[Guide][Updated][MicroG] Breathing new Life into your Shield Tablet

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fpozar

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Hello everyone, this is the updated version of this guide. Most will stay the same as in the old guide but there will be a few crucial changes, both good and bad, so choose for yourself (you can always follow the original old guide here). Anyways, the major "update" to the guide will point you to install microG services onto your tablet. I'm doing this because I've noticed that it boosts performance and RAM management quite substantially and because I haven't found an active topic about microG on this xda subforum. Anyways, if you don't know what MicroG is, google is your friend and you can learn more here.

So, here are a few pros to using microG:
  • Better performance
  • Better battery life
  • Better RAM management

Also a few cons :
  • Many google services won't work perfectly (though most are at least usable)
  • Google Play Games won't work at all

So in order to use MicroG and lineage OS you are going to have to download a special fork of official LOS from here

This is the main difference between the old guide which you can follow and check out here, and the new guide. Also, if you do decide to use this and don't mind giving up Google play games (Youtube, chrome and other stuff works mostly) you shouldn't flash google apps.

Anyways, this update is going to be the most useful to people (like me) who use the tablet mostly for media consumption and some light games.

Also, you are going to have to make a few tweaks inside the ROM to get google apps to work :
  • Download F-Droid (very useful) and with F-Droid download Yalp Store (this will be your new Google play store)
  • Download Google contacts sync app
  • Give every google app you've downloaded all the permissions it needs manually (quite important, do it in settings -> apps -> some google app -> permissions)
  • Go through MicroG settings app self check tool and get everything to have a tick

That's about it, I found this to really boost my RAM performance to the point that I could have a few lighter apps open and when I would return to Chrome my 4 or 5 tabs would still stay open, though, your results may vary so please state your opinions about this in the comments. Have fun !

(Also, expect another update to this when we get fully functional Oreo, I will try the new Android GO then and report back if it works well)


Note : please don't hold me responsible if you brick your tablet or lose your data. Like with every other tech related guide, do your own bit of research before jumping into the guide. Blindly following this should work but if you want to lower the chances of messing something up, do your homework before hand, not after you do something wrong :)
 
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DeBoX

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Excellent guide, but a quick question, does the pen work properly? I do a decent amount of drawing and note taking with the pen so...

Anyone ? Lineage OS + Pen = ?

Thanks!
 

Keithn

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Excellent guide, but a quick question, does the pen work properly? I do a decent amount of drawing and note taking with the pen so...

Anyone ? Lineage OS + Pen = ?

Thanks!

You don't really get any of the extra features for it but it works. Palm rejection and stuff seems to be a little worse but stock seems to frequently have detection issues with the stylus where I need to turn the screen off/on to continue using it and los seems to be a little better about that.
 

KnieveI

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Oslo
Change filesytem of data, and cache to f2fs?

Hi.
Thanks for this tutorial , but im stuck at "change filesytem of data, and cache to f2fs in BitOBSessiOn's F2FS recovery"
The only thing im able to is wipe data and cache. When push the button for "repair or change file directory" i get wrong parameter or something like that.
What am i missing?

Thanks
Knievel
 

fpozar

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Apr 7, 2016
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Hi.
Thanks for this tutorial , but im stuck at "change filesytem of data, and cache to f2fs in BitOBSessiOn's F2FS recovery"
The only thing im able to is wipe data and cache. When push the button for "repair or change file directory" i get wrong parameter or something like that.
What am i missing?

Thanks
Knievel

Hi,
You have to go advanced wipe -> repair or change file system.
Make sure you flashed the multirom twrp (its the one with a dragon or something in its logo).
Also, there are hundreds of video tutorials for changing to f2fs, the procedure is the same on every device, so try making a few google searches if I was not clear enough.
 

fpozar

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Two questions, will this work in the K1 tablet and does it really make a difference if you come from stock?

Enviado desde mi Mi A1 mediante Tapatalk

It works on shield k1 (my tablet is k1), and in my experience it helps to come from stock because then you will be on the latest firmware which is good (better charging etc)
 

coopmaster

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I literally came to the forum to do this. I was using the optimized stock ROM and it was just so bad, i think it may have been my adopted storage.
Anyhow installed this and instantly saw a difference.
 

fpozar

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Apr 7, 2016
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hello guys
if I want to go back to stock, what procedure I should to follow? I made backup before to install this rom, I have to restore this only?

This guide already provides you with the link to stock ROM (it's literally the first step of this guide). Click the link and follow nVidia's guide or just restore from TWRP.
 
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    Hello everyone, this is the updated version of this guide. Most will stay the same as in the old guide but there will be a few crucial changes, both good and bad, so choose for yourself (you can always follow the original old guide here). Anyways, the major "update" to the guide will point you to install microG services onto your tablet. I'm doing this because I've noticed that it boosts performance and RAM management quite substantially and because I haven't found an active topic about microG on this xda subforum. Anyways, if you don't know what MicroG is, google is your friend and you can learn more here.

    So, here are a few pros to using microG:
    • Better performance
    • Better battery life
    • Better RAM management

    Also a few cons :
    • Many google services won't work perfectly (though most are at least usable)
    • Google Play Games won't work at all

    So in order to use MicroG and lineage OS you are going to have to download a special fork of official LOS from here

    This is the main difference between the old guide which you can follow and check out here, and the new guide. Also, if you do decide to use this and don't mind giving up Google play games (Youtube, chrome and other stuff works mostly) you shouldn't flash google apps.

    Anyways, this update is going to be the most useful to people (like me) who use the tablet mostly for media consumption and some light games.

    Also, you are going to have to make a few tweaks inside the ROM to get google apps to work :
    • Download F-Droid (very useful) and with F-Droid download Yalp Store (this will be your new Google play store)
    • Download Google contacts sync app
    • Give every google app you've downloaded all the permissions it needs manually (quite important, do it in settings -> apps -> some google app -> permissions)
    • Go through MicroG settings app self check tool and get everything to have a tick

    That's about it, I found this to really boost my RAM performance to the point that I could have a few lighter apps open and when I would return to Chrome my 4 or 5 tabs would still stay open, though, your results may vary so please state your opinions about this in the comments. Have fun !

    (Also, expect another update to this when we get fully functional Oreo, I will try the new Android GO then and report back if it works well)


    Note : please don't hold me responsible if you brick your tablet or lose your data. Like with every other tech related guide, do your own bit of research before jumping into the guide. Blindly following this should work but if you want to lower the chances of messing something up, do your homework before hand, not after you do something wrong :)
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    Stay tuned I'm making a major update to the guide in a few days, I've been testing for a whole day now and it's game changing.
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    What happened with this? :(

    Don't worry the update is coming, even after 2 weeks of testing it's still very quick and ram management is great too. It's just that I'm quite busy, I will try to do it one day next week.
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    This is confusing as **** can some one make a video ?

    Sorry, but you are either too lazy or too dumb to learn then. Of course this isn't simple, sorry if you can't follow it but you really SHOULD take your time and learn what some of the terms in the guide mean, literally everything you need to know (besides flashing stock ROM, unlocking bootloader and flashing TWRP for the first time - those are covered on many other guides, including Nvidia's readme file, which you obviously haven't even tried to read) is at least mentioned here if not explained to the tiniest detail.
    Sorry, I won't be making a video guide because I don't have the time, if you can't follow this guide, maybe it's for the better because you might even brick your device if you go 100% blindly into this and I wouldn't like to be responsible.

    Also, please don't be impolite, if you don't understand something, please feel free to ask instead of using nasty words :)
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    For those wanting to install microg on a non lineage microg rom

    Google 'Shadow53 microg' and read his blog.

    He provides flashable microg zips, Google calendar and contacts sync zips, swype libs, the whole lot.