[HELP] New ZTE Nubia z7 MAX

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tsiglas

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Hi to everyone.... I have just received my nubia z7 max and I want to ask you because I'm a little confused with the roms here if there is a multi language rom based on 1.41 official (not 1.38)..??? It will be great to have root access and Google Apps....!!.
 

pilililo2

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Jan 27, 2012
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To update to 1.41 with the process I used, yes you have to be unrooted and have nubia recovery. To unroot you can use SuperSU. If you dont have SuperSU, install it and transfer SU prompting power to it and then uninstall the other SU app. Then flash the 725MB file in needrom to the internal SD and use phone factory FOTA app to flash from local. After the new rom has been flashed you can then reroot using towelroot and install Gapps using a variety of different ways (I personally used GSM Tool).

If you have any question just quote this post and I will try to explain more in depth.

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Hi All,

Note: I have read the complete 36 pages of this thread.

I received my new ZTE Nubia z7 max about 2 days back. Everything is great. Purchased the phone via Amazon here in Canada. The Phoen is freaking awesome. No doubt. I'll provide the details of my phone as below, post which i'll describe my issue.

Phone Specs

Model No: NX505J
Nubia UI: V2.5.0
Android Version: 4.4.2
Build No: NX505J_CNCommon_V9.38
Hardware Version: NX505JMB_A
Stock Nubia Recovery(English) Present
Have Multilanguage ROM, which means i have close to 50+ languages

From the above specifications, i believe i'm in 1.38 firmware version? Please correct me if i'm wrong.When i do system update , i'm intimated that i have an upgrade to 1.41 available. I start the upgrade and download 146MB file, which reboots and fails the upgrade in the recovery mode. Now i read in the forum, that i need to download the complete package of 724MB( for 1.41 version)

GOAL
1. To upgrade to 1.41 and to receive future updates via FOTA
2. Have CWM, so that i can take NANDROID backup of my phone.
2. To Root the phone properly
3. To Install Gapps Properly

OBSERVATIONS

My current phone with 1.38 works flawless. No issues at all. But no root, and i want the latest 1.41. Thats the only reason i want to achieve the above goals.

Now my actual issue starts

1. NOT ABLE TO UNROOT THE EXISTING SUPERSU FROM PHONE

I got the phone pre rooted and Gapps installed from the seller. When i say pre rooted, what i mean is that i see the Super SU(version 1.0.3.0) icon in app drawer. However, if i install Titanium backup, it says that my phone does not have root access. Checked it with root checker too. Same result. No root.

Then why am i seeing the SuperSU icon? and i'm not able to unroot too, since there is no option for unroot inside the SuperSu app. I tried the towelroot method. Towel root gets installed. Reboots the phone. I try installing SuperSu 2.00Version. Its gets installed. I open the app and it prompts to update the binaries. I select Normal mode, post which it give message that there is older SuperSu present, and need to be uninstalled. I give YES to uninstall. It fails ultimately.

I even did full factory reset from phone More --> Backup & Reset-->Factory reset. But its not removing the SuperSu or the Gapps with which the phone came preinstalled. HOW DO I CLEAN WIPE THE PHONE SO THAT ITS BARE FIRMWARE.

Can i proceed with the process mentioned by @pilililo2. If i do proceed, @pilililo2 has advised that the phone needs to be unroot, and then only should i put the 724MB file in phone internal memory and update the file through local update from disk option. BUT I"M NOT ABLE TO UNROOT. Will this cause any problem.

2. If i proceed with local update from disk, will it clean wipe my phone? If it doen't then the older pre installed SuperSu will still be present, which i will not be able to unroot, nor will i be able to install SuperSu 2.0.0 Version.

3. I have dowloaded the GMS Tool Kit from @azeemzuhair. Some say that this didn't work for them. I mean after flashing 1.41 , i dont want to end up without root and Gapps. Thats why i'm asking so many questions.

I believe i have included all the relevant info here. Please tell me the correct procedure to unroot, and if flashing 1.41 will clean wipe or not?

If root checker says that you dont have root, you can just go ahead and flash the new rom if you do have nubia recovery. If you have SuperSU installed but dont have root access it means that your reseller doesnt know what hes doing, he tried to root it but didnt succeed. Once on 1.41 if GSM Tools fails for you (it shouldnt since I successfuly installed Gapps using it on 1.41) you can still use a lot of other methods to installs google apps such as flashing CWM and then flashing the gapps package or copying the gapps to the system folder and setting permissions...etc....

In summary, you wont end uo without root in any rom of this phone, and neither will you end up without google apps since there are a lot of ways to install them.
 

lazsosz

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Jan 1, 2009
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Hi All,

Note: I have read the complete 36 pages of this thread.

I received my new ZTE Nubia z7 max about 2 days back. Everything is great. Purchased the phone via Amazon here in Canada. The Phoen is freaking awesome. No doubt. I'll provide the details of my phone as below, post which i'll describe my issue.

Phone Specs

Model No: NX505J
Nubia UI: V2.5.0
Android Version: 4.4.2
Build No: NX505J_CNCommon_V9.38
Hardware Version: NX505JMB_A
Stock Nubia Recovery(English) Present
Have Multilanguage ROM, which means i have close to 50+ languages

From the above specifications, i believe i'm in 1.38 firmware version? Please correct me if i'm wrong.When i do system update , i'm intimated that i have an upgrade to 1.41 available. I start the upgrade and download 146MB file, which reboots and fails the upgrade in the recovery mode. Now i read in the forum, that i need to download the complete package of 724MB( for 1.41 version)

GOAL
1. To upgrade to 1.41 and to receive future updates via FOTA
2. Have CWM, so that i can take NANDROID backup of my phone.
2. To Root the phone properly
3. To Install Gapps Properly

OBSERVATIONS

My current phone with 1.38 works flawless. No issues at all. But no root, and i want the latest 1.41. Thats the only reason i want to achieve the above goals.

Now my actual issue starts

1. NOT ABLE TO UNROOT THE EXISTING SUPERSU FROM PHONE

I got the phone pre rooted and Gapps installed from the seller. When i say pre rooted, what i mean is that i see the Super SU(version 1.0.3.0) icon in app drawer. However, if i install Titanium backup, it says that my phone does not have root access. Checked it with root checker too. Same result. No root.

Then why am i seeing the SuperSU icon? and i'm not able to unroot too, since there is no option for unroot inside the SuperSu app. I tried the towelroot method. Towel root gets installed. Reboots the phone. I try installing SuperSu 2.00Version. Its gets installed. I open the app and it prompts to update the binaries. I select Normal mode, post which it give message that there is older SuperSu present, and need to be uninstalled. I give YES to uninstall. It fails ultimately.

I even did full factory reset from phone More --> Backup & Reset-->Factory reset. But its not removing the SuperSu or the Gapps with which the phone came preinstalled. HOW DO I CLEAN WIPE THE PHONE SO THAT ITS BARE FIRMWARE.

Can i proceed with the process mentioned by @pilililo2. If i do proceed, @pilililo2 has advised that the phone needs to be unroot, and then only should i put the 724MB file in phone internal memory and update the file through local update from disk option. BUT I"M NOT ABLE TO UNROOT. Will this cause any problem.

2. If i proceed with local update from disk, will it clean wipe my phone? If it doen't then the older pre installed SuperSu will still be present, which i will not be able to unroot, nor will i be able to install SuperSu 2.0.0 Version.

3. I have dowloaded the GMS Tool Kit from @azeemzuhair. Some say that this didn't work for them. I mean after flashing 1.41 , i dont want to end up without root and Gapps. Thats why i'm asking so many questions.

I believe i have included all the relevant info here. Please tell me the correct procedure to unroot, and if flashing 1.41 will clean wipe or not?

Hello!

In your case I would choose this modded 1.41 rom. It contains root, gapps...

http://www.androidiani.com/forum/zte-nubia-z7/423861-rom-1-38-mod-bb72-zte-nubia-z7-max.html

It is italian page, but google translate can help...

I use it for a while without any issue. Best rom for me now. I tried some before...
 

basil_771

Member
Jan 30, 2012
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To update to 1.41 with the process I used, yes you have to be unrooted and have nubia recovery. To unroot you can use SuperSU. If you dont have SuperSU, install it and transfer SU prompting power to it and then uninstall the other SU app. Then flash the 725MB file in needrom to the internal SD and use phone factory FOTA app to flash from local. After the new rom has been flashed you can then reroot using towelroot and install Gapps using a variety of different ways (I personally used GSM Tool).

If you have any question just quote this post and I will try to explain more in depth.

---------- Post added at 07:39 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:32 PM ----------



If root checker says that you dont have root, you can just go ahead and flash the new rom if you do have nubia recovery. If you have SuperSU installed but dont have root access it means that your reseller doesnt know what hes doing, he tried to root it but didnt succeed. Once on 1.41 if GSM Tools fails for you (it shouldnt since I successfuly installed Gapps using it on 1.41) you can still use a lot of other methods to installs google apps such as flashing CWM and then flashing the gapps package or copying the gapps to the system folder and setting permissions...etc....

In summary, you wont end uo without root in any rom of this phone, and neither will you end up without google apps since there are a lot of ways to install them.

The reseller took remote of my phone from China, and removed the problem Supersu app. I then used the towelroot method successfully. Have proper root now. thanks everyone who tried to help.

Thanks for the reply @ pilililo2, Appreciate it. I need to know a couple of things too.

1. Whats the language of the CWM if i flash it in firmware version 1.38 itself. Is it in English?
2. Do we have better performance, both related to phone as well as battery if upgraded to 1.41. What improvement have you noticed? And by the way, i'm getting easily of 2 days of battery backup with moderate use with 1.38ver..

If there aren't many major improvements, i would stick to 1.38 ver, with only flashing CWM, so that i can take up NANDROID backup.

Whoever have flashed 1.41, need your suggestions.

Thanks guys, you are all awesome. Jai XDA. (Jai means Hail in Hindi:D)
 

azeemzuhair

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Jul 4, 2014
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Stock 1.38 vs 1.41 ROM

If there aren't many major improvements, i would stick to 1.38 ver, with only flashing CWM, so that i can take up NANDROID backup.

Whoever have flashed 1.41, need your suggestions.

Thanks guys, you are all awesome. Jai XDA. (Jai means Hail in Hindi:D)
My unit came out of the box in Stock 1.38. That stock ROM has bug where the ring tones are not saved intermittently. The rest are in good shape.
 

Biggenz

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Sep 19, 2014
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Youtube

Has anyone had any issues with their youtube app?

I constantly get the 'Connection to server lost' message and it's driving me insane.

I installed an older apk which temporarily sorted the problem out, but it did an automatic update yesterday and now it's not working at all no matter what I do.
 

tsiglas

Senior Member
May 10, 2011
673
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Has anyone had any issues with their youtube app?

I constantly get the 'Connection to server lost' message and it's driving me insane.

I installed an older apk which temporarily sorted the problem out, but it did an automatic update yesterday and now it's not working at all no matter what I do.

This is YouTube app problem....you will have to install again the old app (and please tell everyone what version you use and worked and from where you download it)....this had happen again in the past for a lot of other NEW phones with youtube, Facebook etc....you and everyone else have to leave coments with your phone model to youtube app so they can fix it sortly....and yes you will have to test every NEW update to see if it works
 

Biggenz

Senior Member
Sep 19, 2014
392
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This is YouTube app problem....you will have to install again the old app (and please tell everyone what version you use and worked and from where you download it)....this had happen again in the past for a lot of other NEW phones with youtube, Facebook etc....you and everyone else have to leave coments with your phone model to youtube app so they can fix it sortly....and yes you will have to test every NEW update to see if it works

I did reinstall the old app but this time it is not working, hence me saying I cannot get it working no matter what I do.

---------- Post added at 10:20 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:13 AM ----------

Well I've just sorted the problem out.

Downloaded and installed version 5.0.21 and it now works again. Stupid thing.
 

basil_771

Member
Jan 30, 2012
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Final Doubt

Thanks everyone. Have successfully achieved 3 goals.ha ha

Rooted, Installed gapps, and installed english CWM and took NANDROID backup.

Now i have been using Galaxy note 2 prior to my ZTE nubia Z7max. And i have flashed like close to 50-60 custom roms over 2 years.Just wanted to ask if i could flash 1.41 over 1.38, now that i have CWM. Nubia recovery is not a must to flash roms right? And if anything goes wrong or i dont like 1.41 after using it, i could anytime revert to 1.38? Right?
Just wanted to confirm before going ahead, since there are lots of differences in the rooting/flashing process of ZTE and note 2.:eek::D
 

no7749

Member
Aug 1, 2007
7
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Ok, i just want to update my situation now.

1. I download all the tool in This link (the nubia tool and rom)
2. i restart every to FW 1.29
3. Tune on the Factory Port by short cut dial "*#7678#"
4. Connect Nubia to my computer
5. Open nubia studio tool
6. choose mode emmc
7. Choose folder (just unzip the rom file)
8. click refresh and flash rom
9. every went to round 66 % then the phone tune to bootloader mode then it's restart again.
10. Still i got 6G. of partition.

What did i do wrong? Any suggest?

After a week after, now i can finally fix it with 6G for install program.

Then i will explain how to fix it later. Mostly app in chinese.:laugh:
 

mehfil

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Aug 21, 2007
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Modded 1.41 Rom Details.

I am on modded 1.41 with CWM recovery and I have no problem with encryption. I use 2 exchange mail addresses without issue for a while...

Hi,

Modded 1.41 Rom, are you refering [1.41 Mod By BB72] ZTE Nubia Z7 Max ?
If not could you please provide more details of Modded 1.41 Rom and link please.

Thanks & Regards,
 

pilililo2

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Jan 27, 2012
322
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Santiago de Compostela
Thanks everyone. Have successfully achieved 3 goals.ha ha

Rooted, Installed gapps, and installed english CWM and took NANDROID backup.

Now i have been using Galaxy note 2 prior to my ZTE nubia Z7max. And i have flashed like close to 50-60 custom roms over 2 years.Just wanted to ask if i could flash 1.41 over 1.38, now that i have CWM. Nubia recovery is not a must to flash roms right? And if anything goes wrong or i dont like 1.41 after using it, i could anytime revert to 1.38? Right?
Just wanted to confirm before going ahead, since there are lots of differences in the rooting/flashing process of ZTE and note 2.:eek::D

There are absolutely no differences betwen flashing on a note 2 or on the z7 max. Just always remember to have a backup.
 

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    CM11 NX505J for Z7 Max WARNING

    I've tested CM11 for ZTE Nubia Z7 MAX provided by chinese tdbeta forum. Filename is either one with md5sum d8b1adda6a6cb6054bae106fbd25fc0d:
    cm11 nx505j II Edition.zip or cm-11-20140901-lwang-nx505j.zip

    There is unwanted system application included by author which is not part of CM.
    APK: system/app/Statics.apk . Presents itself as System Server 1.4.2, package name com.system.analytics.cpa

    You can find a system process running from shell:
    Code:
    S   UID   PID  PPID   VSZ   RSS TTY   STIME TIME     CMD
    S 10057  2644   353  868m 36052 0:0   17:34 00:00:04 .abc

    It's set to start on boot, trigger on each app install/deinstall, shutdown. Seems that it collects information about apps installed and reports this information to some remote web service together with imei, serial no and probably some additional private information.
    I did not do deep analysis but binary strings suggest that this is unwanted application, for example:
    sendtime=
    Lcom/system/analytics/cpa/b/b/b;
    http://622b6.romdu.com
    god28id732ea
    kay72no139tr
    ro.boot.serialno
    ro.serialno

    I recommend disabling or removing this application (System Server 1.4.2) immediately if you're using CM11 NX505J build by lwang.

    EDIT 10-09-2014:
    Same warning applies to MoKee build by lwang, filename MK44.4-nx505j-201408231810-lwang.zip with md5sum 4559e08b8874b7176036c9740f803eb5.
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    I wrote a guide here if you need it
    h t t p : / / androidpit.com/forum/617128/nubia-z7-max-root-cwm-recovery-and-cm11-rom-tutorial
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    New rom stock v3.22 nubia-z7-max-v3-22/ :good: :good:
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    The 1.41 rom improved battery performance significantly, with light usage the phone lasts more than 4 days.

    I get 2 full days with heavy usage, bright screen setting and everything turned on(wifi, bluetooth, 3g/4g). Really happy with the battery life on this phone.
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    Short Review

    Coming from Nokia 3210, Moto Razr V3x, Nokia E61, Samsung P780, HTC HD2, iPhone 4, Lenovo S890, Lenovo P780, Alcatel Idol X, LeMoto K910 and previously Huawei Honor 3C.

    Got the ZTE Nubia Z7 Max unit from Lazada with RM150 discount at RM1,149. Playing for 24-hour already... It's rooted 4.4.2 KitKat under NX505J_CNCommon_V1.32 ROM. Here's my comments about this unit:

    A = Android = NubiaUI 2.0 KitKat is acceptable. Lots of junk apps out of the box. After rooted, can be frozen/uninstalled.
    B = Body-Built = ZTE managed to make the plastic feel 'acceptable'. Buttons are nicely placed and decent feedback. Capacitive buttons with interchangable functions (menu vs back) are a welcome feature. Thickness and weight are comfortable. 3rd party casing and screen protectors is encouraged but I leave my unit naked.
    C = Call quality = Second place after my previous Moto RAZR V3x. You can get reception even inside elevator or basement one.
    D = Data = LTE modules for both micro-SIM 1 & 2 are the best out of all phones I've own. Previously the record was held by Huawei Honor 3C. Bluetooth is stable too.
    E = Email = Email client is flexible compared to other Android-based phones. It works as intended.
    F = Free-apps = None which is shame. I was hoping lifetime WhatsApp license just like the Alcatel Idol X.
    G = Games = As expected, heavy titles are not an issue with Snapdragon 801 and Andreno 330.
    H = Hangouts = Video call for Skype, Google Hangouts, Tango etc. is superb for 5MP front facing camera.
    I = Internet = AOSP browser is smooth. No checker-board effect on heavy websites.
    J = Juice = 3100mAh = "Decent". Claimed talk-time, stand-by time, etc. are achievable for dual-standby-micro-SIM LTE phone. Power consumption during idle state is 2% from 11pm to 5am. Daily usage can threaten my previous LeMoto P780.
    K = Kamasutra :p = Phone vibrates with notification/ringtone. Vibrating sensation is above average. Ladies may use it for other purpose(s)... LOL...
    L = Loudspeaker = The loudest out of all my previous models. DTS manipulation is pushing the loudspeaker further. But crack if treble is too high. Bass is above average.
    M = Music = Again the DTS technology does its magic. Headphone/earphone usage is encouraged.
    N = Navigation = Working as expected. Lock satellite within 10 seconds. Waze and Google Maps are working normally, even indoors.
    O = One-hand Operation = I have "big" hands and "long" fingers ;) No further comment.
    P = Picture = 13MP is exceptional packed with standard camera features/modes. Dept-of-Field feature withadjustable lighting condition is one of its kind.
    Q = Quirks = tap-hold to bring cut-copy-paste-select does not aligned properly and difficult to tap. But this can be improved in their next ROM release.
    R = Rooting = Super-duper-hyper EASYYYYYYYYY. TowelRoot is the one-click rooting tool. Mod ROM is also available but not purely ROW ROM.
    S = Sound = Earphone sound is OK. Speaker-phone is OK too but crack if too loud. The DTS manipulates the sound brilliantly.
    T = Texting = Stock android keyboard should be replaced with Google keyboard.
    U = User-Interface = smooth & flexible with various themes to choose. Thanks to the 2GB RAM.
    V = Video = Capturing 1080P video is acceptable. 4K is limited to 4 minutes due to overheating. Auto-focus is acceptable.
    W = WiFi = The best out of all smartphones that I have own. Previously was Huawei Honor 3C. Others only manage to get 1-2 bars in my basement floor test. But z7 Max captures 5 full bars without fail. Honor 3C gets 4 bars.
    X = X-factors = For dual-micro-SIM LTE phone with 2GB RAM supported by 32GB onboard storage is worth every penny. Strong voice/data/Wi-Fi reception is a desperate move for those who live in the outskirts or camping sites. Gamers will like this unit too.
    Y = YouTube = The 5.5" IPS screen accompanied by excellent LTE connection is surely an enjoyable experience.
    Z = Zero-figure. Imported from People Republic of China (PRC) unit at Malaysia Ringgit RM1,149-point-zero-zero is a smart investment with high internal specs.

    CONCLUSION : Buy it if you are looking for high-spec phone having dual-micro-SIM LTE support. Gonna clinging to this unit until Huawei Ascent Mate 7 or LeMoto Vibe Z2 pro dual-SIM is available in local market.
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