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  1. Update! Changelog r7 Updated to bring ROM in line with other Honor devices, as part of unified ROM project. Preparation for 'stock style' release Application updates
  2. Update! Changelog r7 Updated to Marshmallow release (B330) Updated to bring ROM in line with other Honor devices, as part of unified ROM project. Preparation for 'stock style' release Application updates
  3. Update! Changelog r7 Updated to bring ROM in line with other Honor devices, as part of unified ROM project. Preparation for 'stock style' release Application updates
  4. I'm pleased to present my MoDaCo Custom ROM for the Honor 4X CHE2-L11! READ THIS WHOLE POST BEFORE YOU START! No, really, it contains everything you need to know. About MoDaCo Custom ROMs MoDaCo Custom ROMs are based on official ROMs. A MCR release is designed to feel like a stock Emotion UI ROM with optimisations, tweaks and complimentary additions that enhance the user experience. The aim of a MCR is to be ultra reliable for use on an everyday device. This ROM is part of the 'Unified Honor ROM' project - ROMs with the same changes are available for all current Honor devices. A MCR version with a more 'stock Android' like interface is under development. Requirements In order to use this ROM you must have a custom recovery (e.g. TWRP) installed. The ROM is installed at your own risk. A wipe IS recommended if coming from a ROM other than MCR or stock. BACK UP YOUR DEVICE BEFORE INSTALLATION! Features Based on the B506 custom ROM starter template (you may use MCR as a base for your own ROM) ROM fully optimised with the unique MCR scripts Updated power management policies to reduce instances of 'missing notifications' All apps in ROM updates to latest versions (a considerable saving of over 1GB on /data!) Busybox installed sepolicy patched boot image ready for root selinux permissive Removed 'icons' from /system/themes (themes no longer need to include default icons again) MoDaCo Custom Kitchen (coming soon!) Multi user support Multi window support Preloaded Stockify theme stub Numerous other small refinements - please see the gitlab commits for full details This ROM is completely in version control at gitlab! https://gitlab.com/u/paulobrien/projects Want more tweaks and changes? Post your requests in the support topic. Changelog Please see the post below this one for the changelog. Installation You should install this ROM on a device that has previously been updated to the B506 release. To install this ROM: Download the zip file from the links below and copy to your internal / external SD card. Restart your device in recovery mode PERFORM A BACKUP FROM THE MENU Select the option to apply an update zip, and select the zip file you copied to the SD card. Important Note: As this ROM is partially deodexed, first boot can take a long time. If you have not wiped, you can check for any issues with adb logcat. Be patient! Downloads Please do not mirror these downloads elsewhere. DOWNLOAD - r7-modacocustomrom-honor-4x-che2l11-cherry-b506.zip [ROMRAID] MD5: a2e95970842118ba0d6035b8388088ad Support If you have a general question, please post in the topic. Thanks It's impossible to mention everyone who contributes to the Android community by name, but to everyone out there who does great work and shares it with us all - you have my gratitude and respect. Future Updates - READ THIS! By providing this ROM I am not guaranteeing that future updates will follow. Due to limits on my time and the fact that I have a large number of devices for short periods of time, it isn't possible for me to continue providing ROM updates indefinitely. And finally... Enjoy! P
  5. Just recently, I worked to get official TWRP support added for the Honor 7. After doing so, I got somewhat addicted and set about arranging support for other Huawei / Honor devices, particularly those that use encryption. This proved to be something of a challenge, eventually overcome by by working out exactly how the stock recovery decryption worked on the P9. This gave which gave me the information I needed for other devices too. I'm pleased to announce that official TWRP support was added today for 8 more Huawei / Honor devices! The newly supported devices are: Honor 4X (Kirin version) aka Cherry Honor 5C aka Nemo Honor 6 aka Mogola Honor 6 Plus aka Pine Huawei Mate 8 aka Next Huawei Mediapad M2 8.0 aka Mozart Huawei P9 aka Eva Huawei P9 Plus aka Vienna Official TWRP support is a living, breathing thing - the device tree will need to be updated as device ROM versions and TWRP versions change over time, as well as when fixes and improvements are introduced, but for owners of these devices, it's an important first step. View full item
  6. Just recently, I worked to get official TWRP support added for the Honor 7. After doing so, I got somewhat addicted and set about arranging support for other Huawei / Honor devices, particularly those that use encryption. This proved to be something of a challenge, eventually overcome by by working out exactly how the stock recovery decryption worked on the P9. This gave which gave me the information I needed for other devices too. I'm pleased to announce that official TWRP support was added today for 8 more Huawei / Honor devices! The newly supported devices are: Honor 4X (Kirin version) aka Cherry Honor 5C aka Nemo Honor 6 aka Mogola Honor 6 Plus aka Pine Huawei Mate 8 aka Next Huawei Mediapad M2 8.0 aka Mozart Huawei P9 aka Eva Huawei P9 Plus aka Vienna Official TWRP support is a living, breathing thing - the device tree will need to be updated as device ROM versions and TWRP versions change over time, as well as when fixes and improvements are introduced, but for owners of these devices, it's an important first step.
  7. Honor have now released the shipping version of Android Marshmallow for the Honor 5X - build B330. In order to install, you must be on a stock build of B140 beforehand. I've written up some installation instructions for a couple of different scenarios below. Stock B130 You need to update your device to B140 first. In the Settings app, choose the update option and apply the update. After doing so, ensure the HiCare app is up to date in the Play Store. Run the HiCare app and select 'OS Upgrade Early Adopters'. You will then be added to the list of devices that can download B330 immediately. Re-run the Settings app, select the update option and install. Stock B140 Run the HiCare app and select 'OS Upgrade Early Adopters'. You will then be added to the list of devices that can download B330 immediately. Re-run the Settings app, select the update option and install. B130 or B140 based Custom ROM Download the B130 stock ROM dload from https://mega.nz/#!sBRGkZqA!OjP6yXFtliJ0GUPU0CE9ZQxpf0gmhEekfH-I7cQp78k Extract the dload folder to a microSD card. Ensure you have lots of battery power! Turn your device off. Insert the microSD card. Power on with both volume buttons held. The stock ROM will now install - this WILL wipe your device! When the device boots, complete the steps as per Stock B130 above. B300 Beta ROM or Marshmallow based Custom ROM [ Edit: There is now an official B300 - B330 OTA, you should not need to use the procedure below if you are on stock B300. ] Currently there is no official B300 to B330 upgrade path - this is likely to change in the very near future. It you can't wait, however, there is an option. This route will cost you 15 euros in DC Unlocker credits! Download the B130 stock ROM dload from https://mega.nz/#!sBRGkZqA!OjP6yXFtliJ0GUPU0CE9ZQxpf0gmhEekfH-I7cQp78k Extract the UPDATE.APP file to a convenient location on your PC. Download DC Phoenix - https://forum.dc-unlocker.com/forum/modems-and-phones/huawei/155916-dc-phoenix Ensure you have a DC Unlocker account with at least 8 credits - https://www.dc-unlocker.com/buy Extract and run the DC Phoenix app. Use the 'note' icon to select your UPDATE.APP file (ensure 'fastboot' mode is selected). Turn your device off, then turn it on while holding volume down and while connected to the PC - this will enter fastboot mode. Leave all checkbox selected, and press 'Update'. Your device will be flashed back to B130 - this WILL wipe your device! When the flash finshes, hold down the power button to turn off, then turn on as normal. When the device boots, complete the steps as per Stock B130 above. Hopefully this is useful - any issues, post below. :) P
  8. The Honor 5C is waaaaaay faster than the Spark. But then £89.99 to £149.99 is a big percentage difference I guess. P
  9. Software version B370 (based on EMUI 4.0 and Marshmallow) is now available for the Honor 7. The sizeable 435MB update is being deployed via a staged rollout but for the first time, keen users can use a new method to get the update ahead of time. The update's changelog is as follows: A worthy update by all accounts! These are 3 steps you need to complete in order to get the update ahead of time. Ensure your HiCare app is up to date. Opting in to the priority list for updates is achieved using the HiCare app, which has been recently updated to enable this functionality. Via the Play Store, ensure you are on the latest version. Apply to the early update programme. From the HiCare app, select the 'OS Upgrade Early Adopters' option. The app will then check for any updates and prompt you to accept the update. A notice will appear on screen when your application has been approved. Update your software! All that's left to do now is to click the 'System Update' option and perform the 'Quick Update'. Easy! View full item
  10. Software version B370 (based on EMUI 4.0 and Marshmallow) is now available for the Honor 7. The sizeable 435MB update is being deployed via a staged rollout but for the first time, keen users can use a new method to get the update ahead of time. The update's changelog is as follows: A worthy update by all accounts! These are 3 steps you need to complete in order to get the update ahead of time. Ensure your HiCare app is up to date. Opting in to the priority list for updates is achieved using the HiCare app, which has been recently updated to enable this functionality. Via the Play Store, ensure you are on the latest version. Apply to the early update programme. From the HiCare app, select the 'OS Upgrade Early Adopters' option. The app will then check for any updates and prompt you to accept the update. A notice will appear on screen when your application has been approved. Update your software! All that's left to do now is to click the 'System Update' option and perform the 'Quick Update'. Easy!
  11. WileyFox have now announced their new devices - the £90 Spark, £115 Spark + and £130 Spark X. Seriously cheap devices, no question, and we'll be working on full reviews - but the entry level Spark has only 8GB of storage, 3.6GB of which is available on first boot, less than 2.5GB of which is available after updating just the built in apps. Is this acceptable? Let's have a look at the specs of the 3 models first, to get a feel for the range. Spark Android 6.0.1 based Cyanogen OS 13 Mediatek MT6735 1.3Ghz quad core CPU with Mali T720 GPU 8GB ROM 1GB RAM 5" 720P IPS screen with dragontrail glass 8 Megapixel rear camera 8 Megapixel front facing camera 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi Bluetooth 4 FM Radio Dual micro SIM microSD 2200mAh battery Spark + additions over Spark: 16GB ROM 2GB RAM 13 Megapixel rear camera Spark X additions over Spark +: 5.5" screen 13 Megapixel rear camera 3000mAh battery Let's be clear up front that the Spark isn't the only device in Android-land with 8GB ROM on board. The (recently discontinued) Moto E actually shipped with 4GB. I also appreciate that the Spark is clearly engineered to a very aggressive price point (particularly given recent currency issues)... but does that make it OK? The point I'd like to argue in this post is that for Android manufacturers, perhaps there is a responsibility to uphold a certain level of user experience not just to keep the customer satisfied, but for the good of the platform... and I'm not sure the Spark delivers in that regard. There's a lot to like about the Spark, from the smart yet simple bright orange packaging, through the soft touch, 'semi sandstone' back to the impressively bright and sharp 720P screen. The phone is impressively light (no doubt thanks to its fairly low capacity 2200mAh battery and largely plastic construction) and on the whole, I have no complaints about the overall hardware feel of the device at the price. When you turn the device on and start setting it up, it's pretty clear that you're not using a flagship. Installing, updating and even opening apps feels distinctly lethargic. The first thing I did on turning on my device was launch the Play Store and update all the built in apps. This took a long time and rendered the device often unusable while installs happened in the background. Not ideal. I expected things to improve as background tasks stabilised and while they did somewhat, the experience overall remained sluggish. Of course, sub 2.5GB storage space remaining on a device where no additional apps have been installed isn't good (and it's not far off the low storage warning), but one saving grace on the Spark could be adoptable storage. This allows the user to insert a microSD card (I used a 128GB Samsung Evo Pro) and use it for installation of compatible applications. The key here is compatible applications - only apps with the installLocation attribute set appropriately can be installed to the card. In reality, this means that while adoptable storage improves things on the Spark, it's not a complete answer to the capacity problem. So should you buy the Spark? If you're reading this, then it's almost certainly not the device for you. I installed a handful of apps and synced a relatively small amount of data and came perilously close to running out of space. Should you recommend the Spark for someone else? Personally, I'd be much more inclined to recommend the 16GB Swift, which is currently £10 more at £100 on Amazon UK. Is WileyFox doing Android a disservice with the Spark? This might sound a bit dramatic, but I think perhaps they are (as so many devices have in the past). It's pretty feasible someone will be put off the platform due to the storage (and performance) limitations of the phone. Yes, it's cheap, but I'm not sure if people will make that correlation enough between the experience and the price. We'll have our verdict on the Spark + and Spark X over the coming weeks, but until then I'm interested to hear your thoughts on the above. Would you buy a Spark? View full item
  12. WileyFox have now announced their new devices - the £90 Spark, £115 Spark + and £130 Spark X. Seriously cheap devices, no question, and we'll be working on full reviews - but the entry level Spark has only 8GB of storage, 3.6GB of which is available on first boot, less than 2.5GB of which is available after updating just the built in apps. Is this acceptable? Let's have a look at the specs of the 3 models first, to get a feel for the range. Spark Android 6.0.1 based Cyanogen OS 13 Mediatek MT6735 1.3Ghz quad core CPU with Mali T720 GPU 8GB ROM 1GB RAM 5" 720P IPS screen with dragontrail glass 8 Megapixel rear camera 8 Megapixel front facing camera 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi Bluetooth 4 FM Radio Dual micro SIM microSD 2200mAh battery Spark + additions over Spark: 16GB ROM 2GB RAM 13 Megapixel rear camera Spark X additions over Spark +: 5.5" screen 13 Megapixel rear camera 3000mAh battery Let's be clear up front that the Spark isn't the only device in Android-land with 8GB ROM on board. The (recently discontinued) Moto E actually shipped with 4GB. I also appreciate that the Spark is clearly engineered to a very aggressive price point (particularly given recent currency issues)... but does that make it OK? The point I'd like to argue in this post is that for Android manufacturers, perhaps there is a responsibility to uphold a certain level of user experience not just to keep the customer satisfied, but for the good of the platform... and I'm not sure the Spark delivers in that regard. There's a lot to like about the Spark, from the smart yet simple bright orange packaging, through the soft touch, 'semi sandstone' back to the impressively bright and sharp 720P screen. The phone is impressively light (no doubt thanks to its fairly low capacity 2200mAh battery and largely plastic construction) and on the whole, I have no complaints about the overall hardware feel of the device at the price. When you turn the device on and start setting it up, it's pretty clear that you're not using a flagship. Installing, updating and even opening apps feels distinctly lethargic. The first thing I did on turning on my device was launch the Play Store and update all the built in apps. This took a long time and rendered the device often unusable while installs happened in the background. Not ideal. I expected things to improve as background tasks stabilised and while they did somewhat, the experience overall remained sluggish. Of course, sub 2.5GB storage space remaining on a device where no additional apps have been installed isn't good (and it's not far off the low storage warning), but one saving grace on the Spark could be adoptable storage. This allows the user to insert a microSD card (I used a 128GB Samsung Evo Pro) and use it for installation of compatible applications. The key here is compatible applications - only apps with the installLocation attribute set appropriately can be installed to the card. In reality, this means that while adoptable storage improves things on the Spark, it's not a complete answer to the capacity problem. So should you buy the Spark? If you're reading this, then it's almost certainly not the device for you. I installed a handful of apps and synced a relatively small amount of data and came perilously close to running out of space. Should you recommend the Spark for someone else? Personally, I'd be much more inclined to recommend the 16GB Swift, which is currently £10 more at £100 on Amazon UK. Is WileyFox doing Android a disservice with the Spark? This might sound a bit dramatic, but I think perhaps they are (as so many devices have in the past). It's pretty feasible someone will be put off the platform due to the storage (and performance) limitations of the phone. Yes, it's cheap, but I'm not sure if people will make that correlation enough between the experience and the price. We'll have our verdict on the Spark + and Spark X over the coming weeks, but until then I'm interested to hear your thoughts on the above. Would you buy a Spark?
  13. The ROM I posted is the EU ROM, so no Chinese content at all. P
  14. WileyFox, fledgling purveyors of the Swift and Storm CyanogenOS equipped Android Smartphones, are set to launch their 2016 products tomorrow at an event in London. A teaser, which mentions a 'handset range', gives little away about the new devices, however our sources suggest that we should expect more of the same from the company - low cost, high value, SIM free phones. In a well timed review in The Telegraph, Wileyfox co-founder and chief executive Nick Muir (formerly Motorola Mobility's General Manager in the UK and Ireland) says of the new products "It's going to be an evolution rather than revolution. There are a number of changes that I think are pretty significant." The article also teases "While Muir couldn't reveal any details about the new device, we can expect it to cost under £200 and have equally high end specs." Not too much to go on, but not long to wait to find out the details either! We'll have all the details for you from 10:30am tomorrow. View full item
  15. WileyFox, fledgling purveyors of the Swift and Storm CyanogenOS equipped Android Smartphones, are set to launch their 2016 products tomorrow at an event in London. A teaser, which mentions a 'handset range', gives little away about the new devices, however our sources suggest that we should expect more of the same from the company - low cost, high value, SIM free phones. In a well timed review in The Telegraph, Wileyfox co-founder and chief executive Nick Muir (formerly Motorola Mobility's General Manager in the UK and Ireland) says of the new products "It's going to be an evolution rather than revolution. There are a number of changes that I think are pretty significant." The article also teases "While Muir couldn't reveal any details about the new device, we can expect it to cost under £200 and have equally high end specs." Not too much to go on, but not long to wait to find out the details either! We'll have all the details for you from 10:30am tomorrow.
  16. Out of the box, Honor / Huawei devices seem to strip certain items from logcat. If you've added logging in your app... you may notice it never appears. Strange eh? This is a huge problem for app developers. Thankfully, you can disable the 'stripped down' logcat functionality, restoring app debug and verbose logging. To do so... launch the dialler on your device dial *#*#2846579#*#* Select Project Menu / Background Setting / Log setting Check 'AP Log' to enable app logging Check 'CP Log' to enable debug / verbose logging Reset your device This probably has a tiny impact on battery and performance, so it's likely worth turning off if you don't need the additional log data. P
  17. PaulOBrien

    Honor 5C manual

    Nice. UK model is NEM-L51. P
  18. Device encryption is on by default, not sure on notification LED! P
  19. I'll be at the WileyFox event on Monday. We shall see! P
  20. Honor have just announced their new £149 5C and alongside the launch (just the way it should be) a host of developer / enthusiast resources are available immediately in our new Honor 5C forum, including... TWRP 3.0.2.0 Recovery The latest stock ROM image Working kernel source with build guide A custom ROM starter template Bootloader unlock guide ...and much more! Head on over and have a look around, let us know if you're ordering a 5C! View full item
  21. Honor have just announced their new £149 5C and alongside the launch (just the way it should be) a host of developer / enthusiast resources are available immediately in our new Honor 5C forum, including... TWRP 3.0.2.0 Recovery The latest stock ROM image Working kernel source with build guide A custom ROM starter template Bootloader unlock guide ...and much more! Head on over and have a look around, let us know if you're ordering a 5C!
  22. Honor have today announced their latest entry level device, the £149 Honor 5C. The 5C, which shares the majority of its specifications with the Huawei P9 Lite, features a 16nm Kirin 650 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, full HD 5.2" IPS screen and f/2.0 cameras on both the front and back (13 Megapixels on the rear, 8 Megapixel front facing). A 3000mAh battery sits inside the metallic, 8.3mm thick body. What's missing for the knock down price? Just a fingerprint reader really, which strangely features on the Chinese 5C but not the European version. In a Honor first for the UK, the 5C includes NFC and therefore Android Pay support. We've been having a play with the device and it's surprisingly swift. The camera, which impressively features full Camera2 API support for compatibility with apps such as Manual Camera, gains the full range of modes featured in the flagship devices and thus far performs rather well. As an Honor device, there are certain features that you would expect to see, and they are included, for better and for worse. You do get dual SIM support and pretty unbeatable value, but you also get EMUI (version 4.1 on top of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow), which is somewhat polarising. The phone is available to pre-order today from vmall.eu, priced at £149.99 SIM free and available in gold, silver or grey. Tempted? Let us know what you think!
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