[MOD][PORT] Samsung Gear 360 Manager for all devices [Updated: 21/Jan/21, v1.4.00.4-FW]

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I've managed to recover the following firmwares from the Samsung site just in case it goes down:

./2016: C200GLU0APE4_160519_1848_REV00_user.bin C200GLU0AQK1_171121_1257_REV00_user.bin ./2017: R210GLU0ARB2_180201_1739_REV00_user.bin

With this and the archive of the NX300 XML, I should be able to get a mirror going and update the modified app to point to the mirror instead. This would in theory allow anyone to update to C200GLU0AQK1 on the 2016 model and R210GLU0ARB2 on the 2017 model. There is (according to this blog) a R210GLU0AQK1 firmware for the 2017 model too, but I have been unable to find the full filename so am unable to download it from the Samsung site. If you have that firmware on your camera, please check /sdcard/Android/data/com.samsung.android.gear360manager/cache to see if the update file is there, and either upload it and send it to me or send the full filename and I'll be able to grab it from the site. Otherwise, the slightly older ARB2 build will have to do for the 2017 model.
 

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I've managed to recover the following firmwares from the Samsung site just in case it goes down:

./2016: C200GLU0APE4_160519_1848_REV00_user.bin C200GLU0AQK1_171121_1257_REV00_user.bin ./2017: R210GLU0ARB2_180201_1739_REV00_user.bin

With this and the archive of the NX300 XML, I should be able to get a mirror going and update the modified app to point to the mirror instead. This would in theory allow anyone to update to C200GLU0AQK1 on the 2016 model and R210GLU0ARB2 on the 2017 model. There is (according to this blog) a R210GLU0AQK1 firmware for the 2017 model too, but I have been unable to find the full filename so am unable to download it from the Samsung site. If you have that firmware on your camera, please check /sdcard/Android/data/com.samsung.android.gear360manager/cache to see if the update file is there, and either upload it and send it to me or send the full filename and I'll be able to grab it from the site. Otherwise, the slightly older ARB2 build will have to do for the 2017 model.

Try to update firmware file from your link, work like a charm .
Thanks again
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...how did you do that? Nobody has actually managed that before and documented it, did you just have to dump the bin on your camera's SD?

First I try setup my laptop as a mirror server and update modified app to point to the mirror instead this solution is only work for checking firmware step when I push DOWNLOAD then app disconnected from Gear360. I did not have time to investigate yet.
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Finally I found another solution.
1. Copy firmware file "R210GLU0ARB2_180201_1739_REV00_user.bin" to the SD card root
2. Copy "updater.sh" file with content below in the SD card root

#!/bin/sh
mount -o bind /sdcard/ /opt/usr/media
/usr/sbin/fw_upgrade_start R210GLU0ARB2_180201_1739_REV00_user.bin
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First I try setup my laptop as a mirror server and update modified app to point to the mirror instead this solution is only work for checking firmware step when I push DOWNLOAD then app disconnected from Gear360. I did not have time to investigate yet.

Finally I found another solution.
1. Copy firmware file "R210GLU0ARB2_180201_1739_REV00_user.bin" to the SD card root
2. Copy "updater.sh" file with content below in the SD card root

#!/bin/sh
mount -o bind /sdcard/ /opt/usr/media
/usr/sbin/fw_upgrade_start R210GLU0ARB2_180201_1739_REV00_user.bin

Thanks! I'll put that on the GitHub I've set up to mirror the server for the app.
 

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New version: 1.4.00.4-FW

This is almost the same as the original 1.4.00.4 version, with a few changes:

- The firmware update URLs have been changed to those of the mirrored setup on GitHub here. They will point the app to download updates from XDA using the attachments to this post. You need to set the firmware you want to use (or latest) in the settings (after connecting your camera) before the app will be able to download an update.

- Minor crash fixes including the one reported by @Adam3Sixty (apologies this took so long!), though it might simply move the bug elsewhere as it's a hard one to resolve

As well as dumping the firmware and mirroring the setup of the XML files pointing to the downloads, I've mirrored the open source code on the same forum post linked above, and added instructions for installing the updates manually to the GitHub.
 
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New version: 1.4.00.4-FW
Downloaded. Will test tomorrow.

Installed and tested.....

Positives:
Updated camera perfectly fine, everything went great.
Now able to click GALLERY on the front page, connect to camera (in the standard way) and view all images and videos perfectly.
Tested live view and the camera worked find while seeing the preview on my phone screen.

Negatives:
App doesn't show anything anything on the PHONE section of the GALLERY, even if an images is newly saved from camera to phone. I do not know if this is a bug in the original app, the mod workings, or just because its a OnePlus and not a Samsung, lol. Again tho, this is not a big deal, I can't do anything with the photos anymore anyway, so would only be showing them to people on my phone, when I have taken them, or uploading them as panoramas NOT 360 images.

Thank u for the work on this, time frames never matter, more often than not a rushed job is a botched job ;)
 

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Installed and tested.....

Positives:
Updated camera perfectly fine, everything went great.
Now able to click GALLERY on the front page, connect to camera (in the standard way) and view all images and videos perfectly.
Tested live view and the camera worked find while seeing the preview on my phone screen.

Negatives:
App doesn't show anything anything on the PHONE section of the GALLERY, even if an images is newly saved from camera to phone. I do not know if this is a bug in the original app, the mod workings, or just because its a OnePlus and not a Samsung, lol. Again tho, this is not a big deal, I can't do anything with the photos anymore anyway, so would only be showing them to people on my phone, when I have taken them, or uploading them as panoramas NOT 360 images.

Thank u for the work on this, time frames never matter, more often than not a rushed job is a botched job ;)

That's always been the case on more recent versions, it's something database related that I never figured out. If you download photos you can view them in Google Photos as an alternative.
 
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That's always been the case on more recent versions, it's something database related that I never figured out. If you download photos you can view them in Google Photos as an alternative.
Never realised Google Photos showed 360 images properly, that's awesome!! I guess the camera WILL be coming on holiday with me next time (if I ever get to go on holiday again!! lol)
 

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Hello,

I having troubles getting this to work, I'll be grateful if anyone here is willing to help.
I just got a Gear 360 (2017), and I have a Pocophone F1.
I installed this port, it's able to connect to the camera but when I try to access the camera (Take 360 pics...) or the gallery It opens up the WIFI setting, I connect to camera WIFI (I got the password using the "connect to IOS" method), I 'm able to connect the WIFI and I stay connected to it (the system asks me if I want to switch to another WIFI since there is no internet access, and I choose to keep using the camera WIFI) with it still connected, I hit back, I get back to the app, It shows a loading screen, and it sends me again to the WIFI settings and on and on.

I also tied with the WIFI Direct method but I won't even connect to the Camera.

Here is a demo: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18sqij_MR4wEG86lCetPpvyLLreMlS6IX/view?usp=sharing
 
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Hello,

I having troubles getting this to work, I'll be grateful if anyone here is willing to help.
I just got a Gear 360 (2017), and I have a Pocophone F1.
I installed this port, it's able to connect to the camera but when I try to access the camera (Take 360 pics...) or the gallery It opens up the WIFI setting, I connect to camera WIFI (I got the password using the "connect to IOS" method), I 'm able to connect the WIFI and I stay connected to it (the system asks me if I want to switch to another WIFI since there is no internet access, and I choose to keep using the camera WIFI) with it still connected, I hit back, I get back to the app, It shows a loading screen, and it sends me again to the WIFI settings and on and on.

I also tied with the WIFI Direct method but I won't even connect to the Camera.

Here is a demo: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18sqij_MR4wEG86lCetPpvyLLreMlS6IX/view?usp=sharing

Not sure what to suggest with that tbh. It's clearly connected but something deep in the app isn't seeing the camera.
 

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Hello to all .
I just got my hands on a 2017 model .
But is not working on galery and live view .
I can use the phone as remote shutter so the app is connected to the camera .
I have seen that is required a decent phone as specs , mine is a Lenovo z6pro
And has a snapdragon 855 with 6gb ram
So if someone managed to get it working with this phone model , please help.
My phone is rooted

Thanks in advance
 

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Crashing the gear 360 new app under Android 11, if you want to enter the gallery you can get some solution for samsung, it will no longer improve :(. So trash the camera
 

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Hi, help please "make friends" bluetooth "gear 360 (2016)" and "motorola g8 power" (android 10): the phone finds and mates with the camera, and the camera does not connect to the bluetooth of the phone and is not activated in the application "Samsung Gear 360 Manager for all devices [Updated: 21 / Jan / 21, v1.4.00.4-FW] "but this pair (camera and app) works fine on Huawei
 

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Hi there!. How are they?. First of all thank you for great contributions. I was able to use the application from a huawei cell phone but since I bought the xiaomi note 9 pro I could not make it work. My problem is that when I want to pair by bluethoot the application does not find my cell phone. From my cell phone when I look for the bluethoot I see the camera and I pair it, I try again from the app but it does not see the cell phone. Install samsung accesory and the last two versions of the app. The "no live view" mod version gives me an error on the phone and I can't open it. MIUI Global Version 12.0.2.0 (QJZMIXM) Android version 10 If someone can help me I would be very grateful.
 

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I downloaded ur version and if I click on camera or gallery then app load for long time and open wifi when I enter password and connected successfully then nothing happened when I back to app
I tried to download it officially . App not completely with note 20 ultra
I downloaded it with old samsung officially and send it to note20ultra the camera work successfully but gallery crash
Please help I.just buy the phone and camera
If anybody help I will be thankful
My cam gear360 2017
Thanks
 

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I downloaded ur version and if I click on camera or gallery then app load for long time and open wifi when I enter password and connected successfully then nothing happened when I back to app
I tried to download it officially . App not completely with note 20 ultra
I downloaded it with old samsung officially and send it to note20ultra the camera work successfully but gallery crash
Please help I.just buy the phone and camera
Thanks
The camera gear 360 2017
 

Xv1d

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I downloaded ur version and if I click on camera or gallery then app load for long time and open wifi when I enter password and connected successfully then nothing happened when I back to app
I tried to download it officially . App not completely with note 20 ultra
I downloaded it with old samsung officially and send it to note20ultra the camera work successfully but gallery crash
Please help I.just buy the phone and camera
If anybody help I will be thankful
My cam gear360 2017
Thanks
I'm having the same issue as this gentleman.

Entering the Gallery is impossible. It simply redirects to the WIFI connection screen and never leaves. Returning to the App Gallery screen you will only see the Gallery loading, and after a short wait you are looped back to the WIFI screen again.

Using WIFI Direct i am moved to the "Advanced" tab of my Wifi settings with a message displaying extremely briefly something about connecting manually to the WIFI. Sometimes the app will cose down my Wifi too.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra is my phone brand.

Logcat whilst i was clicking around in the app hoping to make it work with Wifi direct:

Logcat whilst I was clicking around in the app hoping to make it work with regular WIFI:

If this doesnt work I guess I need another software for stitching together the 2 images to make a 360 image. Anyone know of any alternatives?
 
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    Samsung Gear 360 Manager ported for use on (almost) all devices

    LAST UPDATED: 21st January 2021, Version 1.4.00.4-FW

    Requirements:
    - A Gear 360 2016 or 2017 (BOTH work with the same app)
    - Android 5.0 or above
    - A decently powerful phone. The Live View will not work on any phones with the equivalent or lower power than a Galaxy S5, but try it anyway

    Latest Version Download:
    Download
    (-FW indicates this version has the mirrored firmware and options to configure a custom download URL)
    NOTE: Version 1.4.00.9 is available for Samsung phones, but cannot be ported. More info.

    Firmware updates and Firmware source code
    As of January 2021, Samsung have taken down the server that contained the firmware update config files for both models of the camera. Through the use of the Wayback Machine and some reverse engineering of the XML syntax read by the app, I was able to fully reproduce the firmware XMLs on GitHub. There is a new version (1.4.00.4-FW) of the app which can use these XMLs and download the binary files of the update from this forum post and install them on the camera. You need to set the firmware you want to use (or latest) in the settings (after connecting your camera) before the app will be able to download an update.

    The Source Code is still available on Samsung's website at the time of writing, but has been mirrored on the same forum post in case they also get removed. More info on what the files contain can be found on the GitHub repository linked above.

    Screenshots:
    Click a screenshot to enlarge it

    Main Menu

    Live View (camera is covered)

    Gallery View

    Image View

    360 Image viewer

    360 Video viewer (there's steam in this shot, that's not the camera quality!)

    Settings

    Mod Settings



    Known Issues:
    - Live View does not work on slow/older devices. This is unlikely to be fixed, but I am looking at implementing the "no live view" mod (which still works on 2016 cameras) as an option

    - App is slow, downloads take ages. Probably down to the proprietary/disabled code from Samsung in the app for checking CPU speed. May be fixed soon

    - Live Broadcast doesn't work on 2016 camera or when using Soft AP. Latter cannot be fixed, former may be able to be ported with enough time (not sure)

    - WiFi Direct is buggy. Probably down to the app's mode being made for Samsung's modified WiFi direct, unlikely to be fixed

    - WiFi doesn't automatically connect/gets disconnected. This is down to Android's smart detection of networks, it connects to a network with a known good internet connection instead. You can disable this with ADB/Root, see here

    FAQ:

    Q: What's the difference between WiFi direct/non WiFi Direct (Soft AP) mode?
    A: WiFi Direct uses an experimental modification for enabling the Samsung WiFi Direct mode for all devices. It's quite buggy right now, but in theory allows you to update the camera's firmware (known to be dangerous, be careful). It also means you don't disconnect from the internet when using the app

    Q: It's stuck on "Installing Samsung accessory service"
    A: Install it manually

    Q: I'm trying to use Live View/Gallery but the app gets stuck on loading
    A: (If in Soft AP/WiFi Mode): Open Settings > WiFi and connect to the Gear 360 network. Disable your mobile data and any VPNs you may be using, and disconnect from any Bluetooth headphones or speakers (turn them off). Return to the app
    A: (If in WiFi Direct Mode): Open Settings > WiFi > Advanced > WiFi Direct, and remove any old remembered groups. Wait for the Gear 360 to appear and tap it to connect. If it returns to available, tap it, delete it and repeat until connected. Then press back until you return to the app

    Q: I have a 2017 camera and don't know the password for its WiFi!
    A: Switch your camera to iOS mode (on the camera itself, using the menu). It will display a password, write that down. Switch back to the normal mode and continue as normal, entering the WiFi password you wrote down when prompted

    Q: Does Live Broadcast work?
    A: On the 2017 camera, when in WiFi direct mode apparently so. I've not tested it, and it doesn't work on any other configuration however

    Q: What do the mod settings do?
    A: See the "Mod Settings" section below

    Q: There's a new version of the app on the Play Store, when will you update?
    A: Check the last few pages of the thread. If the original APK has been posted already, the mod will be updated soon™. If it hasn't been, and you have a Samsung device compatible with the original app, please grab the APK and post it (the original APK is hard to get hold of)

    Q: I found a crash!
    A: Please post it in the thread, WITH A LOGCAT (don't know how to logcat? See here)

    Mod Settings:
    Since version 1.0.00.18, the mod has built in settings to allow a single unified APK. They can be found in the app's settings, under Mod Settings

    WiFi Direct
    Enable WiFi direct mode. Disabled by default as it's fairly buggy

    Override Camera Recognition
    Force your camera to appear to the app as a certain model. This isn't actually that useful, as it just causes crashes because of incompatible settings (default: don't override)

    Always Show Live Broadcast
    This is NOT aimed at allowing broadcast on 2016 cameras (they can't do it), but at countries where Live Broadcast is hidden. Enable this to always show it (disabled by default)

    Automatically Open Settings
    Automatically open the WiFi Settings/WiFi Direct settings when connecting to save you time (enabled by default)

    Porting Guide:
    I don't plan to stop updating the mod any time soon, but if you want to port it yourself I have a rough guide available Here

    Old Versions:
    You probably shouldn't use these, they have bugs

    1.4.00.4 (without the firmware mirror, firmware updates will not work)
    1.1.00.5
    1.0.00.18
    "Test" build 190617
    1.0.00-2: WiFi Direct, Soft AP
    Even older, pre-2017 camera app:
    1.0.18-39
    1.0.18-34: 4K, 2K


    Thanks to:
    - Bin4ry for the original port

    Tools used:
    - Apktool
    - V10 Studio/Notepad++ for smali editing
    - JEB for viewing Java code in APK

    Disclaimer: You are responsible for your Gear 360 when using this app. Updating the firmware, whilst possible in WiFi Direct mode, may brick your device. It's recommended you find a compatible Samsung device and use that to update
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    Here are some APKs. They're the 1.0.00-2 release, in two forms:
    - SOFT_AP: This is the same as previous APKs, just updated to the latest update
    - WIFI_DIRECT: This is the APK additionally modified to allow for WiFi direct. To use it, follow these steps:
    - Open app and connect to camera over Bluetooth as normal
    - Tap "Camera" and wait for the Loading... dialog
    - Open your device's WiFi Direct settings (usually Settings > WiFi > Menu > Advanced > WiFi Direct)
    - The 360 should show up. If it doesn't connect automatically, tap it, cancel the request. Repeat until it connects
    - Return to app, Live View should open
    Note: When testing I had WiFi direct go all buggy a few times, rebooting fixed it


    SOFT_AP
    WIFI_DIRECT

    Both APKs are 4K. I'm considering dropping the 2K APKs as it doesn't appear anyone uses them who couldn't use the 4K one(?)

    I'm aware of one bug in this release I've not figured out yet: "Phone" images in the gallery don't work, nothing shows up. For now, use Google Photos to view your saved photos

    I'd also like someone to test live streaming with a 2nd gen Gear 360 with this release, on a non-Samsung device. If it works, I'll try and backport it (during testing with a 1st gen, I could only get stuck at a loading black screen, I'd like to know if it's a signature/app issue or the camera's hardware)
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    Version 1.1.00.5:
    Download


    Samsung Changelog said:
    There doesn't appear to be one. It is a major version bump though so there must be some changes

    I've fixed the following mod issues also:
    - Crash when opening gallery due to accessibility
    - Crash when opening WiFi settings

    As usual, all my changes and additional files can be found in my Porting Guide folder

    Enjoy!
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    And now for some better news.

    1.0.00.18:

    There's only one APK this time. No need to make a decision which one you install, because I added a little something to the app:


    Accessed via Settings > Mod Settings, you can now switch connection type, override the automatic camera detection (detect the 2nd gen as 1st gen and vice versa), force the live broadcast option to always be shown (but still not work on 1st gen), and also automatically have the app open WiFi/WiFi direct settings when it's stuck on that Loading... screen (enabled by default)

    It DOES work on Oreo, but I had to remove some code for that to happen. It was UI code, so there may be some labels missing from the gallery. It doesn't appear to cause problems though

    DOWNLOAD

    Changes Made/Porting Guide (includes new lib files from Samsung firmware)