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Cyber_Dude

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Hello everyone!
First of all sorry for my bad English. I represent smartphones distributor from Kiev, Ukraine. We have contacted with GooApple sales director and have got GooApple V5 sample phone for tests before bulk orders.
All I can say: it's just not ready for international market at the moment and unfortunately they are not very much interested in positive firmware or hardware changes.
They have made firmware ios_11.12.08 for our last recall but non of our issues have been resolved + one added: it doesn't react on first home button push after lock screen, it only shows unlock screen after the second home button push or fast twice push.
Here is our issues list:

  1. Phone's battery draining, runs out too fast!!! After full charge it runs out 75% battery life for 4 hours of usage: 1 call during 5 min., video watch during 8 min., music during 6 min, looking thought photos during 5 min., taking 3 pictures with the camera. 1,5 hour is just for walkthrough over the interface, settings, lock/unlock. 3,5 min. video takes about 5-6% of battery life. And it's without any gaming, internet surfing, making videos. Other time it's just holding.
  2. Screen has some lightness flickering. Backlight blinking, flashing a little bit from the sides and left top corner.
  3. Connect button (in putting Wi-Fi password mode) doesn't work. Just can't connect to any locked Wi-Fi network.
  4. Bad Wi-Fi catch signal even with a close to phone router.
  5. Doesn't remember icons location on springboard bar after moving around and reboot the phone.
  6. Showing the last called phone number in background when sending USSD commands (checking balance or any anything else).
  7. The input keyboard should be the same as iOS with working English and Russian (now it doesn't work) and customization ability in the General folder in Settings.
  8. Booting animation should be the same as iOS with Apple logo only.
  9. Creating folders (put in and put out icons) and moving icons around doesn't work properly.
  10. The font in Calendar, Time, Dial is not the same as iOS.
  11. The sim card pin code enter should be the same as iOS.
  12. How to delete apps like Call Log, PowerOff... chinese QQ and others?
  13. Reminders, Maps, Weather Stocks iReader apps should be in English.
  14. Browser app should be renamed to Safari.
  15. Gallery app should be renamed to Photos.
  16. Phone key at dialpad should be renamed to Keypad.
  17. Must speed up fake iOS usage response, performance.
  18. Must speed up screen rotation/orientation response.
  19. Must replace red ! (exclamation) to the Sending progress bar when sending messages/SMS.
  20. Must replace chinese word to english word Call at the dial pad.
  21. Make possibility of adding your own ringtones in the Settings.
  22. Make double tap or pres hold the home button for multitask, running apps view like on iOS with appear at the bottom of the screen.
  23. Make possibility of completely close/kill apps taking up memory and running in the background.
  24. Make dialing numbers sound quieter (it's set to max by default).
  25. Make lock/unlock sound quieter (it's set to max by default but should be possible to customize).
  26. Make full-screen camera mode when taking photos.
  27. Correct + - add sound mode when playing video, music (quiet sound from 2 to 6 bars and after 6 bars it's big increase in sound).
  28. Remake Videos app (it should redirect/open phone's gallery instead of SDcard content).
  29. Remake YouTube app (it should be in English or redirect/open youtube.com).
  30. WLAN folder in Settings should be renamed to Wi-Fi.
  31. Phone warms up when gaming, talking, videos.
  32. It doesn't recognize sim card enter when ON.
  33. Word Wednesday comes out of the Calendar app icon.
  34. Power On/Off button dangles, swing around with sound.
  35. Upper background part can be seen when charging.
  36. While start pinching any picture from the center it zooms in with imprecision to the side of the picture.
  37. Battery life doesn't shows properly on lock screen (it shows all empty when screen corner shows less of 20% battery life).
  38. It Reboots by itself few times during the day when locking the screen.
If you know any other issues please add them by numbers 39, 40....
Or if you have solutions for any of the issues please also add it by the 1-38 numbers.

I hope we can make it better together!
 

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Possible Solutions to Gooapple V5 issues.

Generally speaking, I don't think that all these reasons are real for every V5 phone around. Did you wipe out every data BEFORE flashing the new rom? If not, certain applications may have been running multiple times (i.e.: Maps in my case when I did that). I am using the android rom (not the iOS one) and I have not all these problems whatsoever.

Possible solutions:

1. Try and see if you have data enabled or GPS is on. This device has a hardcoded (R) Roaming on (i.e. you can't turn it off) plus it's not (yet) capable of 3G data. Turn both of them off while not needing them helps A LOT.

2. Not an issue here with newest android build; maybe your screen has issues. I've had some friends with original iPhones having the same flickering as yours. Turned out to be their retina display.

3. Not true. I'm connecting on both my wifi spots at home both Wep and WAP/PSK. Wifi is low powered though and need you to be NEAR the wifi router / spot (see below).

4. True! Just 5 meters away and a mid-wall makes the difference. They really need to boost their receiver.

5.Try reinstalling AFTER you've made a complete wipe data/factory reset. THEN install the rom. This might fix the issue.

6.I'd really like to see a list of USSD commands if you have one available for this phone... (pm me??? ) :)

7.Same for Greek keyboard. I've overcame the problem by installing Greek Input Method from the market.

8.Heh. +1

9.It works for me for both android and iOS roms.

10,11.I agree.

12.You'll have to be 'root' to do so. The only way I've found to do so is the program superoneclick (google it). After rooting the V5, download from market 'Root Uninstaller'. Works perfectly even with the 'protected apps' like the one you mentioned. I know that you don't have 'market' on iOS rom so here's what I did:
I've had a factory reset first, then installed Android rom and THEN the iOS rom. I've also installed a program called 'Go Launcer EX'. This pops up when unlocking the device asking you what launcher you prefer, this way you have the best of both worlds.

13-16: Agree.

17 & 18: The problem is the retina display with the slow (relatively) 650MHz MTK6573 processor. The G3 (previous model) had a smaller screen that the cpu was able to handle. On android rom things are better though...

19 & 20: Agree.

21: On android you can do so by adding your custom ringtones on a folder called /alarms, /ringtones etc on your sd card. Should work for us too (didn't try it yet).

22. Agree.

23. I am using an app from market called: Advanced Task Manager does the trick.

24-31. Agree.

32. I didn't go that far!!! I guess you're right.

33 & 34. Yep.

35 & 36. I haven't got such a problem. Consider the retina screen of yours has a problem / issue?

37&38. Nope. Works alright here.

Finally another issue with no solution:
39. GPS lock. The GPS won't operate properly in EU (Greece) where I live. Takes forever to find satellites and it won't lock to a fix point even if you wait 10 mins. This is what I'm after right now and if I have a proper solution I'll post it here.

Thanks for putting up this thread Cyber_dude. If you need anything I'll be more than glad to help!
 
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Cyber_Dude

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Thanks for your reply. ;)
We have talked with GooApple for about a week now and sure I have made all needed such as wipe data before firmware update. That's because you are basically using Android ROM. Customers buying phones like this one because they just want iPhone for less and want everybody else think they got an iPhone. :) So using Android on any iPhone replica is just not right. It should run fake iOS and should be at least 60% of the original one. This phone costs $300 icnl. shipping at resellers (price of used iPhone 4 on eBay) and I think user interface should be well polished and flawless for that money.
Yes, Maps on last gooapple_ios_11.12.08 works in English now. But after resolving one problem they made two others, like it doesn't react on first home button push after lock screen, it only shows unlock screen after the second home button push or fast twice push.
1. That's not a solution! Sure I have turned everything like wi-fi, gps... off. But customers want it to be fully functional phone, without thinking: "ohh., have I turned my phone's wi-fi and gps off to kepp the battery alive?" It's shouldn't be like that!
They have you used so low capacity 1050mAh battery. (but we think it's even less). The original iPhone's has 1420mAh. And there are even 2200-2430mAh on the market today. They have changed screen, ram, cpu but keep the same battery. It's just stupid. And it's smaller then iPhone's battery so you just can't replace it. It works maximum up to 3 hours in active usage mode without gaming. (with full brightness on, because turning it less on this screen is just sacrilege).
That's they have answered about that: "when making a phone, we have to consider a lot of things, especially the cost, when everything is as great as iphone 4, the price will be too...":rolleyes:
2. Yes, it's old issue, it resolves after reinstall.
3. It's true. It works on you because your wep password is large then 8 characters. It doesn't work with less passwords like mac or iPhone.
5. Yes, new firmware resolved that.
6. I mean USSD commands for checking balance.
But here is a command to enter EngineerMode: *#67876#*
7. Stock keyboard is a crap. I use Smart Keyboard Pro.
8. I can change robot with apple booting animation but can't change gooapple name at the beginning. I think it's logo.img at the rom zip file. I have tried to delete it and make other changes to the rom but can't sign it. It's always shows sign error at the install.
9. It works but it works very-very badly. Then you are trying to move icon to other position it creates a folder with other icon, it's so annoying.
12. I have also made the root with the SuperOneClick. And delete Chinese apps with Root Explorer.
Thanks for Go Launcer EX advise. What else it can help us with?
17 & 18. They used MTK6513 it's cuted MTK6573 without 3G. It's not the best one anyway.
21. Yes, I also want to try to add custom ringtone to media directory folder.
23. Yes, I also use Advanced Task Killer Pro on gooapple_ios_11.11.30 but they have added double tap home button like iPhone to kill running apps on gooapple_ios_11.12.08
35 & 36. These issues are real and haven't resolved on new roms. That's not screen problem, I can make a screenshot if needed.
37. This one is also real. Can also make a screenshot.
38. Haven't seen this issue on gooapple_ios_11.11.30
39. Maybe you should try to test it in EngineerMode Have you tried to use any other GPS third-party application?
I didn't know about this issue because I haven't tried GPS, no need with this battery.

Do you know how to replace chinese word (Call) to english word Call at the dial pad? Because it's immediately catches the eye when using. I have decompiled the Phone.apk with APK Edit program but all image files are normal over where, chinese word is not an image file. I don't know how to change it.
Just lets keep this thread go by adding new issues and how to solutions. :)
 
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DanADaMan

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Got my V5 about 2 weeks ago. Been playing with it for a while - tried both the newer roms and currently running the ios version that is made available about 10 days ago. Been working fine for me, except I may gps is very slow (can take up to 10 minutes for it to find me), and the built in FM Transmitter does not work. I also have various chinese apps which I was not able to delete. I will try the latest rom to see what improvemements it has.

Question, how did you root the phone? I downloaded superoneclick, but keep getting hung on the "waiting for device". I have usb debuggin on, and tried it both with "usb connect" on and off (the setting in the phone to establish a usb connection to a PC). Instead of using this "usb connect" feature, do I need to download some type of usb driver for this phone? If so, can you provide details? I've tried various usb drivers for MT6513 but nothing yet works - even tried something called PDANet which installed some type of software oin the phone and said it was connected, but still the superoneclick failed. Any ideas?

Oh, by the way I found a vending.apk that works on the ios rom. See link below
http://www.mediafire.com/?khpvzmzwwaqyxdm

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Cyber_Dude

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I have uploaded the drivers for GooApple V5, here is the link: http://www.mediafire.com/?h6hr1ckrf3sc7cj
How to root your GooApple V5:
  • Make sure you use Win XP.
  • Download drivers file from the link above and unzip it.
  • Phone Settings -> Applications -> Unknown sources, on
  • Phone Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging, on
  • Phone Settings -> Applications -> Development -> to keep awake, on
  • Phone Settings -> Applications -> Development -> Allow analog location, on
  • Connect the data cable, turn on USB storage in the phone.
  • In the Windows Device Manager (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Device_Manager) find your phone, open properties and install or update the drivers from the unzipped folder.
  • Reboot your computer.
  • Now download the SuperOneClick from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=803682 If you run XP, install .NET Framework v2.0 or above.
  • Shut down your antivirus/firewall.
  • Turn off USB storage in the phone. Make sure you do not mount the sd card.
  • Run the SuperOneClick BOOT process. If it's not success from the first time try it again.
  • After that install the Root Explorer to your phone, go system/app, push Mount R/W button and delete any app you want.
Thanks for the vending.apk, here are also some tips for it: http://www.addictivetips.com/mobile/how-to-install-new-android-market-2-2-6-on-your-device/
 
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Cyber_Dude, thanks for the engineering mode code. You've done a nice job on the rooting info. Just for the story: I've done it on W7, 32bit and worked alright too. Newest superoneclick has the ability to forcibly ask for Admin privileges. Drivers have to be installed manually though.

I've found out into the Engineering menu that there's a CPU Frequency test that reports a high of 806MHz. THAT would be awesome to have when needed. Do you have any *working* utility that is able to over clock the MTK6573 CPU of it? I've tried some from the market but with no luck whatsoever.

Some info on the WiFi boosting would be helpful too. I've been digging into the /etc directory and found out several conf files that may, or may not do the job. I'd rather not alter the values on my own though...

Ah, finally another addition:
There seems to be an issue importing/exporting my contacts from the phone to google.com. Plus the Account and Sync options on the settings menu isn't reporting the respective field (i.e.: only Picassa, books and gmail is able to sync. Contacts is not on the list).

Thanks.
 
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DanADaMan

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Cyber_dude - thanks for the rooting details. Got my V5 rooted today, and it worked from my vista laptop (didn't need a xp PC). I deleted the 9 chinese apps no problem including the chinese market app.

The vending.apk I provided works whether you root or not - however now that I'm rooted I will keep your instructions in mind if I want to upgrade to a different market version.

I'm still on the Dec1/2011 ios rom - anyone know what the newer ios rom (Dec10/2011) has to offer? I have tons of apps and settings personalized, so I'm not really wanting to wipe the phone to load the latest ios rom unless I know it will have some improvements.

Only problems I still have, which I would appreciate feedback on, are:

1) gps is very slow to find my location (can take up to 30 minutes). Funy thing is that as I scroll on the map it refreshes fast, and I can find addresses and streets, but it just can not find my location?

2) ther built in FM Transmitter does not work - would love to get this working since I do not have bluetooth stereo in the car. FYI - found other fmtransmiiter.apk apps on the net - can I just replace my existing same app on systems/bin to make it work?

Thanks
 

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Have you tried it with the 'new' Android UI ROM? How does it perform? I'd really like to see some videos - youtube only has 13 and I've seen them all ..
 

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Only problems I still have, which I would appreciate feedback on, are:

1) gps is very slow to find my location (can take up to 30 minutes). Funy thing is that as I scroll on the map it refreshes fast, and I can find addresses and streets, but it just can not find my location?

2) ther built in FM Transmitter does not work - would love to get this working since I do not have bluetooth stereo in the car. FYI - found other fmtransmiiter.apk apps on the net - can I just replace my existing same app on systems/bin to make it work?

Thanks

1) Same thing here. From the data sheet (from Mediatek) of the MTK6573 (which this phone has) the update location should be as fast as 10ms (that's 1/100 of a second) so something is DEFINITELY wrong.
2) I think you'll have to 'sign' it somehow. There are some apps that are supposed to provide 'signed' apps but never got to work with one; so I have no experience.

Cheers
 

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macsga, DanADaMan, you are welcome. ;)
I think cpu overclocking is not in time now and it also can make even worse. But we'll be glad if you can find any good, stable working app for that and test it. The only thing need to be overclocked now is the iOS UI, it should have to be polished well to match the original one.
For WiFi boosting, have you tried Wifi Fixer or Wifi Analyzer, you can change your WiFi channels with it.

GPS chipset is very bad. It's just a copy, fake phone, so they have used the cheapest hardware parts for it, we should reconcile to it. Unless they somehow fix it in new firmware, but I don't think it's gonna happen in near future. :( The main market for this phone is China, so they don't hasten with any international changes. As GooApple sales director said to me: "we sold more then 500pcs aday, should this problem happend to every phone, i think all the phone should return to us". So maybe chinese people are just not as demanding as we are, and they are happy with the phone? Anyway, I think with a good administrative force all listed issues can be resolved in just one week.
By the way, as I know they are planning to produce new phone in January with the 3G support. No info about any other new hardware at the moment.
Meantime we have to add new issues to the list:
39. GPS is very slow to find my location (can take up to 30 minutes).
40. Built in FM Transmitter does not work.
41. Importing/exporting my contacts from the phone to google.com. Plus the Account and Sync options on the settings menu isn't reporting the respective field (i.e.: only Picassa, books and gmail is able to sync. Contacts is not on the list).
42. In last gooapple_ios_11.12.08 firmware it doesn't react on first home button push after lock screen, it only shows unlock screen after the second home button push or fast twice push.


Updates in the last gooapple_ios_11.12.08 firmware:
  1. Increase in task manager.
  2. Blocking state to increase unread text message reminder.
  3. Debug chinese QQ picture upside down.
  4. Some Google applications added (en maps, gmail, voice..)
  5. Task Manager.
  6. Standby SMS prompts.
  7. Double-click the home button shows running/standby apps and kill possibility like in original iOS.
  8. Plus issue 42 added.
I haven't tried all new features in gooapple_ios_11.12.08 I don't want to use it because of the 42 issue. Now I'm using previous gooapple_ios_11.11.30 version. If anyone already installed and running the gooapple_ios_11.12.08 please give us your feedback.

DanADaMan, maybe you should try to make the data backup in stock recovery mode first and install firmware update after that? Maybe this should keep all your apps in and give you the new firmware? (haven't tried by myself)

jontelang, Sure, Android UI works much better with it, but I personally don't want to use it on this phone, it would be too simple and means you gave up making iOS UI ROM better.
 
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As a side note, I've noticed that the phone is able to provide extraordinary 2D & 3D performance. I don't agree with the comment "It's just a copy, fake phone, so they have used the cheapest hardware parts for it, we should reconcile to it." you posted earlier Cyber_Dude, because I've seen cheap devices and this is nothing like it.

I do believe that the dev team has issues supporting the phone chipset due to the novelty that presents at the current time. This processor came out only at the end of June 2011 (fairly new).

News about MTK MT6573 Processor
Monday, June 13, 2011 3:25:26 AM America/Los_Angeles
Since the release MTK MT6516 processor, there is lots of Android phones in the market, which support GSM network and dual SIM card smartphone. But later, when Qualcomm, Broadcom and other smartphone processor manufacturer access into the field, mtk's dimmed. MTK MT6573 is the only hope in the future.

The end of June, 2011, we will share the latest trends with you, with the following new star.

Time: the first smartphone with MT6573 processor has been assembled, the major integrators, solution providers have had contact with, the reaction generally very good, have begun to prepare the relevant program models. As far as know, next month the first smartphone with MT6573 processor will unveiled.


Performance: As MT6573 is positioned in the low-end smartphone, we should not expect performance of deification, but the actual test performance to facilitate more than Qualcomm MSM7227, while MT6573 with the 3D acceleration in the multimedia DSP will give you a surprise. Currently sent to the integrators, solution providers of 3G features are still several prototype debugging.


Programs: MT6573 and MT6516 share same pins, and the both chips can be exchange without any hardware change, this will save cost on design for smartphone manufacturers.

Via: http://android-sale.com/blog/news-mtk-mt6573/
 

Cyber_Dude

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macsga, But have you test it side by side with the iPhone 4 (not talking about 4S)? :rolleyes:
Sure if comparing with other copies it's a winner. It's the best choice if you want to buy an iPhone replica for the price of the used iPhone 4 and you're not too picky. :) But it's a huge contrast with the original iPhone 4 UI performance, speed and hardware. And at the present time it's not totally ready for the wide international market due to the all listed issues. That's why I have started this thread, all together we can make it better. Unfortunately GooApple's dev team/engineers do nothing for it, local market and the new phone's version is their main goal at the moment. I know that because I've contacted with the GooApple sales director for the last 3 weeks.
As I have posted before they used MTK6513 it's cut MTK6573 without 3G support. It's good but not the best one. Anyway CPU is not the main problem of GooApple V5. The low capacity battery is much bigger failure. The android-sale.com is just a reseller, they can write anything they want to sell the phones more efficiently.
 
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Hehe, I do have a 4s and (you're right) side by side there's nothing like it. That's why I gave up on iOS UI and turned to the android native one. I do believe that it's a perfect android testbed though. And for 230 Eur (retail price) that the 32Gb model cost me; well I can't really complain.
So; I totally agree! Let's try and make it better :)

The UI might be faster if you lower the resolution (i.e.: draw @ 480x320 and not the retina native resolution this phone has). It's zoom capabilities should cover the gap and reduce choppiness. Of course, this is just a crazy thought of mine...
 

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macsga, Where have you got it for 230 EURO for 32GB? Official resellers like android-sale.com and rofen.net selling 32GB model for $319.99 (245 EURO) without shipping cost.
How could you lower the resolution? And why? If you want lower resolution you just should buy cheaper GooApple 3G version and it has faster UI response: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqAevweocKs
 

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macsga, Where have you got it for 230 EURO for 32GB? Official resellers like android-sale.com and rofen.net selling 32GB model for $319.99 (245 EURO) without shipping cost.
How could you lower the resolution? And why? If you want lower resolution you just should buy cheaper GooApple 3G version and it has faster UI response: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqAevweocKs

I got it before the EUR/USD was at 1/1.29 which is what you just calculated ;). The lower resolution (magnified) would in my opinion give the fast and smooth feeling the 3G has.

As per why I didn't go for the 3G, I did not, because of the retina display the V5 has. The official replacement for a retina display from Apple goes up to 390EUR+pnp, where I got the whole phone for 230 (OK plus 11$ shipping). In the meanwhile I have an android phone to play with (apart from my 4s). Fair deal.:)
 

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I just wiped the phone and tried to load the ios 12-08-11 rom. Got an error something about not being a signed rom. I reinstalled the ios 12-01-11 ios rom no problem.

Anyone else have problems loading the latest ios rom?

Thanks
 

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I just wiped the phone and tried to load the ios 12-08-11 rom. Got an error something about not being a signed rom. I reinstalled the ios 12-01-11 ios rom no problem.

Anyone else have problems loading the latest ios rom?

Thanks
There are newer ones from 2011.12.10 on http://rom.gooapple.com use those. Hopefully you won't have the same issues. Correction: Unfortunately the new Android one is not signed- The iOS though works OK :(

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is this real?
i have heard that the Gooapple v5 is very good, and it is the same display as the real iphone 4, and can exchange with the iphone 4 display, does this ture?

Yes, it's real. You can watch exchanging one another, on youtube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=s7nUkSdzOqo
 
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The flickering at the corners of the screen is annoying on mine, has this developed from the latest ROM or did you guys see it in previous? I've only had it a few days and updated straight away. I've resorted to the android UI cos the IOS one was sluggish but am more than happy to swap back to help?!

What I did find was GTA III kills this phone. On launch the intro plays but as the game launches the screen goes black and the phone will not respond to any button pressing for an hour, then I think it kills the process and the phone comes back. Just don't try, unless someone can tell me otherwise?

Mine responds on one click of the home button right now but Wireless is pants and so is GPS!

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How do I tell if I loaded 2011-12-08 or 2011-12-11?

I downloaded them on the 15th and loaded the Android one without any complaints of it being unsigned? Did it over the top of the version it came with though so not fresh install...

EDIT:

Thought it was worth adding how to get into engineers menu:
Dial “*#67876#*”
Is there a way to turn WiFi Tx from 20 to 40 or even more?

I need to root mine still ;)
 
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I never noticed flickering and I have to say that the latest 'iOS' rom is a bit faster on my device resulting in a rather good imitation while the previous was very choppy.

The only drawback is that the UI crashes every now and then. I do like the 'long press' function of the home button that is able to kill apps in the 'official' iOS mode plus I think for the 1st time since I owned this phone that I like more the iOS UI to the android one.

I do have to offer a couple of tips that I found through my xda search:

1. Using a program like Root Explorer (root) you may want to make the following directories as Read Only: /data/tombstones and /data/system/dropbox
This has as a result, that the phone won't be able to log into the main phone memory thus trimming down your available space.

2. *IF* you're using the iOS UI version of the rom you can safely(?) remove the following apps (I state them as bloatware) via Root Uninstaller (root):

-QQ input method and keyboard
-Chinese market
-Chinese Youtube (Yuku)
-Chinese Maps
-Chinese Weather (3 entries, remove all three)
-Chinese iBooks (Google books does the job)

3. Add the following app: Locale Select from the Market and choose your language of choice.
4. If you search the xda site you will be able to find signed Google Apps that (most of them) work with this phone.

Ah, one last thing: I found the best player for playing p0r... erm, Movies, MoboPlayer with the additional ArmV7VFP3 plugin. Supports almost every codec and srt file out there and respective char encodings. Please ignore the message: This program is not compatible with your device. Works like a charm, I swear. :)

Cheers.
 
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    Guys, I too have made a custom rom using the latest 1-15 chinese version as the base. Below are the highlights of the modified rom:

    1) has a nice Apple logo on bootup
    2) fixed the gps issues (finds me on the data plan in under a min)
    3) has a nice USB Connect image (looks more Apple like)
    4) faster IOS-like operating system
    5) fixed the horrible font issue - now looks like the stock font on gooapple roms
    6) deleted a bunch of chinese apps on the system/app folder
    7) added a few goody apps on the system/app folder
    8) has functioning Market
    9) fixed the chinese call button on the Phone (they again messed this up)
    10) easy install and method to reinstall English/stock Recovery after install English (or keep the chinese recovery if you want) (see installation instructions).

    The rom still has a few minor issues or updates that you need to do when installed:
    1) has 3 icons of Astro which is the new file explorer. Do not delete the duplicates as if you delete one they all will be deleted. Do not delete until you install a replacement file explorer (ie. Root explorer or other) otherwise you will need to reinstall rom to start over. Note that the duplicate copies disappear if you go to Settings-Application and transfer app to SD card
    2) two apps have chinese titles under the icons (Galley and VideoPlayer). Though both are english apps - hopefully I or someone will figure out how to change the title?
    3) there are 2 camera apps - one with english title and other with chinese title. Delete the chinese titled app.
    4) rom comes with the stock baidu/qq keyboard. Suggest you immediately install your new preferred keyboard (ie. Smartkeyboard Pro) and then delete QQ from system/app directory (see installation instructions on how to do it).
    5) suggest to install Google Voice Search from Market - it will work and enable your keyboard's mic to work.


    Installation Instructions:
    1) download my rom (dra_v5_01222012.zip) to root of sd card; also ensure you have an auhentic gooapple rom on the sd card too (suggest the 12-29 version)

    2) download and extract "Root_w_ChineseRecovery" file onto you PC. Make sure you have adb files installed. If you do not have adb enabled (like I did not), follow instructions at http://theunlockr.com/2009/10/06/how-to-set-up-adb-usb-drivers-for-android-devices/

    3) connect your phone to PC via USB cable, in Setting/Apps ensure UnknowSources is enabled and USBDebugging in the Development tab is enabled too.

    4) goto the last subdirectory of the extracted file (step1) and double click on the Bat file. Hit enter when prompted to "hit enter to continue". If successful you will get ~20 repeated messages (in about a minute) that some memory was written and then the phone will reboot. Basically this step roots your phone and installs the Chinese Recovery, and automatically reboots your phone to Recovery mode (in about 20 seconds after you get the ~20 messages). If your phone does not reboot, then turn off and restart while pressing the + key to force it to boot to recovery

    5) you will now be at the main menu of the Chinese Recovery, which is needed to load a custom rom. follow these keystrokes:
    a) go down (- key) to the 3rd option and push down once and release on the power key). On the next screen scroll down to the only option and again hit the power key. This steps wipes the phone and returns you to the main menu.
    b) now go to the 4th option on the main menu, and then again on the next screen scroll to the only option and hit the power key. This wipes the cache and returns you to the main menu.
    c) now go to the 5th option and hit the power key, then on the next screen goto the 2nd option and hit the power key (this brings up a list of all files on your root sd card) - here scroll down to my custom rom and again hit the power key on the rom. This will bring you to another screen where you scroll to the only option and hit the power key (this installs the rom, which will take about a minute, and then return you to another menu).
    d) choose the last option on the screen and hit power key, and then hit power key on 1st option. This will reboot your phone.
    6) upon bootup the phone will have chinese default language. To change to your preferred language goto Settings (the gear icon), then General (the gear icon), then goto the 9th option, then the 1st option and select your language.
    7) now you need to root your phone again. Here you use "Root_w_EnglishRecovery". Extract and again double click on the Bat file. Again you will eventually see the ~20 repeated messages and phone should reboot to Recovery mode again, but now it is back to the english/stock recovery. Just choose "Reboot" option.

    http://www.mediafire.com/?pa1c9f3adedtffu
    http://www.mediafire.com/?2oi8vlt368j1rir
    http://www.mediafire.com/?166vw6locr319nz
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    Hello guys! Well as promised I have made some videos about the gooapple v5 / Goophone 4gs. I will also get in touch with a friend of mine to create a "recovery.img" in English for the gooapple. Here are the links of the following videos I made. Enjoy and feel free to ask questions!

    Gooapple V5 / Goophone 4gs unboxing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9MGmNnJVSs

    Gooapple V5 / goophone 4gs review and comparison with iphone 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDjoL3xm-OI

    Gooapple V5 / Goophone 4gs how to root using root rec: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwTbkLvPgzk

    Gooapple V5 / Goophone 4gs how to replace microsd card: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp0Hwbl4DwY

    Also after testing all the roms I provided here with the links, I came to a conclusion that the ios rom built on 12/29/2011 is the best and less laggy.
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    I found an easier way to get the English CALL button versus having to modify the rom and do a fresh reinstall of the rom.

    Instead I took the new png files provided earlier in this thread and created the new Contacts.apk file. I then replaced my original Contacts.apk with this new file and it worked.

    Below are the instructions:

    1) root your V5 (instructions provided earlier in this thread)
    2) copy/paste my updated Contacts.apk file (link below) to your system/app directory (overwrite your current copy)
    3) change permissions as follows:
    Read Write Execute
    User X X
    Group X
    Others X
    4) reboot phone.

    http://www.mediafire.com/?384albnc1zis3bk

    Thanks
    3
    Hello Everyone! I have uploaded a rom made by the chinese developers but modified a little by me. Download it here: http://www.mediafire.com/?gfvxb2ek4v4e6o7

    1. It makes the IOS UI faster and smoother.

    2. I has the apple boot logo.

    3. The ios task killer works better and bugs have been fixed.

    4. When plugged to your pc it gives you and itunes logo instead of android robot.

    5. The"Browser" app has been modified to the "Safari" App.

    6. Wifi Signal has improved.

    To install:

    1. You must be rooted have the recovery.img installed, here is a video on how to do this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwTbkLvPgzk

    2. Extract the downloaded zip file on your pc.

    3. Plug the phone to pc and turn on usb storage.

    4. Place the folder in the backup folder of your phone. My backup folder was on the sd called "systemghost" and then inside a folder with numbers. Place the extracted folder there.

    5. Now unplug your phone, and turn it off.

    6. Holding the (+) key, press the power buttonand hold it until you see the "gooapple" logo, there you will now see the chinese "clockworkmod" recovery.

    7.Now on the 6th line you will see the following chinese letter "备份和恢复" this means "backup and restore" tap the (-) button on your phone until this is highlighted, then to select press the power button once.

    8. Now on the first line you will see the following letters "备份" this means "backup", and on the second line you will see the following chinese letter "恢复" this means "restore". I would recommend you do a backup first. To do this, highlight the backup option and press the power button and let it finish.

    9. Once the backup is complete, now you will see it got back to the beginning. Go down again to backup and restore. This time you will go to restore and tap the power button once. There you will see the backup you created, and the folder you placed on your sdcard earlier, on step 4. It should show like this - 2012-01-22.11.12.32/. Highlight it and press the power button, and install.

    10. Once complete, reboot phone and enjoy!
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    My contact sync worked well when I downloaded Google contacts sync adapter

    Just install it (attached) and then do the contact sync again and voila :cool:

    Good luck!
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