Yeah man times have changed, with everything. Rooting has gotten so much easier, just clicking an apk. Some people had to hold paperclips to their dismantled phones in the old days lol. Flashing is less scary, ota root keepers, recovery tools. In my day you had to work for it lol flash and pray you didn't see the splash screen twice. Wish I still had my og evo, still my favorite phone ever.
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