I was dubious about trying the update as it might not work with the changed ROMS we use. Also, if the kernel file has changed then we already have had problems and needed to add the specific kernel file in the past. All except one version of ROM, the Fish N Chips ROM R2 for the Crescent. So it was I decided to give it a go and perhaps add the updated kernel file separately when its available in zip format like the one we use now. This is what I did on my SFII;
Downloaded the Windows installer from ZTE
Run the update.exe and installed
Run the desktop icon for the updater program itself
It needed FTM mode and mine is rooted and uses CWM Restore when the Vol down and power is pressed. So I unmounted the MicroSD Card, took it out and put the original Orange ROM on the SD Root and placed it back into the phone. Disconnected the USB lead. Restarted the phone in CWM (restore mode). Wiped factory data, wiped the cache, wiped the Dalvik cache in advanced. Installed the standard Orange ROM and at completion I rebooted the system (phone). Skipped through all settings after the phone rebooted (pointless setting them as I needed to replace the ROM again), turned it off. Restarted the phone with VOL down pressed and got into FTM mode.
Reconnected the USB lead. Started the ZTE Skate Handset Software Update Tool. Waited approx 30 mins for the new software update to be downloaded, updated and completed. Started the phone then needed to put CWM (restore) back on to change the ROM. To do this I needed to root the phone again, as follows;
Ran all of the following from http://android.modac...d-now-complete/
The middle box only slowly and logically, checking for spelling mistakes and typos;
Boot up phone
Enable Debugging Mode. (Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging)
Open the ADB Folder,Hold shift and Right click in the folder and select "Open Command Windows Here"
Type adb-windows.exe reboot bootloaderThe phone will reboot to a great Android man and stay there
Now type fastboot-windows.exe flash recovery recovery-clockwork-126.96.36.199-blade2.img
It will say recovery sending... Okay, Recovery writing... Okay, If this says failed. Please contact me.
Now type fastboot-windows.exe reboot
Once your phone has started up type adb-windows.exe reboot recovery and you will be in Clockwork Mod Recovery Congratulation!
Only error luckilly was my machine saying something about a drive being empty, it did this a few times and I pressed cancel each time. This may have something to do with a user stating he had to unmount a drive after plugging in the USB cable, so that ADB would run. See http://android.modac...ng-adb-to-work/
for reference, only a guess but cancel worked for me on the SFII anyway.
Once I had CWM (restore) back I once again wiped factory data, cache, Dalvik cache, flashed the Fish N Chips R2 ROM as this has the exact files necessary for the SFII without adding a separate kernel file. Something I wanted to avoid for now as its alledged the kernel file has changed. I guess this will be available seperately soon. Then we can apply it after the ROM change and have the updated kernel file.
I changed my boot animation after this, back to the one I had before the update. Finally back into the Fish N Chips/Nemus R2 ROM. Added Titanium Backup and put all my apps/data back on. Will test over the next few days.
Unless you`re willing to "risk it for a biscuit" I`d leave this a little while till others try it out who know how all the bits n pieces work (not me). Then when its more mainstream and ready to use go for it. If your phone is unrooted then no problems. If it is rooted either exercise some restraint or take the chance it will work with your ROM of choice. Will you take the Red pill or the blue pill? No black pills left.