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Android A8 (Smarty/Android/Yepo/Posideon/Plum Velocity)

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2nd January 2012, 01:01 PM   |  #1  
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Dear All,

As the Name suggests it is regarding the China Android Qwerty Mobile A8.
It has various names of which are in the subject.

GSMAreana : Plum Velocity



Unofficial forum :
Official Site:
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A8
Velocity

Manual:
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User Manual

Here is my quick review of this peice.

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The apps which were NOT supported by this cell were:
-> MoboPlayer
-> Poweramp
-> many video players & audio players were not supported.

The apps which worked:
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-> handcent sms
-> launcher pro (any launcher thrown at it worked including metro UI)
-> Games (angry birds rio,librith, aliens invasion, etc)
-> Extended Controls
-> Updates from Market

Speed wise the fone is OKish as it has 200 MB of RAM out of which you get 100 MB free. By the time you keep using it 70 MB is all you have.
Froyo 2.2.1 works flawless in it.
Touch sceen is a bit bad as u need hard touch.
QWERTY works great but one big flaw...no "," in it.
Volume keys on the keypad itself.
2 music players inbut -- Music & 3D music player.
Dual cams work well
Fring gets installed but din try as no WIFI.
1200 Mah battery works gr8 for one or more days (Nokia BL-5K)
Dual sim support works gr8 aswell.
Very Light in weight but same time it is fragile.
Tones loud enough.

Still in testing phase will keep updated as I get more hands on experiance on it.
Btw it has 2 charging points 1 USB and 2nd Nokia point
it takes 3 hours to charge but holds good enough for long time

Need more info on this cell friends Kindly help me

Recommended Apps for this Mobile:
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1. Launcher --> ADW Launcher EX
2. Message --> Go SMS Pro (supports Dual Sim)
3. App 2 SD --> Must have app to move apps to SD card
4. Droid Shift up --> (Optional) Kills unwanted Apps
5. IO Notepad --> Notepad App
6. Opera Mini 6 --> Works flawless and is a must have app for this Handset
7. Photoshop Express --> Good photoeditor
9. PlayerPro --> Loud enough music player for this mobile (3D player & inbuilt music players are there but this is a step up)
10. Almost all inbuilt apps : Whatsapp, Yahoo messenger, youtube, etc can be updated.

Others which i tried for customisation
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1. Minimalist Text
2. Widget locker pro

Both work great
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Development
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Note: Beyond this point do at your own risk


Development / Issues / Solutions:

Reboot Issue
Tutorial on remapping hardware keyboard (credit: schloss)
Chinese utility MobileUncle Tools (credit: schloss)
IMEI Issue / Drivers / Flash Tool / System Folder Backup (credit: gabib77)
Awful end call beep (credit: schloss)
GPS
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2nd January 2012, 05:35 PM   |  #2  
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If your phone doesn't have it's own thread, then I doubt that you will find much information here and I suspect not many A8 owners will be here either.
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Talking Reboot Issue *RESOLVED*
Most of us might have experianced a reboot issue in this mobile.
I am a heavy user of this handset and was quite annoyed with the reboot issue.
It rebooted after some 5 - 6 hours ..the duration varied.

Solution:

What I did was:
In Settings --> Display --> Screen Time out ---> Set it to 30 minutes & mostly lock the screen on your own by pressing the center key or use an alternate screen lock widget on the homescreen.

The reboot is gone now

*NOTE: Never ever use Extended controls in this mobile: AS it slows the boot process and takes longer time to load the widgets on the screen.
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The Android A8 is an unlocked Android cell phone. It gives you access to email, contacts, and calendar that synchronise with your web accounts and Personal Computer. The Android A8 lets you have your world, your way. The Android A8 smartphone is a perfect balance of form, function and affordability. It contains great quality of features.
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...yes of course
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How to solve problem with awful end call beep
ATTENTION!!!

It seems that one A8 may be not identical to another A8! Backup your phone before any system changes! It is your responsibility!

So, if you are brave enough:

Get modified Phone.apk (see attachment)

Copy original Phone.apk from /system/app/ to SD

Replace (do not delete or rename!) original Phone.apk in /system/app/ with modified Phone.apk (you need root privileges)

Reboot (you have no choice - A8 would be unusable at this point)

Return to /system/app and change permissions of new Phone.apk to rw-r--r--

Reboot again

Enjoy the silence! after call of course
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Quote:
Originally Posted by schloss

ATTENTION!!!

It seems that one A8 may be not identical to another A8! Backup your phone before any system changes! It is your responsibility!

So, if you are brave enough:

Get modified Phone.apk (see attachment)

Copy original Phone.apk from /system/app/ to SD

Replace (do not delete or rename!) original Phone.apk in /system/app/ with modified Phone.apk (you need root privileges)

Reboot (you have no choice - A8 would be unusable at this point)

Return to /system/app and change permissions of new Phone.apk to rw-r--r--

Reboot again

Enjoy the silence! after call of course

makes the phone ustable.

Can you provide us with your firmware details
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Originally Posted by prasad12ka4

makes the phone ustable.

Can you provide us with your firmware details

Brand : yusu
Device : e1005_yp1
Display : ALPS.10Y.W10.48.MP.V2.03.P9
Fingerprint :
yusu/e1005_yp1/e1005_yp1/unknown:2.2.1/MASTER/eng.root.20110902.164729:user/test-keys
Android version : 2.2.1

As far as I know all A8 variations are equal in system part. So phone.apk behavior should be the same on all phones.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by schloss

Brand : yusu
Device : e1005_yp1
Display : ALPS.10Y.W10.48.MP.V2.03.P9
Fingerprint :
yusu/e1005_yp1/e1005_yp1/unknown:2.2.1/MASTER/eng.root.20110902.164729:user/test-keys
Android version : 2.2.1

As far as I know all A8 variations are equal in system part. So phone.apk behavior should be the same on all phones.

Thank you for the details,

So is this the same A8 with QWERTY hardware keypad???
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So is this the same A8 with QWERTY hardware keypad???

Yes, it is. Also I've found this info in /system/build.prop:

ro.mediatek.version.release=10YW1048MP

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