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Vernee Thor TWRP script for disable system apps.

Here is a custom patch for TWRP zip flashing style to disable preinstalled system apps on Vernee Thor. (revision 2)

My patch will disables theses apps:

  • AdupsFota
  • AdupsFotaReboot
  • AutoDialer
  • FWUpgrade
  • FWUpgradeProvider
  • MtkFloatMenu
  • MTKLogger
  • MtkQuickSearchBox
  • uber
  • NbAgingTest (included in rev2)
  • All vendor, operator apps

 

Download will be able to here: (MEGA.NZ)

https://mega.nz/#!kk9UCRRB!Fc22DSISY_RDyyFqCHsx3biCQt5xCkOI0G3MyfEkJ0g

 

Plus, default Launcher3 disabler ( if it disabled, Lock screen not be changed )

https://mega.nz/#!wslm2SLZ!U5DjPk0hJEyWf8G7Ucmf3pvdjO0-RkhQd7ugNCGD7rE

 

And, if wanna enable again,

https://mega.nz/#!B8lXHS7L!CF5n8FDdsEh_qF5aTTIomlXsGThOAHqB-8ylaUmw-XE

 

After download, just copy to your sdcard, then reboot to TWRP. And just install zip.

If you want to edit script, just extract zip file to somewhere on your host PC/Laptop, then Edit updater-script in META-INF/com/google/android .

 

Desclaimer:

If you don’t understand what are you doing before download and flashing my zip, don’t anything. All doing by yourself makes your own risk. If any problems occurs, it’s not my fault.

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.

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”.

Screenshot_20160731-231615

 

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.

Screenshot_20160731-232340

 

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.

Vernee Thor after review.

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About over a month later, I have found many problems even it updated to latest OTA ( 20160623 ). I don’t expected more from small comapny like Vernee, but it is disappointed again about technical power of these small manufacturers. So I have to buy new phone of Xiaomi Redmi3s.

 

What updated in latest update 20160623?

This is not a description of Vernee’s OTA, I have written list to known by myself.

  • Touch sensitive little bit better than before, but still unstable.
    – Sometimes too sensitive, sometimes it feels slow, random !
  • Home screens sometimes not appeared while drag drop an app icon from drawer.
    – It is an error of default launcher, really ugly – why it happened to Thor used AOSP launcher 3 ?
  • Still many big sized apps are not runnable.
    – Specially most of big games not possible to run. I don’t know what is problem of Android 6 or Vernee.
  • Finger ID enhanced to hit sens my fingers.
    – But it is still need match putting in exactly same degree.
  • USB MTP really unstable – totally useless !
    – I can not keep connected to using MTP on my PC. It continousely disconnected after screen off. It must be an error of Vernee power management, really ugly. I need adjust keep screen on while connect to PC, and there’s nothing like option to adjust of this.
  • Connection type always set to USB charge.
    – Everytime I need select MTP connection to copy files from my PC. This budget phone is not keep memory what I choosed for connection before. This in not an acceptabled issue.
  • Still CVE-2016-* mediaserver vulnerable defections.
    – It seems to Vernee dosen’t understand what is problem of them.

 

Good features:

Using sdcard to internal memory is nice. First time I have put a 64GB MLC sdcard (UHS-1) to extend storage to keep datas, but I integrated other MLC 32GB (UHS-1) sdcard to became as internal storage (maybe using android file system, not EXT2 or EXT3. It is not possible to read in any Linux) and it extends app installation capacity. But still many apps not works on Thor, or Android 6. Some apps displays an error: “This hardware not be supported”.

 

Bads:

  • Too many. Just buy Xiaomi Redmi 3s instead using this ugly product.
  • Middle frame coating (maybe rubber, or urethane ?) feels off by wearing/taking off protecting hard case !
  • Bad structures of SIM card slot and sdcard slot.
  • Bad design to battery cover structure, not easy to detach and put it again.

 

Conclusion:

  • I don’t recommend buy.
  • Just buy Xiaomi Redmi 3s.
  • It is just little bit better than Oukitel junks.
  • This is totally waste of your money.

Vernee Thor review.

boxed

Eventually it arrived to me for a long while. Vernee Thor bundle package was so simple. Like LG PRADA 3.0 leather patterned paper box, and included Thor itself, 5V 2A charger(white), rugged micro USB cable(white) and useless paper that written warranty or whatever (never read).

vernee_thor_render

Outward appearance

Phone shape is just same as their rendered image. Good to hold on my single hand – nice grip feeling and bright 720p IPS LCD is just little colored as red just like tinned at low light. So I didn’t took any picture on front side.

fingerprint_scanner

In back side, there’s 8Mpixel camera (interpolated to 13.3Mpixel)  and single LED flashlight. I could check a small fingerprint sensor downside of camera. I didn’t expected it works as like iPhone and it was a divination sign for future test !

bottom

At bottom, there’s micro USB port and a microphone hole. Headphone hole is placed upper right side of front screen. I liked this points.

Specification

Vernee thor is just one of Chinese budget smartphones. It also supports dual micro SIM and single TFlash.

  • CPU : Mediatek MT6753, 8 cores @ 1.3GHz (ARM-Cortex64-A53)
  • GPU : ARM MALi-T720 MP3 ( 3 cores @ 450MHz )
  • RAM : DDR3-800 3GB
  • eMMC : Samsung 16GB
  • Display : 5″ 1280x720p IPS LCD ( looks from JDI )
  • Battery : Li-Pol 2800mAh (min 2700mAh)
  • OS : Android 6.0 / Marshmallow, securti patch level = very poor !
  • Camera : 8Mpix (Back) , 2Mpix (Front)
  • WiFi : Supports b/g/n (not supports 5GHz)

Screenshot_20160627-203925

SIM & TFlash (sdcard)

Vernee has dual micro SIM slots and one TFlash slot.

1st_sim

Primary SIM is left side of camera and fingerprint scanner. It’s some difficult insert SIM card to slot. You may need some hand skill.

1st_sim_inserted

If you had succeed insert SIM, it must be like above image. I don’t know when it ejected by shock, but hodling tension is bigger than I expected.

And secondary SIM and TFlash slot is other side as like below image.

2nd_sim_n_tf

It may also need your hand skill to insert all cards to each slorts. And I found some strange point in Flash card placement as like below image.

2nd_sim_n_tf_gap

See ? there’s some gap. my sdcard always put on dangerous situation as cracked by shock from outside as like drop to back. I really want to ask who did designed this ?

 

OS & Software

Thor has updated when I turn it on via OTA.

Screenshot_20160627-195818

It updated 20160601 and  still has 37 mediaserver vulnerable defection for CVE-2016-* as like below image. It is big problem than older Android. It is much like HELL Android. Endless security problems !

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Vernee Thor using AOSP launcher 3 modified home. And you may need disable UBER and SEARCH app. Recommend to use other launcher like NOVA, default home launcher is not much comfort to use.

Android 6.0 provides useful function to  use your own sdcard as internal system memory. But I don’t recommend to use it because Thor eMMC is much faster than most of UHS-1 sdcard.

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I’d like recommend your sdcard as “Portable storage”. You can check internal eMMC speed at below benchmark part.

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Thor eMMC performance is nice. OEM manufacturer is Samsung and model name was “RE1BMB”, 16GB capacity.

 

Fingerprint

It is perfectly useless. You can scan your finger and it must be used on exactly same degree put on scanner for dislock your phone. Much useless in life – it always fail to sens my finger even I registered 5 more finger data with my only one finger ! It seems just for feature availed.

 

Benchmark

Here some benchmarks.

Screenshot_20160627-204542 Screenshot_20160627-202552

Antutu scored over 37000. DDR3-800MHz copying 3.9GB/sec. eMMC writes 47MB/sec and reads over 160MB/sec. It much nice performance in similar budget phones that used MT6753.

And here some more detailed information:

Vernee Thor Antutu system information

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Screenshot_20160627-204626
Screenshot_20160627-204636

 

Touch points

Supports totally 5 fingers at once. quick but really sensitive.

 

USB connection

Here is some strange to connect this phone to any host ( your PC ).

Screenshot_20160628-122029

If I have connect Thor to my laptop, it doesn’t going to MTP, just set as USB charging everytime. So I need to change it by touching notifying area.

Screenshot_20160628-122034

I can not understand why it need to change everytime. There’s no option to default what to do. Just it always set to “Charging” first.

 

GPS state while driving car

Some Chinese smartphones are not much accurate to use as GPS naviating app in my car. Sometimes my car doing hyper-jump to somewhere or going turn back or any degrees !

But Thor is not like that, so I have test it a day in real driving.

GPS_works_well

And I have judged it is good to use as car navigation. No GPS errors occured while driving over 20Km in around 1hour and 30minutes.

GPS_works_well_cropped

And it uphold being charged well while driving. Ulefone Paris also has nice GPS but it not uphold being charged like Thor (battery continousely discharged while driving even I have plugged 5V2A power source) But 5″ screen is little bit smaller than 5.5″. It’s up to you for using this smartphone for car navigation or not.

 

Conclusion

Vernee Thor was also just one of Chinese budget smartphone. I didn’t expected it is better than other, and it was right. Android 6.0 showing good performance than previous version. But it occured new vulnerable defection with mediaserver service, and most of latest Android 6.0 devices are not fixed this vulernabilities yet. Also I could not hope Vernee will fix this, but will wait for a while.

If you can buy it under 100 USD, it will good for use it your secondary or office working. Not recommended to use your primary phone. It is very dangerous to attacked by hacker with mediaserver vulnerable defection. This defection is more dangerous than before, it could not able to block by simply disable auto retrieve in MMS !

Without useless fingerprint scanner, hard to insert/change SIM and TFlash card and mediaserver defection – it could be a nice budget smartphone.

Android 6.0 Vulnerable defection warning!

My LG L400K (G3 Korean U+ model) and latest of Vernee Thor up to date of Android 6.0. But these are contains mediaserver vulnerability problem as like previous Android stagefright and libutil.

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LG G3 detected mediaserver defections occured as totally 15 (see above image).

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And Vernee Thor defected totally 37 at latest update of 20160601 – What a junk it is … It totally belongs to AOSP, but Vernee seems not be patched this problem.

Vernee Thor also be a junk of sh*t from China, And don’t be used as your primary smartphone. It could all your privacy may not safe at all !

No more Android !

Android is totally junk of sh*t yard.

Vernee Thor is next.

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Actually I disappointed in Cubot Note S and such as cheaper models under 100 USD from China. But this Vernee is new in among them, and reputation is not bad in real users in the world. So I tried for make final experience in such as cheaper smartphone from China.

According to their specification, Is it one of brothers who name used MT6753, 8 cores ARM CPU from Mediatek. Used MALi T720 MP3 runs on 430MHz GPU, 2800mAh battery with Android 6.0. Maybe it is first time of Android 6.0 of MT6753 series for me. Gorilla galss 3 may give me experience that doesn’t need put anti scratch film on screen, but I bought 10pcs from other seller in AliExpress, hugh.

Fortunately this budget smartphone supported 3G/LTE frequency is also availed in South Korea, actually my carrier KT(Olleh) supports these: 3G/WCDMA 900 and 2100MHz, LTE(FDD, a.k.a 4G) 800, 1800, 2100 and 2600MHz. Some nations are not supports LTE/4G network.

teared_down_parts

WiFi seems still less support to 5GHz, I don’t know why they are not support 5GHz, but most budget smartphones are exactly not doing same. Only Doogee F5 is supporting 5GHz WiFi – but not stable.

And Less sensors, it meaning your car driving navigation exactly not works in your direction when you stopped. Sometimes it makes me dizzy while driving car. It may not for drivers, just walking people.

Ok, I don’t know how fast it be shipped and delivered to me. Hope it works well to me.