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Huawei G300 update fails Google's Compatibility Test Suite


You probably already know that there is a requirement for devices to pass a number of tests (known as the CTS) in order to quality for access to the Play Store. If you run Google's CTS test against the current B936 OTA UK Vodafone Ice Cream Sandwich release, it fails!

The failures are as follows:
  • ‘AppSecurity’ CTS Test Failures (1)
  • ‘Java’ CTS Test Failures (11)
  • ‘Android’ Test Plan - Test Failures (71)
Yes, 83 failures in total, I don't know whether to laugh or cry!

Full details of the failures are on the Vodafone eForum here.

But the above issues are not the only ones, there are also further faults with Vodafone's Android 4.0 update for the G300 includeing:
  • Dictionary broken.
  • Caller ID broken - it doesn't display in time.
  • No hardware accelerated UI despite documented written promises.
  • Reverts to internal storage after reboot even if you tell it to use the SD card.
  • Sluggish and slows down over time leading to force closes etc - bad memory management.
  • Still defaults back to factory ringtones when connected to PC or powered off.
  • The security flaw that allows the sim card to be destroyed when visiting a malicious url has not been patched in this build.
Here's hoping that Vodafone release a new update soon, I would not like my device to be locked out of the Play Store or be so vulnerable to sim card attacks (not to mention the bugs!).

[Via: Vodafone eForum]

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28 Comments

Thanks Vodafone. Hope that the next update won't fail 50 or more tests...
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razzmataz1478
Nov 05 2012 10:33 AM
Ouch! That hurts!
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Colossae3.23
Nov 05 2012 10:39 AM
definitely a sad state of affairs. It seem like a lack of integrity to me, because carelessness, nor incompetence can explain the huge number of failures.
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Vodafone need to sort this out quicksharp, we've been waiting months for the promised ICS and this lousy update is what we get? It's unbelievable.
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I upgraded to ICS and hated it, rolled back to b895 but can't find flash player for it anymore, can someone post the .apk for me please?
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Isn't allowing Play Store access (which they are currently doing) illegal then as it goes against Google's terms of use?
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Wow. This just gets worse and worse.
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Good to see the issue gaining a bit more publicity. It was a lonely battle for a while.
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[email protected] if anyone wants to draw Google's attention to it.
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I think the stuff is going to hit the fan
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Did you report it? Forget giving Vodafone time to respond.. just get it reported and let Google do something. If anything.
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Officially reported a few hours ago...
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sent a furious email to voda customer services and posted a reply to the eurodroid article.

long live dazzozo and co in these times
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Mailed Google Yesterday
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Davidoff what google did you mail? I'll do the same
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[email protected] I assume
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Pain_Deluxe
Nov 07 2012 02:54 PM
Have no problem with sd reverts.
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flixblixclix
Nov 08 2012 02:53 AM
oh ho..... thanks for ur warning about upgrading to ICS..... vodafone , such a big brand and there is a security issue..... unbelievable..... they will look after this asap......
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Google got back to me.

They're following this up with Huawei
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Hope that turns out to be as promising as it sounds.
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mariuscesane
Nov 10 2012 12:25 PM
For huawei g300 not works camera and bluetooth with CM10. When fix problems? pls! Sorry for my bad english!
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Northstandhero
Nov 10 2012 01:13 PM

Wow..............................just Wow.
Just when you thought you'd seen everything the internet had to offer.
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http://www.facebook....202980683107053

Q: When will the new software version be available?
A: We don’t have a confirmed date yet but will be posting once it is ready.

Q: Will the software upgrade be OTA?
A: Yes, we expect it to be available OTA.

Q: Will this be the same as the previous software version that did not work?
A: No. This is a new version of the software.

Q: Will this fix all the issues raised on this forum around the existing ICS software?
A: We have prioritised the most urgent issues, as we have been able. The new software will correct the dictionary issue. It will also bring enhancements to USSD and OpenGL2.0. Other issues continue to be investigated.

Q: Why the delay in fixing these other issues?
A: So far, we have not been able to replicate these other issues in a test environment. We continue to investigate, and we will get back to you when we have more information.

Q: Will this one have passed Google’s compatibility test suite?
A: Yes, this new software version has passed CTS, as the last one did. Reports claiming otherwise are incorrect.

Q: Will this version be free from additional Vodafone software?
A: The G300 is a Vodafone handset. This new version of the software will come with prescribed Vodafone software.

Q: Will you be releasing Jelly Bean for the G 300?
A: There are currently no plans to release Jelly Bean for the G300. We will keep you posted if this changes.

Q: How do I downgrade to Gingerbread?
A: Follow this link to download Android 2.3: http://www.huaweidev...softid=NDY4ODE=


The CTS entry is ... interesting.
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