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Re: Quick questions about rooting
That's correct. But I second KevLar's comment, above. Each carrier variant of the phone is a bit different, so it's important to make sure you're using a procedure for you exact model of S3. Using procedures and files for the Sprint version on an AT&T phone, for example, can cause severe problems.
Originally Posted by Lumos
What you do after is really up to you. Some people leave everything stock, and root only so they can run specific apps that require root access (like Titanium Backup), or enable tethering without having to pay their carrier. Some people flash custom ROMs, which can be slightly to heavily modified versions of the stock Touchwiz ROM, or ROMs that are pretty much AOSP ("stock" Android), or heavily modified ROMs based on AOSP. Some people delete "bloatware" apps installed by the carrier or Samsung. (Bloatware defined loosely as anything the phone's owner doesn't use.) Be careful doing this, though, as deleting the wrong apps can cause serious problems.
If so, what do you do after you root? What if I want the next version of Android (I apologize if it's called something else)? How would I put it on my phone? Can someone give me a link to other popular interfaces? (Again, terminology evades me). I'm looking more into Cyanogen(?) and things like that, so I may answer my own question, but I haven't been able to so far.
I would seek recommendations for ROMs rather than settling on CM simply because it's the best known. CM is not the most stable ROM on the Galaxy S3, I don't think. Search the Sprint rooting forum, and you'll find recommendations for some reliable ROMs. Or start a new thread and ask again.
That rooting method is pretty standard, but that video is missing key information, like which files to download and run with Odin. There must be a part one with that information and the prior steps you need to take.
One last one, does this persons rooting directions seem legitimate to you?
He lists instructions in the description box and it seems really easy, which makes me hesitant. Easy is better so I have less chance to screw it up, but I don't want to fail because someone left out a step.
I know that this one works, is reliable, and easy, and more detailed and complete than that video you linked: [Beginners Guide] Rooting the Sprint GalaxyS3 the Easy Way - xda-developers
I personally recommend anything Skunkape has done. He knows what he's talking about.