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Hi all,

Recently got myself a Ulefone Armor 2. The device is not too bad so far. I switched to it after cracking my Power2's screen multiple times. It comes with a stupidly basic Android 7. So I just wanted to start a thread to see if anyone's got their hands on it and started hacking around. See the bookmarks below for all things customisation.

I've edited this first post multiple times to reflect the recent developments. Some people got root & Magisk working see links after my first remarks:


About the latest Software Update (aka 20180224_s21v57c2k_gq_fp or S21 GQ3037LF2 Ulefone V12 20171009-Update 20180224):

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Originally Posted by alpsayin

Nope, it's not the same. Something is fundamentally off with this ROM. Accessibility services get turned off automatically every time screen goes off. Half the background apps are killed every time screen stays off for a minute too. I've already reverted back to what I had before. I suggest stay away from this build.

If you've updated your phone to latest ROM use the below instructions to revert back but use https://www.needrom.com/wp-content/u...2_20171009.zip instead of the latest one:
[/U]https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...0&postcount=31

First remarks:
-Some people and I are having problems with USB-C headphone adapter (https://forum.xda-developers.com/and...2#post74367962)
-Device bluetooth volume level is separate from the headset's volume. (EDIT: fixed with recent ROM update)
-Adaptive brightness might be a tad bit aggressive in my opinion so I switched it off. (EDIT: less aggressive with recent ROM update)
-Android Pay does NOT work. It says device is not verified (which is sad, I really wanted this to work). (EDIT: works now with also recent ROM update).
-Camera button launches a camera app if you press for 5 seconds only. Useful to trigger underwater.
-SOS button needs 5 seconds push to start calling emergency contacts, but even then it causes a lot of pocket dialling.
-PTT button only works inside the Zello app. Kinda wish these buttons could be reassigned for other things (EDIT: see this reply https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...1&postcount=78).
-Generally buttons are easy to push, i change the volume every time I put the phone in my pocket, then again i might just need to get used to having a brick with 4g.
-Speakers are not great, but it's indeed waterproof. Took it into shower and gave it a good abuse.
-Fingerprint sensor is a bit annoying at times but I believe this might be because I was sent a phone with improperly attached screen protector. (EDIT: it was the badly aligned screen protector)
-Power menu doesn't have the shortcut to the power saving mode that I like so much
-Be gentle with your USB-C cap, mine broke. It's still waterproof, but now it's pretty easy to lose the cap.
-If you wanna save some serious battery, disable Google App data backup (App backup&restore).
-Sports mode in battery settings will make the phone "snappier" probably at the expense of battery life.


BOOKMARKS:


ROM Stuff (some need TWRP)
See this reply for instructions to update to recent ROM:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...0&postcount=31
TWRP Flashable Stock ROM with Magisk Root (Android Pay working, Buttons disabled, needs opengapps)
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=174
Restore or write IMEI numbers:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...7&postcount=76

TWRP
See these replies for root and TWRP (v1, legacy):
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...0&postcount=60
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...0&postcount=68
See these replies for TWRP without OTG and root (v2, now also legacy):
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...5&postcount=96
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...0&postcount=97
English TWRP in zip and img formats, also something about Forced Encryption (v3, but also follow instructions from v2)
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=281

Magisk and Root
Summary of SuperSU, Magisk, Xposed and Android Pay compatibilities:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=135
Magisk Installation (legacy, but use it for instructions):
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...5&postcount=89
Latest Magisk (permissive, hidelist persists, allowing module installation, yay!):
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=299
Re-flashing STOCK ROM and/or updating Magisk while keeping data (requires TWRP)
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=223

Audio Issues
Fix for Armor 2 Bluetooth Disconnect Issue
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=279
Audio not routing through or unstable USB-C headphone jack?
https://forum.xda-developers.com/and...5#post74621805

Tweaks (Buttons, Persistent Notifications)
How to disable default PTT & SOS functions and replace functionalities (requires ROOT):
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...9&postcount=72
How to get rid of Persistent NFC notification
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=216
Fingerprint scanner is NOT SECURE
https://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...&postcount=297


Credits: @sumec100 @djvinniev77 @enzovic @Sebastl @jemmini (? from 4pda.ru) @TuksOID @sargon__
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12th October 2017, 01:32 AM |#2  
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Have you had any software issues and can you assign anything else other than emergency contacts to the SOS button? I have an LG X Power with a cracked screen and have been looking into this phone because the doogee s60 and bv8000 pro both show problems and I don't feel like spending 600 for a cat s60 or s41

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13th October 2017, 02:46 AM |#3  
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Wish there was a way I could disable the sos button on my doogee s60
13th October 2017, 10:43 AM |#4  
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Hi,

i got mine a week ago, and i think this phone is really great so far. Only thing i'm missing is a way to root it, i have tried everything i could find, but nothing has worked so far.

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13th October 2017, 11:45 AM |#5  
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I really wanted to like this phone, but Bluetooth is essencial to me, and I cant keep a Bluetooth audio connection constant with out disconnects and connects randomly, is very frustrating, I was expecting a better quality of the audio of the internal speaker when making calls, the holes of the back speaker one is a dummy the is no sound from it, and battery is good but not so good for the capacity, I was expecting more, and the camera is really sub par with a slow auto focus. I why didn't they make the screws of the sim compartment flush with case, was so simple.
13th October 2017, 12:33 PM |#6  
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I really wanted to like this phone, but Bluetooth is essencial to me, and I cant keep a Bluetooth audio connection constant with out disconnects and connects randomly, is very frustrating, I was expecting a better quality of the audio of the internal speaker when making calls, the holes of the back speaker one is a dummy the is no sound from it, and battery is good but not so good for the capacity, I was expecting more, and the camera is really sub par with a slow auto focus. I why didn't they make the screws of the sim compartment flush with case, was so simple.

I just tested the Bluetooth on a speaker, i had no issues with it. As for the battery, there is a lot of settings you can tweak, and turn off all of the Google draining apps. I have installed Greenify too.

Camera is not the best, but it does the job. We get what we pay for, and for that price i cannot expect to get a better phone, that probably would survive a nuclear war lol
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I just tested the Bluetooth on a speaker, i had no issues with it. As for the battery, there is a lot of settings you can tweak, and turn off all of the Google draining apps. I have installed Greenify too.

Camera is not the best, but it does the job. We get what we pay for, and for that price i cannot expect to get a better phone, that probably would survive a nuclear war lol

I'm glad that you having a better experience with Bluetooth, I do hope that I can solve my problems with it.
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16th October 2017, 11:42 PM |#8  
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I also just bought an Armor 2, and I also want to be able to configure the ptt and sos buttons in a better way. I hope people who know about this give us a hand. regards
17th October 2017, 12:16 AM |#9  
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I can assign emergency contacts to SOS button. Multiple ones in fact; if first person doesn't answer automatically calls the next one and so on. I was just curious to give them other functionalities, such as launching apps.

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Originally Posted by tony442

Have you had any software issues and can you assign anything else other than emergency contacts to the SOS button? I have an LG X Power with a cracked screen and have been looking into this phone because the doogee s60 and bv8000 pro both show problems and I don't feel like spending 600 for a cat s60 or s41

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Did anyone manage to get Android Pay working? Android Pay doesn't verify the android, I was really looking forward to being able to use it...
18th October 2017, 12:33 AM |#11  
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I just got mine, love it for the price but unfortunately didn't read about android pay. I just tried and yep, no good to add payment cards. If you have a banking app that accepts card integration, it works that way, so it's just android pay/Google security.

Now, has anyone tried downloading the latest official ROM from needrom? They cite one from 10/9, I tried to install after ensuring the device is properly detected and the process fails. Something about Brom incompatible.

Not sure if anyone here has had successes with flashing MediaTek based devices, any tips?
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