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2012 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

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December 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

Watch your ICS build step by step till you get it on your Orange Boston, Gsmart G1305, XT502, Apanda A60, Vibo A688, Excalibur, A1, A88, Z71, Blaze, Journey, F911, Spice Mi300

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There is more to everything… and when the more stops, it is then that we look for alternatives.

I come back to write about a new link that I found, like the rest of us who own any of the device mentioned here (Orange Boston, Gsmart G1305, XT502, Apanda A60, Vibo A688, Excalibur, A1, A88, Z71, Blaze, Journey, F911, Spice Mi300), eagerly wait to see ICS on it. Most of the time we do lose hope to see ICS on our device ever and that is what I did… it never occured to me that ICS will not run on my device but then I am not good enough to build one for myself…

I just kept an eye open out there (especially CyanogenMod) to see if I can just pull something out… meanwhile I tried few other ROMs out there too… some try to bring Xperia and some goes to MIUI experience on it, some say ICS look and feel…. sorry to say, nothing did work for me, I was never satisfied with any of those.

If one does not lose hope then there is never a defeat… and here we are, an ICS in the making… fixing bit by bit… just to meet users like us. I got this and thought it is a valuable resource to those who come to my page for help… below is the link for you to track what you will be getting for your device…

http://cm-kang.appspot.com/z71/ics

Do comment with feedback, any ROM you tried and any issues you face… communities are meant to share and have fun

Written by WahedKhan

August 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

ClockworkMod Recovery 5.X.X.X for Orange Boston, Gsmart G1305, XT502, Apanda A60, Vibo A688, Excalibur, A1, A88, Z71, Blaze, Journey, F911

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Hi There… Hope you guys are doing great :)

I believe now that CyanogenMod is not active on new builds for our devices you must have started surfing out the net for custom roms that offers you new features or look and feel … I myself doing the same ;)

I came across this ROM OptimusXperia which said it ported from the XperiaArc and has TimeScape so thought I should try it out [though i moved back to my CM7 just in few minutes as the ROM was not anything that surprised me]…

What I write today is not on the custom ROM out there but the Recovery image that we are using, if you are active on the internet for Custom ROM you must have seen that now most of those demand latest recovery image and that for other devices is v5 and higher… if we go to Rom Manager and check for latest recovery image it still list v2.5 and thus limits us from trying new things…

I spent say a week trying to figure out how I can move to v5 recovery and did some failed attempts too :). Finally I made it and as obvious my success goes to this blog for more users to try themselves… this method works for all devices for their respective recoveries, be careful to choose compatible one…

Let me start with a warning… recovery is a very important part of customization… if this corrupts your device there is very weak chances that you will have your handset back… I say weak not impossible :)

Ok so for now to get the recovery as obvious you should have your handset rooted and Super User available… hope by now every android user has rooted their devices… if not … you are missing the fun :)

This is quite an easy process…

1. Copy the Recovery image to your SD card root folder… [root folder means write on the SD card not in any folder you created]… image can be found here http://www.mediafire.com/?qj763f940glkw4p

2. Rename the recovery image if not already named as recovery.img… [it is already named recovery.img, this is when you are trying any other recovery image with other name… and yes you can rename it before moving to SD… also the naming is just to simplify our next steps, you can use it as it is]

3. I am not sure if this is needed, if you fail to apply the image, enable the USB Debugging under development settings… this is optional, it works without enabling too

4. Launch the Terminal application… normally this comes with every rooted rom and is also available in market… this is kind of command prompt for Linux systems

5. Now under the Terminal which will be on $ prompt… write “su” without the quotes and hit enter on the keys…

6. It will launch the Super User to grant admin permissions to the Terminal… make sure your Super User is not protected by some app locker application… you should see the super user popping up and prompting you to click Allow or Deny… say allow

7. Now the Terminal is running as an admin… this means it can do a pretty good damage to your device if you try to upset it :)

8. Now type the command as it is flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img , make sure the spaces are as same here… and hit Enter again

9. You will see the terminal reading the memory segments it is over-writing and once it finishes it will be at the $ or # prompt again

10. Exit from the Terminal and reboot your device to Recovery…

Done… now you see the recovery reads the version as 5.X.X.X…

Be careful of what you do here… and the responsibility lies all with you… :)

Written by WahedKhan

March 26, 2012 at 11:32 am

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Ice Cream on Spice Mi300/Commtiva Variants – Gingerbread is not enough…

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<Update> Have you seen the Alpha build up and available at boston mania… we are all set and ready… Ice Cream is not far…

Long time since i came back with a post, here I am, with a great news to all Spice Mi300/Commtiva Z71 variant proud owners…. We might soon be hitting Ice Cream :)

For those who are on Cyanogenmod builds of Gingerbread should already be aware, there are no new nightly builds coming out… why not… we are on our way to Ice Cream [Android 4.0].

Concept Design - Depiction purpose

We are limited on usage of the powerful features the Ice cream offers as there is no front camera and not sure how far the build improves the camera quality… what can we expect then…. below are few visible changes that you can expect and these are specific to our handset though there are many more improvements in Ice Cream but might not be available to us…

Simple, Beautiful and Useful UI

Home Screen folders and Favorites tray

Improvements in notifications and call answer mechanism

Powerful voice input engine

Better Stability [stability as not in build but in performance… early versions obvious to hold bugs]

Better phone management features

True Multi-tasking

Unified communication design

Better email and browser experience

How soon can i expect the Ice Cream build…. this is one question that everyone of us have in mind. For now there is no predicted date that confirms this… but yes the work is in progress and none-the-less it is working harder and smarter to come as soon as possible… I am desperately looking forward to it and will update back as soon as something comes-up and request all the readers to keep your eyes open too…

Request all not to jump on any update that says it has Ice Cream for our handset… please read the features working and not working… does the build work and if not is there a way to roll back…. better lookout for Cyanogenmod guys as we did till now.

For now the details of Ice Cream feature can be had here;

http://boston-mania.blogspot.com/2011/10/rom-4-android-ice-cream-sandwich.html

http://www.cyanogenmod.com/blog/cm9-progress-update

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history

Written by WahedKhan

December 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Posted in Android Unleashed

Root Z71/Spice Mi300 [Gingerbread is available to flash]

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Below process is applicable to all z71 clones, hit Google Search to find if your device is one of it.

I am among those very frustrated people who own a really good handset but was not able to utilize the full potential.

I bought the Spice Mi300 as soon as it was launched in the market, it came with 1.6 version, not a really good one, I was just happy to hold an android as I knew there is much to come in near future. As expected 2.1 Eclair was soon out and in my hand and here is where all the trouble started.

2.1 Eclair is a good stable version and it helped my handset to out-perform many of my expectations, yet I was half hearted on Froyo and soon to see Gingerbread being out there and not on my handset. Here the journey started of me exploring the way I can break my phone.

As many proud owners of this exquisite device know it is really hard to find proper and safe way to root it, which I learnt after exploring all the options for couple of months. So here is the rescue.

Below steps are safe and 100% guaranteed root success. “Safe” till you follow the steps exactly, I see it on all posts people say you may brick your phone if done wrong, so here you will not brick anything, this is easiest way to do the work.

Rooting your device:

  1. Handset is running on 2.1 Eclair [obvious part as all Spice Mi300 are on 2.1] and has a good internet connectivity [GPRS/Wifi, need it for rooting, do not freak out if connection breaks, only thing that can happen is your device will not be rooted]
  2. Download and install Z4Root v1.3.0 to your handset from here or hit Google Search for the same.
  3. Launch the application and hit Permanent Root option.
  4. You will see the application processing the data, it needs to download some files online in this process and hence it will take time based on your online connectivity [GPRS: approx 20min, WiFi: approx 8 min]
  5. If the online connectivity is slow on your device it might look like the app is running without any results, just let it run as it will show you the message stating either success or failure.
  6. Once the process is completed and which will do with just good internet connectivity, you will be holding a rooted device in your hand.
  7. To verify you will be having a SuperUser in your applications list in app drawer.

Flashing Recovery Image and Backup Stock OS:

We try to explore dangerous worlds yet always like to come back to the safe home, so is true for the rooted users, we need our stock OS say for the warranty or when we screw things up.

To continue, we know Spice Mi300 on 2.1 Eclair does not have a recovery image, means for those who tried the Camera+VolumeUp+Power buttons as stated on multiple forums, stop doing so as it will never work, you need to have a recovery image flashed to your device in order for that to work and that is what we will do here and also install the amazing custom roms.

  1. Once rooted your device, open market and download the application Rom Manager [free version is good enough]
  2. Launch the Rom Manager [prompts for superuser access, provide it] and the first thing to do is to Flash Recovery image, hit Flash ClockworkMod Recovery, select z71 as the phone model. Again it downloads the recovery image so make sure your device is connected to internet. You can see the download status in the top bar of the app.
  3. Now you will have recovery image on your device and this is really important to have, take a backup of your Stock OS so you can revert back anytime. The option is present in Backup and Restore option under Rom Manager, the process runs through a wizard and easy to follow, hence I will not explain it here.
  4. Once done, backup image will be stored on your SD card. [Word of caution, copy the backup image to your computer and store it in a safe place so you can get it back even if you format your memory card]
  5. This will prepare your device for the Custom Rom world.

Installing a Custom Rom:

The best place to look for a Custom Rom is http://www.cyanogenmod.com/. You will find Stable as well as Nightly builds here, just select your device and download the needed Rom. Those who have a good data plan [running on 3G or WiFi] can also download the Rom directly through your Rom Manager. I tried Froyo for few days and now running on Gingerbread which is a Nightly build [Refer the Cyanogenmod website to know difference between Stable and Nightly builds] and found it really good to stick on though with some glitches [not really a show blocker kind], hey I rooted my device for this.

With all rooting, recovering and backup up, you will now be almost an expert in handling a root device, so below steps will be a walk in a park.

  1. Download the Custom rom from http://www.cyanogenmod.com/ and make sure to download the Google Apps zip too for the Rom respectively [you will know why Google apps when you go to download the Rom, to say Google apps are not included in the Rom due to licensing issues, I still love cyanogen community.
  2. Copy both the Rom and the Google Apps zip files to your memory card.
  3. Now launch the Rom Manager and select Install Rom From SD Card, browse to the Custom Rom zip file and select it. When prompted select the option Backup Existing Rom and Wipe Data and Cache both the check boxes.
  4. On prompt asking permission to boot into recovery and install, click OK. Your device will boot into recovery mode and starts the installation of the ROM.
  5. Do not disturb the process and leave the device idle till it completes the process.
  6. On successful completion you will be having a custom ROM flashed on your device.
  7. We are not done yet, proceed the same way to install the Google Apps and once done you will be owning a custom flashed device.

Feel free to write back any queries you have with the process listed above and I will be happy to reply back. Have fun and keep flashing :)

Written by WahedKhan

February 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Posted in Android Unleashed

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