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  1. 6 points
    The Vowney V5 is one of a number of MT6589 devices available for a rock bottom price in China. But how does it measure up? Introduction Since its introduction in 2008, the stratospheric rise to prominence of the Android operating system has in many ways led to what can only be described as a mobile device revolution in China. With it’s ‘Open Source’ nature, it has to some degree served to remedy the Achilles heel of many a Chinese device that came before it... the issue of software. Not only has it enabled some of the most prominent Chinese manufacturers Like Huawei and ZTE to become household names within the mainstream consumer mobile industry, it has also opened a wealth of possibilities to a whole load of other smaller home-grown manufacturers that may not have previously been able to engineer and manage such complex software systems. After closely following the rise of Meizu from clone-like imitator to genuine innovator, it was really Xiaomi’s introduction of the cult Mi One phone in 2011 that made me take the plunge and order my first Chinese phone. Since then however times have changed... it’s not only household names like Xiaomi producing powerful smartphones on a low budget. With the introduction of MediaTek's highly capable MT6589 and MT6589T cpu’s we are starting to see sub £100 (China price) smartphones that are not only powerful but also able to match and often eclipse the performance of their mainstream rivals within the price range. This review will focus on the quad core, MT6589 based, 5 inch Android phone from lesser known manufacturer Vowney called the V5. Spec Sheet Manufacturer: Vowney Operating System: Android 4.2.1 OS Processor: MTK6589 Quad Core, Cortex A7 @ 1.2GHz Graphics: Power VR SGX544MP2 Display Screen: 5.0 inch OGS HD IPS Touchscreen Display Resolution: 1280*720 pixel Color Support: 16 million Colours Screen Technology: 5 Point Multi-touch Camera Resolution: 8.0MP BSI Rear camera + 1.3MP Front camera, Digital zoom Connectivity Connectivity Technology: GSM + WCDMA(Dual Simcard) Network Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz + WCDMA 2100MHz Data Technology: EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA + (42.2MB/P/S) Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR WLan: Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g USB: USB 2.0 GPS: GPS/A-GPS OTG support OTA Updates Battery [*]Battery: Li-on battery(2400mAh) [*]Standby Time: 150-200 hours Memory [*]Built-in Memory: 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM [*]Micro SD Card Slot Size [*]Dimensions: 141.8mm X 72.6mm X 9.2mm [*]Weight: 175 grammes Price £125 shipped via Singapore Post from MeriMobiles in 14 days Package Included 1X Vowney V5, 1X 2400mah Battery, 1X Screen Protector, 1X Chinese Charger, 1X GB Adaptor Decision When deciding which Chinese device to buy my decision was really based on 2 things. Firstly I wanted a cheap phone. With the Xaiomi Mi3 and Nexus 5 expected for launch towards the end of the year I really just wanted to buy something to tide me over until then. I was also curious about smaller Chinese manufacturers and the performance to price ratio of these MT6589 phones. The Vowney was one of the cheapest MT6589, 5 inch 720P handsets available at the time and I also wanted a phone which didn’t look like a clone - the V5’s styling fitted the bill. The second was the screen. I wanted to try a 5 inch display and while I would have liked a full HD panel, I decided on 1280x720 as I had heard rumours that the MT6589 does not handle the larger display resolution as well and wanted to avoid performance hiccups even if it meant taking a slight hit in pixel density. It turns out that 1920x1080 is generally not a problem for the MT6589 although you will see a slight performance hit in benchmarks and perhaps more dropped frames in 3d intensive games. Display One of the first things you notice when you pick up the V5 is the glorious 5 inch OGS IPS display. I was genuinely shocked about how good this thing looks and even more shocked when you consider that this phone costs under £100 in China. You could be forgiven for thinking you were staring at a £300+ smartphone. At 400 nits it is also ultra-bright and although it has a rather ‘cold’ temperature it doesn’t suffer from the yellowing found on the Nexus 4. Light bleed is also minimal, pretty close to non-existent in fact. And while it may not quite have the sharpness of the more pixel dense Nexus 4 or Full HD phones like the Galaxy S4 etc it’s still very sharp with individual pixels almost unnoticeable. Sensitivity and responsiveness are also very good, easily on par with my Xiaomi Mi One or the Samsung Galaxy S2. I have also experienced no ghost or missed touches. However... let’s not get too carried away. It does have it’s limitations. What you won’t be getting with this display is the outrageously deep blacks of SAMOLED or the crazy viewing angles of SLCD displays. Not to say the viewing angles are bad or the display looks washed out - quite the reverse, but it’s just not on the same level as phones like the HTC one, Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5. While I believe the auto brightness does work, changes in display brightness are not particularly noticeable. Unfortunately one area in which the display does fall short is visibility in direct sunlight. It is pretty difficult to see in direct range of bright light however it is worth bearing in mind that I have come from the transflective display of the Xiaomi Mi One which was actually particularly good in direct sunlight. For the price range I think it is pretty normal. Another small quirk I noticed is the top and bottom of the display have some small black gaps where the display meets the bezel, hardly noticeable but worth mentioning. I have also found the screen on mine gives a slight ‘ripple’ effect (usually found when applying to much pressure to a touchscreen surface) when touching just above the home button. The V5 can be seen here next to the Xiaomi Mi One Build quality / Form factor Another area in which the V5 initially surprised me was build quality. Being a relatively unknown Chinese manufacturer my expectations were not particularly high but I was pleasantly surprised upon opening the packaging. The build and manufacturing process actually feels quite similar to the Xiaomi Mi one with a nice weight and finish. One of the first things you also notice on handling the device is just how slim this thing is! At 9.2mm it is noticeably slimmer than my Mi One and actually very similar in thickness to the Samsung Galaxy S2, although the camera does protrude from the back. A sturdy metal band surrounds the bezel and although the nicely tapered polymer back has a matte finish, some may find it a bit slippery. The 5 inch form factor is also not for everyone, personally I love it, looking at my 4 inch Mi one next to the v5 it looks almost comically small in comparison but as expected one handed operation can be a little testing at times. This also isn’t helped much by the 5mm bezel on the left and right hand sides. While it doesn’t look bad or out of proportion, they are not as slim as some Chinese phones and do add a tiny bit of additional width. But again this is reflected in the low price point. Saying that I compared it to a GS3 and the bezels are actually very similar in size. Another area where the V5 shines is the power button on the right hand side and volume rocker on the left, both of which feel surprisingly sturdy and responsive, an area where certain devices slip up. The backlit capacitive buttons are well lit and work ok, although when using nova launcher with the buttons correctly assigned I still find they can be slightly unresponsive at times and require a couple of touches to implement the necessary actions. But again, while the overall impression is one of decent build quality again remember the price point and don’t expect HTC One or iPhone 5 build. Unfortunately there has also been a slight defect I noticed which has been verified by a few different MoDaCo forum members, which is a small rattling sound created by the LED flash. It’s not a huge issue but personally I find it a bit annoying as it does tend to vibrate a little bit when in call creating a very slight distortion like effect that can be irritating. I tried some electrical tape but to date have found no solution. Niggles aside it still feels pretty well made and definitely on par with or an improvement over other budget handsets like the Huawei G300. It is also a massive improvement over the original ZTE blade/San Francisco which I also own. Note the difference in slimness between the 11.9mm Xiaomi Mi One and the 9.2mm V5. Electrical tape around the flash was my failed attempt to fix the rattling issue. ;) Connectivity The V5 is a dual SIM dual standby handset meaning that you can have 2 SIM cards active in your phone at one time ready to make and receive calls. Only one of the SIM slots is 3G capable however. The other SIM slot cannot be used to transfer mobile data. The 3G capable slot uses a micro SIM and the GSM only slot uses a regular size SIM. The WiFi signal seems to be about on par with my Mi One and the GS2, picking up a strong fast signal from most areas of my 2 story house. No complaints here. I have not tested Bluetooth, I presume it works ok, but there have been reports of disconnects in certain scenarios. 3G does work however I am using the EE network in the UK which roams between T-Mobile and orange and at times does cause problems. Namely the 3G signal completely disappearing for a few moments or being replaced with ‘E’ or sticking on ‘G’. In Addition the signal icon sometimes shows 3G/H is available but applications simply stop loading content. Facebook in particular fails to pull down certain photos and content although I know the app is not the most efficient at doing this anyway. These issues could be network specific though and others may not find them an issue. Now we come to the real Achilles heel of the V5. GPS. I have yet to find a solution that enables the phone to consistently find and keep a lock. I have tried a number of solutions all of which work for a while but after a few hours the phone completely stops locking. A custom rom from MoDaCo member Tillaz has enabled approximate location via data network, another feature missing from the original stock ROM. Whether the GPS issues can be remedied by future updates remains to be seen. Software Integration The V5 comes with a near stock build of Android 4.2.1. I opted for merimobiles rooting / Chinese app removal and Play Store installation service but it turns out that rooting and getting Clockwork mod installed is very easy. The stock launcher itself is slightly different from a regular stock build as the Apps/Widgets headings in the app launcher are larger than usual. The Google Search widget on the home screen is also non removable. Obviously these are easily remedied by installing your preferred launcher of choice. Nova Launcher on the V5... In terms of performance it is a generally smooth and snappy build with hardly any lag or noticeable slowdowns around the OS. Saying that I don’t think it is as smooth as stock android 4.2.2 on the Nexus 4, which probably has the more powerful quadcore Krait cores, 1GB of extra RAM and Google optimizations to thank for that. Curiously the build does come with a version of Movie studio, which I have not properly tested but does appear to work. Vowney also include a stripped down video player and a custom stripped back version of the old Google music app, which are said to support a range of formats including DivX, XviD and FLAC. There is also a Note book and todo list app. Unlike a lot of other Android phones holding down down the Menu button as opposed to Home button brings up the Recent apps menu. However when holding the button occasionally the recent apps appear for a split second, then disappear, leaving just a black screen. There are no other glaring software issues to note and app compatibility also seems good. The latest build has introduced a volume bug though which causes a force close in the notification/ringtone volume settings. Apps and Games tested included Dashclock, Facebook, Snap Chat, BBC Weather, Tapatalk Beta, RoundR, Engadget, The Verge, Gmail, Gmaps, Mobile Uncle Tools, Sector Strike, Guess the word, Instagram (Video now working after update). The accelerometer works fine and changes orientation at a reasonable speed although I’ve seen faster, as with the proximity sensor which again works but is not as fast to react as my Mi One. Boot times on the V5 are also very quick, much quicker than both my Mi One and the Galaxy S2. Interestingly Vowney also claim support for OTA wireless updates, although none have materialised yet. I have yet to test OTG either although but there is an app pre-installed to handle wireless input device functionality. Performance from the MTK6589 is well documented with most antutu scores falling somewhere between the 11,000-13,500 bracket. I have included some benches anyway for reference. Sound It's a bit of a mixed bag here. Starting with a plus... the volume through headphones is actually pretty good. Quite loud at the highest level and music in both MP3 and FLAC format sounds pretty rich, full and balanced through my Sennheiser MX780 headphones. The back speaker is reasonably loud although not the loudest I have heard and obviously sounds pretty tinny but is by no means bad - I have heard worse. In call sound on the other hand is one area I feel the V5 falls short. The in call volume is in my opinion too low and the sound itself noticeably tinny and less full than other handsets I have used. There have also been reports of slight echo, muffle and distortion. On the plus side the latest firmware appears to have rectified some of the echo issues I was having and Tillaz has provided some sound fixes that do also help to give a more bull balanced sound. It still could be better though in my opinion. Ring tone volume seems reasonable and the speaker phone works but sounds slightly muffled. Cameras The V5 sports a 8 Megapixel BSI sensor on the back and a 1.3 Megapixel unit on the front. Before we talk about image quality of the main camera, it should be pointed out that the front camera is to put it bluntly... rubbish. No clarity, very blurry, overly light sensitive, weak colour reproduction etc etc. It may be ok for a video call or 2 but don’t expect much. The rear camera on the other hand is a different story. Surprisingly good considering the price point. While sharpness, clarity and detailing are evidently not on the level of some of the high end handsets it does do a very reasonable job of capturing pretty well balanced images in well lit conditions. Colour reproduction is actually quite accurate too and the ‘painted’ effect that often affects low end camera images is kept to a minimum. It does however suffer a bit when attempting to capture moving objects and is not great in low light situations either. In low light clarity is lost and a slight glow or ‘haze’ effect to images is noticeable plus the usual graininess. The camera software itself is quite useful and provides a ‘burst mode’ option, not even found on stock google 4.2 builds, which allows a series of rapid fire images to be taken by holding down the shoot button. Capture is surprisingly quick too. There is also a panorama mode, HDR mode and the usual array of filters and scene settings. The latest software build actually also allows capture of 10mp and 12mp images, when you change the preview aspect to 4:3, interpolated from 8mp I presume. One thing I also noticed is that changing the image properties sharpness to high does improve clarity a bit but the app does not save the setting once you exit. Video is also of a good standard with low, medium, high and fine options. There is no indication of the resolutions in the settings menu but the fine setting records video at 1920x1088 as opposed to the norm of 1920x1080. Quality again suffers in low light but in daylight it works well and although it could do with some stabilization and increased speed in refocusing it is surprisingly good for such a low price handset. It must also be noted that after seeing camera image and video samples from both the Jiayu G4 and the UMI X2 I would argue that the V5 is possibly better than both of them in terms of image quality and colour reproduction accuracy. Video is definitely superior. Sample Images The first image was taken with HDR mode enabled, all shots at 12mp setting, running the latest firmware build. 1080P Video Sample Power/Endurance The V5 sports a 2400mah battery and in terms of endurance seems to be a pretty good performer. While some have been reporting impressive 2 day battery figures I have not seen performance on that level. In heavy usage (brightness set high on Auto with a mixture of web and app use over 3G & wifi and a small amount of gaming and GPS testing) I have found that the Device lasted approximately 15 hrs. It does appear to drain pretty slow on standby though so with light usage I could foresee 24hr + times. It is worth noting that charge and discharge do seem a little disproportionate. Between 100% and around 40% drain is pretty even but at around 40% drain actually slows down. It is the opposite on charge, where the first 50 percent or so increases very quickly on the battery meter but then slows in the last half of the charge. Also reboots have been known to cause battery drops of up to 5% and rom flashes as high as 15%. Curiously reboots have also caused 2% rises in battery readings at times. Apart from these quirks though on the whole battery performance feel solid and I don’t think many would find room for complaint. Gaming Being a relatively infrequent gamer, I tested sector strike and a few non 3D Intensive games. All ran fluid with minimal frames dropped. My feeling is that the GPU is more than capable and only the most graphically intensive 3D titles may lead to dropped frames and performance snags. Conclusion My experience with the V5 has overall been both surprising and frustrating in equal measures but perhaps not in a way some people may have been expecting. What is truly astonishing about the V5 is that in China this handset costs under £100. When you compare it to a phone like the Huawei G300 or other budget handsets available from mainstream manufacturers at a similar price point it’s fair to say the V5 simply blows them out the water. Solid mid range CPU performance coupled with strong graphics processing, a glorious 5 inch HD display and near stock Android 4.2.1 almost make it the stuff of mobile tech dreams. Not forgetting that trim form factor and the surprisingly good camera performance. The fact that this phone can be imported for as low as £110 on some sites is in many ways mind boggling. However... my personal experience with the v5 has been hampered somewhat buy some critical flaws to the phones core functions. The weak / near non-existent / unreliable GPS performance means that unless some rock solid fixes emerge I can’t recommend this phone to anyone who needs a reliable GPS lock on regular occasions. The most frustrating part for me though has been the 3G performance. I’m not sure if the issues are related to some sort of baseband incompatibility or a weak radio or is even network related, but not being able to use 3G when it is available and random signal drop outs is a bit of a deal breaker. It is worth noting though that my experience with both 3G and GPS has not necessarily been the norm, some users have reported no 3G problems at all on other networks and more success with GPS. Taking that into account and despite a number of other smaller flaws and quirks mentioned, the V5 has surpassed many of my expectations for a low price Android device and set a new benchmark for what is possible within the price range. With an ever growing user base we could also see some of these issues mentioned rectified with custom roms or even official updates (available on Vowney Chinese forums @ v5zn.com). I recently read an article suggesting that the large manufacturers have nothing to fear from smaller Chinese manufacturers, however based on the evidence I have presented... I think they most definitely do. With some software tweaks and hardware refinement the V5 could be one of the best budget Android devices available anywhere, high praise for the company’s first foray into the Android handset market. What is also even more interesting is that fact there are hundreds of manufacturers just like Vowney in China making handsets of this standard or better at an alarmingly fast rate. If you are willing to go out on a limb and navigate the confusing world of Chinese e-tailers I do believe that there really is gold to be found. Click here to view the item
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    MIUI v4 cm9 Faster, smoother, more free RAM Screenshots: Bugs: Update base to cm9 nightly 05.07.2013 Fixed apply bootanimation Disabled Scrollingcache Update: 02.07.2013 Update base to cm9 nightly 28.06.2013 Fix Theme manager (apply all the icons and the substrate) Cleared of debris media folder Update: 01.07.2013 Fixed wpa_supplicant (provided dns for WIFI after reboot device) Update: 30.06.2013 Fixed applying ringtones in the settings Activated Bootsound Delete "font change" option in "theme manager"\ Minor fixes Update: 11.06.2013 Update to MIUI 3.2.22 (need account xiaomi, new format themes) Fixed ID's strings Fixed first enable WI-FI tethering Fixed reconnect WI-FI after reboot (need test) Returned default miuiv4 theme (lockscreen - miui gb) Fixed errors in browser Update: 31.05.2013 Sorry my bad English [*]Update base to cm9 nightly 24.05.2013 Update: 21.05.2013 [*]Update base to cm9 nightly 20.05.2013 [*]minor fixes Update: 4.05.2013 [*]Added LED settings [*]Fixed FC when deleting theme in app "themes" [*]Added app "notes" [*]Change bootanimation [*]Returned stock font Update: 2.05.2013 Update Languages: [*]LANG 1: Arabic [*]LANG 2: Czech [*]LANG 3: Danish [*]LANG 4: Dutch [*]LANG 5: English [*]LANG 6: Finnish [*]LANG 7: French [*]LANG 8: German [*]LANG 9: Hungarian [*]LANG 10: Korean [*]LANG 11: Polish [*]LANG 12: Slovak [*]LANG 13: Spanish [*]LANG 14: Swedish [*]LANG 15: Turkish [*]LANG 16: Ukrainian [*]LANG 17: Vietnamese Update: 29.04.2013 [*]Update base rom to cm9r10 (working autobrightness) [*]Change level autobrightness [*]Change lockscreen to "MiuiV5 weather"
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    Recovering 3G in the G300 of Latin America and other 850 MHz regions Today I bring good news to those who have the G300 with the 850MHz band of Latin America, Australia, etc. They can recover in your 3G phones now! You just have to flash the following zip in any custom recovery (CWM or TWRP) and it's valid for any ROM, either stock or custom, GB or ICS, not matter. Download: http://www.solidfile...m/d/558c367073/ Credits to ceansaga, to who I gave the instructions to extract the original ROM modems of the operator "Claro" and he donated it. Also to CBlike, who test it and confirm that it works, and to jsevi83 for letting me use one of his base zips.
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    This is my port of CyanogenMod 10 for ZTE Blade III. It is unofficial and unsupported by the CyanogenMod team and it's for advanced users only. I'm using my old CM10 source tree that I used on my Blade builds, so this build is also trimmed (mostly wallpapers and ringtones) and has quite a few additional features. cm-10-20131101-KonstaKANG-atlas40-final.zip http://konstakang.com/devices/atlas40/CM10 md5:b2d0731854982f52eaabd940f14fa715 cm-10-20130812-KonstaKANG-atlas40.zip http://konstakang.com/devices/atlas40/CM10 md5:a44fbb410236f61221f4dbdaf50b5c3a Working: RIL (mobile network & data) Wifi Bluetooth GPS Audio (playback/input/routing/headphones/etc) Camera (photos, camcorder & panorama) Hardware acceleration and OpenGL rendering Hardware video decoding & encoding 'Project Butter' SDcard USB-storage (on external sdcard) & adb USB-tethering Wifi-tethering Touchscreen/multi-touch Sensors LEDs FM Radio Not working: ??? Sources: Device Kernel Proprietaries Patches + more patches Thanks: CyanogenMod team Like my work? Donation Hall of Fame
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    SlimBean is built from source and it's AOSP based. Original Slim Features: The Real Dark Slim Notification drawer Shortcuts Full hardware key rebinding! Keyboard rotation SlimCenter Check out our full feature list here Bugs: None? Credits: Dazzozo for the initial device tree. Install Instructions: Boot into CWMR. Wipe data/factory reset. Install zip. Reboot. Changelog: 04/08/2013 Added ROW io scheduler and set as default. Updated kgsl drivers. Finalized build. 29/07/2013 v7.8 Fixed bluetooth.22/07/2013 v7.5 Fixed data usage report.06/07/2013 v7.0 Kernel: Backported lowmemorykiller from 3.4. Better handling of RAM. Major increase in multitasking. Tweaked built parameters according to cortex-a5 arch.30/06/2013 v6.9.26/06/2013 v6.8. [*]19/06/2013 Compiled kernel and modules with the latest Linaro toolchain. Tuned target specific parameters, should make things feel a lot snappier. Test and let me know. [*]15/06/2013 Fixed Youtube. Updated kernel and modules. Moar battery? Gapps+Extras included. Lot of SlimBean changes. Check official site. [*]01/06/2013 Aosp camera works now. Replaced the one from Huawei. Lots of Slimbean new features and optimizations. Check the official site and github for details. Skipped including gapps and extras. Check the downloads and install whatever you need manualy through CWM. [*]20/05/2013 Updated kernel. Merged latest SlimBean commits. [*]13/05/2013: Initial Release . Fixed Voip Output. Latest Viber version works fine now. Some changes to how the volume is being handled during calls. Should fix volume getting too high at times. Download: Slim-u8815-4.2.2.build.8-UNOFFICIAL-20130804-1311.zip - 85.53 MB Gapps + Addons Njoy!
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    CyanogenMod 10.1 for the Huawei Ascend G300 Sources: github.com/Dazzozo & github.com/androidarmv6 FAQ: Where did the developer/performance options go? Tap on the build number 5 times in "About phone". Where did the recovery reboot option go? It has to be enabled in developer options, and it only works when your device is unlocked. How do I use FM Radio? Spirit FM supports the G300 as of 21/12. Why is Photo Sphere unavailable? The G300 doesn't have a gyroscope. Currently Photo Sphere is basically dependent on one. If development occurs within CM that provides a workaround, you'll know about it. Why isn't ADB working? https://plus.google....sts/M2pVM7Y6MTq You need to update your Android platform tools and then approve the PC on your device. Android 4.2.2 feature. Downloads: ROM: http://getcm.dazzozo...GHTLY-u8815.zip Google apps (01/03/2013): http://goo.im/gapps/...0301-signed.zip Credits: Fagulhas for taking a lot of weight off my shoulders :P tilal6991, alanorth, qiwu huang, genokolar, omegamoon, PaulMilbank and all other contributors The guys in IRC The CM team and contributors Crazy donator list, I love you all Arnette carstenheuer samjam x3 Umrtvovacz x2 sammyc77 bladebuddy skobywan goekane x4 Valicek1 x2 Dildano 22point8 x3 ugnius40 maritimesbob paddyponchero x2 RussellS Matthew_Smithy tcpaulh dragpyre daewhin Cyda Hans Gruber grmn shockdj ScutulatusCrotalus Wanyal unaszplodrmann x2 raoulteeuwen mack_ lakyljuk x2 pepdavies gnb10 alastor66 SdZ x2 Caglio x2 milamber77 Titas x2 MioCZ vice17 melodystyle2003 momoldn Colossae3.23 dp29380 dwilkie x3 MediumDave TheSkeletoN marcars x2 andysterling fiah84 timfimjim soulhand thebuell x2 lakyljuk JRow rob4x4 _cobra SL_The_Hedgehog raverrr andymac1969 dalyer MioCZ todoleo intensedarkness x2 stumark Rebas ptoner Kekenious sporksnail Sako Verife jordanclarke69 Artful Bodger zdenacc Turquo1se alhimyaa Mhisani Fox raoulduke22 netmanmac thomanski solarmon Muzler clayts450 Patty1961 rymate1234 joba69 tomjanda rhen painteramit mulardo hvy109 timli Nalaztre
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    ShenDu OS v2.0.4 Screenshots: Information: Based on Eco CM9 jventura Need minimum system partition 160MB Language: EN\CH Bugs: All bugs Eco CM9 FM Radio ????? ROM: http://d-h.st/bdh MiniGapps: http://www.multiupload.nl/W8GCEBAKZM P.S. Sorry my bad English. :D
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    This ROM is based on official ZTE Libra Gingerbread ZTE-BLADEV1.0.0B01 Android 2.3.5 (built Fri Aug 26 05:41:18 HKT 2011). This ROM will detect whether your phone is gen1 or gen2 and will automatically install correct version. If you have updated your phone to gen3 (you should know), you have to install patcher after you've installed the ROM (see add-on section below). Wipe data/factory reset before installing. No wipe, no whine. Moldovan-Mile-High-Mountain-Pie-RLS9.zip deprecated, use Swedish Snow MD5:049B8B7D3905B2AE376C78CF802D8F59 Features: -gen1/gen2/gen3 support -rooted -updated Superuser and su binary -updated busybox -unsecured boot.img -added etc/init.d support -added Darktremor A2SD -deodeoxed -replaced libs -saunalahti RILs -trimmed plenty of useless stuff -apks resigned, compressed, optimized and zipaligned -added fully customisable CM7 look-a-like scrollable notification power widget with 9 toggles (thanks to lidroid) *wifi, mobile data, GPS, bluetooth, sync, auto-rotate, flight mode, brightness and sound/vibrate -added reboot and recovery options to power menu -added screenshot to power menu (thanks to Ceco for porting it to skate) -MIUI style battery bar (thanks to Pvy) -ROM settings embedded into settings menu -added gingerbread green circle battery mod -CRT screen off animation -transparent notification area -changed default wallpaper -silenced low battery sound -updated Google apps -added Terminal Emulator -added No-frills CPU Control -added AppWidgetPicker -added FlashLight -replaced FM-Radio (thanks to andorko) -added USB Charging Commander (thanks to t0mm13b) -added adfree hosts file - almost no ads (please support app developers by buying their apps instead) -HSPA differentation -cache2tmpfs -CM7 dialer with T9, contacts & messaging -CM7 gallery & music -CM7 DSP Manager -CM7 keyboard -replaced launcher -much more... Vanilla version: Same as above, except: -no circle battery mod -no notification power widget -no miui battery bar -no extra settings embedded into settings menu -no power menu reboot options -no transparent notification area -no CRT screen off animation -default wallpaper -zte alarm instead of deskclock (displays next alarm in lockscreen) -ZTE Emode Helper (thanks to FelixL) Please don't ask for add-ons to add this or that combination of the above features, I'm not going to make any. Moldovan-Mile-High-Mountain-Pie-RLS9-Vanilla.zip deprecated, use Swedish Snow MD5:6C671E7C193D216E138926318DB55EC3 All-in-one TPT installation: This will only work in phones that were sold with gen1 layout or updated to gen2 via TPT method. This won't work if your phone was sold gen2 or you have used windows tool to update. Moldovan-Mile-High-Mountain-Pie-RLS9-TPT.zip deprecated, use Swedish Snow MD5:85D60535C68F82A99754D1B3D2E75162 -updates gen1->gen2 -repartitions system (138mb /system, 315mb /data, 2mb /cache, 0,1mb /oem) -installs Moldovan Mile-High-Mountain-Pie RLS9 -installs ClockWorkMod Recovery 4.0.1.5 -installs classic green android splash screen -amss.mbn from latest ZTE update 4G4G_GENERIC_P729V1.0.0B25 TPT instructions: -Unpack Moldovan-Mile-High-Mountain-Pie-RLS9-TPT.zip to your phones sdcard, so that you have 'image' folder on the root of your sdcard (inside this folder there are many .mbn and .img files). -Install AFV (Android File Verifier) from market -Use AFV to check that MD5 matches. Use 'verify nandroid backup' option to check /sdcard/image/nandroid.md5. -Power off, pull battery out, put battery back in -Press and hold VOLUME UP and MENU keys while you power on -You should see green text on your screen. Installation is in progress and you can let go of the keys -It takes about a minute after which your phone will boot into Moldovan Mile-High-Mountain-Pie RLS9 (first boot can take several minutes) After completed installation, delete/move/rename 'image' folder so that you don't restart TPT by accident. Known bugs: -Some users might have to calibrate their proximity sensor. Go to Settings -> ROM settings -> Proximity sersor calibration -> calib. If you have vanilla version installed, use ZTE Emode helper -> Sensor test, to calibrate. If you have ZTE dialer add-on installed, you can also start engineering mode sensor calibration by dialing *983*0#. Add-ons: -M-MHMP-RLS9-ZTE-Dialer.zip (ZTE Smartdialer, contacts and messaging - requires full wipe) deprecated, use Swedish Snow MD5:0CD67967C588D5766285992C8B9BD45F -M-MHMP-RLS9-GEN3.zip (converts this ROM to work on your gen3 device) https://hotfile.com/dl/221557363/c806f20/M-MHMP-RLS5-GEN3.zip.html MD5:9E9474BF7222D4619034E88CA2F6C5BA -Toggle2G (see post #394 for download and installation instructions) Battery Mods: -M-MHMP-RLS9-CenterClock-NoBattery.zip (center clock, removes battery icon, rearranges statusbar icons - looks nice with the MIUI battery bar) deprecated, use Swedish Snow MD5:FB9FF7CC93163191111C0A574ACB8ADF -M-MHMP-RLS9-Stock-Battery-Icon.zip (stock gingerbread battery icon, keeps notification power widget and power menu options) deprecated, use Swedish Snow MD5:7F8C35C046AB2AC24567FF1D33AD859C Optional kernels: -M-MHMP-RLS9-Undervolt-Kernel-Gen2.zip (thanks to wbaw and burstlam, source) deprecated, use Swedish Snow MD5:30082A193E6483C5473D58385E83EC90 -M-MHMP-RLS9-Swedish-Stock-Kernel-Gen2.zip (latest stock kernel with wifi driver) deprecated, use Swedish Snow MD5:CEC036E5DE02EB408EBE18757B81FD82 -M-MHMP-RLS9-Malaysian-Stock-Kernel-Gen2.zip (stock kernel with wifi driver) deprecated, use Swedish Snow MD5:B442394AD8864EAD01F240345B99CCA9 Kernel info: Kernel is built from burstlam's source code with few patches from Tom G's source. I have written none of the actual code, so I can't be bothered to set up my own github. Complete source code to build kernel used in this ROM is made available to download here. Kernel features: -overclock support -EXT4, TUN, CIFS, etc... -governors: minmax, InteractiveX, lagfree, SmartassV2, conservative, powersave, ondemand, performance -I/O schedulers: noop, deadline, vr, bfq, cfq, sio -much more... Credits & gratitude: Thanks to burstlam for his work with the kernel source. Thanks to Tom G for the LED notification and proximity values fix. Thanks to wbaw. I've used some parts of ginger stir fry (few libs, few apks and few other things). Also thanks for the TPT method. Thanks to CyanogenMod Team.
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    So your HTC one has arrived but you're not a big fan of some of the Sense elements. What can you change / remove to get the stock Android feel without rooting / unlocking etc? We'll find out. First things first - what you definitely can't change. You won't be able to change the core 'SystemUI' component - that is what gives you the notification bar at the top, the design of the dialogues and pop up windows etc... those you're going to be stuck with. The same applies to the settings menu icons etc. But don't despair... there are a few bits you can change / remove. :) Browser Not a fan of the HTC browser? Like Chrome but like the stock browser for it's Flash compatability perhaps? Help is at hand. You can install the stock Android browser using this Browser APK. Easy - you'll now have a 'Browser' icon! When you've done that, you can go into 'Settings -> Apps' and disable the HTC version (called 'Internet'). Calculator To use the stock Android calculator, first you need to uninstall the HTC version in the usual way, from the apps menu. Then simply download and install this Calculator APK and you're set! Calendar This one is really easy - you can install the stock Android Calendar app from the Play Store. You can then disable the HTC version in 'Settings -> Apps'. Desk Clock To install the stock Android clock, install this Clock APK. You can then disable the HTC clock in the 'Settings -> Apps' menu. Email If you'd like to restore the stock Android e-mail client, you can do that too! Simple install this Email app APK and this Exchange connector APK and you're set - your 'Email' icon will appear. Unfortunately you can't disable the included 'Mail' app, so you might want to hide that in your launcher of choice. Gallery The stock Android Gallery normally includes the stock Android camera app, which of course doesn't work properly on the One - so we've tweaked it. Just install this Gallery APK and the icon will appear. Note that you can't disable the included gallery and even if you could, doing so would disable the camera too, not ideal. So use your launcher to hide the HTC gallery icon if you wish. Keyboard If you're pining for the stock Android keyboard it's a simple install - just 2 APKs. Install the keyboard APK itself and the dictionary pack APK before enabling from the 'Settings -> Language & keyboard' menu. You can then disable Sense Input from the 'Settings -> Apps' menu. Launcher To use the stock Android launcher, install this Launcher APK and press the home button to select. Note that you although you can't disable the Sense Launcher from the settings menu, by setting the launcher you've just installed as default the HTC version is completely unloaded. Movie Editor The stock Android Movie Editor isn't included with the One - but you can have it. Just install this Video Editor APK and you're set! Other Sense items you can uninstall / disable You can't uninstall / disable EVERYTHING, but to further de-Sense your device, you can do the following (with care!)... Disable '7digital' Disable the 'Airplane Mode Widget' (if you are not using the Sense launcher) Disable the 'Auto Rotate Widget' (if you are not using the Sense launcher) Disable 'Best Deals' Disable the 'Bluetooth Widget' (if you are not using the Sense launcher) Disable the 'Calculator Widget' (if you are not using the Sense launcher) Disable the 'Calendar Widget' (if you are not using the Sense launcher) Disable Dropbox for HTC Sense Uninstall Flashlight Disable the 'FM Radio Widget' (if you are not using the Sense launcher) Disable the 'HTC news Plugin' (if you are not using BlinkFeed) Disable 'HTC Sync' Disable 'Infra Red Remote' (also disable the TV application if you do this) Disable 'Kid Mode' Disable 'LinkedIn for HTC Sense' Disable the 'Mobile Data Widget' (if you are not using the Sense launcher) Disable 'PC Synchronisation' Disable the 'People Widget' (if you are not using the Sense launcher) Disable the 'Photo Lock Screen' Disable 'Polaris Office' Disable the 'Profile Widget' (if you are not using the Sense launcher) Disable the 'Auto Rotate Widget' (if you are not using the Sense launcher) Disable the 'Rescue' remote support applications Uninstall 'Ringtone Trimmer' Disable the 'Ringtone Widget' (if you are not using the Sense launcher) Disable the 'Slide Show Live Wallpaper' Disable 'TV' (the remote control application) Disable 'Twitter for HTC Sense' Uninstall 'Voice Recorder' Disable 'Watch' Disable the 'Weather Clock Widget' (if you are not using the Sense launcher) Disable the 'Weather Live Wallpaper' Disable the 'WiFi Widget' (if you are not using the Sense launcher) Got root? If you have root you can do even more of course, using Titanium Backup or similar to disable whatever you like. The most interesting one is 'HTC Lock Screen' - if you disable this, you'll be back to the Android stock lock screen after a reboot. Click here to view the item
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    yep, that's why you did not have TWRP, i added the stock scatter file to the bin directory for you to flash the full factory rom. so when you added the bin directory to the package it overwrote the modified scatter file that changes the partition to 7mb. which would result in the partition been wiped but no TWRP flashed. so if you have the problems with the flash tool sorted by using the correct usb port, all you need to do to get TWRP is add the correct scatter file and TWRP .img to the package. basically you would just add these two files to the package you flashed the factory rom with (replacing the originals) TWRP http://www.solidfile...m/d/23b64d68cb/ 7MB Scatter File MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.rar (extract first) then flash,
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    This is a well known problem. Can you download the logcat app from the play store, open it and press start recording/logging. Then cause the problem again, stop the recording and upload the results here.
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    Thank you very much for this thread. I have been looking for a fix like this for a fortnight now. I had the same issue with my previous google phones. 850Mhz is used in OZ but not so much in Europe. Again, much appreciated, you've saved me big time.
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    WOAH ! The MI2S is really awesome ! It's the most powerfull phone for now, and Miui v5 is so sweet (but the screen is a bit too little for me) ! You so lucky, hope you enjoy your Miui experience !
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    Sounds good to me. At the end of each month I've used about ten minutes out of the 200, never send texts and have some of the data allowance left. No time limit is perfect, and a second SIM sitting with 1Gb on it to drop into the mifi if needed is ideal. Contract up in October, so looking like 3 payg is the one for me. 3 signal is good where I live so that works nicely. Just need a new phone to go with it.
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    That's crazy-good - ideal for me as an occasional visitor to the UK. At least it would be if I didn't have an Ovivo sim already! ;) Hats off to 3 though. How's their coverage these days? Any less shaky than it used to be?
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    From a customer point of view, that's how PAYG should be. Well done Three
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    Seems like nobody is willing or able to help?! Anyway, I've finally installed a VM and compiled it myself. It is for kernel version 2.6.38.6-perf. Edit: uploaded the missing file tun.ko.zip
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