Originally Posted by Travillion
I hope this is the proper venue for my question. I am anticipating getting the Verizon G-Nex this week and have been thinking about how to get my data on my existing phone over to my new phone. I have all my existing data backed up with Titanium backup. However, I was hoping to keep my G-Nex as "untinkered" with as possible (since it's a pure(r) Google experience phone, I'm not interested in flashing ROMs and interrupting the updates direct from Google). However, I am going to have to root the G-Nex in order to transfer my app data via Titanium Backup.
So I guess my real question is: Can I simply unlock and root the G-Nex without flashing an alternative recovery mode, etc., which would allow me to run apps that require root (such as Titanium Backup) but also not interfere with receiving direct updates from Google?
Thanks in advance.
Yeah, you should be able to follow one of the above rooting methods... None of these involve installing a custom recovery or re-flashing any of the boot images.
The rooting methods above basically have you soft-boot (i.e., in memory) the unsecured boot image so that you can remount /system in read/write mode to allow the root binaries (su and Superuser.apk) to be installed on your phone.
After that, you'll have root and can use TiBu to restore your apps!
Does that help and/or make sense?
edit: the stuff in post #2 re. ClockworkMod custom recovery is still under construcution at this point and isn't necessary for rooting. I'll add a little disclaimer in that post