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Mike0505

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I installed the apk successfully and I can find it in downloaded application folder BUT... I am unable to have it among the other installed applications from Google Play Store. that are listed in main menu like widgets. It obviously sits somewhere else. Is there any way I can have it among main apks widget?
I really don't understand why Philips crippled Play Store??

If some apk is not supported by Phillips than it is not listed in home page. You can start it from Es file manager Apk's or other way to install: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cetusplay.remotephone
on your mobile device and on Tv , pair it and then in app in mobile remote a listed all apks witch are installed in tv. From there you can open , install or deinstall. Its important that in tv install app Cetus play for Tv which is listed in google play store in tv
 
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kingchris

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Hello, is someone with a rooted TV able to upload org.droidtv.ambihue for me somewhere.
i would like to investigate how the tv is conected to the HUE light system.
i own a 55PUF6850 with android. unfortunatelly neighter ambiehue nor the TV-remote are able to find the TV

thank you very much
 

ozontec

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Hello, is someone with a rooted TV able to upload org.droidtv.ambihue for me somewhere.
i would like to investigate how the tv is conected to the HUE light system.
i own a 55PUF6850 with android. unfortunatelly neighter ambiehue nor the TV-remote are able to find the TV

thank you very much

I think you can dump the files via ADB.
Code:
adb pull  /system/app/ambilighthue/ .
pull: building file list...
pull: /system/app/ambilighthue/arm/ambilighthue.odex -> ./arm/ambilighthue.odex
pull: /system/app/ambilighthue/ambilighthue.apk -> ./ambilighthue.apk
2 files pulled. 0 files skipped.
1635 KB/s (1442251 bytes in 0.860s)

I got root on my 49PUS6501 device. Here the folder ambihuecommon and ambilighthue from /system/app.


Have fun and share your investigations ;).
 
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Rajnus

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Is there any tutorial how to root TV?
Do you have often reboots? Sometimes when I start some stream Netflix, kodi, dlna and stream does not start, TV reboots...
 

ozontec

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Is there any tutorial how to root TV?
I use the DirtyCow exploid from https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/software-hacking/root-tool-dirtycow-apk-adb-t3525120
It is not permanent and unstable. But a get a root shell and su.
Do you have often reboots? Sometimes when I start some stream Netflix, kodi, dlna and stream does not start, TV reboots...
Only if i use apps with root. The TV restart and works fine again.

I would be happy if the droidmote server would run stable.
I think you should use this root method only to discover the device. But apart from that it looks good times already.
 

Rajnus

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My wife just started YouTube and it rebooted again. After reboot it works OK. Maybe I have installed some app which is causing this. Still it should not happen.
 

kingchris

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I think you can dump the files via ADB.
Code:
adb pull  /system/app/ambilighthue/ .
pull: building file list...
pull: /system/app/ambilighthue/arm/ambilighthue.odex -> ./arm/ambilighthue.odex
pull: /system/app/ambilighthue/ambilighthue.apk -> ./ambilighthue.apk
2 files pulled. 0 files skipped.
1635 KB/s (1442251 bytes in 0.860s)

I got root on my 49PUS6501 device. Here the folder ambihuecommon and ambilighthue from /system/app.


Have fun and share your investigations ;).

thank you @ozontec for sharing.
like i expected the files are odexed, so may you please be so kind and puss respective framework*.apk for me too (i guess also 2 akp's)

thank you very muuch
 

ChewyLV

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Have no much time to read through - quick question - anyone have seen any work around custom rom? Before buying didnt expect that android tv is such a fail. before had tv box with android - thats was handy but os in 49PUS6501 is such a let down.. :(
 

kalinskym

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You could try Puffin TV browser. It's by far the best browser available on Android TV: https://www.reddit.com/r/AndroidTV/comments/5orvqa/puffin_android_tv_browser_has_anyone_tried_it/

---------- Post added at 02:28 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:27 PM ----------

Have no much time to read through - quick question - anyone have seen any work around custom rom? Before buying didnt expect that android tv is such a fail. before had tv box with android - thats was handy but os in 49PUS6501 is such a let down.. :(

What don't you like about Android TV experience on your Philips TV? I'm absolutely loving it when disabling bloatware, it's soo much more snappy than Sony Android TV experience.
 

Rajnus

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You could try Puffin TV browser. It's by far the best browser available on Android TV: https://www.reddit.com/r/AndroidTV/comments/5orvqa/puffin_android_tv_browser_has_anyone_tried_it/

---------- Post added at 02:28 PM ---------- Previous post was at 02:27 PM ----------



What don't you like about Android TV experience on your Philips TV? I'm absolutely loving it when disabling bloatware, it's soo much more snappy than Sony Android TV experience.

How can I disable bloatware?
 

kalinskym

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Taken from my previous post:Guys! To disable Philips Collections bar or also known as Philips Apps Tray at top of Android TV leanback launcher. All you have to do is find leanbackcustomizer in System Apps or Running Apps and turn off its notifications which can be turned off at button of the menu when you click on the service.*
I couldn't find a single source which mentioned these steps to take to disable Philips bloatware. I figured these out on own. I am not aware of any other methods that has the same results.*
Enjoy your less of a pain Android TV by Philips*
Also To disable recommendations, disable org.droidtv.nett_launcherapp in system apps or running apps. Hope this also helps debloat your Philips Android TV to a manageable level. However, this doesn't get rid of the recommendations field only apps that shows up.
 

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    Guys! To disable Philips Collections bar or also known as Philips Apps Tray at top of Android TV leanback launcher. All you have to do is find leanbackcustomizer in System Apps or Running Apps and turn off its notifications which can be turned off at button of the menu when you click on the service.

    I couldn't find a single source which mentioned these steps to take to disable Philips bloatware. I figured these out on own. I am not aware of any other methods that has the same results.

    Enjoy your less of a pain Android TV by Philips

    Hope this helps.

    ---------- Post added at 02:03 AM ---------- Previous post was at 01:56 AM ----------

    To disable recommendations, disable org.droidtv.nett_launcherapp in system apps or running apps. Hope this also helps debloat your Philips Android TV to a manageable level. However, this doesn't get rid of the recommendations field only apps that shows up.
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    firmware decryption + rooting attempts

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    WARNING: don't look at the following information nor try to use any of it if you have no clue about linux or android as it is most likely that you are going to break your expensive gadget. For every one else: don't blame philips if you brick your device -> think before actually trying. If you post about vulnerabilities and stuff better cover your ass - who knows what the legal department of philips thinks about your cool stuff.
    #################################

    So as you decided to ignore my warning, here we go:

    I already spent plenty of time researching the internals of the device in order to get root privileges. Unluckily without the final breakthrough - but at least I found out some very interesting details.

    You might ask what those extended privileges should be good for? Well in my eyes android - a project available as open source with uncountable possibilities for developers and users - should not be closed down by profit oriented manufacturers. As those are often forcing the users into their own "crappy" software without given them any chance to escape. I like to develop at system base, use the underlying linux tools and most important check what the manufacturer does (behind my back) in my own living room. Hell I bought this expensive device and have no idea and can't nearly control what is sent to Philips nor Google.

    1. I wrote a tool to decrypt the official firmware. It was created via reverse-engineering the "upgrade.bin" arm-file (thanks for the trace, snoerenberg).

    Some interesting details about the used cryptography:
    - openssl library functions
    - used algorithm: aes-256 in CBC mode
    - the encryption key is generated via "EVP_BytesToKey" using only the first 127 byte of the keyfile + an eight byte salt found near the beginning of every input file

    Source-Code: attachment or pastebin_com / z3nA2r3J
    maybe mirroring this paste and the source would be a good idea (Google for the HASH if link is down)

    The decrypted firmware archive contains the following files:

    boot.img.zip: kernel + initrd + ramdisk (unknown file format)
    bootloader.zip: bootloader (unknown file format)
    tzk_normal.img.zip: ? maybe recovery (unknown file format)

    user_setting.zip: content of /user_setting
    system.img.zip: content of /system (ext4-img)
    firmware.img.zip: content of /firmware (ext4-img)

    BackEndBin.zip, EdidBin.zip, fpgaUhdBin.zip, RougeBin.zip: different binary files - supposedly firmware for these components

    As you see I was not able to extract the most interesting part (kernel + ramdisk) - Hopefully some android experts could help!

    The current and some older firmware files could be downloaded at philips_samipupu_com (thanks for hosting)

    2. General information:
    - Kernel version: Linux version 3.4.70+ ([email protected]) (gcc version 4.6.x-google 20120106 (prerelease) (GCC) ) #1 SMP PREEMPT Fri Nov 14 01:52:21 IST 2014
    - Kernel cmd-line: androidboot.hardware=AND1E quiet lpj=11935744 root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.console=ttyS0 console=ttyS0,115200 init=/init vmalloc=448M quiet macaddr=00:00:00:00:00:00 emmc_ts.dev_id=1 emmc_ts.size=16777216 emmc_ts.erasesize=524288 emmc_ts.writesize=512
    - lsmod:
    usb8797 359014 3 - Live 0x00000000
    usb97mlan 290809 1 usb8797, Live 0x00000000 (P)
    mbtusbchar 52685 0 - Live 0x00000000
    usbfwdnld 8530 0 - Live 0x00000000
    fusion 96777 0 - Live 0x00000000 (O)
    tpvinput 7132 2 - Live 0x00000000 (O)
    trcext 333860 0 - Live 0x00000000 (O)
    gal3d 161434 16 - Live 0x00000000
    amp_core 72528 2 - Live 0x00000000 (O)
    tzlogger 1199 0 - Live 0x00000000 (O)
    tzd 32013 30 amp_core,tzlogger, Live 0x00000000 (O)

    3. The trcext module seems to be very interesting as a short look with a disassembler revealed that it might be able to read and manipulate process memory of any process. Maybe someone good at kernel-drivers could take a look?

    4. There are two world-readable directories containing very interesting information:
    - /data/debugdump: stack-traces, process-lists, short memory excerpts based on crashes of the native binaries (could be very helpful for exploiting)
    - /data/anr: davlik crash-dumps of android applications

    5. There are 3 SGUID and 1 SUID binaries (visible):
    -rwxr-s--- root inet 5500 netcfg
    -rwxr-sr-x root net_raw 26072 ping
    -rwsr-s--- root shell 9464 run-as

    6. The recovery menu which could be used to install a "new" firmware if the device does not boot properly could be reached via the following steps:
    - unplug the power
    - press and hold the joypad on the backside of the TV downwards
    - replug
    - release the joypad after 10 sec

    7. There is a Customer-Service-Menu at “123654” which contains read only information about the current firmware and so one. However there is also the real service menu (062?96i) which could be used for much more things. But you need to be really careful with this, i already managed to break booting without changing something important.

    8. The settings-app calls the "su" command inside of CSMActivity. If this is no obsolete debug code (i was not able to trigger this part yet) than there could be a "su" inside /sbin. The Manifest also shows this strange "org.droidtv.tv.tv_power_system_access" permission. Therefore i tried to write my own app with the same permission and call "su" which did however not work out (even if I use the same namespace org.droidtv.?)

    9. Every time you pop in an usb stick android creates an backup folder on it. The filenames are "hidden" via base64 and there are some junk bytes at the beginning of the files which you need to crop in order to read them. However the content is quite boring mostly some sqlite3 databases with configuration parameters.

    10. By default the usb sticks you plug in is read-only for user apps. However there is in option in the settings to re-format it. This will result in an XFS formatted, read-write mounted stick where you could even outsource your apps.

    11. There is a soap (http) service running on port 1925 which is used by the philips remote app and allows different things for example starting one of the installed apps. More details could be found if you decompile the XTV-App.


    Hope some of you guys could do something fancy with those information.
    @snoerenberg(xda): did you manage to send commands over your cable yet - If you do rooting should be quite easy from this point (maybe /system/bin/run-as).

    Cheers,
    5003b4d49cbf7916123271b7b1918f123cca0c09bf1428f4398257751ac6570c

    ps: some of the information were dumped on an older firmware and some with the current one
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    Steps for install any APK in 2014 Philips Android TV AND1E

    Hello,

    For install any application in 2014 Philips Android TV AND1E :

    1º You must download "Developer Settings" from "Google Play" and enable "Usb Debugging" in "Developer options".
    2º Connect ADB via WIFI -> adb start-server" , adb connect IP:5555
    3º Install APK -> adb install "app.apk" (download apk from google play with evozzi apk downloader in web or in chrome extension)

    I've tried it in 55PUS8909 and it works!.

    I've tried for root framaroot, towelroot and vroot and exploits not run.
    I've tried all for "Unknown Sources" and nothing.

    sorry for my english....thanks, regards!
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