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Installing apps on a gabb phone Z2?

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tintedpandas

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I tried this method but after the flash the phone turns on but nothing shows on the screen. It sounds like the phone is on, when I press the power button it makes sounds, but the screen just stays black (with the backlight on)
 

Mr. Macphisto

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I just tried but now it seems like the phone is bootlooping, but with nothing on the screen. every few seconds just a quick vibration then nothing
I think what's happening is your phone is trying to turn on while there is no battery in it. It can't sustain its backlight for very long before it runs out of power again, even with the cord plugged in

I also don't remember what to do next, but I do know that it's supposed to happen
 

Howl1346

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gotta be my favorite!

Also, thank you very much ryujin88 for actually putting some better work into a proper guide!
I'm quite impressed, and he actually thought of a few things that escaped me!

To anyone wondering where we'll go next, I can only speak for myself, but if Gabb comes out with a new update, and you need help, throw me an email, and we can set up to beat em again! >:D
GG gabb. Best tamper-proof kids phone on the market and you got beat by a bunch of teenagers!

EDIT: I wish I was more active in the whole prossess of this, but I've been rather busy reprogramming the firmware. Guess that wont be needed after all :l
If I DO ever finish it, I'll post it up on here, but if you're looking for cooler/more customizable firmware, there really are better options than any frankenstien mess i could come up with.

Anyway, I'll probably pretty much be leaving this page, but if anything comes up, don't hesitate to send me an email! I'll still be looking here, and checking things out. If anything comes up I will be more than happy to lend my contribution!
[email protected]
 
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Mr. Macphisto

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Alright everybody that keeps sending their emails:

We are not yet posting the guide.
We are going to have a Release Day when a tutorial video is finished. We will upload the tutorial video to YouTube and then we'll link it here on XDA (and the guide as well). By waiting to do so, we can maximize the number of people that can get the old update before Gabb pounces and makes it so we cannot do so. Everybody will have the opportunity, so don't worry. Just a little bit longer :D
 

Cohendraper15

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GG guys! We got em thank you all so much for the hard work and effort I've been here since to beginning and we finally beatttt emmmm!!
 

tintedpandas

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My phone updated itself last night, it went from build number Z5157VGABBV1.0.0B13 to Z5157VGABBV1.0.0B15
I haven't noticed any changes so far.
(The phone I tried to flash is a spare one I have with a cracked screen, which is still not showing anything on the screen after the flash. I can hear that it's turned on, when I press the power button it makes the screen click sound, but nothing actually shows on the screen)
 

titan212662

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Alright everybody that keeps sending their emails:

We are not yet posting the guide.
We are going to have a Release Day when a tutorial video is finished. We will upload the tutorial video to YouTube and then we'll link it here on XDA (and the guide as well). By waiting to do so, we can maximize the number of people that can get the old update before Gabb pounces and makes it so we cannot do so. Everybody will have the opportunity, so don't worry. Just a little bit longer :D
yeah i been working on a video so can please send me the link at [email protected]
 

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    Also, if your phone is one of the newer ones, and this is the first update you've gotten, I think that I would encourage everyone that is able to, to go head and update. There is really no point delaying it if there is no way of stopping it. We will have to find a new way of exploiting this version!
    yeah because I'm working on a way to stop the updates because there going to update no matter what so any help would help!
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    Hey, broskies, So based upon your posts, The phone does recognize the APKs on file when U click on them and move/copy them, however, you can't just open them cuz they say there is no app to open file (just to verify, I checked with a Drastic emulator APK this thing is Legit). And when you swipe up to find all the apps on your phone there is an option in the search bar to "Search for more APPS" but when you click on it it's like when you try to click on AUTOFILL it just doesn't work. I was just wondering, is there any way to just access the source code for the Phone and just (LIke this one poster doesn't remember his name showed us that Mygabb just disabled all the android apps and features) turn stuff on. Like in the movie Elysium and turn stuff into like for example, PLAY STORE=NO into like PLAY STORE=YES? Is there any way to just revert the thing to normal Android settings and just get rid of the pesky firewalls, or is there any way to break the firewall for a split second and just furiously tap autofill or search for more apps and get it to work? I did this with an android firewall on my tablet once wherein the split second to connect to Bluetooth the firewall would break and you could furiously tap disable in the settings and it would work (i got youtube that way BTW). I don't know if this is helpful or relatable at all and tbh I'm just this 14-year-old girl that knows barely anything abt programming so sorry if this is too movie but just wondering.
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    That's actually exactly what I *almost* achieved.
    I was able to obtain a copy of the origanal Gabb OS and I started to reprogram it, and add a "hidden mode"
    Unfortunately, do to the recent "bomb cyclone" that hit us, my power went out and fried the poor old 1999 HDD that I was storing my work on :(
    No, i did not back it up as it was multiple gigabytes, and I just thought, "what could happen?"
    I am a dumbass.
    Anyway, I was able to get the hard drive working again, but the whole drive was completely corrupted and pretty much no data was recoverable.
    I will start the project up agian, but that does depend on if Gabb has patched ROM flashing. If they have, then that takes that option completely out, and there is no real sense working on it.
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    I'm also wondering if this is illegal, I remember reading about pokemon games and how you could technically legally hack the chips and the data of the game since you purchased it, but this can apply to a phone right since it was bought and interacted by yourself and yourself only, just that we have the burden of being faulted for any bricks. Or is it wrong cuz it will break the company's reputation cuz anyone researching on this phone will see that you can just flash a rom and it breaks it? But then again, I don't think any of us care, we just want our videogames or Instagram or whatever (why do people have social media? how does it even work
    I have been jailbreaking and rooting for a while (I am 26yo. Not gabb though lol) and as I have read it is legal to hack your devices. It voids your warranty and violates the software terms of use though. (I have heard in rare cases of companies disabling the software for violating terms of use). The following comes from a quick google search:

    Jailbreaking falls under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which addresses digital copyright issues. Section 1201 of the law makes it illegal to circumvent digital locks that protect access to copyrighted works, which can include software.

    Congress reviews the law every three years and has gradually expanded the list of items that are exempt. Jailbreaking phones — or “rooting” when referring to Android devices — became legal in 2010, followed by smartwatches and tablets in 2015. In 2018, Congress added more devices to the list.

    Worth noting: it’s legal to jailbreak or root a phone if you’re doing it to use legally acquired apps, for a smartphone. The same is not true for illegally acquired apps.

    Hope this helps
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    I'm also wondering if this is illegal, I remember reading about pokemon games and how you could technically legally hack the chips and the data of the game since you purchased it, but this can apply to a phone right since it was bought and interacted by yourself and yourself only, just that we have the burden of being faulted for any bricks. Or is it wrong cuz it will break the company's reputation cuz anyone researching on this phone will see that you can just flash a rom and it breaks it? But then again, I don't think any of us care, we just want our videogames or Instagram or whatever (why do people have social media? how does it even work?)
    I think of it this way I'm a 16-year-old boy who loves tech and is good at code and is customizing his Gabb phone with the help of strangers 🙃
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    If someone could send me an email I'd really appreciate it! [email protected]
    Gabb must have already figured it out because I just got a notification for a software update, but I'm hoping I can figure it out before the update goes through.
    Interesting... Everybody like this post if you're getting a similar notification
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    I think this tutorial might work.
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    I have an idea. Go into android recovery (power and volume up buttons) and select the wipe data/factory reset option. Just know your parent (might) have to enter the email address associated with the phone. I have never done that because I never had a reason to but just select that option and it may downgrade it.
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    I think this tutorial might work.
    If this works let me know if someone tries it.
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    I think our goal for now should be to get a package installer working
    I think GMS might be trying to self update which could be causing the crash