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[DISCONTINUED][ROM][V4 18.11.2016] Android 7.1 Nougat AOSP (NDE63X) for SGP611/SGP621

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lowtraxx

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This ROM is no longer maintained. Sadly the last provided zip files got deleted by accident. If anyone can provide them, I will re-upload.

Disclaimer: Flash at your own risk! Backup your data before flashing! I am not responsible for bricked devices, World War III or your exploding cats!
Warning: The SGP611 images are not tested, but just built by me, as I do not own the device. But as the two devices are the same except for the 4G Modem, it should work. If not, please let me know.

About:
As my beloved SGP621 was just collecting dust, I decided to try porting Android 7.1 AOSP onto it.
And voila, with a few tweaks here and there, it works (for the most part).

What works:
- Display
- Sound
- WiFi
- 4G Data
- Bluetooth
- NFC (somewhat flakey, but much better with fixes in V4)
- LED
- Magnetic Cover Sleep/Wake
- WideVine DRM
- Double-Tap to wake

What doesn't work:
- FM Radio (working on it)
- Camera (Taking Pictures works, but sometimes the camera is not able to connect. Taking a video crashes the mediaserver.)
- You tell me

I have used it for the last few weeks. Battery life near optimal now and I had no crashes up until now. If your battery depletes rapidly, please disable NFC and check if it betters things. Then comment here, so I can look into it.

Keeping your data:
If you come from an earlier version of this ROM it should suffice to only flash boot.img and system.img. Coming from Stock or another ROM you could try to not flash userdata and see if it would keep your data, but I think it will not work in most cases.

Flashing:
Flashing userdata it is like doing a wipe. So BACKUP your data! You have been warned!
To flash it, you need to put your tablet into fastboot mode (VolUp + plugging in USB-Cable) and then flash the three image files from the zip file in the provided link like:
Code:
fastboot flash boot boot.img
fastboot flash system system.img
fastboot flash userdata userdata.img

gapps and/or root:
If you want Google Apps and/or root you need to download official twrp for scorpion windy (or inofficial for scorpion) from here and flash it to the FOTAKernel partition with the following command:
Code:
fastboot flash FOTAKernel twrp-3.0.2-0-scorpion_windy.img
After that you can boot into recovery by hitting VolUp multiple times once the LED flashes purple until it turns orange.
From there you are able to flash
- gapps for Nougat 7.1 arm (nano confirmed working, others could be problematic)
- Magisk-V8 and phh-SuperUser (confirmed working)

Tips for better battery life:
I installed Naptime to trigger deep doze as soon as the tablet goes to sleep. I also enabled zzmoove cpu gov and noop scheduler in the kernel options. Because of the high display brightness, I installed Lux Lite, to dim the screen if it is darker. This leads to me getting standby battery consumption of around 1.2% per hour (measured with GSam Battery Monitor) which is nearly the same amount I got with stock.

Changelog:
18.11.2016 - V4:
- Integrated newest Android Patches from Sony and Google.
- New binaries from qcom (camera, sensors, display, ...)
- Custom kernel with additional fixes, FMRadio patches (not working yet) and zen I/O scheduler
- Fixes and Enhancements here and there
08.11.2016 - V3:
- Integrated newest Android Version NDE63X from earlier today.
- Integrated and enabled WideVine DRM, so that Google Play Movies is now working.
- Custom kernel with additional zzmoove governer and adreno_idler patches to lengthen battery life
- Fixes and Enhancements here and there
04.11.2016 - V2:
- switched the Camera subsystem to HAL1 after discussion with the sony camera guys
- fixed most of the camera related crashes and hangs. Quality of the preview is poor, but pictures are okay.
- Taking a Video crashes the mediaserver and yields no playable result as of now.
- added build for SGP611, which is untested as I do not own the device. But it should work.
02.11.2016 - V1:
- Initial release: Everything except Camera is working. Camera uses HAL3.

Thanks:
- Sony, for providing awesome AOSP support on github

Downloads (currently not available):
V4 - GDrive - SGP621: scorpion-nougat-7.1-v4.zip
V4 - GDrive - SGP611: scorpion_windy-nougat-7.1-v4.zip

Older Downloads:
V3 - GDrive - SGP621: scorpion-nougat-7.1-v3.zip
V3 - GDrive - SGP611: scorpion_windy-nougat-7.1-v3.zip
 

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wulfiss

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oh man, you're awesome! i will test it when i have a little bit more time. Thanks!

for the camera there is a post in the forum that some dev are trying to figure out a solution for get a camera fully functional?

edit: for the moment the most things are working fine, only one thing when i play video, the video show a green imagen. i will continue testing.
 
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lowtraxx

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oh man, you're awesome! i will test it when i have a little bit more time. Thanks!

for the camera there is a post in the forum that some dev are trying to figure out a solution for get a camera fully functional?

edit: for the moment the most things are working fine, only one thing when i play video, the video show a green imagen. i will continue testing.

Are you using a specfic video player? Which codec does the video file use?

As for the camera. I am already in contact with the camera guys from Sony and will experiment a little with their suggested solutions today.
 
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lowtraxx

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Sep 20, 2007
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oh man, you're awesome! i will test it when i have a little bit more time. Thanks!

for the camera there is a post in the forum that some dev are trying to figure out a solution for get a camera fully functional?

edit: for the moment the most things are working fine, only one thing when i play video, the video show a green imagen. i will continue testing.

Tried with many different samples from mplayerhq with many different codecs. In VLC with hardware and software decoding as well as with firefoxes internal playback. They all played back fine and without color distortion. Maybe your player app is not yet compatible with 7.1?
 

Spleeno

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Well this is a surprise. Since I never used NFC and the Cameras with the tablet and always got rid of the corresponding apks in /system this would actually be a daily runner for me right now :D
Sadly I only have a SGP611, so no love for me right now...

Anyway, top notch work, keep it up!
 
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lowtraxx

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Well this is a surprise. Since I never used NFC and the Cameras with the tablet and always got rid of the corresponding apks in /system this would actually be a daily runner for me right now :D
Sadly I only have a SGP611, so no love for me right now...

Anyway, top notch work, keep it up!

I think I nearly have the camera figured out. As soon as I am done with that, I will try to do a blind build for the SGP611 (scorpion_windy). If it goes through, you can be my guinea pig for testing if you want ;)
 
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wulfiss

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Tried with many different samples from mplayerhq with many different codecs. In VLC with hardware and software decoding as well as with firefoxes internal playback. They all played back fine and without color distortion. Maybe your player app is not yet compatible with 7.1?

my fault I only tried playing with the gallery. other apps work well and I forgot to mention that I've installed this rom on my SGP611. thanks!

@lowtraxx

Is this also for the WiFi only Z3 Tablet? (Scorpion Windy)

Gesendet von meinem SM-G930F mit Tapatalk
Well this is a surprise. Since I never used NFC and the Cameras with the tablet and always got rid of the corresponding apks in /system this would actually be a daily runner for me right now :D
Sadly I only have a SGP611, so no love for me right now...

Anyway, top notch work, keep it up!

I've installed this rom on my SGP611 and it works well. Give it a try, everything is working fine :D
 
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ux50jp

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TWRP stopped working after Gapps flash.
Reflashed TWRP but still stack at TWRP wallpaper and doesn't start.
Does anyone have the solution?

ps. Found out if I take out SD card, TWRP works.
SD card corrupts easily, it seems.
 
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wulfiss

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Jul 24, 2012
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malabrigo
TWRP stopped working after Gapps flash.
Reflashed TWRP but still stack at TWRP wallpaper and doesn't start.
Does anyone have the solution?

ps. Found out if I take out SD card, TWRP works.
SD card corrupts easily, it seems.

For the SD card corrupt, I took the sd and put sd again and it working fine and I don't any problems with TWRP


Sorry for my bad English I am trying to improve
 

lowtraxx

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Sep 20, 2007
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Just posted a new version with better camera support.
04.11.2016 - V2: After discussion with the sony camera guys I switched the Camera subsystem to HAL1. Then I fixed most of the camera related crashes and hangs. Quality of the preview is poor, but pictures are okay. Taking a Video crashes the mediaserver and yields no playable result as of now.

Also I am currently running a build for SGP611 (scorpion_windy). If it builds with no problems, I will post it here for you to test.
 

ux50jp

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Is there a way to get ROOT?
I just flashed SR3-SuperSUv278 and got a boot loop.
 

ux50jp

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I don't know if SuperSU works with 7.1.
I used Magisk and phh-superuser and it worked without bootlooping.

Thank you for your info.
I have flashed phh-superuser-magisk-r259 but the root is still missing. No boot loop though.

ps. Solved by installing phh's superuser from Play store.
 
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    This ROM is no longer maintained. Sadly the last provided zip files got deleted by accident. If anyone can provide them, I will re-upload.

    Disclaimer: Flash at your own risk! Backup your data before flashing! I am not responsible for bricked devices, World War III or your exploding cats!
    Warning: The SGP611 images are not tested, but just built by me, as I do not own the device. But as the two devices are the same except for the 4G Modem, it should work. If not, please let me know.

    About:
    As my beloved SGP621 was just collecting dust, I decided to try porting Android 7.1 AOSP onto it.
    And voila, with a few tweaks here and there, it works (for the most part).

    What works:
    - Display
    - Sound
    - WiFi
    - 4G Data
    - Bluetooth
    - NFC (somewhat flakey, but much better with fixes in V4)
    - LED
    - Magnetic Cover Sleep/Wake
    - WideVine DRM
    - Double-Tap to wake

    What doesn't work:
    - FM Radio (working on it)
    - Camera (Taking Pictures works, but sometimes the camera is not able to connect. Taking a video crashes the mediaserver.)
    - You tell me

    I have used it for the last few weeks. Battery life near optimal now and I had no crashes up until now. If your battery depletes rapidly, please disable NFC and check if it betters things. Then comment here, so I can look into it.

    Keeping your data:
    If you come from an earlier version of this ROM it should suffice to only flash boot.img and system.img. Coming from Stock or another ROM you could try to not flash userdata and see if it would keep your data, but I think it will not work in most cases.

    Flashing:
    Flashing userdata it is like doing a wipe. So BACKUP your data! You have been warned!
    To flash it, you need to put your tablet into fastboot mode (VolUp + plugging in USB-Cable) and then flash the three image files from the zip file in the provided link like:
    Code:
    fastboot flash boot boot.img
    fastboot flash system system.img
    fastboot flash userdata userdata.img

    gapps and/or root:
    If you want Google Apps and/or root you need to download official twrp for scorpion windy (or inofficial for scorpion) from here and flash it to the FOTAKernel partition with the following command:
    Code:
    fastboot flash FOTAKernel twrp-3.0.2-0-scorpion_windy.img
    After that you can boot into recovery by hitting VolUp multiple times once the LED flashes purple until it turns orange.
    From there you are able to flash
    - gapps for Nougat 7.1 arm (nano confirmed working, others could be problematic)
    - Magisk-V8 and phh-SuperUser (confirmed working)

    Tips for better battery life:
    I installed Naptime to trigger deep doze as soon as the tablet goes to sleep. I also enabled zzmoove cpu gov and noop scheduler in the kernel options. Because of the high display brightness, I installed Lux Lite, to dim the screen if it is darker. This leads to me getting standby battery consumption of around 1.2% per hour (measured with GSam Battery Monitor) which is nearly the same amount I got with stock.

    Changelog:
    18.11.2016 - V4:
    - Integrated newest Android Patches from Sony and Google.
    - New binaries from qcom (camera, sensors, display, ...)
    - Custom kernel with additional fixes, FMRadio patches (not working yet) and zen I/O scheduler
    - Fixes and Enhancements here and there
    08.11.2016 - V3:
    - Integrated newest Android Version NDE63X from earlier today.
    - Integrated and enabled WideVine DRM, so that Google Play Movies is now working.
    - Custom kernel with additional zzmoove governer and adreno_idler patches to lengthen battery life
    - Fixes and Enhancements here and there
    04.11.2016 - V2:
    - switched the Camera subsystem to HAL1 after discussion with the sony camera guys
    - fixed most of the camera related crashes and hangs. Quality of the preview is poor, but pictures are okay.
    - Taking a Video crashes the mediaserver and yields no playable result as of now.
    - added build for SGP611, which is untested as I do not own the device. But it should work.
    02.11.2016 - V1:
    - Initial release: Everything except Camera is working. Camera uses HAL3.

    Thanks:
    - Sony, for providing awesome AOSP support on github

    Downloads (currently not available):
    V4 - GDrive - SGP621: scorpion-nougat-7.1-v4.zip
    V4 - GDrive - SGP611: scorpion_windy-nougat-7.1-v4.zip

    Older Downloads:
    V3 - GDrive - SGP621: scorpion-nougat-7.1-v3.zip
    V3 - GDrive - SGP611: scorpion_windy-nougat-7.1-v3.zip
    5
    V4 is here :)

    New Update is here: 18.11.2016 - V4:
    - Integrated newest Android Patches from Sony and Google.
    - New binaries from qcom (camera, sensors, display, ...)
    - Custom kernel with additional fixes, FMRadio patches (not working yet) and zen I/O scheduler
    - Fixes and Enhancements here and there

    I tested functionality on my SGP621. Everything seems to work fine. SGP621 and SGP611 images are online now.
    4
    Added build for SGP611, but the following Warning applies
    Warning: The SGP611 images are not tested, but just built by me, as I do not own the device. But as the two devices are the same except for the 4G Modem, it should work. If not, please let me know.
    Have fun testing ;)
    3
    New V3 build is here.

    If you come from an earlier version of this ROM it should suffice to only flash boot.img and system.img. Afterwards you need to reflash Superuser as well as GApps again (There are new opengapps available for today!).

    Changelog:
    08.11.2016 - V3:
    - Integrated newest Android Version NDE63X from earlier today.
    - Integrated and enabled WideVine DRM, so that Google Play Movies is now working.
    - Custom kernel with additional zzmoove governer and adreno_idler patches to lengthen battery life
    - Fixes and Enhancements here and there

    Tips for battery life:
    I installed Naptime to trigger deep doze as soon as the tablet goes to sleep (needs root). I also enabled zzmoove cpu gov and noop scheduler in the kernel options. Because of the high display brightness, I installed Lux Lite, to dim the screen if it is darker. This leads to me getting standby battery consumption of around 1.2% per hour (measured with GSam Battery Monitor) which is nearly the same amount I got with stock.
    3
    Tried with many different samples from mplayerhq with many different codecs. In VLC with hardware and software decoding as well as with firefoxes internal playback. They all played back fine and without color distortion. Maybe your player app is not yet compatible with 7.1?

    my fault I only tried playing with the gallery. other apps work well and I forgot to mention that I've installed this rom on my SGP611. thanks!

    @lowtraxx

    Is this also for the WiFi only Z3 Tablet? (Scorpion Windy)

    Gesendet von meinem SM-G930F mit Tapatalk
    Well this is a surprise. Since I never used NFC and the Cameras with the tablet and always got rid of the corresponding apks in /system this would actually be a daily runner for me right now :D
    Sadly I only have a SGP611, so no love for me right now...

    Anyway, top notch work, keep it up!

    I've installed this rom on my SGP611 and it works well. Give it a try, everything is working fine :D