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[Q] New update notification, how to hide? I don't want to lose my MJ7 root.

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Default [Q] New update notification, how to hide? I don't want to lose my MJ7 root.

Hi all, I'm pretty new here. I've been a longtime iPhone/jailbreak user, switched to Android last month and really happy with the freedom of customization this device has afforded me. I've been reading and learning a lot, and I have some questions. I hope you'll be able to help.

I now have a Verizon Galaxy S4. I followed these excellent instructions, and am now rooted on 4.3 (MJ7) and am liking it quite a bit.

But as of yesterday I've started to see alerts about a "Software Update Ready to install."
I asked a friend who has the same phone and he said he updated, and went from 4.3... to 4.3. He couldn't tell what had changed (if anything.)

So here are my questions:

1) What is this new update all about? It seems like it's not 4.4 KitKat, it's just a small revision to 4.3 Jelly Bean. Is there any info out there about what it contains?

2) I know I shouldn't accept the update, as it would make me lose root. And I don't want to lose root, I need it for too many things. So, using Root Browser, I went into /cache/fota and moved "update.zip" to my SD card, thinking it would help. Then I rebooted. After a few minutes, the "Software update available" notification returned. How can I remove this? If I'm not supposed to accept this OTA update, I don't want to be nagged about it. I don't want to accidentally tap it.

3) Is there a way yet to accept this update, without losing root or bricking my device? If so, how?

Thanks for any answers, I appreciate it and am happy to be here.
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Use Titanium Backup to freeze the "sdm.apk" and "fwupdate.apk" applications. Or rename those two apps with .bak.
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People are reporting taking the update and not losing root here:


Place SuperSU in "survival mode" before you update and you should still have root afterwards.
So much to see, so much to do.

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Excellent, thanks for then pointers! I will give it a go.
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It took a few tries... and a few reboots... but finally, I got it to work. I just got the notification that the update was successful. Sweet! (And, more importantly, I checked with RootChecker and I still have root.) For anyone else following along, the paid version of SuperSU is required in order to be able to invoke "Survival Mode."

I am now running JSS15J.I545VRUEMK2 and I Googled to see these are the changes:

• Email connectivity has been improved
• Consistent Data roaming in Canada and Mexico
• Device will ‘Power On’ after software update is completed
• Non-Samsung chargers will work correctly with the phone
• Improved data connections while using (enterprise) proxy servers

Now, in order to prevent future updates from interrupting me, I went into Titanium Backup and I froze "sdm.apk."

But I can't seem to find the "fwupdate.apk" application. Is there some other name for this?

Thanks very much!
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