Everything Huawei Y550 - Root/CWM/TWRP

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doveman

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I just got this Huawei HUAWEI Y550-L01 for a great price and it's a massive improvement on my G300 (which actually cost me about double what I paid for the Y550 a couple of years ago!)

There doesn't seem to be any custom ROMs available for it yet but I was wondering if it's possible to just root it, as there's quite a few apps I like to use that require root?

I've e-mailed Huawei and they've sent me my bootloader unlock code but unless I can root it, there's probably not much point doing that at the moment.
 
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Thread Index

Rooting, CWM & TWRP Instructions LINK

Latest TWRP
TWRP 2.8.7.0 21/8/15 - CM12 compatible
2.8.7.0 Final 25/1/16
Older TWRP TWRP 2.8.4.1 31/1/14 - CM11 compatible
Latest CWM 9/12/14
Latest Superuser 9/12/14
Latest Slim SDK 9/12/14

Stock Rom Recovery Link (Install through fastboot - fastboot flash recovery recovery_y550.img)
Updated LInk Here

Latest Y550 (L01) Stock Rom
5/11/14 Western Europe
16/1/2015 Eastern Europe & Scandinavia

Normal upgrade/reinstall using in built updater Link
Forced upgrade/reinstall procedure Link
Upgrade/Reinstall using Fastboot Link

Google Stock Apps Link

All Huawei y550 related apps and files (thanks to klaidone) Link

Alternate unlock code methods Link Link
And another Link


L02 Files
All At this URL
Files:
Update.zip - the latest OTA update for L02 Region Phones - Applied using inbuilt updater
Y550-L02 Stock - CWM backup of the original L02 Stock Rom Link
Y550-L02 (Build 346) - CWM Backup of the most up to date L02 Rom Link
Credits to Happychappy on the Whirpool Forum
Y550 (Prob L02) TWRP Stock Backup

Faq/Tips
Will the L01 rooting method work on my L02 Yes
Can I change the Boot Animation? Link (And the following post)
Can I use L01 firmware on my L02? Link
Can I change the status bar and carrier logo? Link
Does Exposed framework work on this phone? Link
How do i remove the Kitkat write restrictions? Link

Roms from HB72K

Stable and suitable for everyday use. More information, install instructions, root etc from user @HB72K in This post

AOSP Based Roms
Carbon Rom from Hb72k Link & Install instructions - Known Bugs: Phone only rings once then mutes

Stock Based Roms
Y550 Stock Rom by Hb72k Link
Y550 Stock Lite by Hb72k Link
Y550 Stock (Gstock 2) by Hb72k Link
Y550 Stock (Gamer 2) by Hb72k Link

MIUI Based Roms
MIUI 7 by Hb72k Link
MIUI 6 by Hb72k Link

CM Roms

CM11 - Final XDA Build by Hb72k link
Hecaex Build - 11 June 2015 Link Doesnt include Static Mac Address fix
Hecaex Build - 30 May 2015 Link This is based on Patrick's march build with Camera modifications. Working Wifi (Random Mac), Camera working (But flash not working)
Patrick KT Build - 11 March 2015 (CM11) Link - Wifi working but with random Mac. Camera not working
Hecaex Build - 10 February 2015 (CM11) Link - Camera flakey, superuser and torch not working
Patrick KT Build - 1 February 2015 (CM11) Link - Wifi and Camera not working

Static Mac Address Fix Link
Camera Patch Only Link

2016 Roms

Modded EMUI 3.0 https://mega.nz/#!Dt4gGQCD!zEvIGHsuZURN7Xl9F3LnAdRDviTo-BLzC0n42YH9ZjM
Modded Miui 7.0 (Twrp backup) https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BzJ-jN4Pv2baSXFwRFpqcGoySUE&usp=sharing
CM Patches/Fixes
EMUI (Hb72k) http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=65241854&postcount=2268
Pacman (hb72k) http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=65327203&postcount=2281
Pacrom (Jeffta) http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=65353386&postcount=2284
Miui7 (Dabi01 almost final) http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=65702075&postcount=2334



Other Files

Walkman (Zip) for Stock and Custom Roms Link

IVE BRICKED MY PHONE!
Download the full Huawei Y550 rom from Here (You want the penultimate file - y550 build 239
Download the Huawei update extractor from the same link
Run update extractor and extract the rom
Copy the entire folder "dload" to the root of your sdcard (so there is a folder on your sd card called dload containing the update file)
Hold down all physical buttons on your phone - volume up, volume down and power at once
 
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That'll be great, thanks :good:
Root Genius didnt work
Framaroot didnt work
Eroot didnt work
SRS One Click didnt work
Vroot didnt work
Kingoroot didnt work

For now i dont think we have root on Y550

Apart from anti virus, theres not much i need root for, but the two key things changing the dpi (because the resolution isnt good enough), and full link 2 sd (because of the lack of storage space) are kinda important :D

Its a pretty new phone though, pretty sure root will be around soon enough.

BTW.. can you change title to Y550 rather than 500.. help people using the search function.
 
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doveman

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Root Genius didnt work
Framaroot didnt work
Eroot didnt work
SRS One Click didnt work
Vroot didnt work
Kingoroot didnt work

For now i dont think we have root on Y550

Apart from anti virus, theres not much i need root for, but the two key things changing the dpi (because the resolution isnt good enough), and full link 2 sd (because of the lack of storage space) are kinda important :D

Its a pretty new phone though, pretty sure root will be around soon enough.

BTW.. can you change title to Y550 rather than 500.. help people using the search function.

Woops, yep done.

Oh well, thanks for trying.

Yeah, lack of space and inability to use link2sd was the main reason I wanted root, although there's quite a few apps I use that need it too. Apart from that though, the missing encryption feature kills it for me. I e-mailed Huawei asking why it was missing but they haven't replied!
 

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I have filled out the email response form on a couple of the root methods asking for Y550 to be added if possible. It was only launched in October, and November for most of UK so its pretty new, but generally there is root out there for most Huawei phones.

Most apps can be moved to SD the native way using app manager or similar but its the space hogging ones like Facebook that cant be.

For those passing by this thread, make sure you set SD as default in settings>Storage and then select defaut storage location as SD

and for ref:
CPU: Qualcomm MSM8974 (think this is a misidentifiation. meant to be MSM8916) Snapdragon 800 x 4 on Elpida (Krait 400 Arm 7)
GPU: Adreno 330

Overall, on the phone its not a bad bit of kit, was bought to replace a dying Galaxy S2 and the specs are pretty much the same as the S2, more CPU but less Storage.

Negatives:
Lack of storage space, about 1.3gb at stock
Screen Resolution: Is fairly low but actually looks pretty good. Just needs the DPI dropping down a bit.
The Huwai stock launcher is pants (but easily replaced)

The Good:
Battery life at the moment seems pretty good. Using it all day, whatsapp, twitter, music player (but no games), ive not come close to having to worry about a charge
Included apps: You can actually remove the bulk of the bloatware and most of the included apps are reasonable. The backup program is functional (but let down by lack of scheduled backups), the messaging and contacts replacements are passable (but lacking merge contacts), the power management is actualy fair good with good contral of which apps are shut down to save battery and which stay open, good control of which apps are allowed to push notifications etc so that aspect of it is good.
Camera: average, but fast and functional. Good enough for snaps, but lacks obviously from only being 5mp
Mobile internet is snappy as hell

The Meh..
Not totally convinced about the settings, drop downs etc with the MIUI styling on them,
 
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The Ascend y550-L02 is now available in Australia through Vodafone PAYG for $99 AUD (including some pretty sweet extras), making it perhaps the cheapest 4g LTE option in OZ. All the standard one click root methods already mentioned don't work with this sub model either. A new root would be very appreciated! Unfortunately I'm not a developer, but I do like to reward those who are smarter than me and allow me to tweak my devices. Thanks in advance!
 
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DISCLAIMER - THIS CWM AND ROOT METHOD IS DESIGNED FOR THE G620 - IT IS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME PHONE BUT LIKE ANYTHING THERE ARE ALWAYS RISKS WITH INSTALLING CWM AND ROOTING YOUR PHONE. IT WORKED FOR ME, BUT I BEAR NO RESPONSIBILTY IF IT DOESNT WORK FOR YOU, BRICKS YOUR PHONE, OR TURNS YOU INTO A PUMPKIN.

Ok, rooting the Huawei Y550..
Source Credits Here and Here
Originally this is the boot image for the G620 but it has the same partition table as the Y550

Three step method - first you need your bootloader unlocked, then CWM installed, then superuser installed.

First you will need your bootloader unlocked. You can get this by emailing Huawei
to get your unlock email Huawei on [email protected]

Send them a request for bootloader unlock with the following info:
Serial Number: under battery
IMEI: under battery
Product ID: call * # * # 1357946 # * # * to get it
Model: HUAWEI Y550-L01

Once you have your code...
switch device off
boot into fastboot mode "volume down and power"
connect by usb to your PC
wait for drivers to install (just install the huawei app to get the drivers)
download and install ADB toolkit from google (or Android SDK Slim which ive attached as a zip)
open the directory adb toolkit is in, shift and right click and select open command window
type in... fastboot oem unlock 1234567812345678 where the number is your unlock code
Your bootloader will now be unlocked. Source and more info

Update: Alternate way to get the unlock code Link

UPDATE - TRWP RECOVERY
We now have TWRP thanks to patrik.KT. Source
1) Download the TWRP Image file Link
2) Place the image file in the same directory as fastbook.exe from the previous step
3) Connect phone in fastbook mode
4) Check compatability by booting only initially.
Code:
fastboot boot TWRP_y550_20150130.img
5) if boots correctly go back into fastbook mode and run in the dos window
Code:
fastboot flash recovery TWRP_y550_20150130.img

CWM Recovery
Zip file download Link
Extract zip file to computer
Put phone in fastboot mode (Down volume and power button)
Connect phone to PC and run the file - install-windows.bat
This will install a CWM boot to your phone and then reboot it

Contents of zip showed up clean with McAfee
23rl4wm.png


Superuser
Dowloaded superuser.zip from HERE
(Do not use Super-SU it doesnt work with stock roms)
copy superuser.zip to your SD card.
Boot into CWM (Volume up and power key)
select english language if prompted
install zip from SD card and install superuser.zip

Boom....
21cun13.jpg
alkh3n.jpg


Phone has CWM and Root.
Only downside is parts of the CWM (notably the backup section) are in chinese

Translation for backup section is:

backup image to internal SD
restore image from internal SD
delete image from internal SD
restore image with options from internal SD
backup image to external SD
restore image from external SD
delete image from external SD
restore image with options from external SD
 

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Wonder if this will work for the Huawei Y536A1 (At&t Tribute) as it is almost the same phone as the Y550?
 

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Wonder if this will work for the Huawei Y536A1 (At&t Tribute) as it is almost the same phone as the Y550?

Well theres one way to find out. :D

Joking aside, I dont know, would be a risk trying it (but then me trying g620 method on my y550 was a risk)..

Hard to find specs on the Tribute but all i can find...

1.2ghz quad core - the same
screen 480 x 854 pixels, 4.5 inches - the same

internal storage looks to be the same or similar, i have 1.6 gig on my y550, ive seen 1.62 reported for the y536, but it would need the partitions to be the same.

Y536 specs Link
Y550 specs Link

Pretty much all the specs are the same, slightly different size and weight.

Would be a gamble... but if you only paid $40 from walmart not a very expensive gamble.

Word of Warning - there are various stories that AT&T dont sell phones with unlockable bootloaders or dont allow them on their network. Not sure how reliable these rumours are
 
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No problem with the unlocked bootoader on At&t's network on my Mom's Y536... just my $.02
 

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Nice one dimspace. It seems to have worked on my Y01, at least CWM is installed and so is SuperUser.

I'm having a bit of trouble verifying though, as I don't really want to setup my Google Account on this phone (I already spent a while before erasing the storage). I downloaded this root checker http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2472076 which shows

"Application Superuser found"

and then in red

"Terminal does rooted
Busybox not installed"

so do I need busybox installed to check root? If so, which of these zips should I install:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=44175626#post44175626
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1929852

or maybe there's a newer version I need to install? Do I need to install it from CWM?
 

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I use Jrummy Rootchecker..

You can download the apk without play store and just sideload it from SD.
use APK Downloader
just put the apps id in the box and generate download link, and you can download the apk direct.

The Jrummy rootchecker address is com.jrummyapps.rootchecker
For busybox, again just install busybox installer from play store (or download apk as above) id is com.jrummy.busybox.installer - then run it and follow the instructions to install busybox
For terminal - use terminal emulator - id is jackpal.androidterm

all three of those working fine with me and i have full root, busybox and terminal.
the busybox installer will automatically check root, and download the applicable busybox for you, terminal installs as a normal apk. but you dont NEED them as long as your root is working. some applications do need busybox, but you dont have to have terminal.

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No problem with the unlocked bootoader on At&t's network on my Mom's Y536... just my $.02

yeh, id heard stories of At&t phones not allowing unlocked bootloaders, i was just covering myself really :D
 
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    I can't help you with this specific problem, but I know you'll get decent advice from the DC-Unlocker people via their chat; the big Message button on the bottom right of their site starts a conversation. If it's outside their business hours (GMT+2), you'll get an e-mail and the conversation will continue that way.

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    TL;DR: seek out the assistance of the DC-Unlocker people; I spoke to and mailed with Waldmeras and he was very knowledgeable and friendly.

    Good luck and kind regards,
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    I believe magisk won't do this anymore, and Chainfire sold SuperSU to a Chinese company years ago! (Good on him!)... Magisk is now the defacto root solution, and it's open source to boot!...

    Do yourself a favour, cleanup SuperSU, ditch 4.4.4 and install this 7.1 c/o @fwiep w/ adopted storage working out of the box (just be sure to update baseband as I mentioned):
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/everything-huawei-y550-root-cwm-twrp.2923318/post-85363935

    Then install Magisk!... 😛 PW
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    Yep I've the same problem, error message when trying to flash lineage-14.1-20210803-UNOFFICIAL-y550.zip.

    I thought fwiep fixed that but as I never tested that or subsequent versions I can't confirm the fix works. Finally, taking a looking at the most recent zip and the fix itself it does something different to what I suggested so I'm guessing not. Sorry to provide such late feedback Frans!

    Anyway, I worked around the problem with a setprop command in adb shell:
    setprop ro.product.device Y550-L02

    This must be done before an install is attempted. It seems values are cached.

    FWIW, I used twrp-3.3.0-1-y550 back then.
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    Thread Index

    Rooting, CWM & TWRP Instructions LINK

    Latest TWRP
    TWRP 2.8.7.0 21/8/15 - CM12 compatible
    2.8.7.0 Final 25/1/16
    Older TWRP TWRP 2.8.4.1 31/1/14 - CM11 compatible
    Latest CWM 9/12/14
    Latest Superuser 9/12/14
    Latest Slim SDK 9/12/14

    Stock Rom Recovery Link (Install through fastboot - fastboot flash recovery recovery_y550.img)
    Updated LInk Here

    Latest Y550 (L01) Stock Rom
    5/11/14 Western Europe
    16/1/2015 Eastern Europe & Scandinavia

    Normal upgrade/reinstall using in built updater Link
    Forced upgrade/reinstall procedure Link
    Upgrade/Reinstall using Fastboot Link

    Google Stock Apps Link

    All Huawei y550 related apps and files (thanks to klaidone) Link

    Alternate unlock code methods Link Link
    And another Link


    L02 Files
    All At this URL
    Files:
    Update.zip - the latest OTA update for L02 Region Phones - Applied using inbuilt updater
    Y550-L02 Stock - CWM backup of the original L02 Stock Rom Link
    Y550-L02 (Build 346) - CWM Backup of the most up to date L02 Rom Link
    Credits to Happychappy on the Whirpool Forum
    Y550 (Prob L02) TWRP Stock Backup

    Faq/Tips
    Will the L01 rooting method work on my L02 Yes
    Can I change the Boot Animation? Link (And the following post)
    Can I use L01 firmware on my L02? Link
    Can I change the status bar and carrier logo? Link
    Does Exposed framework work on this phone? Link
    How do i remove the Kitkat write restrictions? Link

    Roms from HB72K

    Stable and suitable for everyday use. More information, install instructions, root etc from user @HB72K in This post

    AOSP Based Roms
    Carbon Rom from Hb72k Link & Install instructions - Known Bugs: Phone only rings once then mutes

    Stock Based Roms
    Y550 Stock Rom by Hb72k Link
    Y550 Stock Lite by Hb72k Link
    Y550 Stock (Gstock 2) by Hb72k Link
    Y550 Stock (Gamer 2) by Hb72k Link

    MIUI Based Roms
    MIUI 7 by Hb72k Link
    MIUI 6 by Hb72k Link

    CM Roms

    CM11 - Final XDA Build by Hb72k link
    Hecaex Build - 11 June 2015 Link Doesnt include Static Mac Address fix
    Hecaex Build - 30 May 2015 Link This is based on Patrick's march build with Camera modifications. Working Wifi (Random Mac), Camera working (But flash not working)
    Patrick KT Build - 11 March 2015 (CM11) Link - Wifi working but with random Mac. Camera not working
    Hecaex Build - 10 February 2015 (CM11) Link - Camera flakey, superuser and torch not working
    Patrick KT Build - 1 February 2015 (CM11) Link - Wifi and Camera not working

    Static Mac Address Fix Link
    Camera Patch Only Link

    2016 Roms

    Modded EMUI 3.0 https://mega.nz/#!Dt4gGQCD!zEvIGHsuZURN7Xl9F3LnAdRDviTo-BLzC0n42YH9ZjM
    Modded Miui 7.0 (Twrp backup) https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BzJ-jN4Pv2baSXFwRFpqcGoySUE&usp=sharing
    CM Patches/Fixes
    EMUI (Hb72k) http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=65241854&postcount=2268
    Pacman (hb72k) http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=65327203&postcount=2281
    Pacrom (Jeffta) http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=65353386&postcount=2284
    Miui7 (Dabi01 almost final) http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=65702075&postcount=2334



    Other Files

    Walkman (Zip) for Stock and Custom Roms Link

    IVE BRICKED MY PHONE!
    Download the full Huawei Y550 rom from Here (You want the penultimate file - y550 build 239
    Download the Huawei update extractor from the same link
    Run update extractor and extract the rom
    Copy the entire folder "dload" to the root of your sdcard (so there is a folder on your sd card called dload containing the update file)
    Hold down all physical buttons on your phone - volume up, volume down and power at once
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    DISCLAIMER - THIS CWM AND ROOT METHOD IS DESIGNED FOR THE G620 - IT IS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME PHONE BUT LIKE ANYTHING THERE ARE ALWAYS RISKS WITH INSTALLING CWM AND ROOTING YOUR PHONE. IT WORKED FOR ME, BUT I BEAR NO RESPONSIBILTY IF IT DOESNT WORK FOR YOU, BRICKS YOUR PHONE, OR TURNS YOU INTO A PUMPKIN.

    Ok, rooting the Huawei Y550..
    Source Credits Here and Here
    Originally this is the boot image for the G620 but it has the same partition table as the Y550

    Three step method - first you need your bootloader unlocked, then CWM installed, then superuser installed.

    First you will need your bootloader unlocked. You can get this by emailing Huawei
    to get your unlock email Huawei on [email protected]

    Send them a request for bootloader unlock with the following info:
    Serial Number: under battery
    IMEI: under battery
    Product ID: call * # * # 1357946 # * # * to get it
    Model: HUAWEI Y550-L01

    Once you have your code...
    switch device off
    boot into fastboot mode "volume down and power"
    connect by usb to your PC
    wait for drivers to install (just install the huawei app to get the drivers)
    download and install ADB toolkit from google (or Android SDK Slim which ive attached as a zip)
    open the directory adb toolkit is in, shift and right click and select open command window
    type in... fastboot oem unlock 1234567812345678 where the number is your unlock code
    Your bootloader will now be unlocked. Source and more info

    Update: Alternate way to get the unlock code Link

    UPDATE - TRWP RECOVERY
    We now have TWRP thanks to patrik.KT. Source
    1) Download the TWRP Image file Link
    2) Place the image file in the same directory as fastbook.exe from the previous step
    3) Connect phone in fastbook mode
    4) Check compatability by booting only initially.
    Code:
    fastboot boot TWRP_y550_20150130.img
    5) if boots correctly go back into fastbook mode and run in the dos window
    Code:
    fastboot flash recovery TWRP_y550_20150130.img

    CWM Recovery
    Zip file download Link
    Extract zip file to computer
    Put phone in fastboot mode (Down volume and power button)
    Connect phone to PC and run the file - install-windows.bat
    This will install a CWM boot to your phone and then reboot it

    Contents of zip showed up clean with McAfee
    23rl4wm.png


    Superuser
    Dowloaded superuser.zip from HERE
    (Do not use Super-SU it doesnt work with stock roms)
    copy superuser.zip to your SD card.
    Boot into CWM (Volume up and power key)
    select english language if prompted
    install zip from SD card and install superuser.zip

    Boom....
    21cun13.jpg
    alkh3n.jpg


    Phone has CWM and Root.
    Only downside is parts of the CWM (notably the backup section) are in chinese

    Translation for backup section is:

    backup image to internal SD
    restore image from internal SD
    delete image from internal SD
    restore image with options from internal SD
    backup image to external SD
    restore image from external SD
    delete image from external SD
    restore image with options from external SD
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    Things to do after rooting

    A few comments now that I've rooted one of my Y550 phones:

    First thing I did was to permanently nuke the file restrictions on writing to the SD card, this was easily achieved in seconds. Now everything can read/write to the external SD card just like in every other release of android.
    *This was the main frustration and reason pushing me to root the phone.

    Next was to change the screen DPI to make everything look less blobby.
    After going through settings of 230, 220, 215 and 210 I've found that on the default Huawei EMUI launcher anything lower than 230 looks odd, although 220 is probably usable.
    With a setting of anything less than 220 the desktop icons are shifted into strange positions which is quite off putting, and having only 4 rows of desktop icons looks kind of odd when the icons are shrunk, there is easily enough room for 5 rows, on Nova launcher mine is set to 6 rows and it looks great.
    As always Nova cures most of the visual ills that appear in the supplied manufacturers launchers, so no problems...
    Anyone considering the Y550 should disregard any the negative comments from those who proclaim the screen is crap..!!!
    Obviously it is very slightly lower resolution than some models, but if you don't hold it next to another phone with a higher resolution screen to compare against then I can't imagine anyone would know.

    Running MX Player Pro the Y550 can easily play H.264 1080P videos scaled to full screen.
    *In MX Player Pro I set the sound playback for S/W Audio, the volume can then be increased to 200% which is great. I set the video to playback using H/W+ decoder which is impressive. The Y550 quad core combined with a better GPU obviously helps with smooth media playback. Using AllCast to playback video through the LAN to a big screen is also very smooth, it works a treat.

    And to top off my first round of rooting fun I installed AdFree to get rid of the nasty adds that appear in many apps, together with an old favourite called BatteryCalibration which is always worth running after installing CWM or TWRP.
    :good:

    ---------- Post added at 01:14 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:08 PM ----------

    A quick "How to" describing the method for removing the stupid KitKat write restrictions on the External SD card.

    Perhaps a disclaimer first to say that if any of the following seems like techno-babble you should NOT do this, just leave it the way google intended it to be, or find a local droid geek to assist you...

    Out of habit I use ES File Explorer to edit my android system files directly on the device, it has a decent enough text (note) editor and also has the easiest way to visually confirm that the file permissions are correctly set after you have edited/moved/copied files.

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    WARNING: Incorrect file permissions are your biggest danger, the phone will probably not boot if they are set incorrectly.
    Whatever happens you should proceed with extreme caution! Recheck everything several times before rebooting...
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    In ES File Manager toggle the "Root Explorer" to on, and then navigate to the following file:
    /system/etc/permissions/platform.xml

    Note: You deserve to have problems if you don't make a backup of the original file first, so make a copy of it in the user memory space or on the SD card.

    Then open the file in the ES note editor and scroll down until you find: android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE and android.permission.WRITE_MEDIA_STORAGE lines.
    In the ES text editor click the top right menu and chose the pen, this will give a cursor to allow you to write text.
    These are XML sections, you need to make them look exactly like the strings below:

    <permission name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" >
    <group gid="sdcard_r" />
    <group gid="sdcard_rw" />
    <group gid="media_rw" />
    </permission>

    <permission name="android.permission.WRITE_MEDIA_STORAGE" >
    <group gid="sdcard_rw" />
    <group gid="media_rw" />
    </permission>

    Save the platform.xml file (do this by hitting the back hardware button once, it'll then ask if you want to save changes.
    Then exit the editor and refresh the directory listing, chose view and select "small detail" and make sure that platform.xml file permissions are set to "-rw-r--r--" (in geek speak it needs to be 644) before rebooting your phone.
    *Don't forget to turn off the "Root Explorer" toggle in ES File Manager after you have edited the file and confirmed the file permissions.
    That's it.

    Once again, if any of the above seems too hard then DON'T do it.

    *In the past I've tried apps from the playstore to perform this tweak on other devices, but none of them worked, so now I just do it myself, it only takes a couple of minutes to edit the file.

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    DISCLAIMER – THERE ARE ALWAYS RISKS WITH EDITING SYSTEM FILES, IT WORKED FOR ME, BUT I BEAR NO RESPONSIBILITY IF IT DOESN'T WORK FOR YOU, BRICKS YOUR PHONE, OR TURNS YOU INTO A WOMBAT.

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    I hope the above posts are helpful for those who've never edited system files before...
    It's bit scary the first couple of times, but it you take it slow and steady it is not hard at all.

    It's basically the same method for changing the display DPI, you'll need to edit the /system/build.prop file and look for this line:

    ro.sf.lcd.density=240

    and change the "240" to anything between 240 ~ 200 then reboot.

    Simple as...
    Just remember to check those file permissions before you reboot :good:

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    Don't forget to press the THANKS button if any of this helped you ;)

    ---------- Post added at 01:30 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:19 PM ----------

    I have achieved 7020p & 1080p resolution on Huawei Y550, I would advise 720p over 1080p as it is alot clearer on this little screen....

    Yours was an interesting post, I would never have considered trying to set a non native resolution on the device. I imagine this would cause all sorts of problems that could be hard to solve.

    If your intention is only to increase the information shown on the screen, then I think it is a much better idea to change the display DPI rather than setting a totally different screen resolution. The chances of upsetting the system are far less and there is no need for busybox, or soft keys because everything still works as it should...
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    So guys it's been a while but I'm working on CM12.1. But I'm quite busy with my job, so please be a little more patient ;) .
    I've got a new TWRP and I have a booting CM12.1. But there are some major things which need to be fixed.
    I will push some test build with new TWRP later.
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    So I noticed you dont have any working TWRP on the Y550, so I made one :cowboy:

    Make sure you only boot it first to check if its compatible
    Code:
    fastboot boot TWRP_y550_20150130.img
    and if it works just fine, then flash it
    Code:
    fastboot flash recovery TWRP_y550_20150130.img

    Download: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5KRmU8P96dlYTc4eS11QXItdlU/edit