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Question What's the latest firmware for the PadPro 2021 (TB-J716F)? (and how can i update to it?)

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tinybilbo

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Aug 25, 2011
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I'm just curious...

Whilst looking for a rooting method I've come across some firmware files that appear to go up to ZUI_13.0.346
Is that the latest Chinese Firmware?

Is it worth updating? I'm on a reasonable rom (in terms of language) (ZUI_12.5.126 with an unlocked bootloader) at the moment and don't want a load of Chinese bloatware.

I have TB-J716F_CN_OPEN_USER_Q00209.3_R_ZUI_12.6.211_ST_210730_qpst (2.8gb) which I assume I can flash with QFIL.
Then I have what appears to be an update file as inside the archive it differs from the qpst image. I have;
TB-J716F_CN_OPEN_USER_Q00209.3_R_ZUI_12.6.211_ST_210730_to_TB-J716F_CN_OPEN_USER_Q00209.3_R_ZUI_12.6.238_ST_210824.zip (8mb)
and
TB-J716F_CN_OPEN_USER_Q00209.3_R_ZUI_12.6.238_ST_210824_to_TB-J716F_CN_OPEN_USER_Q00209.3_R_ZUI_13.0.346_ST_211108.zip (2.8gb)
Which (again) I assume I must put these (one by one) in the update folder on the Pad itself and let the pad find it to update.
Is this correct?

Thx :)
 

muurin

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Jan 18, 2013
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Lenovo P11
Hi,

As of now, I think ZUI_13.0.364 should be the latest Chinese Firmware version.
You can find a zip file named "TB-J716F_CN_OPEN_USER_Q00209.3_R_ZUI_13.0.346_ST_211108_to_TB-J716F_CN_OPEN_USER_Q00209.3_R_ZUI_13.0.364_ST_211115.zip" (42mb) in this post.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...-zui_13-0-346-ota-update-chinese-rom.4363751/

And yes, you should apply updates one by one after flashing ZUI_12.6.211 with QFIL.

By the way, is it possible to share this zip file (12.6.211 to 12.6.238)?
TB-J716F_CN_OPEN_USER_Q00209.3_R_ZUI_12.6.211_ST_210730_to_TB-J716F_CN_OPEN_USER_Q00209.3_R_ZUI_12.6.238_ST_210824.zip (8mb)

Because it is the only one that I cannot find so far... So I had to try to update from 12.6.211 to 13.0.346 by omitting update to 12.6.238. At first, I thought it worked perfectly, but the next day I found that I cannot launch the built-in "Security" app anymore.
If I can get this zip file, I will be able to make sure that the problem comes from omitting update to 12.6.238 version or not.

Thank you.
 

zxcv88

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Oct 4, 2021
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I thought you updated already lol.
I think the zui 13 update is quite an improvement. Especially from the crappy Banggood rom. English is fine, you just have to get through the Chinese setup and then change the language.
 

mardon85

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Jan 8, 2009
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Manchester
Hi,

As of now, I think ZUI_13.0.364 should be the latest Chinese Firmware version.
You can find a zip file named "TB-J716F_CN_OPEN_USER_Q00209.3_R_ZUI_13.0.346_ST_211108_to_TB-J716F_CN_OPEN_USER_Q00209.3_R_ZUI_13.0.364_ST_211115.zip" (42mb) in this post.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...-zui_13-0-346-ota-update-chinese-rom.4363751/

And yes, you should apply updates one by one after flashing ZUI_12.6.211 with QFIL.

By the way, is it possible to share this zip file (12.6.211 to 12.6.238)?


Because it is the only one that I cannot find so far... So I had to try to update from 12.6.211 to 13.0.346 by omitting update to 12.6.238. At first, I thought it worked perfectly, but the next day I found that I cannot launch the built-in "Security" app anymore.
If I can get this zip file, I will be able to make sure that the problem comes from omitting update to 12.6.238 version or not.

Thank you.

Nope my Xiaoxin 12.6 does this out of the box and comes with Zui 13. I think it's a problem with the security center in Zui 13 not an issue with what you have done.
 

muurin

Member
Jan 18, 2013
19
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Lenovo P11
I thought you updated already lol.
I think the zui 13 update is quite an improvement. Especially from the crappy Banggood rom. English is fine, you just have to get through the Chinese setup and then change the language.
Yes, I'd like to continue to use Chinese version rom. But currently I have an issue regarding Security Center app on ZUI 13...
 

tinybilbo

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Aug 25, 2011
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By the way, is it possible to share this zip file (12.6.211 to 12.6.238)?

Sure :)

@zxcv88 might worth adding that link/update to your ZUI_13.0.364 OTA thread, keeps everything in one place :)
 

muurin

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Jan 18, 2013
19
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Lenovo P11
Yesterday, I did another try by including the update "12.6.211 to 12.6.238", and found that there's no difference. So I think that the "Security" app issue has nothing to do with my updating processes.
As @mardon85 says, it must be a common problem in ZUI 13.
 
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tinybilbo

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Aug 25, 2011
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Yesterday, I did another try by including the update "12.6.211 to 12.6.238", and found that there's no difference. So I think that the "Security" app issue has nothing to do with my updating processes.
As @mardon85 says, it must be a common problem in ZUI 13.
I think it must be, as I didn't even realise I had the same problem until your post!. Mine just force closes as well....
 

tinybilbo

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Aug 25, 2011
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Oh...now you have the issue, too. That's terrible... You did "Factory data reset" (or relocked bootloader) after upgrading to ZUI 13, didn't you?
No I didn't relock the bootloader because I rooted it....
I'm not too fussed at the moment
I'm going to try some permission managers to see if they work and if they do, I'll just disable the security app entirely.
(At the moment if I disable security I lose the permissions settings)
 
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tinybilbo

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Aug 25, 2011
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....
I'm going to try some permission managers to see if they work and if they do, I'll just disable the security app entirely.
(At the moment if I disable security I lose the permissions settings)....

So I installed this permission manager
and it seems to work fine..

So I've just frozen the security (I have root).
The permission section in settings doesn't work now however I can just use the above app..
 

muurin

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Jan 18, 2013
19
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Lenovo P11
So I installed this permission manager
and it seems to work fine..

So I've just frozen the security (I have root).
The permission section in settings doesn't work now however I can just use the above app..
Thank you very much for sharing your workaround.

I prefer to use with bootloader locked, but I decided to unlock and root my device, too.
(For me, keeping Widevine L1 isn't so important.)

Now I can open Security Center app as long as I don't do "Factory data reset" or relock bootloader.

Screenshot_2021-11-30-06-50-52-1407162621.jpg
 

mardon85

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Jan 8, 2009
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Manchester
Thank you very much for sharing your workaround.

I prefer to use with bootloader locked, but I decided to unlock and root my device, too.
(For me, keeping Widevine L1 isn't so important.)

Now I can open Security Center app as long as I don't do "Factory data reset" or relock bootloader.

View attachment 5470973
This is just odd!!

Why don't you try whitelisting the apps you need then relocking the boot loader? It may remember the settings and you keep Widevine L1?
 

muurin

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Jan 18, 2013
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Lenovo P11
When you relock bootloader, all the userdata forced to be wiped immediately. So the method doesn't work (at least on my device...)
 

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    I thought you updated already lol.
    I think the zui 13 update is quite an improvement. Especially from the crappy Banggood rom. English is fine, you just have to get through the Chinese setup and then change the language.
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    Wow, thank you very much!!!!
    I will try this zip file as soon as possible.
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    Yesterday, I did another try by including the update "12.6.211 to 12.6.238", and found that there's no difference. So I think that the "Security" app issue has nothing to do with my updating processes.
    As @mardon85 says, it must be a common problem in ZUI 13.
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    I think it must be, as I didn't even realise I had the same problem until your post!. Mine just force closes as well....
    Oh...now you have the issue, too. That's terrible... You did "Factory data reset" (or relocked bootloader) after upgrading to ZUI 13, didn't you?
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    Oh...now you have the issue, too. That's terrible... You did "Factory data reset" (or relocked bootloader) after upgrading to ZUI 13, didn't you?
    No I didn't relock the bootloader because I rooted it....
    I'm not too fussed at the moment
    I'm going to try some permission managers to see if they work and if they do, I'll just disable the security app entirely.
    (At the moment if I disable security I lose the permissions settings)