I bought this phone last August and since, I've been following development on it. You guys have done an amazing job improving our device. I have a few ideas in mind how I could help ( not in development per se but in threat and links management).
My device model is 205F which looks pretty rare among devs here most of you have 205G. As soon as root and recovery were available I flashed them. Everything went smoothly. Patched boot and flashed through Odin then flashed recovery with flashify, "in a flash" so to say 😁.
Now for GSI, that's a whole other bag of worms.
First I made a mistake. I format Data before flashing your GSI for Android 9. Flashing went well but rebooting first got stuck on android logo, then another reboot want directly to download mode with vbmeta error. Tried flashing GSI fix, vm-verity zips, flashing was ok but none of them did anything.
Side note: My /data/media folder(sdcard) was filled with encrypted files and folders. Even now after boot most apps can't deal with it. They can see the content, but not read it, chrome saves files(apks) to it but can't open them file managers don't see them. Any idea what to do about it?
Anyway, I realized my mistake and went about factory resetting. I had to do it in Odin cause I could only access stock recovery. Then tried rooting, got stuck at finishing touches in setup. On second try I factory reset and it worked flashed recovery then went back there and flashed GSI again. This time it works👍👍.
The thing is I went to the official thread and looked up the tutorial. The instructions are to flash GSI only. If it doesn't work flash vm-verity, if it doesn't work flash vbmeta or GSI fix depending on errors shown. Formatting data should come as a last resort in case nothing works. So maybe @phizzwizz you could update your post to reflect that?
I'm on GSI 9 now looking to upgrade to 10 if we find a file that works. It's such a relief not seeing Samsung at every corner of my phone 🥳, previously Samsung highjacked 12gb of my 32 now it's only 7.7gb(Google apps)
Right now I can't restore from smart switch, it shows my backup but no option to restore. I would have to transfer my files to PC then use cable to restore. IF MTP works. I'll get to it right now. Take care.
PS: can I suggest that we all have our device variant in our signatures so we know who has what?