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    Post Qin F21 Pro – Daily Driver diary thread “Almost great” but….

    An update after a few months of use (and still in use) as my daily driver.... The quality/durability of the keypad is not great, having issues with missing keypresses, which is really hurting the experience. This is the number 1 problem. Biggest culprit is the 7 key and the dial key. The...
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    Post Qin F21 Pro – Daily Driver diary thread “Almost great” but….

    An update about widgets, it seems that some widgets are happily updating and some aren't. So it must come down to how they are coded I guess. I moved from an Android 7 device to this (Android 11), so I guess the world has changed a bit since then, from what I hear apparently widgets are getting...
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    Post Qin F21 Pro – Daily Driver diary thread “Almost great” but….

    After having a brief play with another T9 keyboard (https://github.com/AshiVered/QinBoard-T9 - which is unable to go into 'ab' mode, which I need at times) I stumbled into the realization that Traditional T9 in its default state (with no custom keymap) DOES perform the 'done' function when hash...
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    Thread Qin F21 Pro – Daily Driver diary thread “Almost great” but….

    Hi all, starting a thread to share my experience with ‘downgrading’ to a dumbphone, it was almost so good (would have been perfect!!), but just falling sadly short in some important areas. I’m sharing the tricks and workarounds I used to in a bid to get the phone working in a satisfactory...
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    Post Qin F21 Pro - general questions around unlocked versions, OTA and latest updates.

    I've had the phone for a about a week and been breaking it in, getting everything set up. Just a quick update to close this thread. After some discussion with the seller on Aliexpress, there was a bit of a language barrier - however they explained that in the case of this particular sale...
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    Post Qin F21 Pro - general questions around unlocked versions, OTA and latest updates.

    Thanks @Droidriven appreciate the answers. My current phone is a Redmi Note 4X which was receiving updates, although it was an Aliexpress purchase. Would that mean that Xiaomi were distributing updates outside of the proper OTA framework that you described, sidestepping the carrier and just...
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    Thread Qin F21 Pro - general questions around unlocked versions, OTA and latest updates.

    Hello XDA folks, Having web searched myself into a bit of a confused state, just reaching out with a few questions. Many years ago I used to flash phones, however these days a combination of parenthood, a fear of squandering money spent on a device by bricking it, and avoiding the anxiety of...
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    Thread Google Play Services came installed on a China model

    Hi all, I just took delivery of a Chinese Note5, wanted a native Samsung + S pen experience, without Google. Interestingly enough, while there are no Google apps on the device, I notice that Google Play Services is installed and running, and there is a Google menu item in Settings. Was...
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    Thread The technology behind the sview / flip cover wake up.

    Hi All, (apologies, initially posted in the General section) I've been struggling to turn up any solid information for the Note5, could somebody explain the technology behind the sview covers for this model? I've seen that other models use a chip of some kind, given that the note5 does not have...
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    Thread The technology behind the sview / flip cover wake up.

    (moved to Q & A section, apologies)