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    Default Nexus 5: Franco Kernel vs Stock

    I am debating on whether to buy the pro version and flash Franco's Kernel for my Nexus 5 and 7 (2013). I just want to know what I bits of extra I can really do with it.. And if its worth it. I'm more worried about stability than anything I guess. I don't want to run into little issues whether it be audio, video, whatever it may be. Also I have never flashed a kernel or another ROM, I've always stuck with stock. I am running 4.4.2 right now utilizing Gravity Box and Wanam Kit, and a few other modules. Any input would be greatly appreciated. If this thread has been done before, my apologies. I am a brand new forum user, never really get on the computer.

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    PS I have it, it rocks, and well worth the paid version price
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    Quote Originally Posted by krifor03 View Post


    PS I have it, it rocks, and well worth the paid version price
    I just bought it and flashed it lol. I'm not going to mess with any of the settings though. Quick question. I'm wondering if I should also flash it on my Nexus 7 2013, only the r12 is showed within the app for flashing. I have the r33 for my Nexus 5, should I stick with the stock on my Nexus 7? It seems like its a bit behind for it compared to the Nexus 5, and I'm not trying to deal with stability issues as that seems to be a pretty early build, but I'm no expert lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wardawgmalvicious View Post
    I just bought it and flashed it lol. I'm not going to mess with any of the settings though. Quick question. I'm wondering if I should also flash it on my Nexus 7 2013, only the r12 is showed within the app for flashing. I have the r33 for my Nexus 5, should I stick with the stock on my Nexus 7? It seems like its a bit behind for it compared to the Nexus 5, and I'm not trying to deal with stability issues as that seems to be a pretty early build, but I'm no expert lol.

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    They're all different build numbers they don't correlate with each other. My wifes Nexus 4 is on r203!, the nexus 4 has been around WAY longer than the 5. So the lower number doesn't mean its not as good. It just hasn't gone through as many build revisions. In short YES flash it to your 7, I would flash franco to my microwave if i could! (i'm sure we will be able too in the future)

    One more bit of advice, make a back up of your stock kernel BEFORE you flash one of francos. some times the revisions are wonky, and you have to go back a revision or back to stock
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    Quote Originally Posted by krifor03 View Post
    They're all different build numbers they don't correlate with each other. My wifes Nexus 4 is on r203!, the nexus 4 has been around WAY longer than the 5. So the lower number doesn't mean its not as good. It just hasn't gone through as many build revisions. In short YES flash it to your 7, I would flash franco to my microwave if i could! (i'm sure we will be able too in the future)

    One more bit of advice, make a back up of your stock kernel BEFORE you flash one of francos. some times the revisions are wonky, and you have to go back a revision or back to stock
    Whoa r203, that's a little ways away for the N5 and N7. And I have flashed it to both my N5 and N7 and an thoroughly enjoying it I wonder how powerful you could make your microwave BTW lol Voltage over 9000!

    And I always make backups, I even had backups of the kernel through Flashify before Franco. I try to stay prepared, I've learned the hard way lol.

    Quick question, is a wipe of anything recommended when flashing a new kernel? I read that sometimes the Dalvik is and also the cache.

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    There's two main reasons why you would want to purchase the App: 1. To support Franco and the awesome work he does. 2. Convenience of downloading, flashing and controlling the Kernel from within the app. I purchased it a while back simply to support Franco as it has improved my User experience with the Nexus 5 since installing it back in November.

    I would definitely recommend it to anyone with a Nexus device and is rooted.

    Regarding your questions about wiping, it's not necessary when flashing a new Kernel. I know a lot of people suggest wiping the cache, but it's really not necessary.
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    If I flash the kernel, can I still do OTA updates? And does the kernel have any issues with ART?

    right now I've got no complaints about my phone and the only thing I've done is root it, so I can do OTA updates. I'm curious if the performance is really anything I need and is worth it (Not even sure what performance increases I may see).
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    Quote Originally Posted by wardawgmalvicious View Post
    ...Voltage over 9000!...
    AWESOME, so many people look at me like I'm crazy when I say this! DBZ will never die! Anyway, no you don't need to wipe the cache
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bront View Post
    If I flash the kernel, can I still do OTA updates? And does the kernel have any issues with ART?

    right now I've got no complaints about my phone and the only thing I've done is root it, so I can do OTA updates. I'm curious if the performance is really anything I need and is worth it (Not even sure what performance increases I may see).
    No you can't do OTA updates with franco. You have to load your stock boot image again, then flash the stock system image for your KitKat version (should be 4.4.2 currently), THEN you have to sideload the update zip file. The other option involves your phone being completely wiped

    There are performance gains like with battery life and being able to overclock your processor, or undervolt your processor speed steps. But I like it more for the added control you get. the Color control settings, you can go for a perfect 2.2 gamma, or straight Samsung Galaxy AMOLED saturated colors; the audio gain feature, your speaker too quite? CRANK THAT GAIN UP (i'm is at +5 and its close to my wifes N4 with out being distorted). There are A LOT of things you can individually control. if you like to get into the nitty gritty of your phone go for it, otherwise.....why else did you root?
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