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By tsitalon1, Senior Member on 8th February 2014, 01:47 AM
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Currently on Jelly Beans 7 with MDK and using TWRP recovery on my Verizon S4. I've been using this for so long without much desire to update..

Starting to get the urge to update again.

What am I missing staying on mdk 4.2.2?

And if I do decide to upgrade, is TWRP still the recovery of choice?

What's my upgrade path from here? Flash back to stock mdk and take OTA, or move directly to a rooted 4.3 ROM?


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8th February 2014, 03:01 AM |#2  
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Do not take an ota. You have the most desirable build #

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8th February 2014, 02:59 PM |#3  
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Originally Posted by tsitalon1

Currently on Jelly Beans 7 with MDK and using TWRP recovery on my Verizon S4. I've been using this for so long without much desire to update..

Starting to get the urge to update again.

What am I missing staying on mdk 4.2.2?

And if I do decide to upgrade, is TWRP still the recovery of choice?

What's my upgrade path from here? Flash back to stock mdk and take OTA, or move directly to a rooted 4.3 ROM?

I agree. I wouldn't take the OTA. There are 4.3 and 4.4 based ROMs that you can flash. Once you upgrade, you'll be stuck on whatever build Samsung issues (right now, that's 4.3).
8th February 2014, 07:27 PM |#4  
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And if I do decide to upgrade, is TWRP still the recovery of choice?

What's my upgrade path from here? Flash back to stock mdk and take OTA, or move directly to a rooted 4.3 ROM?


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You should just flash a 4.3 ROM. Search the android development thread. There's no need to loose your unlocked bootloader.

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9th February 2014, 02:03 AM |#5  
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Originally Posted by tsitalon1

Currently on Jelly Beans 7 with MDK and using TWRP recovery on my Verizon S4. I've been using this for so long without much desire to update..

Starting to get the urge to update again.

What am I missing staying on mdk 4.2.2?

And if I do decide to upgrade, is TWRP still the recovery of choice?

What's my upgrade path from here? Flash back to stock mdk and take OTA, or move directly to a rooted 4.3 ROM?


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Just flash a 4.3 ROM like Hyperdrive RLS13... You will be very happy.

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You should just flash a 4.3 ROM. Search the android development thread. There's no need to loose your unlocked bootloader.

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MDK doesn't have an unlocked bootloader... They just have an exploit that allows a workaround.
10th February 2014, 02:07 AM |#6  
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I agree with everyone above. Don't take the OTA. Since you have MDK you also have a custom recovery and can flash many ROMs. There are many flavors on 4.3 and 4.4 available currently. Read about them, the available features, and such. Then decide what you want.
10th February 2014, 02:10 AM |#7  
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OP: Should I upgrade from MDK??
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10th February 2014, 09:54 AM |#8  
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We know the bootloader isn't actually unlicked on mdk.... I think that's just lamans terms so people know what they have lol. Seriously no offense to the op at all.... Its just amazing how some people are running custom recoveries and ROMs on MDK s4's and then think of taking ota's

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Just in case OP is confused I want to clarify that MDK is the bootloader. You want to preserve that because it allows the installation of custom recoveries. This is separate from the baseband which may also be labeled MDK. You can always update your Radio baseband without losing root, however you would not want to do this with an OTA. You would want to download this from xda as a flashable zip.
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