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[ROM][A300xx/A500xx][TW-7.1.1][v6.0] SEPerience-ROM A8 2018 Port

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Special thanks goes to @corsicanu for his great work to bring Nougat to our devices. Don't thank me for this, go and spam @corsicanu's thanks button!



Disclaimer:

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I am not responsible for any damage you done with your device.
Flash this ROM at your own risk!

YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE OR REUPLOAD ANY PART FROM THIS ROM WITHOUT MY PERMISSION!
IF YOU WANT SHARE THIS ROM, LINK TO THIS THREAD AND USE THE DOWNLOAD LINK BELOW.
PLEASE CONTACT ME FIRST, IF YOU WANT TO PORT THIS ROM FOR YOUR DEVICE.

Supported variants:
  • Galaxy A3 2015: SM-A300FU, SM-A300Y
  • Galaxy A5 2015: SM-A500F, SM-A500FU, SM-A500G, SM-A500H, SM-A500K, SM-A500L, SM-A500M, SM-A500S, SM-A500W, SM-A500Y
  • Galaxy J5 2015: SM-J500F, SM-J500FN, SM-J500G, SM-J500H, SM-J500M
  • Galaxy J5 2016: SM-J510F, SM-J510FN, SM-J510FQ, SM-J510GN, SM-J510H, SM-J510MN, SM-J510UN


ROM information and features:
  • Base: J510MNUBU3BSC1
  • Port: A530FXXS3ARH1
  • Powered by hadesKernel v3.1.2 (by @corsicanu) and Quasar Kernel v1.6/v2.0 (by @BlackMesa123)*
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Hybrid security patch level (Port: 2018-08-01, Base: 2019-03-01)
  • Deknoxed
  • Debloated
  • Deodexed
  • Zipaligned
  • Aroma installer
  • SEP 8.5 Phone/Contacts
  • SEP 8.5 Message
  • SEP 8.5 Gallery
  • SEP 8.5 Clock
  • SEP 8.5 Calendar
  • SEP 8.5 MyFiles
  • Air Message
  • AppLock
  • Bixby Home
  • Call recording
  • Custom CSC feature v2.5 support
  • Disabled dm_verity check and tima service
  • Dual Messenger
  • Dual Speaker Mod
  • Download booster
  • Edge Screen
  • Google's Night Light (more info here)
  • Manage app data
  • MirrorLink
  • Multi Window
  • OMC (Multi-CSC) support (full list below)
  • Navigation bar
  • Game Launcher
  • Game Tools
  • Private Mode
  • Themes Store
  • VoLTE (CSC dependent; A3 only)
  • VoWiFi (CSC dependent; A3 only)
  • Screen Recorder
  • Smart Stay
  • Smart View
  • Fake Knox 0x0 status
  • Device status official
  • And more...
* Default kernel images are:
  • Galaxy A3/A5 2015: hadesKernel v3.1.2
  • Galaxy J5 2015: Quasar Kernel v1.6
  • Galaxy J5 2016: Quasar Kernel v2.0



Known bugs and issues:
  • Video Recording (unfixable): There are no TW-Nougat cam libs compatible with A3 so we have to use old MM camera libs with video record bug. Please use Footej Camera from Google Play to record videos
  • Focus issues (unfixable; A5 only)*
  • Mobile data on 2nd SIM (A5 only)
  • VoLTE and VoWiFi doesn't work (unfixable; A5 only): lack of compatible RIL libs
  • FM Radio (unfixable)

There are maybe more. Test and report (with logcats)
*A5 users have the opportunity to choose between focus bug or video recording bug in aroma installer
Please keep in mind: I don't own a J500xx device, so please make a detailed logcat if you encounter bugs.


Download:

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Installation:
  • Make sure you have any TWRP Recovery with aroma installer support installed
  • Download the ROM zip and push it to internal or external storage
  • Enter TWRP Recovery
  • Backup your current ROM in case something goes wrong
  • Do a Full Wipe (system, dalvik-cache, data, cache)
  • Install the ROM
  • Reboot to System
Note : First boot take 10-15 minutes, so don't interrupt it!


Telegram support:


OMC (Multi-CSC) supported countries:

Code:
ACR, KSA - Saudi Arabia			PAK - Pakistan
AFG - Afghanistan			PHE - Spain
ARO - Argentina				PHN - Netherlands
ATO - Open Austria			ROM - Romania
AUT - Switzerland			SEB - Baltic
BNG - Bangladesh			SEE - South East Europe
BGL - Bulgaria				SEK - Ukraine
BTC - Libya				SER - Russia
BTU, CPW -  United Kingdom		SKZ - Kazakhstan
CAC - Uzbekistan			SLK - Sri Lanka
CAM, THL - Thailand			TEB - Bosnia and Herzegovina
CEL, ILO, PCL, PTR - Israel		THR - Iran
CHO - Chile				TPA - Panama
COO - Colombia				TPH - Portugal
DBT - Germany				TUN - Tunisia
EGY - Egypt				TUR - Turkey
EON, TTT - Trinidad and Tobago		XEF - France
EUR - Greece				XEH - Hungary
INS - India				XEO - Poland
ITV - Italy				XEU - United Kingdom / Ireland
LYS, XSG - United Arab Emirates		XEZ - Czech Republic
NEE - Nordic countries			XFA, XFE - South Africa
NPL - Nepal				XME - Malaysia
MAT, MWD - Morocco			XXV - Vietnam
MID - Iraq				ZTO - Brazil
ORX - Slovakia

Notes:
  • This ROM is NOT prerooted


Credits:

@corsicanu for hadesKernel, his awesome magic, support and fixes. You deserve more than just a thank
@BlackMesa123 for Quasar Kernel
@ananjaser1211 for a lot of help and contribution to this project!
@Wuby986 for private mode fix
@malbert16442 for his awesome porting guide
@ASSAYYED for AssayedKitchen
@Ticklefish for TMA and TOAD
@amarullz for aroma installer

Testers:
@Nealy. @josephpatrick @mechamon86

PM me if I forgot someone

Kernel Source Code and Thread:


Additional information:

Contributors
@prototype74, @corsicanu, @BlackMesa123
ROM OS Version: 7.x Nougat
ROM Kernel: Linux 3.10.x
ROM Firmware Required: Marshmallow Bootloader and Modem
Based on: Samsung Experience 8.5

Version Information
Status: Stable
Current Stable Version: v6.0 Final
Stable Release Date: 2019-05-31
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Changelog:

v6.0 Final - 2019-05-31:
- ROM renamed to SEPerience-ROM A8 2018 Port
- Updated Base version to J510MNUBU3BSC1
- Updated OpenCV library
- Updated system binaries metadata
- Hybrid security patch Aug 2018/March 2019
- Reworked aroma installer
- Dual Speaker Mod (for all variants)
- Unified build (A3/A5 + J5)
- Serenity Kernel has been removed (J500xx)
- Quasar Kernel has been removed (A 2015 series)
- Added Call recording option (selectable in aroma)
- Added Camera shutter sound (selectable in aroma)
- Added OneUI Audio (selectable in aroma)
- Added DPI settings in aroma
- Added extra quick tiles
- Corrected J500G battery properties (2100 mAh)
- Disabled rotation on lockscreen
- Disabled dm_verity check and tima service
- Enabled Caller ID and Spam Protection for all CSC
- Extra volume steps in calls (selectable in aroma)
- Fixed compatibility failed issues in certain TWRP versions
- Fixed permissions for certain system configurations
- Fixed Live Message
- Fixed Samsung Health on non-rooted phones
- Fixed Smart Stay
- Full OneUI emojis support
- Moved some CSC features to customcsc_v25.xml
- OneUI clock font (selectable in aroma)
- Patched OMC to make all of CSC dependent features working for all CSC
- Removed IMEI Tracker from certain CSC (BNG, INS, SLK)
- Removed Kernel menu from aroma installer
- Removed RMM stuff as Snapdragon 410 BL doesn't even have RMM state
- SEPerience-ROM's own custom bootanimation (selectable in aroma)
- System-wide font changed to Android Pie
- Tweaks for better performance and battery life experience
- Updated RIL (J500H)
- Updated System HALs and components
- Updated WiFi configurations
- Using default hw parameters
- Other under the hood improvements

v5.0 - 2018-11-30:
- Updated Base version to J510FNXXU2BRI1 (INS)
- Added support for the Galaxy A5 2015 variants
- Cleaned up system apps
- Updated Custom CSC feature to v2.0
- Merged additional CSC into OMC (CAM, THL, XME and XXV)
- Ported SE 9.0 Oreo system apps
- Enabled Samsung Camera sticker center and attitional features
- New Samsung Messages (v5.0) Oreo with stickers support
- Reworked troubleshoot options
- Introduced Night Light
- Rotation on lockscreen
- Removed Blue light filter
- Removed Face Recognition completely
- Updated Edge panels
- Patched OMC to make most of CSC dependent features working on all CSC codes
- Search bar in quick settings
- Added Quick tools edge
- Other under the hood improvements

v4.5 - 2018-09-05:
- Updated Port version to A530FXXS3ARH1 (OMC)
- New security patch level 2018-08-01
- Added Clipboard and SBrowser Edge
- Enhanced Troubleshoot options
- New debloat option in aroma installer
- Qualcomm location service
- Qualcomm RIL service
- Small changes for edge screen
- Updated Custom CSC feature to v1.5
- Other under the hood improvements

v4.0 - 2018-07-17:
- Updated Base version to J510FNXXU2BRE6 (DBT)
- Updated Port version to A530FXXS2ARF1 (OMC)
- New security patch level 2018-06-01
- Air Message
- Custom CSC feature support
- Data usage view on quick panel
- Grace UX Launcher (choosable in aroma)
- Merged additional CSC into OMC (ACR, AFG, BTC, CEL, EGY, ILO, KSA, LYS, MAT, MID, MWD, PAK, PCL, PTR, THR, TUN, TUR, XFA, XFE, XSG)
- Removed some universal (exynos) system apps
- S Clean
- S Bike Mode
- S Power planning
- S Secure
- Screen Recorder
- Security enhancement
- Smart Manager CN (+ Samsung's Package Installer with extra features)
- Troubleshoot options in aroma installer
- USB Backup (requires OTG support)
- Use 4G or LTE data icon

v3.0 - 2018-06-10:
- Updated Base version to J510FNXXU2BRD7 (INS)
- Updated Port version to A530FXXS2ARE1 (OMC)
- New security patch level 2018-05-01
- Added LTE/4G only in network mode
- Additional Quick tiles
- App Lock
- Auto reboot section in settings
- Cleaned up system apps
- Data usage notifications
- Disabled text magnifying glass
- Edge lighting notification (partially working)
- Extended power menu
- Extended Wi-Fi menu
- Fixed incorrect bluetooth battery stats
- Live Drawing
- Manage app data (Samsung's built-in firewall)
- Merged additional CSC into OMC (BNG, NPL, INS and SLK)
- New data usage settings
- Private Mode
- Removed preloaded Samsung Keyboard languages (sipdb) for more free system space
- Removed Samsung Secure Wi-Fi
- Reworked MirrorLink without external libs
- Security enhancement
- Snap Window
- SVoice

v2.0 - 2018-04-29:
- Updated Port version to A530FXXU2ARD1
- New security patch level 2018-04-01
- Added hadesKernel v3.1.2 by @corsicanu
- Aroma installer by @amarullz
- Adapted System framework to MSM8916 with A300xx properties
- Added A300Y (a3ultedv) support
- Added Always On Display
- Added Qualcomm's Performance framework
- Cleaned up System apps
- Custom debloat level (low, medium, heavy) in aroma installer
- Debloated more apps
- Disabled Face Recognition (due to hardware limitations)
- Edge Screen support
- Enabled Edge lighting for Samsung Music
- Enabled some OMC (CSC) features (thanks @corsicanu)
- Fixed brightness issues
- Fixed charging issues
- Fixed shutdown animation size for 540x960 screens
- Improved battery life
- Improved performance
- Improved RAM management
- Navigation bar
- Reenabled some System apps and features
- Removed unsupported 1536x1536 (1:1; 6.0M) camera resolution
- Software information shows current installed SEP 8.5 ROM version
- Support for additional Samsung Camera shooting modes
- SystemUI side padding
- Ultra Data Saving mode
- White boot & shutdown animation

v1.0 - 2018-02-25:
- initial release



F.A.Q

Q: How to root it?
A: Grab Magisk from here.

Q: Splash screen gets more and more greenish when I try to boot. Is that normal?
A: Of course not. This means you're not on Marshmallow bootloader & Modem. Flash any MM stock ROM first before you flash this ROM.

Q: ROM booted but there is no gallery, clock etc. Why did you removed it?
A: I didn't, YOU debloated them in aroma installer. Reflash the ROM again without wiping data and this time don't debloat them.

Q: There is no CSC folder in /system. How to add CSC features?
A: This ROM is featured with OMC, a new multi CSC solution. Locate to /system/omc and add your features to customcsc.xml.

Q: My GPS does not find my location. Any fix?
A: Download GPS Test app from Google play, run it, go outside and wait 10 minutes.

Q: Do I have to clean flash when there is a new update?
A: No, flash it over a previous version is ok.

Q: I enabled screen recorder in aroma but I can't find it in settings. How to run screen recorder?
A: You can find it's settings in settings > advanced features > screen recorder. To start recording, pull down quick settings, search for Screen Capture tile, extend it and select screen recorder.

Q: XYZ app does not work/force closes and I want create a log to help you. How can I create a logcat?
A: I'm glad you'd like to help. Follow this xda tutorial or download any logcat app from Google Play.

Q: Why still no Oreo or Pie port?
A: Samsung won't update any MSM8916 device to Oreo/Pie anymore.

Q: Why I can't enable 4G in second SIM?
A: Galaxy MSM8916 modems don't support dual LTE.

Q: I've enabled navigation bar but I don't like it. How can I remove it?
A: Reflash the ROM select everything you did before except nav bar without wiping data.

Q: Do I have to flash Galaxy A8 2018 mods, recoveries etc. when I use this ROM?
A: NO! This ROM will not transform your Galaxy to an A8. Only flash mods, recoveries etc. meant for your device variant.
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Nice job, glad to see this project alive and released! Keep it up!

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Happy that QuasarKernel for A3 can finally do his job. Good luck with the rom projectšŸ˜‰
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Stuck on "Checking for updates...". Tried resets, wipe cache, nothing.

EDIT: Figured out, that the phone randomly reboots when SIM card inserted.
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Originally Posted by lucky5522

Stuck on "Checking for updates...". Tried resets, wipe cache, nothing.

This usually happen if you're connected to mobile data or wifi without internet access... or if you're impatient (please check attached screen).
Try again without SIM inserted and don't connect to wifi.

Quote:

EDIT: Figured out, that the phone randomly reboots when SIM card inserted.

Please capture a logcat since I don't have this issue...
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Originally Posted by xXPR0T0TYPEXx

This usually happen if you're connected to mobile data or wifi without internet access... or if you're impatient (please check attached screen).
Try again without SIM inserted and don't connect to wifi.


Please capture a logcat since I don't have this issue...

Here u go.
I got pass the SetupWizard, but phone after a while just freezes and reboots.
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Here u go.
I got pass the SetupWizard, but phone after a while just freezes and reboots.

Strange I wiped multiple times before public release and never experienced any random reboots. Maybe you did tick diagnostic data in setup wizard...
Thx anyway I'll check your logcat as soon as possible

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Maybe thats because I flashed coming from LinageOS 14.1?
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Nice job, glad to see this project alive and released! Keep it up!

Sent from my SM-G955F using Tapatalk

Corsicanu ,you are one of the best developer for a5 2015 and I have been one of your rom user for more than 1 year . So it really hard to believe that you have left the development of a5 2015 and closed the Hades Rom thread . Plz I can understand your feelings but plz come back , this has been a lesson for all a5 2015 users .

CORSICANU plz plz plz plz . . . . Consider my words . . . . .


By the way if possible , plz port this Rom for a5 2015. Bec i like the spec provided in this Rom.
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Quote:
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Maybe thats because I flashed coming from LinageOS 14.1?

Probably, if you didn't wiped data before/after flashing SEP 8.5 and rebooted with LineageOS stuff.

Regarding to your logcat:
Code:
[ 02-25 22:15:03.769  5238: 5238 W/System.err ]
java.lang.NullPointerException: Attempt to invoke interface method 'android.os.Bundle com.samsung.android.c.g.a(int, android.os.Bundle)' on a null object reference

[ 02-25 22:15:03.773  5238: 5238 W/System.err ]
	at com.samsung.android.matecommon.model.logic.s.f.b(SourceFile:62)

[ 02-25 22:15:03.773  5238: 5238 W/System.err ]
	at com.samsung.android.matecommon.model.logic.s.f.d(SourceFile:98)

[ 02-25 22:15:03.773  5238: 5238 W/System.err ]
	at com.samsung.android.matecommon.model.logic.s.f.g(Native Method)

[ 02-25 22:15:03.773  5238: 5238 W/System.err ]
	at com.samsung.android.matecommon.model.logic.s.f.a(SourceFile:111)
etc..
counted multiple times and causes soft reboots. This source brought me to Samsung Galaxy Friends in /system/priv-app/MateAgent. According to your logcat, some framework classes crashed before Android Runtime shutted dowm and rebooted your phone.

Well try to reinstall the ROM again and follow the installation instructions carefully and always do a full wipe if you're coming from an other ROM. AND: Delete MateAgent from /system/priv-app if you still experience soft reboots
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