BLU R1 HD General Discussion

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yaconsult

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You could always initiate a return, and then just not ship the return back, in which case they just charge you the $59.99 after 30 days.... Result, you get 2 phones
I wouldn't risk it. I would expect that after the 30 days are up, they will charge the extra $50 to your account and then it's too late to send either phone back. The same way that they tack on the extra $50 when people buy the phone on a Prime trial and then cancel Prime at the end of 30 days.

The easiest way to get a second phone of the same model is just to give a friend who has Prime the money and have them buy it and ship it directly to you as a gift.
 
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You could always initiate a return, and then just not ship the return back, in which case they just charge you the $59.99 after 30 days.... Result, you get 2 phones

Gave the one I ordered to my sister since she needed a new phone. Just found out apparently amazon only lets you order 1 of each version the subsidized phones. I had to use my sister's amazon to order another 2gb one...
Thanks Amazon, you're always the best...

REaLly...

There goes my new business plan... :D

Yep, I went to check out and it said "You have exceeded the quantity for can order for this item. Quantity changed to max allowed." and it changed to 0.
I could still order a 1gb one but eww.

It makes sense, doesn't it? People are already selling debloated versions on ebay for inflated prices

I wouldn't risk it. I would expect that after the 30 days are up, they will charge the extra $50 to your account and then it's too late to send either phone back. The same way that they tack on the extra $50 when people buy the phone on a Prime trial and then cancel Prime at the end of 30 days.

The easiest way to get a second phone of the same model is just to give a friend who has Prime the money and have them buy it and ship it directly to you as a gift.

Seriously? I didn't know this bit. I wonder how small THAT print is.

I was able to buy two. I bought the first one on Prime day and the second one a few weeks later. Maybe the limit was added after I bought my first one and Amazon didn't count it for some reason? It does suck though. The phone is extremely popular though. I'm sure they're having some trouble with supply and demand. As long as they can continue to build supply, the limit should go away... Eventually. And about the trial thing: Wow, I wasn't aware of that, but it is pretty scummy.
 

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Source still not ready to be released. Almost a month later. I sent an email to someone I was referred to on the phone that has some sort of indirect oversight or influence over the software engineering department
I hope they do know they have to give us the source or they're shipping a phone with a pirated copy of Linux. You have to release the source if you ship a device with the Linux kernel. Especially if it's been modified. (In this case it has been.)

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I wish I could by another. I brought mine to Saigon and gave it to my mother-in-law. It works great and she loves it.

Now I don't have one and it seems Amazon won't sell the 16GB even off Prime at this time.

Best regards,
Gary Funk
 
I wish I could by another. I brought mine to Saigon and gave it to my mother-in-law. It works great and she loves it.

Now I don't have one and it seems Amazon won't sell the 16GB even off Prime at this time.

Best regards,
Gary Funk


I just checked and it says they have the 16gb in stock and can be delivered as soon as tomorrow.

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External Antenna Connector?

I've been looking inside the back cover of my R1 HD and noticed what looked like two connectors on either side of the MicroSD card slot. Could these be for an external cell antenna?

I've attached a picture of the connectors (sorry for the poor quality, I couldn't hold my camera still enough to get a clear picture)

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I've been looking inside the back cover of my R1 HD and noticed what looked like two connectors on either side of the MicroSD card slot. Could these be for an external cell antenna?

I've attached a picture of the connectors (sorry for the poor quality, I couldn't hold my camera still enough to get a clear picture)

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We were discussing this early on. Someone believed they were standard 2.5 or 2mm connectors. I forget which type though.

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Shawn_Everson

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They are U.FL connectors. I tried connecting an external antenna to each one but I got no increase in signal strength for either WiFi or Cell. I'm not sure if they need to enabled in software or not.
 

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Oh , and I was also wondering as to what did Rootjunky use to make a full backup of the phone. I know with newer SoCs the old MTK Droid Tools method isn't cutting it anymore, and while there are flasher boxes which do the job, they're only available for professional technicians.
 

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Source still not ready to be released. Almost a month later. I sent an email to someone I was referred to on the phone that has some sort of indirect oversight or influence over the software engineering department

Sending an email to Amazon might help. Probably even to [email protected], say that it is shame for amazon that they endorse products that violate the GPL and that they work together with companies that violate the GPL.
 

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Yes I know that. What I'm asking is if it's still possible to do a firmware backup without having to shell $$$ to get my hands on a professional-grade flasher box as the likes of MTK Droid Tools no longer work with newer chips, hence making it next to impossible to do a scatter file.
Just make a full backup of every partition in twrp. Not sure if that'll work for you.
 

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Guys I need some help with disassembly. I took out the SIM/SD, unscrewed all the screws, even removed the "DO NOT REMOVE" sticker from the battery, but the back "frame plate" just doesn't seem to want to come up around the battery. I can get it up at the very bottom and the top area (from the very top to down about 1/4 of the way through the battery) but I don't know if I should be pulling too hard around the battery as there may be something else holding the frame in. Anyone else that has a phone with a non-removable battery, was it like this when disassembling that? If so what did you do?
 
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I just emailed Blu again. I said it's been a month since the phone came out and threatened legal action if they continue to withhold the kernel source.
I already tried the legal action threatening before, didn't make them do anything. They're a company with POS support. But I hope this time is different

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    Ladies and gentlemen, we have root!!!

    Download this file, flash the included recovery that Antonio made with the included scatter file Bullet made. Make sure you are using the latest SP Flash Tools V. 1628. Please note this is only for the Prime variant, the vanilla variant recovery will be coming soon. MrMazak will probably post about that.

    Also note this was only tested on the 16gb variant of the Prime Phone. We are not sure if this will work on the 8gb variant. Flash at your own risk!

    Extract the contents of the zip I posted to the same directory. They must be in the same directory to work. Turn off your R1 and unplug it from your PC.

    To flash with SP Flash Tools, simply open the tool, load the scatter file you got from the zip, and a check box should be next to the recovery section of the flashing screen. Make sure flashing is set to Download Only, and click Download. Make sure your R1 is completely off, and plug it in to your computer. After a second or so it will start flashing.

    At first boot, mount system as READ ONLY, and make a nand backup of your device. Backup ALL PARTITIONS, data and cache optional. DO NOT FLASH ANYTHING UNTIL YOU HAVE MADE A BACKUP OF THESE PARTITIONS AND YOU HAVE STORED THAT BACKUP SOMEWHERE SAFE! Copy the backup to your PC, then mount system read-write in the Mounts menu and flash the SuperSU recovery zip. Reboot immediately after flashing. It will boot loop once or twice, then you will boot with root access.

    Big thanks to @lopestom for working with me for multiple days to get this to work. We would not be where we are right now without him. Also thanks to @mrmazak for risking his Vanilla R1 to help bring a custom recovery to the rest of us! And let's not forget about @bullet25 for his working scatter file for our device!

    EDIT: Alternate download link, brought to you by @Oscar_david https://www.dropbox.com/s/82vull03ywxbmxj/TWRP_Scatter_R1_Prime.zip?dl=0

    EDIT 2: For those of you that may need more in-depth instructions, @jacewt made a more detailed post explaining all of the steps: https://tapatalk.com/shareLink?url=...hare_tid=3418354&share_fid=3793&share_type=t
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    I don't know if this helpful. I think these are all the steps I took. If you follow the original, you should be fine. I am far from an expert. Download all the files in the original post. Read everything there.
    Honestly though, if you've never used at least twrp, you should read up on it.

    1. Turn off phone
    2. Run flash_tools.exe
    3. Click Scatter-loading = choose MT6735_Android_scatter_R1_test7.txt
    4. Make sure on the dropdown menu it says download only
    5. Below the drop down menu make sure recovery is checked
    6. Next click the download button near the top.
    7. Plug your phone back in (if nothing happens, you don’t have the driver), get it
    8. If you have the driver, the app will push the recovery to your phone. (you might need to do this twice, because it didn’t seem to work for me the first time).
    9. Unplug the phone, boot into twrp, power & volume up, choose recovery. TWRP should boot.
    10. Choose read-only, and then choose backup, backup everything to your sd card.
    11. Once done, plug your phone back into the computer, transfer the backup to your PC For safe keeping.
    12. Download supersu. I chose stable.
    13. Place the file in the sd of your phone.
    14. Unplug your phone, go back to twrp, this time go back to mount, choose storage, select internal, make sure you pick system, and unselect mount system partion read-only.
    15. Then go back to the menu, choose install. Find your supersu zip file in your sd card. Flash it.
    16. Mine booted immediately.
    17. Downloaded check root, and it worked!
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    How-to remove the ads

    - Using TWRP

    Guide and updated scripts moved to its own topic for better visibility.

    There is now an easier and faster way to remove the ads. You don't even need to have root as long as TWRP is flashed.
    You do not need to wipe you user data anymore, or to install Xposed if you don't want to!

    Just install one of the two attached packages via TWRP and your phone will be add-free, debloated of amazon apps, and OTA will be blocked.
    You can choose between 2 options, both removing ads and blocking OTA and performing either a:
    - FULL debloat, removing ALL amazon apps from your device, using the "bluR1-Prime_FULLdebloat-blockOTA" package.
    - PARTIAL debloat, leaving only the Amazon Underground app store in your system, using the "bluR1-Prime_PARTIALdebloat-blockOTA" package. This option allows automatic background updates from the amazon app store and you don't need to decrease your device security settings by allowing untrusted sources to install applications.

    - Using ADB (old method for FULL debloat using adb, updated to remove the need of wipe, TWRP method recommended)
    After TWRP flashing and root install, remove ads, all amazon bloatware and disable OTA with the following commands
    Code:
    adb shell su -c "mount -o remount,rw /system"
    adb shell su -c "rm -rf /system/priv-app/com.amazon.* /system/priv-app/com.audible.application /system/priv-app/com.goodreads /system/priv-app/com.imdb.mobile /data/data/com.android.systemui/files/*"
    adb shell su -c "sed '/com.amazon.phoenix/d' /data/data/com.android.systemui/shared_prefs/com.android.systemui"
    adb shell su -c "mv /system/app/AdupsFota/AdupsFota.apk /system/app/AdupsFota/AdupsFota.apk_"
    adb shell su -c "mv /system/app/AdupsFotaReboot/AdupsFotaReboot.apk /system/app/AdupsFotaReboot/AdupsFotaReboot.apk_"
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    For NONE prime R1HD

    the attached recovery img is TWRP 3.0.2-1 for the no prime RiHD.
    prerequisite to using is to have knowledge of ADB and fastboot usage.
    I have multiple drivers installed for both but standard google adb drivers should be all you need.

    this will do. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=48915118#post48915118


    ** first make backup of boot, and recovery partitions with SPFT.
    unfortunatly readback of partitions requires manually entering memory hex locations, generic guide on using read back here.


    1. become developer on device and enable developer options.
    2> enable adb
    3. enable oem unlocking
    4. open cmd or terminal and command adb reboot bootloader
    5, phone should have rebooted, now verify connection with fastboot devices
    6. fastboot oem unlock (this will factory reset device and wipe the date partition)
    7. setup device with setup wizzard or just skip through
    8. become developer again and enable usb debuging again
    9. adb reboot bootloader
    10. fastboot boot (enter the location of your downloaded recovery img)(you can drag the file from explorer to the terminal window and the path will be filled in)
    11. twpr recovery should have booted
    12. DO NOT modify system at this point!!!!!
    13. make FULL backup of all partitions
    14. now you have a functioning recovery and have not changed phone at all
    15. up to you at this point to flash supersu.zip to have root. If so download from http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1538053

    enjoy
    file md5: 3c3792c0a36b214de40d4ef155eb33a5
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    @ss2man44 which ROM are you trying to port? Is it cm?

    Yes, CM13. Bare AOSP doesn't have as much of the nice infrastructure for introducing new devices.

    Interesting thing: The kernel source confirms that the internal codename for the R1 HD is p6601.

    Here's a small progress update. I've gotten the first custom kernel to boot successfully:
    JHPqZkR.png


    This means that we can do things like overclock and add features like f2fs and fix bugs in drivers and such. It also means I can continue to work on CM13 knowing that compiling the kernel works.