Monthly Archives: August 2016

Vernee Thor 5th OTA, may not allow you to proceed easily !

Eventually, Vernee released their latest OTA for me ( and may includes other people ) and described as these:Screenshot_20160825-090230

  • Corrected  a problem that is battery status may shown in third party app view activ ity ( I think they are meant this word).
  • Something updated in APN and it was optimised for something I don’t understand.
  • Fixed some bugs we don’t know yet, or not sensed.

It may right for my re-translated words for their described. Ok, whatever, I have to proceed this OTA and met a big problem as known “Never going to REBOOT” in final step of OTA.

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To see this screen, applied final OTA, you may need doing something SPECIAL action seems really dangerous and harmful – but it may not hurts your phone if have little focused to read my next describes.

 

HOW TO SOLVE NEVER REBOOTED ?

Now you need to turn off your Thor until feels a short vibration means it turned off well. Then Hold your fingers in Volume rocker at up position (+) with power, then you may see this simple texted screen and now you release fingers from Thor.

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It may already focused on “Recovery Mode”, but if you have moved focus to other, just press volume up shortly, don’t volume down – it is OK key in this screen. Now you can check “<<==” arrow text focused on “Recovery Mode” and just press Volume down.

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And don’t panic on this layed down AndroBoy image. You can make it entered with repeating action with shortly press and releasing volume up(+) and power button about 3 times: Press, releasing, press, releasing, press, releasing then you see this.SONY DSC

This screen means you can doing some basic work as like most customized recovery images a.k.a TWRP or CWM. But we don’t need do without only “Wipe cache partition”.

Vernee OTA impossible reboot problem belong to something undeleted datas in cache partition – yes it is disaster what Vernee doesn’t understand what they need to understand before releasing any OTA.

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Now use your volume down key to choose “Wipe cache partition”. others may makes your Thor going to bricked if you don’t have knowledge to how it be recovered from hazard !

Then press power button, it is OK key in this mode, and wait for process be done. The just move selection to “Reboot system now” with volume up key, and press power button again.

Thor may now reboot again. There’s nothing be changed what you can sens. Now just doing OTA update again in setting menu, then you can see Thor going rebooted soon. Yes, this hell be doned.

 

WHAT IS DIFFERENCE ?

  • Maybe it was enhanced for sensing my fingerprint to unlock phone.
  • Touching sensing may better than before – my ultra fast scrolling now impossible, yeah.
  • And maybe somewhere many enhancements … yes, I don’t know.

 

Hope you can succeess OTA update for latest version, it may makes your experience better than before.

Some tips before buy a Chinese smartphone.

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If you have plan to buy a new smartphone from China ?

Yes, you can buy a new. But make it sure what is my best choice before determine yourself. And remember,

Price means everything.

 

What is your style ?

Before buying new smartphone, you may consider what is your style. Most 99% of Chinese smartphones installed Android OS and it mostly belongs to AOSP(Android Open Source Project) but not all from origin, sometimes defected or old source codes compiled in even their latest binary version.

And make sure what material is favor on middle and full body. Most of under 100 USD took PC/ABS – known as just plastic – for their assembly. And over 100 USD to 150 USD devices mixed using magnesium and aluminium metal alloy, but back cover may not – maybe glass or plastic. Over 150 USD almost all metallic alloy, and it means heavy.

Modern Chinese smartphones used their front screen to 2.5D rounded glass for good feeling in each edge, but it must be consider all rounded glass is not like Gorilla – it may just tempered glass, so weak in besided shock. So I recommend to buy additional shock resistanted protective cover or bump to make your screen always not be cracked !

 

You could understand these:

Most of Android smartphones always attacks from hacker by their defection because all platform source code open. So some technical security groups reports vulnerable problems to manufacturer and Google, but these defection not always solved and delivered to end user as like us, and it is specially not an option for Chinese manufacturer.

All Anroid users including form China, must understand what my smartphone has vulnerable problems and it should be fixed or not. Or fix this problem by myself to using many ways.

 

Economic !

Best worth is just good for uner 120, 130 USD down to over 95 USD for supporting LTE modem. Almost IPS LCD has 720p HD resolution, or sometimes 1080p FHD, but I don’t recommend FHD on Mediatek MT6 and 4 core ARM CPU series. (May 8 cores much better than 4 cores in all performance)

And memory, over 2GB is safe for your minimal performance in life with minimal 16GB storage capacity. Most of Chinese Android 5.1 devices automatically mounts external sdcard to primary storage and you can install many apps on external storage, but you may choose high performanced sdcard for best experience – MLC and UHS-1 is recommened in minimal.

 

No services

All manufacturers not prepared for your smartphone be fixed in your country or region. You may strongly consider buy or not if you can’t fix smartphone with minimal tools like screw-drivers.

 

Not recommended manufacturers

Some manufacturer may not prepared to sales on the World. Most of brand names on AliExpress, they are not major if not Xiaomi, Meizu, Lenovo and Letv. Some manufacturer expanding their service facilities on Europe as like Cubot, but not for the global. So I don’t recommend these manufacturer brand name if you are lives in US or Europe.

  • Oukitel
  • Vernee
  • Blackview
  • Ulefone
  • Leagoo
  • UMI

These manufacturer products are may wasting your money if you can’t manage yourself. It may hard to understand in first time or no understanding in Android devices.

 

Latest Update for Vernee Thor

A few days ago, eventually Vernee released their latest OTA for about 102MB. It was described to these features:

  • Little bit fixed USB connection problem to any PC.
  • Language default is now English.
  • Touch sensitive adjusted ? Really ?
  • Others, I couldn’t catch what it changed.

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Thanks for keep updating Vernee budget smartphone not be forgotten in to the memory in past. And I have catches many things to been better than before as they described, but this is not final goal – Still many problems left and it could be fixed in the future who never knows when it comes to real.

The biggest feature to better now, it is “Not Vulnerable” for media server defection. It is almost the first of Android 6 of mine, really great job! Now I can use this phone to my great working phone in the office, don’t need worry about who hacks me with any invisible MMS or any web sites, really thanks about this !

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Xiaomi Redmi 3s still not solved this vulnerable defection in latest security patch level 2016-06-01, but Vernee did. It is maybe the first of “Came from China”.

Latest version marked as “MOLY.LR9.W1444.MD.LWTG.MP.V78.P11” with security patch level as 2016-06-05 (Google may fixed vulnerable defection in 4 days to AOSP from 2016-06-01) in custom build numbering as “thor_20160721”.

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Media server defection is really simple and dangerous to any Android 6 models, it is really harmful vulnerable issue than previous “Stagefright” related issues, not limited to receiving MMS in automatically, all defection may any side whatever you have to access any network with any media that has tag information.

But Vernee still has some problems, maybe it is not only for Vernee, such like most of games not works on Thor as like below image.

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I don’t think it is belong to SSL library reference, maybe access denied from storage accessing, or something I couldn’t know – but many games not could be possible to be ran on Thor if it applied external storage combine as internal storage.

And touch sensitive, it is never enhanced from before. Still too sensitive, no options to be adjusted in setting menu. Nothing to do.

A single fingerprint scanner seems little bit enhanced to recornise my finger to unlock the phone, but still I need put right place, right degree be anxious.

Vernee seems to still in working for better user experiences, it is really welcome to me and any other people who using their products, and I like to give good points to them as it is better than other minor brands in China.

Hope Vernee updates not be discontinued and my Thor going better with latest updates.