a new version of Android out 4.4 but if I download that, I'm not longer going to be rooted, correct? But then when i plugged into my laptop and the toolkit opened, i didn't get any pop up telling me to upgrade the system to the new 4.4 so I don't know what to do or how to download this new update and still be able to keep my root access.
AND FINALLY just ONE more question - i rooted my phone so i could have a free hotspot but i dont know what else I can do with the phone that will make it more awesome than it was when it was rooted besides just this. What is a Rom and Kernal and all that stuff? I want to have my phone do things it wouldn't be able to do normally and I want it to be different color theme too. I just want my phone to do awesome stff that impresses me but i'm super clueless on all this stuff. there's way too much to learn and i won't remember it all.
So a Breakdown - update system with root access to 4.4
2 - make my phone look cooler with different icons and colors
3 - install apps people who are not rooted wish they could have
Can anyone please help me?? Yes, i'm CLUELESS!! Thanks!!