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[Official] Acer Liquid E3 / E380 / ALE3

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By hackwerk, Senior Member on 9th April 2014, 06:40 PM
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Hackwerk's Acer Liquid E3 (E380) / ALE3 Topic



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Specifications / Features / Hardware
Full specs (and E3/E380 vs E2/V370) at GSMArena

Model / Name: E380 / Acer Liquid E3 (Duo / Single / Duo PLUS) or "ALE3"
SKU/EAN/UPC: HM.HDZEE.004.412EF4E96413 (Duo, black) / 4713147308262 / 887899533860
(HM.HE2EE.002 = Duo, titanium gold / HM.HE0EE.001 = Single, black / HM.HE1EE.001 = Single, titanium gold / HM.HE3EG.001 = Duo PLUS, black)
CPU/GPU: Mediatek MT6589 1.2GHz Quad-core Cortex-A7 / PowerVR SGX544
ROM/RAM: 4GB (or 16GB in PLUS) / 1GB (or 2GB in PLUS)
Screen: 4.7" IPS LCD, 720 x 1280, 16M (part 6M.HDZH7.001)
Camera back/front: 13MP, 4160 x 3120 (flash, autofocus) / 2MP (flash)
Battery: Model BAT-A10 (1ICP4/58/71), Cell PGF355870HT (Samsung)("Fixed", Li-Polymer, 2000mAh, 3.8V)
Other: MicroSD (to 32GB), Dual (Duo) or Single SIM, a-GPS, DTS Sound (Optional NFC (in PLUS?))
Dimensions: 138x69x9 mm (5.35x2.68x 0.35 inch), 135 g (4.73 oz)

Firmware / Software
Firmware: Android 4.4.2 KitKat (original Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean))
Kernel: 3.4.67 [email protected] #1 (20140925)(custom kernels made by cyclon1978!)(cyclon1978 custom kernel with inverted Y-ax for replacement screens)
Build: Acer_AV0K0_E380_1.018.00_EMEA_GEN1 (KOT49H)
Radio/band: MOLY.WR8.W1248.MD.WG.MP.V44.P10 (20140909)(APN 2.094)
Recovery: CWM 6.0.5.0 for E380 by vache -hold Volume Up while powering on-

Acer update history / Changelog

French version of the changelogs by Shreps can be found here at the Acer Club (.fr).
WARNING: When updating root will be removed & recovery/bootlogo/bootanimation will be reset to stock! You can easily restore root by our flash method and restore Link2SD apps etc!

Update 2014-04-11
Build: > Acer_AV052_E380_1.012.00_EMEA_GEN1
APN: > 2.062
Apps: Not checked
Fixes: Unknown

Update 2014-06-06
Kernel: 3.4.5 st3@st3-server #1 (20140530)
Build: > Acer_AV052_E380_1.016.00_EMEA_GEN1
Radio: > MOLY.WR8.W1248.MD.WG.MP.V5.P51 (20140424)
APN: > 2.076
Apps: Google Maps, Acer Customer Experience, ALU, Quick mode, Snapnote, Nidus, Live screen, Swype, Touch Panel FW, Google GMS R6 etc?
Fixes: (thanks to Shreps)
  • Camera focus a little better. (Totally fixed & fast in latest KitKat update (RC18))
  • GPS a little better. (Totally fixed & very fast and accurate in latest KitKat update (RC18))
  • Improve power consumption.
  • Camera shutter sound – set off as default.
  • Disable vibrator when taking picture.
  • Long press menu key to launch setting menu.
  • Disable hall sensor if flip UI is disabled.
  • Improve Acer RAPID function.
  • Improve Float APP performance.
  • Animation scale change to 0.5x
  • Battery warning message incorrect (user is asked to remove the battery).
  • Bluetooth connection dropping issue with BMW series 1 carkit.

Beta/RC 10 (635439223707245731) (thanks to vache)
Android: 4.4.2 KitKat (RC10)
Kernel: 3.4.67 [email protected] 20140813 st3.1407926371
Build: Acer_AV0K0_E380_1.010.00_EMEA_GEN1 (KOT49H)
Radio: MOLY.WR8.W1248.MD.WG.MP.V44.P8 (20140811)
APN: 2.089

Beta/RC 14 (635451389186094510) (thanks to vache)
Android: 4.4.2 KitKat (RC14)
Kernel: 3.4.67 [email protected] 20140828 st3.1409221923
Build: Acer_AV0K0_E380_1.014.00_EMEA_GEN1 (KOT49H)
Radio: MOLY.WR8.W1248.MD.WG.MP.V44.P8 (20140811)
APN: 2.0.93

RC 17 (635464579241492804) (thanks to Shreps)
Android: 4.4.2 KitKat (RC17)
Kernel: 3.4.67 [email protected] 20140915 st3.1410756057
Build: Acer_AV0K0_E380_1.017.00_EMEA_GEN1 (KOT49H)
Radio: MOLY.WR8.W1248.MD.WG.MP.V44.P10 (20140909)
APN: 2.0.93


Update 2014-10-07: Acer KitKat Update (RC18)(635475739172038202)(OLD LINK)
Android: 4.4.2 KitKat (RC18)
Kernel: 3.4.67 [email protected] #1 20140925
Build: Acer_AV0K0_E380_1.018.00_EMEA_GEN1 (KOT49H)
Radio: MOLY.WR8.W1248.MD.WG.MP.V44.P10 (20140909)
APN: 2.0.94
Fixes:
  • GPS is fixed and now very fast and very accurate!
  • Camera (focus) is fixed and now fast and sharp!
  • Google Play Store icons (black background when transparant) is fixed.
  • ?

Update 2015-01-28: Final Acer KitKat Update (RC19)(635580282980063641)
Android: 4.4.2 KitKat (Final)(RC19)
Kernel: ?
Build: Acer_AV0K0_E380_1.004.00_EMEA_GEN1s_A44K_A (KOT49H)
Radio: ?
APN: ?
Fixes:
  • ?


Official

The following are official Acer pages/links, but content IS different on all other languages/regions (so try others)!


ROM Dump / Partitions / Scatter

When stuck / frozen on boot (bootloop) you can always reset by holding Volume Up & Power for over 12 sec!
Carlivs Tutorial is another good, clear and complete overview of all this!

You CAN NOT dump/read your phone with the official Acer drivers (no virtual COM port)!
I now succesfully used PDANet (See Tools / Drivers), but a lot of people seem to use the VCOM drivers (MT6589 VCOM, MTK Preloader etc.
The only tool (see Tools section) working after a lot of trying (!) for me was (old) SP Flash Tool 3.1344, and sometimes the newest 3.1408, both icw MTK Droid 2.5.3!
Read these 5 great (similar) ROM dump / flash tutorials (or read this tutorial about Android partitions):
-- SEE POST ATTACHMENT FOR CURRENT SCATTER FILE --

In this table you find the partition name (all EMMC) (as found in the scatter file attached to this post, probably made by MTK Droid Root & Tools (see Tools section)), then the start adress and then the length, all in hex.
(This could also be done by connecting to phone (with USB Debug on) and using ADB: "adb shell cat /proc/dumchar_info")


PRELOADER
0x0 0xc00000

MBR
0xc00000 0x80000

EBR1
0xc80000 0x80000

__NODL_PMT
0xd00000 0x400000

__NODL_PRO_INFO
0x1100000 0x300000

__NODL_NVRAM
0x1400000 0x500000

__NODL_PROTECT_F (EXT4 mount as /protect_f)
0x1900000 0x400000 (or 0xA00000?!)

__NODL_PROTECT_S (EXT4 mount as /protect_s)
0x2300000 0xA00000

__NODL_SECCFG
0x2d00000 0x20000

UBOOT
0x2d20000 0x60000

BOOTIMG
0x2d80000 0x600000

RECOVERY
0x3380000 0x600000

SEC_RO
0x3980000 0x600000

__NODL_MISC
0x3f80000 0x80000

LOGO
0x4000000 0x300000

__NODL_EXPDB
0x4300000 0xA00000

ANDROID (EXT4 mount as /system)
0x4d00000 0x3E800000

CACHE (EXT4 mount as /cache)
0x43500000 0x7E00000

USRDATA (EXT4 mount as /data)(can not read it in SP Flash Tool, because "length does not allign"?!)
0x4b300000 0xB4CF00A8

__NODL_BMTPOOL (can not read it in SP Flash Tool, because "length does not allign"?!)
0xffff00a8 0x1500000


ROM Installing / Updating

Basic instructions to update your phone (if not automatically Over The Air (OTA)) with a ROM ZIP using a recovery:
  • If you have the SP Flash Tool (see Tools), make a backup with that too
  • Install CWM (or any other custom recovery like Carliv's CTR or TWRP if available for E380)(see Root by Flash)
  • Download and unzip the ROM update (see Acer Update History and watch new posts)
  • Copy the FixPack-B.zip to SD card
  • (Re)Boot into recovery
  • Make a full backup in recovery (to SD)
  • Flash the FixPack-B.zip from recovery
  • Reboot & enjoy the new ROM / updated Android!


Root by flash (preferred method)

WARNING: USE AT YOUR OWN RISK, THIS CAN BE DIFFICULT OR EVEN DANGEROUS!!!
When stuck / frozen on boot (bootloop) you can always reset by holding Volume Up & Power for over 12 sec!
Carlivs Tutorial is another good, clear and complete overview of all this!

Steps 0-4 are to be found explained more thouroughly and with images, in the tutorials in the ROM Dump section. Read them. Read them well!
All tools can be found in the Tools section.
Also, a short (better?) version by Shreps can be found here (or check this ChinaPhoneArena one).

0) Install drivers (see Tools) with a good USB virtual COM port emulation! Most simple is to install PDANet maybe, but lot of people seem to use so called VCOM drivers / MT6589 VCOM / MTK Preloader etc. Other option is the MTK USB All Developer drivers. Make sure connection is OK, and MTK Droid works (when phone is on)!
1) Create scatter file or use the one attached to this post.
2) Read back (stock) recovery (or all) partitions with (old) SP Flash Tool 3.1344 using scatter from 1, or download my stock recovery img here.
3) Download CWM 6.0.5.0 by vache or Carliv Touch Recovery CTR (2.7 for JB, 3.0 for KK) (thanks to vache/Shreps for CWM, thanks to Carliv for CTR!)(or make your own by MTK Droid altering stock recovery image);
4) "Download" (to phone) the custom recovery with (old) SP Flash Tool 3.1344 using scatter from 1, or use mine.
5a) Copy SuperSU zip to SD card, and boot your phone into CWM/Carliv recovery (hold volume up and turn phone on), and then Install zip from SD > install SuperSU.
5b) Te keep your custom CWM: Install SuperSU immediately after boot, and use File / Root Explorer to delete file ".. recovery .." in System folder before booting again!
6) YOU ARE ROOTED!
7) Install BusyBox (see Tools section)

WARNING: USE AT YOUR OWN RISK, THIS CAN BE DIFFICULT OR EVEN DANGEROUS!!!


Root by app

WARNING: ALL METHODS AT YOUR OWN RISK (NOT TROJAN OR MAL-/SPYWARE CHECKED)!!!
You can always first check the Lifehacker Always Actual Root Guide.

Working (confirmed):
May be working / Not tested:
NOT (yet) working (anymore)(confirmed): Please message me your own test results and additions!!!

WARNING: ALL METHODS AT YOUR OWN RISK (NOT TROJAN OR MAL-/SPYWARE CHECKED)!!!


Developing / Custom ROM's

Kernel sources in the Official section!!!


Tools / Drivers / Fixes / Hacks

Kernel sources can be found in the Official section!!!

Drivers
  • Google 'Naked' Drivers (see next subsection or Google them)
  • MTK USB All developer drivers (0.9.2 / 9.2.1)(WATCH OUT FOR VIRUSSES/TROJANS!)
  • PDANet (4.19)
  • Google for VCOM drivers / MT6589 VCOM / MTK Preloader etc. (All the same old v 1.1123.0)
  • Official Acer drivers (see link in first part of post)(probably wont always work, so deinstall or do not use those!)

Google Tools (ADB, Fastboot & Google Naked Drivers

Tools

MTK2000 is a great MediaTek-hack site with frequent updates of SP/MTK Flash Tool and MUCH more for MTK!
Fixes
  • No current fixes, as all big problems seem fixed in KitKat (RC19)(see Updates section)...
PS. cyclon1978 custom kernel with inverted Y-ax for replacement screens in first part of this post!

Hacks
  • A MEGA load of hacks/mods available in Xposed Framework, so install it and look for Xposed Modules doing what you want!
  • Change IMEI of Phone 1 or Phone 2 easily with lots of MTK apps from Google Play store! WARNING: MAY BE VERY ILLEGAL IN YOUR COUNTRY! (Is NOT in mine, NL)
  • To boot into recovery/fastboot mode, hold Volume Up while powering device on.
  • To boot into Factory (Test) mode, hold Volume Down while powering device on.
  • To make Acer's drivers also recovery/fastboot compatible, add this line to your "android_winusb.inf" files in the maps in submap "drivers" (and then install/update drivers in Windows Device Manager): %SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_0BB4&PID_0C01
  • Repartition and extend space to SD with Meteos App here or here (root required)(more partition info here)(not tested yet)
  • Use external SD for apps with the famous INT2EXT script or check all options like App2SD, Mount2SD, Data2SD etc
PS. cyclon1978 custom kernel with inverted Y-ax for replacement screens in first part of this post!

More?


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Made by Hackwerk: Feel totally free to press the Thanks button if you like my work. Took a lot of my time!
Post simple/stupid/IDoNotUnderstand questions in the Q&A subthread (button under thread title) please!

Special thanks for testing and assisting me go to (random order):
Carliv (Touch Recovery), tiliarou, d3nnisd, Dakloos88, Shreps, vache, cyclon1978
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12th April 2014, 07:17 PM |#2  
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I've managed to make a backup using MTK droid and root tool. hackwerk, it seems you are getting ahead of me now can you post your recovery if it's working ? thanks !

Is it safe to install and activate Xposed framework on the E3 ?

I got a notification today about a 8.23 Mb update ! But there is no changelog anywhere and I don't want to install it yet...
Anyone got it ?
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I've managed to make a backup using MTK droid and root tool. hackwerk, it seems you are getting ahead of me now can you post your recovery if it's working ? thanks !

Is it safe to install and activate Xposed framework on the E3 ?

I got a notification today about a 8.23 Mb update ! But there is no changelog anywhere and I don't want to install it yet...
Anyone got it ?

Yes I already have a datamap / scatter file (from MTK Droid) and used it succesfully to dump / backup all blocks to images (recovery.img boot.img android.img etc) on my non-rooted phone! (however USERDATA block fails in SP Flash Tool, and I do not know the end address of the ROM thus cannot dump the last block (__NODL_BMTPOOL))
Made a CWM custom recovery with the Official CWM Builder online, but the new output recovery was larger than my stock input one!?
Big problem for now, as I cannot fit it in the current recovery space?!

Xposed I do not know? However I strongly advise everyone NOT to install / run programs or apps or packages etc which are not on XDA or are closed source! There's a LOT of virussing / spying / trojanning going on in this world.

The official Acer update is only (as far as I found out);
1) Update of the build from Acer_AV052_E380_1.007.00_EMEA_GEN1 > Acer_AV052_E380_1.012.00_EMEA_GEN1
2) Update of the APN version from APN 2.053 > APN 2.062
I colored the 2 changes green in my FP.
So just do it, its fine I guess, and we will get Android 4.4 Kit Kat soon anyways...
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Ok, and do you think that with root I would be able to retrieve this last block ?
I can confirm that even after reboot the root is there ! I used Voodoo OTA rootkeeper to make the OTA update, just to be safe and it managed after 2 restores to put back root. I don't know if it was needed.
I don't see any change with this update, just a traduction error corrected in the settings menu (flip cover wake up)...
Would be nice to have a changelog from Acer just to know !

I can also confirm that Xposed Framework is perfectly working on this phone.
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Ok, and do you think that with root I would be able to retrieve this last block ?
I can confirm that even after reboot the root is there ! I used Voodoo OTA rootkeeper to make the OTA update, just to be safe and it managed after 2 restores to put back root. I don't know if it was needed.
I don't see any change with this update, just a traduction error corrected in the settings menu (flip cover wake up)...
Would be nice to have a changelog from Acer just to know !
I can also confirm that Xposed Framework is perfectly working on this phone.

Size of the last 2 partitions is now known and added but the reason it cannot be read by SP Flash Tool is that the sizes are not a multiple of 512 or so!?

Yeah baby! Great news!
I managed to install the ClockworkMod Recovery (rua1 autoCWM 5.5.0.4) made by the MTK Droid Root & Tool, and Downloading it to my phone in the older SP Flash Tool 3.1344!
After that of course installed SuperSU and we are ROOT, by a simpel/safe/clean method!
Links and stuff are in the first post.

Problems/ToDo now:
1) This CWM is removed after a normal (re)boot and replaced by the stock one (Android system recovery 3e). How!? And how to stop this?!
2) Newer CWM (6.0.4.7) like the one the online CWM Builder makes for me (altering my stock image) seems to big for the partition
3) Custom ROM making (CyanogenMod!!!), but let's wait for 4.4 Kit Kat and the sources of that, which will be available in the next months.
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Drive Data to Ext SD
We need to extend space to our external SD card, as the internal phone memory is not huge.

However I really really cannot see all differences with pro's and con's anymore between all options, so please help me!

What should we do, with this rooted stock Acer ROM (Android 4.2.2)(with EXT4 partitions and CWM recovery)?

1) Use one of the famous scripts INT2EXT, Data2EXT/D2EXT, Mount2SD/M2SD, Apps2SD/A2SD etc. etc.
1b) For INT2EXT we need Init.d support, so whats the best way to add that? An App like Init.d Toggler or Universal Init.d or so? (4.4 support would be nice!)
2) Just use simple symlinks with Link2SD/L2SD or Apps like FolderMount etc
3) Repartition and make data partition on SD, using Meteos etc
4) Use one of the many Apps to move Apps, like Titanium Backup etc.

What CAN, and SHOULD we try/use? Please advise me?
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Have you already seen this behaviour of a custom recovery reverting back to stock after reboot ?

I've always used link2sd with my previous phone, so far I put my apps on sd using the android built-in option on my E3, because I haven't reached the internal storage limit yet...

Are we only 2 having this phone ?^^
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Have you already seen this behaviour of a custom recovery reverting back to stock after reboot ?
I've always used link2sd with my previous phone, so far I put my apps on sd using the android built-in option on my E3, because I haven't reached the internal storage limit yet...
Are we only 2 having this phone ?^^

From what I can see now, you should install SuperSU immediately the first time in CWM, and THEN reboot. SuperSU asks for permission for Acer system update and you should deny that. CWM will then stay. However, you could also update (to 4.4 later) and then flash the CWM again of course.

Yeah the phone is JUST released, so we are the first. Probably some more people will join in the next months!
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Specifications / Features / Hardware
Full specs (and E3/E380 vs E2/V370) at GSMArena

Model / Name: E380 / Acer Liquid E3 (Duo) or "ALE3"
SKU/EAN/UPC: HM.HDZEE.004.412EF4E96413 (Duo, Black) / 4713147308262 / 887899533860
(HM.HE2EE.002 = Duo in Silver / HM.HE0EE.001 = Single in black / HM.HE1EE.001 = Single in silver)
CPU/GPU: Mediatek MT6589 1.2GHz Quad-core Cortex-A7 / PowerVR SGX544
ROM/RAM: 4GB (or 16GB) / 1GB (or 2GB)
Screen: 4.7" IPS LCD, 720 x 1280, 16M
Camera back/front: 13MP, 4160 x 3120 (flash, autofocus) / 2MP (flash)
Other: Li-Po 2000mAh battery (fixed), MicroSD (to 32GB), Dual (Duo) or Single SIM, a-GPS, DTS Sound, Optional NFC
Dimensions: 138x69x9 mm (5.35x2.68x 0.35 inch), 135 g (4.73 oz)

Firmware / Software
Firmware: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)(4.4 Kit Kat available 2014 Q2)
Kernel: 3.4.5 [email protected] #1 (20140227)
Build: Acer_AV052_E380_1.012.00_EMEA_GEN1
Radio/band: MOLY.WR8.W1248.MD.WG.MP.V5.P47 (20140226)(APN 2.062)
Recovery: rua1 autoCWM 5.5.0.4 for E380 (custom by MTK Droid, see Tools section)(stock: Android system recovery 3e)(hold Volume Up while powering on)

ROM Dump / Partitions / Scatter

You CAN NOT dump/read your phone with the official Acer drivers (no virtual COM port)!
I now succesfully used PDANet (drivers), but a lot of people seem to use the VCOM drivers (MT6589 VCOM, MTK Preloader etc.: All the same old v 1.1123.0).
The only tool (see Tools section) working after a lot of trying (!) for me was (old) SP Flash Tool 3.1344, and sometimes the newest 3.1408, both icw MTK Droid 2.5.3!
Read these 5 great (similar) ROM dump / flash tutorials:
In this table you find the partition name (as found in my created scatter file made by MTK Droid Root & Tools (see Tools section)), then the start adress and then the length, all in hex.

PRELOADER
0x0 0xc00000

MBR
0xc00000 0x80000

EBR1
0xc80000 0x80000

__NODL_PMT
0xd00000 0x400000

__NODL_PRO_INFO
0x1100000 0x300000

__NODL_NVRAM
0x1400000 0x500000

__NODL_PROTECT_F (EXT4 mount as /protect_f)
0x1900000 0x400000

__NODL_PROTECT_S (EXT4 mount as /protect_s)
0x2300000 0xA00000

__NODL_SECCFG
0x2d00000 0x20000

UBOOT
0x2d20000 0x60000

BOOTIMG
0x2d80000 0x600000

RECOVERY
0x3380000 0x600000

SEC_RO
0x3980000 0x600000

__NODL_MISC
0x3f80000 0x80000

LOGO
0x4000000 0x300000

__NODL_EXPDB
0x4300000 0xA00000

ANDROID (EXT4 mount as /system)
0x4d00000 0x3E800000

CACHE (EXT4 mount as /cache)
0x43500000 0x7E00000

USRDATA (EXT4 mount as /data)(can not read it in SP Flash Tool, because "length does not allign"?!)
0x4b300000 0xB4CF00A8

__NODL_BMTPOOL (can not read it in SP Flash Tool, because "length does not allign"?!)
0xffff00a8 0x1500000



Official

The following are official Acer pages/links, but content IS different on all other languages/regions (so try others)!


Rooting (CWM > SuperSU)

WARNING: USE AT YOUR OWN RISK, THIS CAN BE DIFFICULT OR EVEN DANGEROUS!!!

Steps 0-4 are to be found explained more thouroughly and with images, in the tutorials in the ROM Dump section. Read them. Read them well!
All tools can be found in the Tools section.

0) Install drivers with a good USB virtual COM port emulation. Most simple is to install PDANet (4.15), but lot of people seem to use the VCOM drivers / MT6589 VCOM / MTK Preloader etc. (All the same old v 1.1123.0). Make sure connection is OK, and MTK Droid works (when phone is on)!
1) Create scatter file or use mine.
2) Read back (stock) recovery (or all) partitions with (old) SP Flash Tool 3.1344 using scatter from 1, or download my stock recovery img here.
3) Let MTK Droid alter the recovery image and make a custom CWM one of it.
4) Download (to phone) the custom CWM recovery with (old) SP Flash Tool 3.1344 using scatter from 1, or use mine.
5) Copy SuperSU zip to SD card, and boot your phone into CWM recovery (hold volume up and turn phone on), and then Install zip from SD > install SuperSU. Do it the first time in CWM, because a reboot without root REVERTS recovery to stock (safety by Acer?!)!
6) YOU ARE ROOTED!
7) Install BusyBox (see Tools section)

WARNING: USE AT YOUR OWN RISK, THIS CAN BE DIFFICULT OR EVEN DANGEROUS!!!


Root Tools (Simple / OneClick)

WARNING: ALL METHODS AT YOUR OWN RISK (NOT TROJAN OR MAL-/SPYWARE CHECKED)!!!

Working (confirmed):
May be working / Not tested:
Not (yet) working/modded (confirmed):
Please message me your own test results and additions!!!

WARNING: ALL METHODS AT YOUR OWN RISK (NOT TROJAN OR MAL-/SPYWARE CHECKED)!!!


Developing / Custom ROM's

None yet, but we hope for a CyanogenMod and ClockworkMod Recovery, although this MediaTek support is not expected
But due to the fact that the E2 and E3 are almost the same (a part from the screen and cams), we hope for mods/ports of for instance:
Kernel sources in the Official section!!!


Tools / Fixes / Hacks

Kernel sources can be found in the Official section!!!

Tools

MTK2000 is a great MediaTek-hack site with frequent updates of SP/MTK Flash Tool and more!
Fixes
  • Bad GPS fix with MobileUncle MTK Tools (or MT GPS EPO Fix)
  • Camerafix (by ventus00): Drag Camera app to homescreen into "App info" which brings you to "Gallery" app info. Press Force stop > Clear data. What fixed the cam was pressing "Clear defaults" under "Launch by default".

Hacks
  • To boot into recovery/fastboot mode, hold Volume Up while powering device on.
  • To make Acer's drivers also recovery/fastboot compatible, add this line to your "android_winusb.inf" files in the maps in submap "drivers" (and then install/update drivers in Windows Device Manager): %SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_0BB4&PID_0C01
  • Repartition and extend space to SD with Meteos App here or here (root required)(more partition info here)(not tested yet)
  • Use external SD for apps with the famous INT2EXT script or check all options like App2SD, Mount2SD, Data2SD etc

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To Do / Problems
Made by Hackwerk, and feel totally free to press the Thanks button if you like my work. It took a lot of my spare time!

(special thanks to tiliarou for testing, and d3nnisd for the first/old thread)


Porting custom roms from Acer Liquid E2 to Acer Liquid E3 it's very simple.
All you need to do is to take boot.img (kernel) from your stock rom and then if you want I can help you to port kernel to your e3
28th April 2014, 11:37 PM |#10  
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Porting custom roms from Acer Liquid E2 to Acer Liquid E3 it's very simple.
All you need to do is to take boot.img (kernel) from your stock rom and then if you want I can help you to port kernel to your e3

Welcome Marco and thanks!
Our ALE3 stock boot.img and the kernel source (both still 4.2.2) are already available and I really welcome you to help us.
Although we are also very much waiting for the 4.4 Kit Kat release which is almost there (Q2)!

Ps. Is it (still) hard/impossible to get a CyanogenMod (which I LOVE and am very used to) clone running on our ALE3 (because of MediaTek MT6589?)?
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29th April 2014, 11:52 AM |#11  
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Can you tell me if any of the above will unlock my new E380 ? Or do I need to wait for a custom ROM to be ported ?

Many thanks.
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