Wiko Cink Peax 2 - Root & Install CWM Recovery

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Wiko Cink Peax 2 is distributed by Wiko, a french importer of chinese phones.

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It is a very affordable Android smartphone based on a MediaTek MT6589 chipset.
It's main characteristics are :
 * an ARM Cortex A7 quad-core processor
 * a PowerVR Series 5XTCortex graphics
 * 1 Gb RAM
 * 4 Gb flash memory
 * a microSD connector
 * a dual SIM.

This phone come with Jelly Bean 4.1 but, unlike many chinese phones, it doesn't come pre-rooted.

This article explains all the steps needed to root your Wiko Cink Peax 2 under Jelly Bean 4.1 and to install a custom CWM Recovery that will allow you to do ROM backup and restore.

This procedure has been done to be run on a Ubuntu workstation, but it should be easily adapted to any other Linux flavour, and even to a Windows PC. As a pre-requisite, you need to Install Android ADB tools on your Ubuntu box.

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Nexus 4 - Upgrade your Rooted Phone to Kitkat keeping all your Data

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nexus4-kitkatIf your Nexus 4 is rooted and using a custom recovery, latest Kitkat OTA update may completly crash your phone. This is what has happened to mine two days ago ...

If you really want to try the OTA update, make sure you've done a complete ROM backup with your recovery. It may save your data !

Otherwise, this article explains how to safely upgrade your rooted Nexus 4 running a rooted stock Jelly Bean 4.3 and a custom recovery to the latest Kitkat 4.4 without losing your data. As a result, you'll have upgraded your Nexus 4 the same way as with an OTA update. 

It is using ADB tools and latest factory image published by Google.

As a pre-requisite, you must have latest Android SDK or latest ADB package installed on your computer. An installation guide is available for Ubuntu computers.

It has been tested on a Ubuntu 12.04 computer, but it should work on any computer with an operational ADB setup.

Read more: Nexus 4 - Upgrade your Rooted Phone to Kitkat keeping all your Data

Nexus 4 - Root, Remove Ads & Extend Battery Life under Ubuntu

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If you want to root your Google Nexus 4, a lot of stuff is available on the net from different sites and forums.

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But most of the guides you get are using some tools running under Windows.

Obviously, you can do the same from an Ubuntu workstation, but all the steps are not trivial.

So, this article will explain all the steps needed to :
 * Setup udev to properly recognise your Nexus 4
 * OEM unlock it
 * Install TWRP custom Recovery
 * Root the phone
 * Enable USB Debugging mode

 

The complete procedure has been tested with a Google Nexus 4 running Jelly Bean 4.2.2 or Kitkat 4.4.2 from a Ubuntu Precise LTS 12.04 computer.

As a pre-requisite, you must have latest Android SDK or latest ADB package installed on your computer. An installation guide is available for Ubuntu computers.

Read more: Nexus 4 - Root, Remove Ads & Extend Battery Life under Ubuntu

Android - Applications for Rooted Devices

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I have to admit, first thing I do with a brand new Android phone is to root it. In fact, the rooting possibilities of a device is one of my main selection criteria. Why ?

Answer is quite simple : Having a rooted phone allows you to install some very interesting applications, that will open a whole new field of possibilities.

These applications may allow you :

  • to navigate and modify your phone fielsystem (incuding the protected parts)
  • to remove all unwanted ads in many free applications
  • to backup/restore all your applications data (when changing phone or tablet for example)
  • ...

This article lists few very interesting applications to be installed on a rooted Android phone. Your only pre-requisite is to have a fully rooted phone.

If you hold a Google Nexus or a Motorola Moto G, you'll find some rooting guides in the Android section of this site.

Read more: Android - Applications for Rooted Devices

Android - Download YouTube video and convert them to mp3

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YouTube has fastly become a universal source for video or audio files. But its main drawback is that these streams are only available online.

When using a smartphone or a tablet, it could be interesting to be able to download these files on your device and then to be able to watch them or listen to them offline.

Hopefully, thanks to a very powerfull application called YouTube downloader for Android this becomes possible. You can even decide to keep only the audio track and to transcode it to mp3. Last and best thing ... this application is totally free and without ads.

This article explains how to install and configure YouTube downloader for Android. This application will allow you to record any video clip on your device and thanks to ffmpeg, you will also be able to keep only the audio track converted into a mp3 file.

So, thanks to this fantastic tool, you'll be able to watch or listen to your favorite YouTube clip from anywhere, even without network connectivity.

It has been tested on a Nexus 4 under JB 4.3 but it should be applicable to any device running Android 4.0+.

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Android - Use your phone as a Handheld GPS Navigator with Offline Maps

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Going for some trekking in the far Himalaya, I'm planning to use my Android phone and My Tracks application as a Handheld GPS Navigator. This will allow me to keep track of the complete journey maps and statistics.

My Tracks is a very neat and simple Google application that keeps track of your complete journey. It is using your phone's GPS and Google Maps to draw the real time map of the journey. One main drawback of using Google Maps for this purpose is that it is using the data connection to retrieve the maps data from Google servers when needed. As 3G connection may not be available when I'm lost in the Himalayan peaks, the whole chain may be broken ...

Hopefully, even if Google Maps for Android doesn't officially include a caching feature to use maps offline, latest version includes the "Ok maps" easter egg that allows you to save current map for offline use. So it then becomes possible to preload your journey maps to be able to use My Tracks as a offline Navigator.

This article explains how to use hidden Google Maps caching feature to save offline maps and to use them with My Tracks when 3G data connection is not available. Your Android phone will then become a complete Handheld GPS Navigator.

It has been tested on a Nexus 4 running Jelly Bean 4.3 and Maps 7.1. It should work on any Android device running latest version of Google Maps.

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Android - Share your SFR 3G Data Plan

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If you are having a SFR Illimythics or Carre unlimited data plan, you must have realized that the standard Android Wifi Hotspot is almost unusable with your other devices. You can connect to your Wifi Hotspot but all the pages are blank !

This comes from the fact that operators like SFR decided to block internet connection sharing by analysing all the data you send and by checking the User Agent declared by your browser. If the User Agent is known and accepted by the operator, the packet is carried. If not it is simply dropped. You will then get a blank page on your browser.

With a Postal comparison, its like if your postal service is starting to read every letter you send and decides to carry it or not according to what you have written ! Unbelievable … but true.

This behaviour comes from the business model mobile operators are trying to build : they expect to be able to shave an egg ! When they sell you an unlimited 3G mobile data plan for your smartphone, they want to sell you a second one for your tablet, a third one for your laptop, … This is highly logical as everybody knows that with two hands and two eyes you can surf on four devices at the same time !

Hopefully, this can be circumvented with a very simple tool : Firefox. This article explains the simple steps needed to be able to bypass SFR User Agent filtering which blocks connexion sharing. It works with any device running Firefox browser. You will then be able to use Android inbuilt Wifi Hotspot feature as it was always supposed to be used.

This connexion sharing has been tested with devices running Firefox 19+ under Ubuntu 12.04, Windows 7 and Android 4.2.

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HTC Wildfire - Unlock Bootloader and Flash CyanogenMod under Ubuntu

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HTC Wildfire

Last week I recovered an old HTC Wildfire and I decided to give it a new youth with latest Stable CyanogenMod 7.2.

Since HTC has changed its policy toward developpers, I decided to unlock its bootloader directly with HTC procedure available on HTDDev Unlock Bootloader official site.

To my surprise, procedure is not that simple, especially if you don't have any Windows OS under the hood.

In fact, you need to upgrade your phone bootloader with one of these HTC specific RUU.exe files, which is not supported under Linux. But, as always under Linux, some people made it possible ...

This guide explains how to convert your fully locked HTC Wildfire mobile phone to a fully open CyanogenMod device, by using only a Linux computer, without the help of any proprietary OS.

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Nexus S - Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and Photosphere

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With the arrival of Jelly Bean 4.2, Google Nexus S has been left on the side of the road by Google, which has decided not to provide JB 4.2 update for this phone.

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Hopefully, thanks to the CyanogenMod team, Nexus S has been one of the first device to get CM 10.1, which is based on Jelly Bean 4.2.2.

The only bad news about it is that the Google Apps provided for CM 10.1 don't install PhotoSphere on devices like Nexus S.

But, some people have been able to extract the proper applications and libraries from official JB 4.2 devices to get PhotoSphere installed on other devices.

So, this article explains all the steps needed to flash CM 10.1, Google Apps & PhotoSphere on a rooted Nexus S.

It provides the PhotoSphere package that needs to be flashed on the top of Google Apps.

 

A pre-requisite is to have rooted your Nexus S and installed a Recovery like ClockWorkMod or TWRP. If needed, a step-by-step rooting guide is available from this site.

Read more: Nexus S - Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and Photosphere

Slidepad 704ce - JB 4.1.1 : Tweaks for Rooted Tablet

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Once you have rooted your Slidepad 704ce following Slidepad 704ce - Jelly Bean 4.1.1 : Root your tablet you have opened the gate to unlimited modifications of your device.

This article will explain some simple tweaks that should enhance your android experience on the Slidepad 704ce.

It will explain how to :

  • update your tablet identification & framework to have a full access to Play Store
  • change your tablet DIP to maximize the screen display
  • tweak Google Search and You Tube incompatibilities

This procedure has been done to be run on a Ubuntu workstation, but it should be easily adapted to any other Linux flavour, and even to a Windows PC.

As a pre-requisite, you need to Install Android tools on your Ubuntu box.

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Slidepad 704ce and 704cet - JB 4.1.1 : Root your Tablet

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Memup Slidepad 704ce / 704cet are very affordable Android 7' tablets with a Allwinner A13 SoC (Cortex A8 processor), 4 Gb flash memory, 512 Mb RAM, a microSD connector and a fully working micro USB OTG port.

Memup posted on their web site some new Jelly Bean 4.1.1 firmware version for these 2 tablets. This firmware is flashable thru a tool provided in the firmware archive called LiveSuit. For Slidepad 704 ce, the Jelly Bean firmware version runs very well, it is much smoother than previous ICS build.

But main drawback of these firmware is that they are not pre-rooted.

On Slidepad 704ce, I tried to flash a signed version of SuperSU from the stock recovery (3e). It has been accepted, but it didn't flash the /system partition. Any unsigned upate has been refused by the stock recovery. Then I tried with no luck to root the tablet with latest ICS/JB adb restore exploit.

As no other exploits are available at this time for Jelly Bean, what to do ? To stay with an unrooted tablet ? Too sad ... As Santa Claus says : If the door is closed, enter by the window. If the window is closed, enter by the chimney :-)

So I decided to try the hard way : by cooking the original Memup ROM to include ClockWorkMod Recovery natively. This allows to root it by flashing an unsigned su update. And after lots of efforts, it worked !

LiveSuit only runs on Windows OS. The following guide has been run from a Windows XP computer.

So, let's start ...

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