[GUIDE] ZGPaX S5 :: [ROOT]+[MODS] :9/17/14::: Revert to StocK Tutorial***

Are you still using ZGPAX ?

  • YES, I am

    Votes: 36 80.0%
  • I Swtiched to the Gear, G Watch, or other Device

    Votes: 5 11.1%
  • I no longer own a ZGPAX or Any other SmartWatch

    Votes: 4 8.9%

  • Total voters
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BigBison420

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This thread is designed to organize ZGPAX Discussion.
I will begin by posting what i have learned and if others have mods or useful information, OP will be updated.
Please feel free to PM me, and drop a line. ADD ME ON FACEBOOK - all that is in my xda profile to the left


Also, if you are interested you can mail me your ZGPAX via USPS and i will root/ install the modification listed. For more Information PM me with your inquiry!
Also We can Skype/Video Call / Hangouts Video Call for the watches that i mod



zg.jpgzg2.jpgzg3.jpgzg4.jpg

Using Next Launcher 3D




[VIDEOS]


Running NEXT LAUNCHER 3D -

Tablet Talk Notification TEst / Misc Testing

Awesome ON / OFF Application


Stock Test Run

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OTHER VIDEOS

Courtesy of
Shaolin95

ZGPAX Running Dreamcast Emulator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZmdEl9yAvI
ZGPAX Running Playstation - Tekken 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzPNHKuWfbo
ZGPAX Playing Shinobi via M.A.M.E w/PS3 Controller https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNFyWJXZcLQ
ZGPAX Quadrant Standard Benchmark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUGlLVXJ77U

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SOFT BRICK OR STUCK in a BOOTLOOP? REVERT TO STOCK


  • TWRP is required to use the following backup. Please make sure you still have it installed and are able to access it.
  • Download the stock OS backup Here http://www.4shared.com/zip/dxnYQfmpba/stock_zgpax.html
  • You need to be able to access your SD Card, if not you may need to use an external SD. Navigate to /SD Card/TWRP/Backup (or create the folder if it doesn't exist). Next you need to make a folder called Stock ZGPAX. Then your are going to place the files you downloaded here from the link above.
  • IF you cannot access your SD Card, try using an external MicroSD card. You will have to make the /TWRP/Backup Directory and Folder yourself... and then place the files in there manually.
  • Finally, you will REBOOT into TWRP and Navigate to the restore option. Look for your folder there and restore this backup. :D
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ROOT


  • Just install "framaroot.apk or sideload to the watch's internal storage and install - Do not ask for links, just google it

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RECOVERY



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STOCK ANALOG CLOCK LOCKSCREEN / SCREENSAVER BYPASS
This will prevent the stock lockscreen analog clock and launcher from showing up when you press the power button to turn the screen off
Requirements: ADW or other 3rd party launcher/Root Access/RomToolbox/"NO LOCK" Free application on google play


  • Be sure you have root, and you have already installed ADW or a 3rd party launcher and ROM TOOLBOX or equivalent.
  • Step 1: Download "NO LOCK" from play store... Yellow iPhone looking app icon. Or Bluetooth transfer / side-load application to internal storage and INSTALL
  • Step 2: Go into SETTINGS >> APPS >>> ALL TAB >> Navigate to COM.SZKCT.ACTIVITY and click on it >>> Force STOP & DISABLE if possible
  • OPTIONAL: If you would like this to stick after reboot: GO TO ROM TOOLBOX >> APP MANAGER >> ALL >>> Locate COM.SZKCT.ACTIVITY and FREEZE the package.





INVERTED GOOGLE PLAY STORE
View attachment 2488657


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SMS & INCOMING CALL NOTIFICATIONS

Thus far, the only app i have verified to work RELIABLY is TABLET TALK, which is currently $2.99 in the PLAY Store.
You may need to install PIE CONTROLS to have the MENU BUTTON functionality first. PIE is free in play store - Afterwards:


  • Install on Both, android phone and the smart watch.
  • On the android phone you are using, setup the device in settings >> at the bottom >> The phone should be selected as PHONE
  • On the smart watch, go into the same settings menu at the bottom >> The device should be selected as tablet
  • On both devices, you should press the bluetooth icon.... Both will turn yellow, and then GREEN, when they paid. DONE!





PERFORMANCE

Using a TOOLBOX / RooT app (such as Rom TOOLBOX or Trickstermod) recommendations below to help performance and battery.


  • Scheduler --> Change I/O to DEADLINE - This will increase SD Card read Speeds --> The stock is CFG, Deadline is usually faster!
  • Governor ---> Try ON DEMAND Governor. Can help eliminate over-heating without sacrificing performance. Stock is Hybrid





:D XPOSED FRAMEWORK :D


  • .A number of apps will not fit within the visible area of the device without changing the DPI. Confirmed that Xposed and App settings works with the ZGPAX and can be found here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2072081. For example, in the ADW popup dialog you cannot change screen borders or change wallpaper until you change the DPI to 100.
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USEFULE APPS

Some useful good apps that install and work for this device. Will update frequently with your help:



  • Battery Monitor Widget - This widget may help updating the battery percent and reflect more accurately at all times.
  • Awesome ON OFF - Similar to galaxy gear, turning the watch activates screen on, with vibrate
  • Shake Screen ON OFF by Freebooks - Simple shake to turn the screen on or off - no need to use home button
  • CPU SPY is good for monitoring deep sleep... in case you install an app that keeps the device awake.
  • ADW EX Launcher - 4x4 grid is perfect, runs smoothly, can stretch clock widgets and such
  • Active Apps - Good for clearing apps and Ram in one convenient location
  • DigiClock - Large 4x4 clock with built in themes
  • Frama Root - For quick rooting
  • Google Maps - Be sure to actually download and install from the playstore or it may not work
  • NO Lock - Removes lockscreen and you can sleep / wake watch from whichever home screen you left off at
  • PIE controls - So you don't have to always be hitting the hardware POWER and Back buttons... also allows many toggles
  • ROM TOOLBOX - All root tools, file explorer, boot animation etc etc
 
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Drayke5

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Volume Change

Since mine isn't here yet, I guess someone else can test this. It's from the Joe's Tech Review website and it's for a different model, but it might work.

Z1 smart watch phone Engineering code. (Bas Advalvas)

INCREASE CALL VOLUME: found it!

Finally found it. And it's easy! Call sound value is too low on the Z1, 1 of it's main drawbacks.
■Start the phone dialer and dial: *#*#8787#*#* This will start Engineer Mode on de the Z1.
■Select Audio, then Normal Mode. Choose the 'type' Speech, change the value 6 into 0 (that's the loudest) and press Set.
■Press the Back button once. Now select LoudSpeaker Mode. Choose the 'type' Speech, change the value 24 (?) into 10 (on my Z1, the value 0 made the sound very soft, probably because of the system that prevents feedbacklooping from speaker to microphone (how you call this?)) and press Set. Press the Back Button a few times to leave Engineer Mode.

That's all! The standard call volume increases a bit (40%?), but the handsfree volume (which is otherwise about the same as the standard) inceases a lot (150%?) AND the annoying interference sound is now gone!!!
 

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Since mine isn't here yet, I guess someone else can test this. It's from the Joe's Tech Review website and it's for a different model, but it might work.

Z1 smart watch phone Engineering code. (Bas Advalvas)

INCREASE CALL VOLUME: found it!

Finally found it. And it's easy! Call sound value is too low on the Z1, 1 of it's main drawbacks.
■Start the phone dialer and dial: *#*#8787#*#* This will start Engineer Mode on de the Z1.
■Select Audio, then Normal Mode. Choose the 'type' Speech, change the value 6 into 0 (that's the loudest) and press Set.
■Press the Back button once. Now select LoudSpeaker Mode. Choose the 'type' Speech, change the value 24 (?) into 10 (on my Z1, the value 0 made the sound very soft, probably because of the system that prevents feedbacklooping from speaker to microphone (how you call this?)) and press Set. Press the Back Button a few times to leave Engineer Mode.

That's all! The standard call volume increases a bit (40%?), but the handsfree volume (which is otherwise about the same as the standard) inceases a lot (150%?) AND the annoying interference sound is now gone!!!

The speaker is incredibly loud... and being that you haven't actually received your zgpax, i don't think you will need any volume increase.
 

ItzSnitz

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Would you describe some of the customization you've performed with ADW-EX in order to get such a great look? I haven't used the pay version before, so perhaps it is a silly question, but how did you get such large icons on the main page?
 

zNiiC

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I'm considering buying this watch. Two questions:
1. How does it handle notifications from my phone?
2. Can I use Bluetooth to connect my phone to it since I don't want to put my SIM card in there?
 

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zNiiC

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Yea I've seen that thread. Could you possibly tie your smartphone to this watch with some sort of app to recieve notifications on it?
 

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zNiiC

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Humm. Bummer. I think I read somewhere that someone used mysms. Not sure if it was in the other thread or for a different watch.
 

ItzSnitz

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If you really want to make it happen, you can use Tasker, Zapier and Pushover to do the job. Here's a useful explanation intended for a different application. Bottom line: if you expect to transmit more than 100 notifications per month, you'll have to shell out some ridiculous money.
 

zNiiC

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If you really want to make it happen, you can use Tasker, Zapier and Pushover to do the job. Here's a useful explanation intended for a different application. Bottom line: if you expect to transmit more than 100 notifications per month, you'll have to shell out some ridiculous money.


To BigBison420 and ItzSnitz,

Couldn't you use tasker along with either open watch or notify my android since you can install apps on this watch? (Not quite sure how these apps work). Might be worth a shot to see if it is able to send notifications.

OpenWatch: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=554551
Notify my Android: http://www.notifymyandroid.com/
 
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Apparently the manufacturer is still working on making this possible..... I've tried a lot of apps so far with no luck

Sent from my GT-N7105 using xda app-developers app

The problem is that the watch is a phone. It is recognized by other devices also as a phone.... And try googling how to pair an android phone to an android phone to use for notifications and call handling Lol.... Not happenin

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To BigBison420 and ItzSnitz,

Couldn't you use tasker along with either open watch or notify my android since you can install apps on this watch? (Not quite sure how these apps work). Might be worth a shot to see if it is able to send notifications.

OpenWatch: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=554551
Notify my Android: http://www.notifymyandroid.com/

Tried to get open watch to work but no go.... I spent a lot of time trying app store apps. Lots of hidden ones too but I'll def post when something works

Sent from my GT-N7105 using xda app-developers app
 
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Would you describe some of the customization you've performed with ADW-EX in order to get such a great look? I haven't used the pay version before, so perhaps it is a silly question, but how did you get such large icons on the main page?

Im using 1.3.3.8 which is an over hauled update of the app... All prior versions are clearly not as good.

I downloaded digi clock widget, which has tons of built in theme and stretches out nicely (4X4 widget).

Also disabled action bar in adw, disable dock, and grid set to 4x4 for the homescreens. That's really the foundation of my cosmetic tweaks. Also i completely disabled lockscreen as described in OP so immediately the watch awakens to the clock on the homescreen

Sent from my GT-N7105 using xda app-developers app
 

kindredd

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Hi guys,

Newbie here. I too bought the ZGPAX smart watch about 3 weeks ago, OEM version. I also purchased another model EC-309 from HOPU watches, which is based on similar hardware MTK6577, Android 4.0 and with the extra that it has 3G network, different hardware layout (camera on the side not front).

Purchased the ZGPAX for around 140$ odd plus shipping, EC-309 on the other hand was priced above $230. Full disclosure, I own a retail store selling OEM Android tablets in Indochina and would like to add smart watches into my product portfolio.

I would like to get some tips on how to extend the battery life seeing as some users managed to be able to get 1 to 1 1/2 days use on a single charge . Rooted the devices, lowered the CPU range. Tried basic user stuff like, screen timeout, brightness. Switched from 3G to GSM. Still cant get more than 6-8hr battery life. Have tried DX battery Saver Pro, this really extend the batt life but at the at the expense of shutting off wifi and 3G (not acceptable solution). Any other ideas?


For those who might be interested, here's a comparison of the two devices
1) ZGPAX touchscreen runs much hotter than the EC-309
2) ZGPAX has superior speakers, music sounds clearer and louder, no distortion at higher levels
3) ZGPAX has SD card slot, EC-309 only has internal 4GB
4) EC-309 slightly better finish, aluminium bezel, ZGPAX feels a little plasticky
5) Similar firmware for both models. Same issues, Google voice, Skype, Facebook crashes or does not work.
6) Similar battery life - 6 to 8 hr max
7) Similar battery monitoring issues - battery indicator not accurate
8) Both models have good wifi and 3G reception
9) EC-309 comes with Launcher 8 as a default..Win 8 style launcher, no custom launcher like ZGPAX.
10) EC-309 uses micro SIM , ZGPAX regular SIM size

Will share more on apps that work for me soon.
 
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Hi guys,

Newbie here. I too bought the ZGPAX smart watch about 3 weeks ago, OEM version. I also purchased another model EC-309 from HOPU watches, which is based on similar hardware MTK6577, Android 4.0 and with the extra that it has 3G network, different hardware layout (camera on the side not front).

Purchased the ZGPAX for around 140$ odd plus shipping, EC-309 on the other hand was priced above $230. Full disclosure, I own a retail store selling OEM Android tablets in Indochina and would like to add smart watches into my product portfolio.

I would like to get some tips on how to extend the battery life seeing as some users managed to be able to get 1 to 1 1/2 days use on a single charge . Rooted the devices, lowered the CPU range. Tried basic user stuff like, screen timeout, brightness. Switched from 3G to GSM. Still cant get more than 6-8hr battery life. Have tried DX battery Saver Pro, this really extend the batt life but at the at the expense of shutting off wifi and 3G (not acceptable solution). Any other ideas?


For those who might be interested, here's a comparison of the two devices
1) ZGPAX touchscreen runs much hotter than the EC-309
2) ZGPAX has superior speakers, music sounds clearer and louder, no distortion at higher levels
3) ZGPAX has SD card slot, EC-309 only has internal 4GB
4) EC-309 slightly better finish, aluminium bezel, ZGPAX feels a little plasticky
5) Similar firmware for both models. Same issues, Google voice, Skype, Facebook crashes or does not work.
6) Similar battery life - 6 to 8 hr max
7) Similar battery monitoring issues - battery indicator not accurate
8) Both models have good wifi and 3G reception
9) EC-309 comes with Launcher 8 as a default..Win 8 style launcher, no custom launcher like ZGPAX.
10) EC-309 uses micro SIM , ZGPAX regular SIM size

Will share more on apps that work for me soon.

Really depends on how you use the device.... i could get 3 / 4 days out of it, simply using it as a watch to check the time. Streaming wi-fi and videos and downloading stuff is a whole different story. Have you tried changing the CPU Governor? I have not lowered the stock cpu settings... mine sits at 1001mhz max and 250 min. Deep sleeps about 90% of the time
 

kindredd

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Really depends on how you use the device.... i could get 3 / 4 days out of it, simply using it as a watch to check the time. Streaming wi-fi and videos and downloading stuff is a whole different story. Have you tried changing the CPU Governor? I have not lowered the stock cpu settings... mine sits at 1001mhz max and 250 min. Deep sleeps about 90% of the time

Much thanks for the quick feedback BigBison! Frankly the watch gets fully used most days, I am actively chatting on WeChat, checking time, playing around with some basic voice recognition apps (utter, voice reading). Am trying to squeeze as much as possible out of the device. Will try to lower the CPU settings to half 667mhz and see if that helps. IO on deadline and Govenor OnDemand.

BTW, Any devs out there want to help with Custom ROMS? Am happy to donate towards the purchase of a smartwatch for the dev if it can help resolve the battery, Skype, Facebook and Voice search issues.

Also heard from my OEM supplier in China that a new version with Android 4.3 will be coming out early 1st Quarter 14. Will keep you guys informed.
 

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Much thanks for the quick feedback BigBison! Frankly the watch gets fully used most days, I am actively chatting on WeChat, checking time, playing around with some basic voice recognition apps (utter, voice reading). Am trying to squeeze as much as possible out of the device. Will try to lower the CPU settings to half 667mhz and see if that helps. IO on deadline and Govenor OnDemand.

BTW, Any devs out there want to help with Custom ROMS? Am happy to donate towards the purchase of a smartwatch for the dev if it can help resolve the battery, Skype, Facebook and Voice search issues.

Also heard from my OEM supplier in China that a new version with Android 4.3 will be coming out early 1st Quarter 14. Will keep you guys informed.


wow that is very cool! keep us posted, we love updates! haha

Also if you find useful information or good apps for the watch let me know so i can update the OP in the meantime for other peeps.



Cheers!
 

ItzSnitz

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There's also Augmented Smart Watch Pro (Play Store), however I suspect it's still the same issue that ZGPAX is a phone, not a watch. Might be worthwhile to reach out to those developers to check their pulse on this application.

Tried to get open watch to work but no go.... I spent a lot of time trying app store apps. Lots of hidden ones too but I'll def post when something works

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    This thread is designed to organize ZGPAX Discussion.
    I will begin by posting what i have learned and if others have mods or useful information, OP will be updated.
    Please feel free to PM me, and drop a line. ADD ME ON FACEBOOK - all that is in my xda profile to the left


    Also, if you are interested you can mail me your ZGPAX via USPS and i will root/ install the modification listed. For more Information PM me with your inquiry!
    Also We can Skype/Video Call / Hangouts Video Call for the watches that i mod



    zg.jpgzg2.jpgzg3.jpgzg4.jpg

    Using Next Launcher 3D




    [VIDEOS]


    Running NEXT LAUNCHER 3D -

    Tablet Talk Notification TEst / Misc Testing

    Awesome ON / OFF Application


    Stock Test Run

    .
    .
    OTHER VIDEOS

    Courtesy of
    Shaolin95

    ZGPAX Running Dreamcast Emulator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZmdEl9yAvI
    ZGPAX Running Playstation - Tekken 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzPNHKuWfbo
    ZGPAX Playing Shinobi via M.A.M.E w/PS3 Controller https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNFyWJXZcLQ
    ZGPAX Quadrant Standard Benchmark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUGlLVXJ77U

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    SOFT BRICK OR STUCK in a BOOTLOOP? REVERT TO STOCK


    • TWRP is required to use the following backup. Please make sure you still have it installed and are able to access it.
    • Download the stock OS backup Here http://www.4shared.com/zip/dxnYQfmpba/stock_zgpax.html
    • You need to be able to access your SD Card, if not you may need to use an external SD. Navigate to /SD Card/TWRP/Backup (or create the folder if it doesn't exist). Next you need to make a folder called Stock ZGPAX. Then your are going to place the files you downloaded here from the link above.
    • IF you cannot access your SD Card, try using an external MicroSD card. You will have to make the /TWRP/Backup Directory and Folder yourself... and then place the files in there manually.
    • Finally, you will REBOOT into TWRP and Navigate to the restore option. Look for your folder there and restore this backup. :D
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    ROOT


    • Just install "framaroot.apk or sideload to the watch's internal storage and install - Do not ask for links, just google it

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    RECOVERY



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    STOCK ANALOG CLOCK LOCKSCREEN / SCREENSAVER BYPASS
    This will prevent the stock lockscreen analog clock and launcher from showing up when you press the power button to turn the screen off
    Requirements: ADW or other 3rd party launcher/Root Access/RomToolbox/"NO LOCK" Free application on google play


    • Be sure you have root, and you have already installed ADW or a 3rd party launcher and ROM TOOLBOX or equivalent.
    • Step 1: Download "NO LOCK" from play store... Yellow iPhone looking app icon. Or Bluetooth transfer / side-load application to internal storage and INSTALL
    • Step 2: Go into SETTINGS >> APPS >>> ALL TAB >> Navigate to COM.SZKCT.ACTIVITY and click on it >>> Force STOP & DISABLE if possible
    • OPTIONAL: If you would like this to stick after reboot: GO TO ROM TOOLBOX >> APP MANAGER >> ALL >>> Locate COM.SZKCT.ACTIVITY and FREEZE the package.





    INVERTED GOOGLE PLAY STORE
    View attachment 2488657


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    SMS & INCOMING CALL NOTIFICATIONS

    Thus far, the only app i have verified to work RELIABLY is TABLET TALK, which is currently $2.99 in the PLAY Store.
    You may need to install PIE CONTROLS to have the MENU BUTTON functionality first. PIE is free in play store - Afterwards:


    • Install on Both, android phone and the smart watch.
    • On the android phone you are using, setup the device in settings >> at the bottom >> The phone should be selected as PHONE
    • On the smart watch, go into the same settings menu at the bottom >> The device should be selected as tablet
    • On both devices, you should press the bluetooth icon.... Both will turn yellow, and then GREEN, when they paid. DONE!





    PERFORMANCE

    Using a TOOLBOX / RooT app (such as Rom TOOLBOX or Trickstermod) recommendations below to help performance and battery.


    • Scheduler --> Change I/O to DEADLINE - This will increase SD Card read Speeds --> The stock is CFG, Deadline is usually faster!
    • Governor ---> Try ON DEMAND Governor. Can help eliminate over-heating without sacrificing performance. Stock is Hybrid





    :D XPOSED FRAMEWORK :D


    • .A number of apps will not fit within the visible area of the device without changing the DPI. Confirmed that Xposed and App settings works with the ZGPAX and can be found here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2072081. For example, in the ADW popup dialog you cannot change screen borders or change wallpaper until you change the DPI to 100.
    .
    .
    .
    USEFULE APPS

    Some useful good apps that install and work for this device. Will update frequently with your help:



    • Battery Monitor Widget - This widget may help updating the battery percent and reflect more accurately at all times.
    • Awesome ON OFF - Similar to galaxy gear, turning the watch activates screen on, with vibrate
    • Shake Screen ON OFF by Freebooks - Simple shake to turn the screen on or off - no need to use home button
    • CPU SPY is good for monitoring deep sleep... in case you install an app that keeps the device awake.
    • ADW EX Launcher - 4x4 grid is perfect, runs smoothly, can stretch clock widgets and such
    • Active Apps - Good for clearing apps and Ram in one convenient location
    • DigiClock - Large 4x4 clock with built in themes
    • Frama Root - For quick rooting
    • Google Maps - Be sure to actually download and install from the playstore or it may not work
    • NO Lock - Removes lockscreen and you can sleep / wake watch from whichever home screen you left off at
    • PIE controls - So you don't have to always be hitting the hardware POWER and Back buttons... also allows many toggles
    • ROM TOOLBOX - All root tools, file explorer, boot animation etc etc
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    I personally think pie controls or LMT launcher eliminate the need for ANY keys at all and function very smoothly with the given ram.

    Also you could backup the system launcher with rom toolbox or titanium and paste here for other users to try. Do you have any pics of the stock launcher? i'm curious as to what it looks like

    Here are some pics. Mind that this is basically the same launcher as on the S5, only an improved version. You can change wallpapers (including some animated ones like the bubbles that react to swiping), but otherwise it is still very limited (no rearranging of apps etc.) It also has the same bug as the S5 launcher that sometimes causes one app to disappear. When swiping from the main screen to the first page, it sometimes needs an extra nudge to display properly.

    The difference with the S5 is that the clock & launcher are separate APKs, instead of a single app (SzkctLauncher.apk on the S5). On the IK8 it is split between a “lock screen” APK that shows the clock whenever the screen wakes (SzKctBclLock.apk), and a launcher APK (SzKctBclMain.apk).

    Due to the similarities with the S5 APK, it was trivial to apply the same hack I did with the S5 launcher to get a 3x3 grid. This is shown in the third pic. I attached both the original and hacked version of the launcher APK.

    The SzKctBclLock.apk attached here is also hacked. Trust me, you don't even want to try the original one with its ugly default clock face and lack of date display. I applied the same graphics tweaks as I did with the S5, and transplanted the date display from the S5 clock. If you don't trust my baksmali/smali skills, don't install it, but it works for me ;)
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    Easier to read SlidyPress keyboard

    I have suggested to the developer of the SlidyPress keyboard to make the letters easier to read on tiny screens like the ZGPAX', but I have some fears he may not be actively developing it, and I figured out it was not too difficult to modify the APK myself. Enjoy!
    Of course, downloading and installing hacked APKs from a forum is at your own responsibility. ;)
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    Critical Mass

    I feel like we are finally starting to gain a critical mass of individuals working on all aspects of this phone. It's really exciting to hear people willing to step forward to help purchase a developer one of these devices. It is quite amazing to consider how far we have come from the stock ROM.

    I will say that I have been spending some time in the evenings working on a custom ROM for this phone. I have the ROM dumped to the computer and have been proceeding through the customization process :highfive: Thus far, I have stripped all of the non-essential stock applications and replaced the launcher with ADW (free). I will say, I have not made a huge amount of progress because, as you might expect, life keeps getting in the way. I want to bake in voice recognition, pie controls, and improved volume controls before release, but I am by no means a true developer (just an enthusiast).

    I could use some help figuring out the best solution for the call volume issues which some of us have encountered. I managed to increase the speakerphone volume quite a bit using MTK Tools, but right at the point it becomes useful (loud enough to use while driving) the microphone begins picking up the speaker output. I simply do not have the time right now to dedicate towards digging into the issue further. I suspect one can tone down the microphone gain to solve the feedback issue.

    Is anyone willing to dedicate some time to help out in this area? :confused:
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    As before see previous post http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=49055675&postcount=128 the full download and log file is there the Zip file contains all the files you need. You will need to use MTK Droid tools to make a usable dump to use with the flash tool.

    Hello DiZtraction and all users,
    I have converted and downloading the firmware into the ZGPAX S5.
    It's perfect the ZGPAX S5 is Unbricked, after restart the ZGPAX work normaly.
    Thank you very very much my friend you are very kindly !
    I'm happy my watch-phone works correctly.
    Thank you very very very much at you DiZtraction and Mr BISON and at all users in this forum!!!
    :good::laugh::silly::p:D