Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Update Lenovo S820 with the new International Firmware Version ROW_S223

Update Lenovo S820 with the new International Firmware Version ROW_S223  - Update for Lenovo S820 already rool out, this update has build number S820_ROW_S223_150119, don't expect too much on this update because this update not make a big change on the user interface but only a little improvement for battery and system.
This guide will provide full image installation for Lenovo S820 4Gb, if you have 8Gb then sorry i still cannot provide you file to download, this guide will install a new operating system to your device and replace your current running firmware, this guide also have possibility to brick your device so please very consider it before following this guide.

Disclaimer :
This guide for educational purpose only, We not responsible if your device bricked after following this tutorial.  (DWYOR). This is for Lenovo S820 4GB for 8Gb there is another file and i will update it as soon as it available.

If you got "UnRecognized ROM Detectd" the solution is use SP Flash Tool v3.1304, tick the preload ↦ click the preload  browse it to target_bin/preload.img


Update Lenovo S820 with the new International Firmware Version ROW_S223

ROM Descriptions :

  • Build Number : S820_ROW_S223_150119
  • Date : 19.01.2015
  • OS : Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Languages : Russian , Ukrainian, English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai
  • Google Applications : Include
  • Root : No
  • Type : Full image install using flash tool
Downloads :
  • S820_ROW_S223_150119 1.6 Gb, full image that need to update Lenovo S820 to build number S223
  • SP Flash Tool v5.1352 must be downloaded, because it not include on ROM download above.
  • USB Vcom driver this need to be installed first, without this installed properly flash tool will not recognize your device and progress bar will remains at 0%.
Update Lenovo S820 with the new International Firmware Version ROW_S223 
  1. First thing to do is install USB Vcom driver on your computer, without this driver installed on your computer flash tool will not recognize your device and progress bar will stay at 0%, for installing USB Vcom driver please refer to this below :

    • turn off your device and remove the battery, If you device using non removable make sure that your device is completely turn off wait like 20 seconds after power off the device
    • open device manager on your computer
    • connect your device using USB cable
    • there will be MTK65xx Preloader Devices show on your device manager, PORT section for 5 second or less and then disappear
    • disconnect and connect your device again, right click on MTK65xx Preloader Devices before it disappear, select Update Driver Software 
    • point it USB VCOM extracted folder, and install the driver from there.
    • disconnect and connect your device again, there will be Mediatek PreLoader USB VCOM Port on your device manager PORT section.
  2. After successful install USB Vcom driver now we can start the step to update Lenovo S920, for step by step for update please refer to below :

    • Extract ROM downloaded and the flash tool on then same folder, for easy organize it and flashing it. Go to flash tool extracted folder and run flash_tool.exe. If you are using windows 7 or later please run it using administrator privilege.
    • On the flash tool, please go to Options ↦ Option ↦ Download please make sure DA DL All with Checksum already checked, click X (Close) to back to Flash Tool, this option is very important so please don't forget it.
      Update Lenovo S820 with the new International Firmware Version ROW_S223

    • Once back to flash tool, now please click on the Scatter-Loading button and point it to ROM extracted folder and the select MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt this will automatically loaded all required images file to update your device, Please wait until flash tool finish processing the image files and become stand by.
      Lenovo S920 Update with the New version International Firmware ROW_S221

    • Change Download option from Download Only to Firmware Upgrade mode, now you can press Download button or hit CTRL+D. Flash tool will initialize the files that add to the flash tool and when finish flash tool will ready to make connection with your device.
      Update Lenovo S820 with the new International Firmware Version ROW_S223

    • When flash tool already finish and stand by, now please turn off your device and remove the battery. Connect your device to computer using USB cable, flash tool will immediately recognize your device and begin to start flashing process, this process will take 5-6 minutes to finish and when you see GREEN CIRCLE in the middle of flash tool that mean flashing process already finish
      Update Lenovo S820 with the new International Firmware Version ROW_S223

    1. Done, you have successful update your Lenovo S920 with firmware version ROW_S223, please confirm it with go to System Setting ↦ About Phone and look at the Build Number it must be same with the downloaded ROM.
    That all, update Lenovo S820 with the new international firmware version, build number S820_ROW_S223_150119, please leave a comments when you got any problems or broken lnks regarding this guide, Thank you

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    103 comments:

    1. Does it really saves and improve the condition of the battery? because i dont trust kitkat 4.4.2. By the way when will the update of Lenovo S820 4GB Kitkat 4.4.3 or 4.4.4 will release.

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      1. Hi,
        It said like that. For the truth i don't know because it seem same. And for release 4.4.3 or 4.4.4 i don't know.

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      2. hello andy, i have succesfully flashed this rom, but the surity apps that come with it has firewall function, if i untick that function the data can be used even it has been turned on
        What i need to do? is it ok to remove the security apps?
        if yes how to remove it?...
        if using the firewall it affected some quality of my internet which causing lag during gaming

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      3. root and the try to remove unwanted apps,
        if you want to know how to root just search at this blog how to root S820

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    2. Hi Please also share the 8GB version of ROW_S223. Thanks

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      1. Hi,
        I will just keep visit on this blog...
        Thank you for your suggestion

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      2. Hi Andy
        Thanks for your tutorials.
        Can we update directly from 221 version to 223 or do we need it to be updated to 222 version 1st ?

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      3. Hi,
        Your welcome and thank you for your visit

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      4. Hi,
        I have rooted my phone and unable to install the update.Have a 8gb row version.
        Any suggestions.
        Thank you.

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      5. This guide or use OTA? This guide for 4G only device, if OTA update can only be done if you are using lenovo standard recovery, so if you already use custom recovery OTA update will be failed

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      6. Over OTA. I tried standard recovery however it gives package error. May be i messed something during rooting.
        Thanks

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      7. Can you tell what error message said, usually when you use standard lenovo recovery OTA update can be done without the computer just download from device and do update, it will restt your phone and go to recovery to install the update. So need to know what error message say

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    3. hi bro andy, how to root this firmware version.. thank you !

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      1. hi,
        follow this guide to root http://bit.ly/1AzIxQe

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    4. Hi Andy,,,
      I was using lenovo s820 with ROW S222 version earlier. when I tried to root it , By mistake i press format in sp flash tool and brick my s820. Than i install ROW 124 version but I lost my IMEI(Invalid IMEI). i installed it via mobile uncle but when i update ROM via OTA, again invalid IMEI found. and i cant root 4.4.2 so cant install IMEI.

      PLZ help me to root or install IMEI in my S820 4.4.2

      Thank You

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      1. hi,
        just follow this guide to fix your IMEI http://bit.ly/1teLvmQ and to root just follow http://bit.ly/1AzIxQe but this is only for KitKat, and for S124 which is using JellyBean just use framaroot to root it.

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      2. Not solved, when i tried to root via sp flash tool, error comes that "PMT is ready and layout hass been changed" error code 8038

        plz help

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      3. PMT or error 8038 can be solve with press firmware upgrade button instead download button

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    5. Please provide s820 s223 kitkat full image for 8G version... Please.

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      1. hi,
        i will as soon as possible try to provide for 8Gb device, just keep visit this blog

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    6. Hi,
      Can I install this ROW ROM over my old CN ROM?

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      1. hi,
        flash tool will delete your CN ROM first then install this international ROM to your device next. So yes

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      2. Your welcome and thank you for your comments and visit.

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    7. Hi,
      I get "UnRecognized ROM Detected", but when I try using SP Flash Tool v3.1304 the phone cant connect with the PC. I think this is because there is no battery. I have this problem every time I flash a new ROM with SP Flash Tool v3.1304. When I use SP Flash Tool v5.1352, the battery is in the device, and I have no problem. Can I use SP Flash Tool v3.1304 with battery?

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      1. Yes you can, the most important is just make sure the phone it in turn off condition. With or without battery

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      2. Thank you @Andy Suwito. The ROM works very nice.
        Now I am trying to change the modem and to do so I need to ROOT the device. I have tryed this guide http://bit.ly/1AzIxQe, but I am having problems with flashing the custom recovery. This error (http://postimg.org/image/qzle51hhp/) message appears when I use SP_Flash_Tool_v3.1316.0.150. When I use SP Flash Tool v5.1352.01 this message is shown (http://postimg.org/image/5hfkz1o7r/).
        Is there another way to install the custom recovery, or can I get root access without the recovery?

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      3. Hi,
        Try using scatter file from S124 ROM version, the both flash tool say same error 8038 PMT change must be download, it because the scatterfile not fit try using S124 scatter file http://bit.ly/1pcvZ9h

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      4. Thank you @Andy Suwito for all your help. I have rooted the device using "IROOT" and everything is fine. This is the best ROM I have used so far.

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      5. Thank you for your visit and comments

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    8. Hi
      I have a problem with my lenovo s820, fone cannot on. I try flash using sp tool and used row s124. The error 4032. How to solve this problem. Ty

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      1. hi,
        look at this guide on section disclaimer http://bit.ly/1pcvZ9h, you will found download new preloader, download it and copy at target_bin folder and rename checksum.ini to else

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    9. Hi Andy,
      My phone is lenovo S820
      Build number is S820_S135_130608. (Rooted)
      I want to upgrade. his to the new International Firmware Version ROW_S223. Do you think it will be ok.And what sholud I do first.How can I prepare for this. Please reply me!
      Thanks for your knowledge. :)

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    10. hi,
      first think to do when you wanna modified your device is backup, refer to this guide to backup whole system http://bit.ly/1kcsUqj, and then backup NVRAM partition that store IMEI and communication ability follow this guide http://bit.ly/1NAIRs3. after make sure all backup ok without any error then just try to follow above guide.

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    11. Hi Andy,
      I upgraded my lenovo S820 to VIBE UI 2.0. Everything is successful. But I can't use 3G network now.Both of the sim card slot can use only 2G network .What should I do to get 3G network.

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      1. hi,
        try changing your modem, you can see how to do it by using this guide http://bit.ly/1yJufco
        hope it fix your problem

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    12. Hi. Great job on the blog, and especially with the updated comments!

      I keep getting an error after I download and run the OTA upgrade (s222 to s223, 10.89MB). I've downloaded multiple times and still get an error when my phone performs the upgrade. Any idea why? Is there something I can check to ensure compatibility? My phone (4GB) is not rooted, and I prefer getting the OTA upgrade.

      Again, many thanks and keep up the good work!

      Cheers!

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      1. Hi,
        Thank for your appreciation, sorry if i am write it wrong.
        Anyway OTA update can only be perform with official recovery so make sure your recovery is official and not custom and second detail the error say

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    13. how to solve *** PMT changed for the ROM; it must be download.*****

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      1. press firmware upgrade button instead download button. it will solve PMT changed flash tool error

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    14. It not function to my Lenovo S820

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      1. Can you give more info about mean not function on your Lenovo S820?

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    15. Hi Andy, I have successfully upgrade my S820 according all above steps last week.. Thanks in advance.
      But today my phone Google Play icon has missing. Showing "Google Play services, which some of your applications rely on, is not supported by your device. Please contact the manufacturer for assistance."
      Seeing your reply soon.... thank

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      1. Hi,
        Are you do an update?
        Try go to setting, app, select google play then try clear data. If you can see the google play icon try click itt or run it. If not see try do factory reset

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    16. Hi,
      At your step 2, when i press the download button, and after i checked all the necessary options the downloading of the files doesn't start. Any help?

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      1. Hi,
        When progress baru not showing and installation not start that mean installation driver not complete so install the driver again

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    17. Excelente guia , Logre instalar esta rom , Pero tengo Problemas de conectividad con el 3g , solo Detecta 2g Telcel, soy de mexico

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    18. Andy, sorry to bug you too much, but what would be the process to upgrade this to the latest version? Here's a screenshot http://tinypic.com/r/30n7wpi/9

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      1. Acxording to the screen shot look like your version is ina version S129, if you want upgrade to international version just follow the above guide, it will upgrade your device to S223 international version but becareful always to backup and prepare for losing Imei and signal strength

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      2. Thanks Andy. Will try it in the next few days. Appreciate your guides.

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      3. no problem, thank you for visit and leave comments

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      1. no, still S218 is the latest,
        but from news i heard there will be Vibe UI 2.5 but still china version so maybe need wait a little more longer.

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    20. Hi, I flash my S820 with the ROM you posted. Where I insert my indon sim, I cant call out and is asking for call barring password. But using other phone the sim works fine.

      Please help with this. Thanks.

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      1. Call baring password is set on the sim so if you set it, it wont let you change phone, ask your sim provider about it

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      2. your welcome, thank you for visit and leave comments

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    21. Replies
      1. It is for 4gb, all my guide is default for 4gb

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    22. Assalamualaikum wbt.. Nak tanya kalau file yg download tu nak install terus ke fon tanpa guna pc, tool ape ye boleh guna.. Thanks bro

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      1. hi,
        the files on the download section can only be install using flash tool and must using pc to install it.

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    23. Thanks a lot Andy, I've tried ur guide and have been successfully 100% flashed to the latest Lenovo S820 with the new International Firmware Version ROW_S223.. Now I'll use this guide http://bit.ly/1AzIxQe to ROOT the device ...
      Had used the SP Flash Tool v5.1352 !! I'm soooo glad that it works like a charm :)

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      1. Your welcome, thank you for visit and leave comments

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    24. Hehe I finally root this rom using latest iroot pc.exe but haven't been successful with team win recovery how do I install custom recovery pls post a guide asap

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      1. if you already root, just install the TWRP using mobile uncle grab the recovery.img from this guide http://bit.ly/1AzIxQe and then flash using mobile uncle more simple.
        and for the signal have you check your IMEI ? try check it maybe it invalid so your device cannot receive signal. if invalid just fix it and the signal will also fix too.http://bit.ly/1teLvmQ

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    25. how to solve s820 flash erro code 4032

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      1. Download tbe special preloader crom this guide http://bit.ly/1pcvZ9h copy it on target bin and rename checsum the flash it to your device

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    26. Hi Andy!

      I tried everything. I have a 8gb version of s820. I updated my phone trought OTA, but one day it wont start just stuck at lenovo logo.

      I tried flash with the new preloader.bin, its PMT error. if i use the other preloader with the rom, its DVRAM error. If i want to firmware upgrade or format + download, it says format error (4010). I tried to delete __NODL_ from PMT in the scatter file to format, but its not working. I lost hope. I dont know what to do. I tried at least 8 different combination but its not working :(

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      1. hi,
        PMT error can be fix with pressing Firmware upgrade button, so try reflashing but press firmware upgrade button not download button.

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      2. Hi!

        As I said, if i trying firmware upgrade i get a format error (4010). :(

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      3. BROM ERROR : S_FT_FORMAT_FAIL (4010) occurs because the given range of memory address is different with the phone memory address layout. And this PMT is locked and you cannot format your phone. By default, the scatter file that you have will not allow sp flash to download the new layout to your phone.
        It hard to fix it and may cause hardbrick on your device so i will recommend to bring your device to lenovo service center
        how about this

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    27. Is there any other option then going to service center?

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      1. sorry for late reply,
        i think there is no, because the problem you had it about partition on your device, and it already ruins usually format will make partition back to default but you said you already format it and it not work

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      2. No problem Sir. Probably you will be my saver, so dont mind.
        No i haven't format it yet, i just tried to format it but the format and the firmwire upgrade failed. So if I had a properly scatter file, i could format it. Isn't i?

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      3. Just use stock ROM scatter file, recommend if you use jelly bean scatter file.
        but remember not to format bootloader.

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    28. Could you give me a link both of them pls?

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      1. the link above is valid why not click from the above link ? i already check it, if you could not download it it then try to change DNS to google DNS all link redirect with adfly and shorte.st

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      2. The link which you gave for another guy? The s124?

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      3. Sorry, follow this link http://bit.ly/1pcvZ9h

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      4. What is your opinion about format the whole memory with linux? and after trying with sp tools?

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      5. it ok if you expert on linux, because android partition is same with linux which is ext2, ext3 and ext4. But how can you reach the android harddisk aka emmc ?

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      6. I couldn't. :( we tried with my friend.
        When i connect, the linux sees the port. But cant mount it up.

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      7. I am already mention it on the previous comment, how could you mount it as harddisk, sdcard maybe you could but how about the emmc which is device harddisk. Emmc is part of microcontroller, so if you understand about microcontroller maybe you could

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    29. Hi andy can you help me upgrafe my S820 to android lollipop?

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      1. Unfortunately CyanogenMod only supports 25 vendors and Lenovo is not one of it. So you are stuck with the current OS.

        I wouldn't suggest rooting the phone either because rooting the phone is easy, it's the unpacking and installing Android OS manually is what bothers most of the users. Unless you are a developer or know one, you shouldn't indulge yourself into this. You may loose your phone.

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    30. Hello Mas Andi, i already had upgraded my s820 to this rom.. And runnning well, but problems came out...

      1. My phone cant make any sound from this decive, always mute. I already set as higheat volume but it didnt make any sound.

      2. Google play store ui is out of update and i cant update it to lastest one.

      3. When i install / download apps it always stuck at the end, solution i install purity feom kingroot.net, purity-ed it then it done(baru bisa keinstal).

      I had device from unroot(rom from this article), to rooted and now unroot again... But the problems didnt solve either...

      please help me ;((

      Thanks before

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      1. 1. try to factory reset if the factory reset not solve the problem it might be the hardware issue
        2. Install google play store include in this guide and after successful install just update it from the UI.
        3. I think your device is already modified, so try to factory reset first or if you can just re install the firmware and see if the problem still exist

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    31. Can this firmware run Pokemon Go ?

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      1. minimun requirement pokemon Go is Android KitKat if i am not wrong, so i think you can run Pokemon Go after flashing this firmware

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    32. Hello I made a tutorial on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hts2PkSsaFI
      This will guide folks here who want to Install & update & also how to create their own Scatter file using MTK droid tool :)
      Watch in 480p.
      Thanks.

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    33. Dear Andy Suwito,

      Thank you very much for your tutorial. Its works....

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      1. Your welcome, thank you for visit and leave comment

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    34. Hi my friend Andy ! Recently I bought a new phone which is a Chinese phone
      Letv One Pro X800, its fast enough comes wid 4GB Ram + SD Socket and I just loved it but how to ROOT and install TWRP on it !!!
      I already unlocked the bootloader via ADB
      Thanks

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      1. for root may be you can try one click method root, using kingo root, king root or vroot. most of china phone can be root using these application, and for custom recovery or cwm you must found that match with your firmware if not it will brick your system.
        alternate custom recovery is using flashfire you can download it on google play but your device must be root first. it has function like common custom recovery

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      2. Hello sir. After update firmware. My simcard cannot detect. Either sim 1 or 2. Please help me.

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      3. Try check your Imei with *#06# and of you see invalid the fix it using maui 3g you can see the guide here http://bit.ly/1teLvmQ

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