[Q] UMi X1 review and request for custom Rom

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raz5652

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I have bought a UMi X1 from china, am in UK and using giffgaff sim... being playing with the phone since yesterday .. managed to get the internet working by putting giffgaff APN manually, tried to install custom ROM, but all in Chinese, even after you change the language there are still things left in Chinese, so i went back and installed the original ROM phone had. changed the language... phone is quite good, i like the screen and speed is very good as well.

managed to install other apps like Google map, chrome, Skype, and some game.. all work good, but when ever i install them some Chinese permission thing comes up, which i don't understand, but i think i keep clicking green tick and it works

I managed to root it using "http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1886460" tried super user and it works (not sure what benefit i get from rooting, sorry am a noob)

I followed instruction for custom roms from "http://www.gizchina.com/2012/10/28/download-install-umi-x1-custom-rom/", still all Chinese.

if any one have a question regarding this phone usage or any other information they required am willing to answer from my experience of this phone.

I would like to know if any one would be willing to develop a clean miui English ROM or jelly bean for this device? or any one willing to help me to develop a ROM ( would need alot of help as i don't know single thing about developing, but keen to learn).
 

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I don't know why vredniiy didn't include a superuser app, and I was also annoyed by the fact that xposed framework couldn't be uploaded. The solution is simple, install this ROM: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5meftjgcp9w5l30/UMI_X1_4.2.2_ANDROID.zip

I found this on a Spanish forum and it was based on Sombritagl's 4.2.2 ROM. It has superuser and latest xposed which can be updated. Since my Spanish is very poor I don't know if this is Sombritagl's work or someone else's, but in any case it's awesome! This is the best 4.2.2 for our device so far!

Sent from my UMI-X1 using Tapatalk

Thanks very much for the quick reply/response mate, I will give this rom a try.

Edit: Install was good and as for the rom itself? It's awesome, thanks once again for the download and info. Also thank you sombritagl.

....i may have spoken to soon! Do you have any issues with the camera? I can't record video, the photo is fine, but it crashes every time I attempt a video record.
 
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sombritagl

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Could you take a screenshot of your internal storage settings? I find it quite odd that apps are using only 324MB.






I don't know why vredniiy didn't include a superuser app, and I was also annoyed by the fact that xposed framework couldn't be uploaded. The solution is simple, install this ROM: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5meftjgcp9w5l30/UMI_X1_4.2.2_ANDROID.zip

I found this on a Spanish forum and it was based on Sombritagl's 4.2.2 ROM. It has superuser and latest xposed which can be updated. Since my Spanish is very poor I don't know if this is Sombritagl's work or someone else's, but in any case it's awesome! This is the best 4.2.2 for our device so far!

Sent from my UMI-X1 using Tapatalk







Thanks very much for the quick reply/response mate, I will give this rom a try.

Edit: Install was good and as for the rom itself? It's awesome, thanks once again for the download and info. Also thank you sombritagl.

....i may have spoken to soon! Do you have any issues with the camera? I can't record video, the photo is fine, but it crashes every time I attempt a video record.

In honour of the truth, that ROM you mentioned isn't mine. It's from a user called jukarx which took mine as base ROM and edited it, so all the credits to him ?
The problem is that the base we both used is flawed: camera and BT, so it would be convenient to re-port it either from amoi or jiayu.

Greetings



Enviado desde mi Nexus 7
 
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To honour the truth, that ROM you mentioned isn't mine. It's from a user called jukarx which took mine as base ROM and edited it, so all the credits to him ?
The problem is that the base we both used is flawed: camera and BT, so it would be convenient to re-port it either from amoi or jiayu.

Greetings



Enviado desde mi Nexus 7

Will there be a fixed version of this ROM (Camera / Video working etc)? I was ready to install 'juarx' ROM tomorrow when I read your post.
 

sombritagl

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Will there be a fixed version of this ROM (Camera / Video working etc)? I was ready to install 'juarx' ROM tomorrow when I read your post.

I don't have enough spare time to do so right now but there's another cook willing to make it. I'll try to help him whenever he decides to start the project.

As for the camera issue, it seems to be the stock camera app. Other users reported his front camera came back after using other apps. What happens with the video function?

Greetings

Enviado desde mi UMI X1
 

VA3PFxdadev

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I don't have enough spare time to do so right now but there's another cook willing to make it. I'll try to help him whenever he decides to start the project.

As for the camera issue, it seems to be the stock camera app. Other users reported his front camera came back after using other apps. What happens with the video function?

Greetings

Enviado desde mi UMI X1

Thanks Sombritagl, I'd be interested. Tried that (jukarx) ROM tonight and yes: the video did not work and I had problems with GPS as well. Have not tried the video after several other apps, but tried it a second time after reboot : still no go. The camera seemed to work.
I restored my 4.2.2 Vrendiys ROM for now, that works well but sometimes needs a reboot.
On the long run I'd like to get hold of aa Android 4.3 ROM....
Gracias!
 

FooFighter312

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Thanks Sombritagl, I'd be interested. Tried that (jukarx) ROM tonight and yes: the video did not work and I had problems with GPS as well. Have not tried the video after several other apps, but tried it a second time after reboot : still no go. The camera seemed to work.
I restored my 4.2.2 Vrendiys ROM for now, that works well but sometimes needs a reboot.
On the long run I'd like to get hold of aa Android 4.3 ROM....
Gracias!

I'd like to get hold of a Kit Kat rom, accidentally stumbled upon this guy that's trying to port it for mtk6577:
http://fabosums.blogspot.com/2014/01/kitkat-44-for-mtk-devices.html?m=1

And for all you devs here's something interesting: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2650513

Sent from my UMI-X1 using Tapatalk
 
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I'd like to get hold of a Kit Kat rom, accidentally stumbled upon this guy that's trying to port it for mtk6577:
http://fabosums.blogspot.com/2014/01/kitkat-44-for-mtk-devices.html?m=1

And for all you devs here's something interesting: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2650513

Sent from my UMI-X1 using Tapatalk

And I thought KitKat was strictly for MTL6589 & up quad core. Interesting if that works for the 6577 dual cores. Tnx for the links!
 

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And I thought KitKat was strictly for MTL6589 & up quad core. Interesting if that works for the 6577 dual cores. Tnx for the links!

It turns out that kitkat is especially designed to have a better performance on less powerful devices: 512 or less RAM memory. I'm no expert but if we get a KitKat version for our Umi, it should work very good. let's wait for the masters to investigate and develop.

that's good news. I had heard rumours about it but wasn't aware of the kernel source publication. Thanks for the info.

Enviado desde mi UMI X1
 

VA3PFxdadev

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It turns out that kitkat is especially designed to have a better performance on less powerful devices: 512 or less RAM memory. I'm no expert but if we get a KitKat version for our Umi, it should work very good. let's wait for the masters to investigate and develop.

that's good news. I had heard rumours about it but wasn't aware of the kernel source publication. Thanks for the info.

Enviado desde mi UMI X1

Where did you get the pretty default screen background that you use on your June 2013 UMI ROM? And what is the background called?
PS: My GPS works very well now with Vrendyi's 4.22 ROM. So my problem was ROM firmware all the time. GPS locks fairly quick and doesn't loose lock easy. Attached s a .nmea file that I created with the UMI on a recent shopping trip. I imported the file into Google Earth...
Waiting for a kit-kat ROM now...
 

Tonny73

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Hello guys!
Recently I bought a great (for it's money) phone - ZTE Grand X Pro, but I can't find any ROM for it.
The hardware looks the same with this one (UMI X1). Can anybody advise is this ROMs compatible with my device.
Thank you in advance!
 
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M47Z

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Hi everybody,
Just in case anybody wonders what to flash atm, this should be the most up-to-date 4.2:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/v2gscoui8uwa9z3/UMI.X1_ANDROID.4.2.2_JB.zip

and newest (?) recovery
http://www40.zippyshare.com/v/51893909/file.html
(reuploaded to zippyshare, so you dont have to register)

source:
http://www.movilesdualsim.com/tema/rom-4-2-2-personalizada-para-el-umi-x1.56434/
http://www.movilesdualsim.com/tema/recovery-twrp-v2-5-0-0-para-umi-x1.37094/

I'm testing this ROM since yesterday, and so far it works absolutely great!
However, I failed adding more languages... I wanted to add German as language (de, de-rDE) and tried to follow this Tutorial:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1564694
But it seems like I get something wrong, when I am at the step where I recompile there are only like five apks actually recompiled, and important apks like settings not included..

It would be great if somebody gave me a little hint, maybe a better tut for rom translating? Best thing of cause would be if a pro could add german language ;) but hey im willed to work for myself if someone helps me getting started!! :)
 
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Sjosku

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Fix GPS receive MTKchips for US or China phones

ALL ON YOUR OWN RISK, if you not now what your doing, don't do it !!
Root phone, if not allready, also use MobileUncle

A-GPS (via wifi) and GPS ON
Google Play, search app: MT GPS EPO,
Install
Wait, read, press OK
Look in MobileUncle for GPS relatet things (GPS, EPO, A-Gps, do NOT reload EPO, jou just install new one)
After FIX, close all, and
(Soft-)Reboot
Check fix (with NAVI or other GPS-app)
By me, first 20 min. bad receive, 2 or 3 satelites from 10.
Now (warmstart) in 22 sec. fix 4 from 11, later more.

While only EPO satelite-data (EPO.DAT and EPO.MD5) has overwrite (from US or China to EUROPE) it works maybe also on other than MTKchips that use EPO

I have learn here on XDA so much, to all posters/writers,
many,many THANKS :highfive:
Greets from The Netherlands





Here the step to fix my Umi X1 GPS: tested on miui beta 2 and the latest jb beta with great result, no hardware modification done, i'm first batch owner of x1, so it confirm its a software related problem not hardware

tools required (this is mandatory) :
A mobileuncle (get it from play store)
B root explorer / rom toolbox (play store)
C gps.conf file (get it from http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1233359) or for much easier job use pimp my rom (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1908269) / or play store
D epo.dat (get if from mediatek ftp server)
E es explorer or any similar tools which can use to ftp from handset (play store)

step to fix gps :
1. Open ES File Expoler (tool code E), use ftp browser , download epo.dat from ftp://mediatek.com

FTP server: epo.mediatek.com
Port: 21
Login: epo_alps
Password: epo_alps

Files:
EPO.DAT
EPO.MD5

(do not using automatic download from mobileuncle, because it sometimes get corrupted, or even always fail on 75%)

2. Using B (=root explorer / rom toolbox / any similar root explorer) go to directory data/misc , find epo.dat and mtkgps.dat , delete those two file (and any .bak file if exsisted)

3. Still using tool B , go to your download directory of your epo.dat and epo.md5 you have earlier on step 1, copy (do not move, just in case you need it for future time, maybe because flash new rom) and paste it on directory data/misc on step 2

4. download gps.conf file from C / i highly recommend pimp my rom to simplify the process (don't forget to download the rescue tool before you tempted to use any mods)

5A. using B go to directory /etc delete/edit file gps.conf (change the permission first if you can't delete/edit it) base on your continent and country code

---OR---

5B use pimp my rom go to tools - gps configuration , and select your continent and country apply it (it will ask to reboot)

6. go to open space (not surrounded with high building, preferably on good clear sky

7 open A (=mobileuncle tool) open location base sercive menu, go to EPO tab (tick enable, but don't tick auto download, remember you already done it on step 3, so no need to download any data, go to A-GPS tab, enable a-gps , scroll to bottom tick allow network initiated request and allow EM notifications, last step select GPS tab, press GPS on

enjoy watch you satellite count and fixed your location, for added greater result, and an almunium foil as hardware mods (to get better accuracy), this is optional step, now you can open gps test or any similar gps tool and update agps data

this step work both on my miui beta 2 and latest jb beta rom, recommend both :) but jb has a better power save (it enable deep sleep more than miui ics)

this step must be done again if you change / reflash your rom
 

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    JB And all

    Hi

    I've my X1 since one month now and have played a lot with.
    As i wrote earlier in this thread, the main cons that i can say is that any ICS rom I've tried don't allow the phone to switch in deep sleep mode when it's off.

    So, as lot of you, even without using my phone during my working day, the battery level goes down fast... 100% full at 7am and less than 50 at the end of the day.
    If i use the phone to surf, mail, etc... it goes faster...
    So, kind of desapointed.

    But... now there is JB and i can say that it's totaly different even if it's still a beta.
    Ok, the front camera is inverted... and some crash happens but rarely.. but...
    The deep sleep mode works well.
    Just to give you one number..
    7am, 100% full battery, 8 pm tonight with like only 10 minutes of surfing and one phone call, still 90% of battery.
    Without any tweak, i saw on CPU spy that my phone have switch to deep sleep all the day and when i was surfing and doing some little stuff, i was hal at 1ghz and half at 250mhz.
    Just by this, i love my phone.

    Now, let's give some info because lot of people have some issue rooting, flashing, etc it,

    First, to do anything with your X1, you need to install the drivers that allow your phone to communicate with windows (MTK drivers). You can find lot of info on this on the web.

    The best and from far easiest way to root the phone is to use the shuame tools for windows. (search on google www.shuame.com and use the translate link)
    You can download the software and the CWM recovery image from my dropbox at : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/57xmto94f9ei1m6/1kacttj4AD
    First, you need to install the software. I don't understand chinese at all but i didnt encounter any difficulty to install the soft.

    When you have installed it, and before to start the software, connect your X1 on the USB. Don't forget to activate the USB debugging (in the developper setting of your phone).

    Once connected (and reconnised by your windows (drivers well installed)), launch the software.
    It will detect your X1 :)

    After, automatically, it will instal the android part of the soft on you X1.

    Once finished (fast process), you need to go in the last tab on top (with 4 small squares).
    In this screen, you'll find three lines of icons.

    You just need to look at the second line of icons.

    1 - to root you phone, you need to click on the fourth icon (with root## bellow (## are for chinese char)).
    It will install the superuser (in chinese) on your phone. The process will restart your phone twice.

    2 - To install the last version of CWM (in english), you need to download the specific version for the X1 (in my dropbox). Don't close the Shuame software)
    As soon as you have donwloaded it, you need to clic on the third icon of the second line where it's writen ##Recovery.
    You'll have a windows asking you for the file you want to flash as recovery. Select the recovery.img you've just downloaded from my dropbox.

    And it's done, your x1 is rooted and you have the recovery.

    I recommend to download immediately from the play store two essential softwares :
    - Type CWM and find ROM Manager. It works with your recovery and allow to manage names of backuper, etc. when you'll try to use it the first time, It will ask you to install CWM, say yes but as it wont find the X1 CWM, he will ask you if you have manually installed it. Say yes. The version is 6.0.1 so >3 :)
    - Link2SD will allow you to erase the chinese android soft and the shuame app. You dont need it anymore.

    The Chinese SuperUser works exactly as the english one. To grant superuser a software, a popup will appear. There are two buttons : A grey one and a green/blue one. The grey has a count down in it. It says that if you dont clic on the green one within 30 sec, the soft wont be granted. If you check the little box, it means than superuser will remember your choice. ROM Manager and Link2SD need to be granted superuser.

    From CWM, you can reboot directly in recovery.

    If you want to do it manually, turn off you X1 (not sleep, but off).
    Then, hold the up volume botton, then old the power bt and wait for the UMI logo displayed on the screen.
    Then release the power and volume and you'll be in recovery CWM.

    Don't forget first to backup your current rom.

    After, play with the others.

    One last thing on JB.
    On my X1, i had to switch the two simcard to be able to use the correct one for the 3G connexion (both 3G and H symbols appear and work).
    My SD card has been identified as my second internal memory. Btw, the 2Gb of storage of the X1 are now identified as ext SD card.. don't know why.

    I've used Link2SD to move lot's of app (appart system and Google main apps) to my SD card storage place).

    To add the google apps to JB, i've downloaded the gapps-jb-20121011-signed.zip form goo. It's always long to start the download as the page has to be reloaded tons of time.

    To flash the gapps, nothing complex, just save the zip file on your sd card (the real one) and reboot in recovery.
    Dont forget to flush the cache.
    Me i also flush the dalkiv cache... but i don't know if it's useful.

    When I install a new rom, i also erase everything (reset system and cache in CWM) before to install the new rom zip file. After the installation, and before to reboot, i reflush the cache and dalkiv cache.

    I hope this will help you.

    BR

    TBH
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    I have bought a UMi X1 from china, am in UK and using giffgaff sim... being playing with the phone since yesterday .. managed to get the internet working by putting giffgaff APN manually, tried to install custom ROM, but all in Chinese, even after you change the language there are still things left in Chinese, so i went back and installed the original ROM phone had. changed the language... phone is quite good, i like the screen and speed is very good as well.

    managed to install other apps like Google map, chrome, Skype, and some game.. all work good, but when ever i install them some Chinese permission thing comes up, which i don't understand, but i think i keep clicking green tick and it works

    I managed to root it using "http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1886460" tried super user and it works (not sure what benefit i get from rooting, sorry am a noob)

    I followed instruction for custom roms from "http://www.gizchina.com/2012/10/28/download-install-umi-x1-custom-rom/", still all Chinese.

    if any one have a question regarding this phone usage or any other information they required am willing to answer from my experience of this phone.

    I would like to know if any one would be willing to develop a clean miui English ROM or jelly bean for this device? or any one willing to help me to develop a ROM ( would need alot of help as i don't know single thing about developing, but keen to learn).
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    GPS Fix UMI X1

    Here the step to fix my Umi X1 GPS: tested on miui beta 2 and the latest jb beta with great result, no hardware modification done, i'm first batch owner of x1, so it confirm its a software related problem not hardware

    tools required (this is mandatory) :
    A mobileuncle (get it from play store)
    B root explorer / rom toolbox (play store)
    C gps.conf file (get it from http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1233359) or for much easier job use pimp my rom (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1908269) / or play store
    D epo.dat (get if from mediatek ftp server)
    E es explorer or any similar tools which can use to ftp from handset (play store)

    step to fix gps :
    1. Open ES File Expoler (tool code E), use ftp browser , download epo.dat from ftp://mediatek.com

    FTP server: epo.mediatek.com
    Port: 21
    Login: epo_alps
    Password: epo_alps

    Files:
    EPO.DAT
    EPO.MD5

    (do not using automatic download from mobileuncle, because it sometimes get corrupted, or even always fail on 75%)

    2. Using B (=root explorer / rom toolbox / any similar root explorer) go to directory data/misc , find epo.dat and mtkgps.dat , delete those two file (and any .bak file if exsisted)

    3. Still using tool B , go to your download directory of your epo.dat and epo.md5 you have earlier on step 1, copy (do not move, just in case you need it for future time, maybe because flash new rom) and paste it on directory data/misc on step 2

    4. download gps.conf file from C / i highly recommend pimp my rom to simplify the process (don't forget to download the rescue tool before you tempted to use any mods)

    5A. using B go to directory /etc delete/edit file gps.conf (change the permission first if you can't delete/edit it) base on your continent and country code

    ---OR---

    5B use pimp my rom go to tools - gps configuration , and select your continent and country apply it (it will ask to reboot)

    6. go to open space (not surrounded with high building, preferably on good clear sky

    7 open A (=mobileuncle tool) open location base sercive menu, go to EPO tab (tick enable, but don't tick auto download, remember you already done it on step 3, so no need to download any data, go to A-GPS tab, enable a-gps , scroll to bottom tick allow network initiated request and allow EM notifications, last step select GPS tab, press GPS on

    enjoy watch you satellite count and fixed your location, for added greater result, and an almunium foil as hardware mods (to get better accuracy), this is optional step, now you can open gps test or any similar gps tool and update agps data

    this step work both on my miui beta 2 and latest jb beta rom, recommend both :) but jb has a better power save (it enable deep sleep more than miui ics)

    this step must be done again if you change / reflash your rom
    4
    Could you write a short tutorial about the repartitioning process?
    Or paste here you modified (2Gb internal memory) scatter file?

    Thank you!

    it's easy just to flash cwm file, you can get the file from another xda thread

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=32229946

    [MOD] MT6577 2GB Data Repartition/ SdCard Swap [HACK], INT2EXT (data2ext)

    but if you're using new JB or miui its already have 1.97 GB internal



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    More ram

    thanks you your link sokoko i manage to root my x1. :)
    i got a problem though
    my RAM now is 512 and my ROM is 2g. Umi X1 should have 1gig of RAM and 4g of rom right?
    how do i get 1gig of RAM and 4g or ROM again?




    my RAM now is 512 and my RAM is 2g. Umi X1 should have 1gig of RAM and 4g of rom right?
    how do i get 1gig of RAM and 4g or ROM again? where in CWM is that located?

    Just flash from cwm one of these files : View attachment data1.5G.zip

    View attachment data1G.zip

    View attachment data2G.zip

    View attachment data2.5G.zip Maybe,after flash is done it will say that the sd has an error.DON'T format HER.Just reflash your rom or your backup.Then it will be OK