Vernee Apollo Helio X25 - TWRP and ROOT

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Cleopatra Bianchi

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TWRP 3.0.3 at the post number 17 !

PLEASE FOLLOW VERY CAREFULLY THE NEXT STEPS

Make sure to have installed the OTA "full_k15ta_a-ota-1484567521.zip" (201701) !

1) Download the TWRP 3.0.2 at the next link :
http://www.mediafire.com/file/ya6ql5kcqtqy1h9/Apollo_twrp_3.0.2.rar

2) Install the adb drivers and fastboot commands :

http://www.mediafire.com/file/2df821420xpdp48/ADB_1.4.2.rar

Unrar the rar. Run “adb-setup.exe”. Hit “Y” to all 3 questions.

3) Tap on Settings --> About phone --> Tap Build number seven times.
Developer options --> OEM unlocking enabled and USB debugging enabled.

4) Download SuperSU.zip and BusyBox.zip at the next link :

http://www.mediafire.com/file/g4hubpximcn2g1b/LAST_SU-BU.rar

5) Unrar the rar. Copy the 2 zips onto your microSD.

STEPS TO DO ONCE ONLY :

6) Plug your phone to PC via USB cable.
Allow the pop up request on your phone to give your PC USB debugging.
7) Open CMD (command prompt).
8) Type the next command :

adb reboot bootloader (and press enter)

9) Now type the next command :

fastboot oem unlock (and press enter)

10) Press volume up (into your phone) to confirm to unlock the bootloader.
You will see in the CMD prompt the next messages :

"Start unlock flow", and when it will be finished, you will see "OKAY".

11) Reboot in normal mode (be patient, when you unlock the bootloader, the phone reset to factory).
12) Now tap 7 times on Build number. Then Developer options, and re-enable OEM unlocking and USB debugging.

STEPS TO DO EVERY TIME YOU NEED TWRP RECOVERY :

13) Copy the TWRP (recovery.img) into the same folder of fastboot.exe and adb.exe ( c:\adb\ ).
14) Connect your phone to the PC via USB cable.
15) Open CMD (command prompt) and type the next command :

adb reboot bootloader (and press enter)

16) Now type the next command :

fastboot boot c:\adb\recovery.img (and press enter)

17) Onto TWRP, if asking you to swipe to allow modification of System, tap KEEP READ ONLY.
18) Now - the most important thing - tap on Backup.
19) Check mark on Nvram, Boot, System and Data.
20) Tap on Select Storage, tap on MicroSDCard, tap on OK.
21) Tap Swipe to Backup.
22) Return to the main menù of TWRP.
23) Tap Install. Tap on Select Storage. Tap Micro SDCard. Tap OK.
24) Tap on SuperSU zip
25) Swipe to confirm Flash.
26) Tap on Reboot.
27) Tap on POWER OFF.
28) Turn on your phone.
29) Tap on the icon of SuperSU to activate it.
30) Download an app like "Root Check" or similar, to verify if phone is rooted.

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julius1504

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is there a stock recovery available that i can flash in case i want to reset my phone or pull ota updates without flashing any zip files? i think the ota.zip that vernee released does not include a recovery, does it?

EDIT: there might be a possibility to extract recovery.img from the phone over adb. the problem is that you need to be rooted to do this but i am not, so i will leave a link down below. could someone who rooted his apollo try to get the recovery.img ?
https://android.stackexchange.com/questions/132314/can-we-backup-the-stock-recovery-img-in-any-way
 
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is there a stock recovery available that i can flash in case i want to reset my phone or pull ota updates without flashing any zip files? i think the ota.zip that vernee released does not include a recovery, does it?

You are right. There is no recovery.img inside the OTA update zip
I have made a custom recovery by myself. The pictures are the proof that my twrp works well.
This twrp method does not affect the original stock recovery.
Before to start the twrp by Fastboot, make sure you have installed the OTA 201701 update zip onto your Apollo.
 
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jrotaetxe

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Hello, Cleopatra
Just a couple of questions....
1.- In this TWRP "instalation" you ask adb to boot from an image is not in the telephone but in your PC? (Please, confirm)
2.- Instad using SuperSu for root, can Magisk take its place? Magisk seems to be a very promisory system.
Thank you very much. I do not have my piedce already to check myself. That is the reason of item 2.-
 

Cleopatra Bianchi

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Hello, Cleopatra
Just a couple of questions....
1.- In this TWRP "instalation" you ask adb to boot from an image is not in the telephone but in your PC? (Please, confirm)
2.- Instad using SuperSu for root, can Magisk take its place? Magisk seems to be a very promisory system.
Thank you very much. I do not have my piedce already to check myself. That is the reason of item 2.-

Your first question :
Fastboot to boot the recovery.img (TWRP) inside your PC. I confirm it.

Your second question :
Regarding Magisk, please keep in mind that you need also "phh's SuperUser" and "xposed-v87.0-sdk23-topjohnwu.zip".

Very soon I will have the Vernee Apollo in my hands to do all kinds of tests without asking anyone to be the test case.
The first most important target is to make a stock firmware flashable by SP Flash Tool.
The second most important target is to make a twrp flashable by SP Flash Tool.

Regards
 
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Stock firmware in Flash Tool

Your first question :
Fastboot to boot the recovery.img (TWRP) inside your PC. I confirm it.

Your second question :
Regarding Magisk, please keep in mind that you need also "phh's SuperUser" and "xposed-v87.0-sdk23-topjohnwu.zip".

Very soon I will have the Vernee Apollo in my hands to do all kinds of tests without asking anyone to be the test case.
The first most important target is to make a stock firmware flashable by SP Flash Tool.
The second most important target is to make a twrp flashable by SP Flash Tool.

Regards

I look forward to flash the stock firmware in Flash Tool. I foolishly made a phone of brick, all backups lost. Thanks!
 

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UPDATE 01

UPDATE 01

Carliv Touch Recovery 5.7.3

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The touchscreen does NOT works.
BUT :
You are able to move between the options by "volume up" and "volume down" buttons.
You are able to select any option by "power" button.
Flash it by SP Flash Tool (load the scatter file inside rar and select "Download Only" option).

On an inspired idea by Marsapa (Androidiani forum).

Download link : You will find it on Needrom



STEPS TO UNBRICK THE VERNEE APOLLO :

Make sure you have the "full_k15ta_a-ota-XXX.zip" onto your microSD.
Make sure you have "UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.79-20161211114519.zip" onto your microSD.

SuperSU.zip and BusyBox.zip link :

http://www.mediafire.com/file/g4hubpximcn2g1b/LAST_SU-BU.rar

1) Flash the recovery.img with SP Flash Tool.

2) Press "volume up" and "power" buttons simultaneously.

3) Select the first line with "volume up" button.

4) Press "volume down" to enter into Carliv 5.7.3.

5) Press "volume down" button and select "install zip".

6) Press "power" button.

7) Select "Choose zip from ExtraSD" and press "power" button.

If you do not find anything on ExtraSD, select "Choose zip from Sdcard".

8) Select "full_k15ta_a-ota-1482441792.zip" and press "power" button.
9) Select "Yes - Install full_k15ta_a-ota-1482441792.zip".
10) Press "power" button to start the flash of OTA zip.

You will see the following lines appear in sequence :

Finding update package...
Opening update package...
Installing update...
Target:
alps/full_15ta_a/k15ta_a:6.0/MRA58K/1482438895:user/release-keys
Patching system image unconditionally...
Verifying the updated system image...
Verified the updated system image.
Patching custom image unconditionally...
Verifying the updated custom image...
Verified the updated custom image.
Patching custom image unconditionally...
Verifying the updated custom image...
Verified the updated custom image.
start to update general image
start to update loader image
start to update main loader image

Install from sdcard complete.

11) Select "<<<< Go Back <<<<" and press "power" button.
12) Press "volume down" button and select "install zip".
13) "Choose zip from Sdcard".
14) Select "UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.79-20161211114519.zip" and press "power" button.
15) Select "Yes - Install UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.79-20161211114519.zip".
16) When "Install from sdcard complete", "<<<< Go Back <<<<".
17) Select "Reboot Phone".
18) Select "No".
19) Be patient. Your Apollo will reboot twice.
20) Enjoy with your unbricked Vernee Apollo.
21) Settings-->About phone-->tap 7 times on Build number.
22) Developer options-->enable OEM unlocking and USB debugging.
23) Tap on SuperSU icon to activate it (New user).

:cool:
 
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How to enter to Custom RECOVERY?

Hello
I tried two recovery
TWRP and Carliv Touch Recovery
everything is ok - Backup and Restore
But how enter to recovery?
Button "-" with "power" dont work
Button "+" with "power" and when choose Recovery - dont work
 

Cleopatra Bianchi

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Hello
I tried two recovery
TWRP and Carliv Touch Recovery
everything is ok - Backup and Restore
But how enter to recovery?
Button "-" with "power" dont work
Button "+" with "power" and when choose Recovery - dont work

I see you on 4pda.
1) "volume plus" + "power" simultaneously.
2) select the first line with "volume plus".
3) press "volume minus" to enter into recovery.

I suggest you to install "Quick Reboot (Root)" apk to enter more quickly into recovery mode.
 
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jrotaetxe

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Cleo.
Think will be good you "edit" the first post and include this update. Thus yo do not obligue a reader to dive the whole thread to finf the most updated of your achievements...
Congrats and thank you. having TWRP for the phone is a huge step.
Regards
 

why666me

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i just wanna say thanks alot


its working like magic on my Vernee Apollo

However, im still on
21) Tap Swipe to Backup.


took around 40 mins to Backup



i'll keep you posted of what happens

---------- Post added at 06:57 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:12 PM ----------

Its all working just fine



Cleopatra :angel: what you did her is just beyond amazing
 

Cleopatra Bianchi

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i just wanna say thanks alot


its working like magic on my Vernee Apollo

However, im still on
21) Tap Swipe to Backup.


took around 40 mins to Backup



i'll keep you posted of what happens

WHAT ??? 40 minutes to make a backup ???
WAIT please ! Probably you are doing it wrong.

Questions :

1) Do you have selected ONLY Nvram, Boot, System and Data ?
2) What kind of microSD are you using ? Speed class 6 or speed class 10 ?
 

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    TWRP 3.0.3 at the post number 17 !

    PLEASE FOLLOW VERY CAREFULLY THE NEXT STEPS

    Make sure to have installed the OTA "full_k15ta_a-ota-1484567521.zip" (201701) !

    1) Download the TWRP 3.0.2 at the next link :
    http://www.mediafire.com/file/ya6ql5kcqtqy1h9/Apollo_twrp_3.0.2.rar

    2) Install the adb drivers and fastboot commands :

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/2df821420xpdp48/ADB_1.4.2.rar

    Unrar the rar. Run “adb-setup.exe”. Hit “Y” to all 3 questions.

    3) Tap on Settings --> About phone --> Tap Build number seven times.
    Developer options --> OEM unlocking enabled and USB debugging enabled.

    4) Download SuperSU.zip and BusyBox.zip at the next link :

    http://www.mediafire.com/file/g4hubpximcn2g1b/LAST_SU-BU.rar

    5) Unrar the rar. Copy the 2 zips onto your microSD.

    STEPS TO DO ONCE ONLY :

    6) Plug your phone to PC via USB cable.
    Allow the pop up request on your phone to give your PC USB debugging.
    7) Open CMD (command prompt).
    8) Type the next command :

    adb reboot bootloader (and press enter)

    9) Now type the next command :

    fastboot oem unlock (and press enter)

    10) Press volume up (into your phone) to confirm to unlock the bootloader.
    You will see in the CMD prompt the next messages :

    "Start unlock flow", and when it will be finished, you will see "OKAY".

    11) Reboot in normal mode (be patient, when you unlock the bootloader, the phone reset to factory).
    12) Now tap 7 times on Build number. Then Developer options, and re-enable OEM unlocking and USB debugging.

    STEPS TO DO EVERY TIME YOU NEED TWRP RECOVERY :

    13) Copy the TWRP (recovery.img) into the same folder of fastboot.exe and adb.exe ( c:\adb\ ).
    14) Connect your phone to the PC via USB cable.
    15) Open CMD (command prompt) and type the next command :

    adb reboot bootloader (and press enter)

    16) Now type the next command :

    fastboot boot c:\adb\recovery.img (and press enter)

    17) Onto TWRP, if asking you to swipe to allow modification of System, tap KEEP READ ONLY.
    18) Now - the most important thing - tap on Backup.
    19) Check mark on Nvram, Boot, System and Data.
    20) Tap on Select Storage, tap on MicroSDCard, tap on OK.
    21) Tap Swipe to Backup.
    22) Return to the main menù of TWRP.
    23) Tap Install. Tap on Select Storage. Tap Micro SDCard. Tap OK.
    24) Tap on SuperSU zip
    25) Swipe to confirm Flash.
    26) Tap on Reboot.
    27) Tap on POWER OFF.
    28) Turn on your phone.
    29) Tap on the icon of SuperSU to activate it.
    30) Download an app like "Root Check" or similar, to verify if phone is rooted.

    :cool:
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    Where can I find the update zip ?

    http://www.vernee.cc/downloads-apollo.html

    There are the two next zip :

    full_k15ta_a-ota-1482441792.zip

    full_k15ta_a-ota-1484567521.zip

    The k15ta_a is typical of Vernee Apollo Helio X25
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    answer

    Hello.
    I had some problems with adb 1.4.2 installer, that did not work for me on Win7 and Win10 systems (both 64bit).
    The command prompt said no file was copied and ended with this error:
    ERROR: invalid command line parameter 'link\desktop\adb-installer.log'
    So then I used older driver that worked for me "adb 1.3" and now I am sing 3rd version of moded ROM.

    So now I have problems with camera and other things.
    Internal camera app can use only .3gp format for video and only .jpg for pictures. Another camera apps from store can not record 4K video (when 4K is set, then I get only 640*480, FHD resolution is working normally). I do not know how to get RAW picture files. Is it even possible? GPS and Wifi (5GHz) is quite weak and positioning is slow.

    The good thing for me is less battery drain at the moment.
    Overall thanks for modding and reply.

    The adb 1.4.2 installer works very well onto my Windows 7 x64 partition.

    The camera problem is one problem we all have in common.

    In my view, the Vernee Apollo has an excellent hardware.
    Unfortunately, Vernee Apollo has a bad software.

    It seems that Vernee brand has abandoned the Apollo Helio X25 project.
    No Nougat update done yet.

    I did my best to improve the Vernee Apollo.
    The 3rd version of modded rom seems to have solved definitively the battery consumption.
    The battery is the most important piece in a smartphone.

    Despite all the flaws of Vernee Apollo .... I am quite happy of it.
    A contented mind is a perpetual feast, be happy with what you have got.
    ;)
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    This root is for Vernee Apollo X 4G Phablet ?

    Grazie

    Of course.

    Prego.
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    is there a stock recovery available that i can flash in case i want to reset my phone or pull ota updates without flashing any zip files? i think the ota.zip that vernee released does not include a recovery, does it?

    You are right. There is no recovery.img inside the OTA update zip
    I have made a custom recovery by myself. The pictures are the proof that my twrp works well.
    This twrp method does not affect the original stock recovery.
    Before to start the twrp by Fastboot, make sure you have installed the OTA 201701 update zip onto your Apollo.
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