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[Q] What part of the software depends on rooting?

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So I just got my HTC One M8 last week. After seeing how terrible HTC Sense is, I decided I want to root and then flash CM. I rooted my last phone, the Samsung Galaxy S3, but this seems a little bit harder. I've looked at a few guides, but I'm afraid that there is a certain piece of software that depends if the root will work or not. On my S3 I just had to see what Android version I was using, but this phone has a few different types of software. Which one do I pay attention to? Android version, HTC sense version, software number, PRI, PRL, ERI... Also, when I rooted my S3 and then wanted to flash a rom onto it, I had to reset the flash counter because I was on Verizon. Does it work that way with this phone too? Anyway, what part of the software listed depends on if I can root the phone or not? Is it just Android version, like usual, or are the two pieces I need. And if so, can someone link a guide that works with my current software? I'd really appreciate it.
9th June 2014, 10:23 PM |#2  
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My understanding is that the Verizon m8 has only had one update. The root exploit (weak sauce) and S-off exploit (Firewater) each work on either firmware versions. Rooting via weak sauce may be enough for you depending on your need to customize your phone.
10th June 2014, 03:10 AM |#3  
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More follow this thread completely.. depending on what you wanna do with your phone you can s-off and unlock the boot loader to flash a custom recovery and roms. Or just weaksauce root to get temporary root. Which is just a simple apk download you install.

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