Coby Kyros 7015 - Getting the Most Out of Eclair (Android 2.1)

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adamdietrick

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This will be an often-updated guide to getting the most out of the Eclair (Android 2.1) that comes stock on the Kyros 2015.

Things we have working: Root, Market, Texting via Google Talk.

Things we have kinda working: Connecting to Ad-Hoc networks

Things that do not work/Issues: Contacts crashes if you try to edit.

Further Reading:

Most of the development for the Kyros 7015 has taken place in this thread.

Also check out my tutorial on installing CyanogenMod onto this same device.
 
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adamdietrick

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Instructions

1. If you haven't already rooted, download the official update.zip from Coby. Reboot into recovery and choose "apply sdcard:update.zip" to apply the update.

If you have already rooted, downloaded the modified update.zip, which works with clockwordmod. Reboot into recovery and make a backup. Once your back is complete, choose "apply sdcard:update.zip" to apply the update.

2: Rooting Your Tablet. Download z4root 1.3.0 APK and place on your sdcard. Open Settings, go to Applications and check the Unknown Sources box. Use File Manager to navigate to the z4root APK (it's in the /sdcard folder) and click to run. You should now have root access (you may need to reboot). You will also notice a new app, Superuser, has been installed.

3. Installing ClockworkMod. You must complete this step even if you already had ClockworkMod installed, as the update.zip has replaced it with the stock recovery. If you have not already, install Android SDKto your PC, so you will be able to issue ADB commands. Download ClockwordMod. Open the ZIP file and extract the IMG. For simplicity, rename the IMG file "recovery.img" and place on your SDcard. From ADB,issue the following commands:

Code:
adb remount
adb shell mv /system/etc/install-recovery.sh /system/etc/install-recovery.sh.bak
adb shell
flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img

4: Enabling Google Apps, such as Market. Download gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip and place onto your SD card and reboot into recovery. Choose "Install Zip from SDcard" and install gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip. Reboot and accept the terms of the market!

5: Texting using Google Voice. Here is how to text with Google voice. You will need a working android phone (probably needs to be rooted) with Titanium Backup installed. Set up Google Voice on the phone-- make sure you opt for the Google phone number as that is the number you will be texting from. Once up and running, back up the program using Titanium. On the tablet, install Titanium Backup and use it to restore the Google Voice program (App+Data) to your tablet. (You may have to copy the backup files to the Titanium directory on the INTERNAL drive.) Once Google Voice Launches, switch back to Titanium Backup-- do not try to set up Google Voice. Titanium backup will then restore the data for Google Voice. You should now be able to text from your tablet.

6: Work-around for Connecting to Ad-Hoc Networks. If your Ad-Hoc network is an Android phone, download and install Wireless Tether to the phone (this version works well). Follow instructions in this thread to install work-around on your tablet.

This is all I have right now, more to follow. I hope I didn't forget anything!
 
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jmfrost

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Is CWM installed the same way as you would apply the update.zip firmware from Coby?
 

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Google Apps

I followed the directions and every thing worked except I only have google maps from the google apps. No Market. Any help would be appreciated.
 

adamdietrick

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I followed the directions and every thing worked except I only have google maps from the google apps. No Market. Any help would be appreciated.

First off, you what tablet are you using?

The gapps-mdpi-tiny-20101020-signed.zip has vending.apk (the market) in it, if properly installed according to the steps provided, it should be working.

But since it is not, here is my suggestion.

1. Reboot into clockworkmod
2. Wipe Cache Partition -- Make sure you choose yes from the menu.
3. Choose Advanced and then Wipe Dalvik Cache -- Make sure you choose yes from the menu.
4. Choose "Install Zip from SDcard" and select gapps-mdpi-tiny-20101020-signed.zip -- Make sure you choose yes from the menu.
5. Choose "Install Zip from SDcard" and select MarketUpdateFroyoHdpi.zip -- Make sure you choose yes from the menu.
6. Reboot

You should now have market.
 

tpace75

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Google Apps

Thanks that seemed to do it. I have the Kyros Mid-7015. One thing though both times I install those zip files I lose root. And have to reroot. Thanks Again
 

adamdietrick

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Thanks that seemed to do it. I have the Kyros Mid-7015. One thing though both times I install those zip files I lose root. And have to reroot. Thanks Again

Are you losing root or just losing clockworkmod? If this is the case, it is a known issue that the update (step one) overwrites clockworkmod on reboot, and that is why we have more than just the one line of code for installing clockworkmod.

From ADB:
Code:
adb remount
adb shell mv /system/etc/install-recovery.sh /system/etc/install-recovery.sh.bak
adb shell
flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img

If clockworkmod is what you are having issues with, that should make it say put.
 

lschroeder

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Using MarketUpdateFroyoHdpi with 2.1

I have already installed gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip to get Market. Can I upload MarketUpdateFroyoHdpi.zip to my SDcard and use your ClockworkMod instruction: "Choose "Install Zip from SDcard" and select MarketUpdateFroyoHdpi.zip" to get the new version of Market.

I was reading in original development thread for Kyros 7015 that their might be some problems with the new version of Market. Would the Update Market problems be true for 2.1 version of Android as well?

I am using Kyros 7015 with Coby's update, gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip installed, and various apps installed by AppsLib, side loading, and Market.
 

adamdietrick

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I have already installed gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip to get Market. Can I upload MarketUpdateFroyoHdpi.zip to my SDcard and use your ClockworkMod instruction: "Choose "Install Zip from SDcard" and select MarketUpdateFroyoHdpi.zip" to get the new version of Market.

I was reading in original development thread for Kyros 7015 that their might be some problems with the new version of Market. Would the Update Market problems be true for 2.1 version of Android as well?

I am using Kyros 7015 with Coby's update, gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip installed, and various apps installed by AppsLib, side loading, and Market.

MarketUpdateFroyoHdpi only unlocks some previously restricted apps in the market. We do not have the new version of the market running on this device yet.
Also, I believe I misspoke in my directions to use that file in the market process, a result of me copying an pasting from my other guide. I will fix this immediately.
 
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MarketUpdateFroyoHdpi only unlocks some previously restricted apps in the market. We do not have the new version of the market running on this device yet.
Also, I believe I misspoke in my directions to use that file in the market process, a result of me copying an pasting from my other guide. I will fix this immediately.

Since my Market is somewhat restricted, I could load MarketUpdateFroyoHdpi to my SDCard and install it from ClockworkMod to remove some of my restrictions.
 

adamdietrick

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Since my Market is somewhat restricted, I could load MarketUpdateFroyoHdpi to my SDCard and install it from ClockworkMod to remove some of my restrictions.

Give it a shot (do a backup first), let me know how it turns out. However, I do believe that MarketUPdateFroyoHdpi only unlocked gapps-mdpi-tiny-20101020-signed.zip to the same extent that gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip is already unlocked, so I doubt that it would do any good.
 
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Give it a shot (do a backup first), let me know how it turns out. However, I do believe that MarketUPdateFroyoHdpi only unlocked gapps-mdpi-tiny-20101020-signed.zip to the same extent that gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip is already unlocked, so I doubt that it would do any good.

I backuped my tablet to the SDcard using ClockworkMod yesterday. No major changes made since then. I only used it to surf web and play music and videos.

In case something goes wrong. I have never recovered from a backup of the my tablet before. I assume that their is an option to recover from the backup folder created by ClockworkMod. I assume some data from my use would be lost, but nothing meaningful to me. Is that correct?

A couple more questions. Is the major difference between gapps-mdpi-tiny-20101020-signed.zip and gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip that the later has Market unlocked and has addtional applications as well as applications that do not work on our Kyros 7015? Thus using gapps-mdpi-tiny-20101020-signed.zip and MarketUPdateFroyoHdpi,zip would give a cleaner but more complicated install for 2.1.
 
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adamdietrick

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I backuped my tablet to the SDcard using ClockworkMod yesterday. No major changes made since then. I only used it to surf web and play music and videos.

In case something goes wrong. I have never recovered from a backup of the my tablet before. I assume that their is an option to recover from the backup folder created by ClockworkMod. I assume some data from my use would be lost, but nothing meaningful to me. Is that correct?

A couple more questions. Is the major difference between gapps-mdpi-tiny-20101020-signed.zip and gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip that the later has Market unlocked and has addtional applications as well as applications that do not work on our Kyros 7015? Thus using gapps-mdpi-tiny-20101020-signed.zip and MarketUPdateFroyoHdpi,zip would give a cleaner but more complicated install for 2.1.

A backup will backup everything, even your cache.

I have noticed no differrence between the different installations, I just go with what works-- gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip works with 2.1.
 

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Are you losing root or just losing clockworkmod? If this is the case, it is a known issue that the update (step one) overwrites clockworkmod on reboot, and that is why we have more than just the one line of code for installing clockworkmod.

From ADB:
Code:
adb remount
adb shell mv /system/etc/install-recovery.sh /system/etc/install-recovery.sh.bak
adb shell
flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img

If clockworkmod is what you are having issues with, that should make it say put.

No I still have clockwork recovery but I lost root. I just rerooted with z4root.
 

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3. Installing ClockworkMod. You must complete this step even if you already had ClockworkMod installed, as the update.zip has replaced it with the stock recovery. If you have not already, install Android SDKto your PC, so you will be able to issue ADB commands. Download ClockwordMod. Open the ZIP file and extract the IMG. For simplicity, rename the IMG file "recovery.img" and place on your SDcard. From ADB,issue the following commands:

Code:

adb remount
adb shell mv /system/etc/install-recovery.sh /system/etc/install-recovery.sh.bak
adb shell
flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img

I really don't know how to use this ADB. From my computer, from Coby or?
Please help me!
Thank you!
 
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adamdietrick

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3. Installing ClockworkMod. You must complete this step even if you already had ClockworkMod installed, as the update.zip has replaced it with the stock recovery. If you have not already, install Android SDKto your PC, so you will be able to issue ADB commands. Download ClockwordMod. Open the ZIP file and extract the IMG. For simplicity, rename the IMG file "recovery.img" and place on your SDcard. From ADB,issue the following commands:

Code:

adb remount
adb shell mv /system/etc/install-recovery.sh /system/etc/install-recovery.sh.bak
adb shell
flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img

I really don't know how to use this ADB. From my computer, from Coby or?
Please help me!
Thank you!

You will need to install the Androik SDK on your computer-- extract the files to your desktop for simplicity. Then connect your tablet to your PC via USB cable. On your PC, open a command prompt window and enter the following commands:

Code:
cd desktop
cd tools
adb remount
adb shell mv /system/etc/install-recovery.sh /system/etc/install-recovery.sh.bak
adb shell
flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img
 

niki2008

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Backup

Instructions

1. If you haven't already rooted, download the official update.zip from Coby. Reboot into recovery and make a backup. Once your back is complete, choose "apply sdcard:update.zip" to apply the update.

Thank you for posting these instructions.

I am sorry to say I am stuck on #1. Can you please explain how to "Reboot into recovery and make a backup". I don't see a backup option. Thanks.
 
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adamdietrick

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Thank you for posting these instructions.

I am sorry to say I am stuck on #1. Can you please explain how to "Reboot into recovery and make a backup". I don't see a backup option. Thanks.

Good point, you can reboot into recovery but you likely can't make a backup without having clockworkmod installed.

Here is what we will do:
Hold down the Back Button (on the front) and then use the stylus to momentarily press the reset button (on the back). Keep holding the back button until you see the recovery screen. Don't worry about the backup, just install zip from card.
 

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    I have already installed gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip to get Market. Can I upload MarketUpdateFroyoHdpi.zip to my SDcard and use your ClockworkMod instruction: "Choose "Install Zip from SDcard" and select MarketUpdateFroyoHdpi.zip" to get the new version of Market.

    I was reading in original development thread for Kyros 7015 that their might be some problems with the new version of Market. Would the Update Market problems be true for 2.1 version of Android as well?

    I am using Kyros 7015 with Coby's update, gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip installed, and various apps installed by AppsLib, side loading, and Market.

    MarketUpdateFroyoHdpi only unlocks some previously restricted apps in the market. We do not have the new version of the market running on this device yet.
    Also, I believe I misspoke in my directions to use that file in the market process, a result of me copying an pasting from my other guide. I will fix this immediately.
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    Since my Market is somewhat restricted, I could load MarketUpdateFroyoHdpi to my SDCard and install it from ClockworkMod to remove some of my restrictions.

    Give it a shot (do a backup first), let me know how it turns out. However, I do believe that MarketUPdateFroyoHdpi only unlocked gapps-mdpi-tiny-20101020-signed.zip to the same extent that gapps-passion-EPE54B-signed.zip is already unlocked, so I doubt that it would do any good.
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    Backup

    Instructions

    1. If you haven't already rooted, download the official update.zip from Coby. Reboot into recovery and make a backup. Once your back is complete, choose "apply sdcard:update.zip" to apply the update.

    Thank you for posting these instructions.

    I am sorry to say I am stuck on #1. Can you please explain how to "Reboot into recovery and make a backup". I don't see a backup option. Thanks.
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    OK thanks.

    Would I do the backup after the "flash_image recovery /sdcard/recovery.img" command?

    That would be a good idea. Once you flash, boot into recovery the same way as before, but this time it will be clockworkmod (green writing on black background) and you will have more options.

    I would also recommend doing a backup upon completion of the entire project, so you will always have a finished version on your SDcard. If something were to happen at a later date, you would only be a restore away from being back up and running.
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    sounds like you no longer have clockwork mod installed. Redo step 3