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Old June 14th, 2010, 08:47 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Have you read the reviews on the Ally? Blargh!! No offense, but I'd rather stick with 1.6 unrooted than go to that. Heh. No offense.

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I dont know if this will help at all, but if you dial ##7764726 and press Send, passcode 000000, there is a hidden menu with a lot of different options in it. Maybe some of this info will be helpful.


Also when dialing *#*#4636(info)#*#* and going to phone information, i get a force close. Is there any way to get this to work?
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As a step towards rooting the devour, I disassembled one. Here's the video:

http://www.freesoft.org/bbaccala/devour.avi

The largest chips on the board were:

Qualcomm MSM7627
Qualcomm RTR6500
Hynix H8BCS0UN0MCR-4EM
Qualcomm PM7540
TriQuest TQM613029
AVAGO FEM-7758

I think the MSM7627 is the processor (don't know about the others). A data sheet would be nice; anybody have one? With a pinout of the CPU, it might be possible to locate its JTAG port, which might be accessible without taking off the shielding (like I did), which might enable me/us to root the phone.
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Perhaps we could create a native program that runs with root privileges to install the new android system. For the most part android is just files right? Just have the program erase the old files and replace them with the new ones. It may sound too simple to work, but it sounds good in theory (I'm probably missing something here...).
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Old June 18th, 2010, 10:11 AM   #55 (permalink)
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i must say i like the e-insk-esque look of the ally's screen but im not satisfied with the allys keyboard.

im rather unhappy that motorola wont release a base coat/working model of pure 2.2 for this phone... basically get it working and let us work out of the kinks/map the keyboard etc...

so i have no time but this still seems possible... just waiting for more experienced support from higher devs
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Qualcomm MSM7627 - no pinout, but basic spec
Qualcomm MSM7627 - CPUlist | PDAdb.net - Comprehensive Database of PDA, PDA Phone, Smartphone, PNA & Mobile Device Specifications



Qualcomm RTR6500
Hynix H8BCS0UN0MCR-4EM
Qualcomm PM7540
TriQuest TQM613029
AVAGO FEM-7758

on the same site they have a link to a vzw updater, maybe ths package could be hijacked to help deploy custom code? (like the way the samsung moment dev team has made use of the sprint updaters)
Motorola DEVOUR A555 (Motorola Calgary) Specs | Technical Specifications | PDAdb.net - Comprehensive Database of PDA, PDA Phone, Smartphone, PNA & Mobile Device Specifications
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Android Rooting in 1-click (limited time only… until it gets patched)

would that work on the devour ?
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Old June 24th, 2010, 01:42 AM   #58 (permalink)
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I wrote off getting the Devour when I played with one and tried the Barcode app and it couldn't read the barcode. A coworker with a iPhone said "Haha! That's because it doesn't have autofocus." Then I looked at the Droid which was more than I could afford but the cheaper Eris had autofocus and I ended up with that.
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I wrote off getting the Devour when I played with one and tried the Barcode app and it couldn't read the barcode. A coworker with a iPhone said "Haha! That's because it doesn't have autofocus." Then I looked at the Droid which was more than I could afford but the cheaper Eris had autofocus and I ended up with that.

the lack of autofocus is the only real drawback, but it doesnt affect me because while the novelty of barcode reading is fun, when am i actually going to use that app in the real world..

i thought about the eris but the lack of a physical keyboard and the UI preinstalled didnt really fit my liking, Motoblur just adds a few features to the stock android experience while sense completely warps it for the worse.

i also didnt like that i would have a product with no official support, leaving me only to rely on xda devs/ hackers for updates due to the phone being discontinued.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 11:22 AM   #60 (permalink)
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The barcode scanning is good for price matching at stores that will indeed price match.
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Old June 25th, 2010, 01:36 PM   #61 (permalink)
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wanted to let you guys know im offering $100 paypal or google checkout for a successful rooting process
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Is anyone still working on the root for this phone? there has not been a new comment in awhile
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$100 apparently is just a nasty, slimy penny on the ground.
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This would be epic if you could do this, I do not believe the Devour will be getting official updates any time soon
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yea everything ive read says that the 2.1 update is still under evaluation, i mean come on they are prepping 2.2 for launch on many devices and its already rolled out to some n1 owners!!!!

i think this device would be solid if we could oc and flash a rom to it.

ill throw in with redliner, another 20 bucks if someone can root it.
redliner maybe you could post that offer on the developer board or on xda, im sure the hacking community wouldnt check out a subforum for a phone thats not rooted yet.
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it's up on xda

trying to root/update/hack motorola devour - xda-developers
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sweet maybe there is some hope then..
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I just rooted my Devour today so I am very interested in this thread for a 2.2 Rom.
http://thetechjournal.com/electronics/mobile/steps-to-root-motorola-devour.xhtml
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We can haz Devour root now. Instructions inside. XD - Android Central Forums
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Root Claims Another Motorola Device, the Motorola Devour AndroidSPIN | Your No.1 source for Everything Android.

I'm working on this on my device - I've got the all-important #, so now I'm going to work on turning on wi-fi without having an account (verizon has it locked down...)
I'll put that in a different thread.
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So I am now rooted, but have a question. If i were to overclock, what would be a safe speed to go to?
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Ok i am now sure about the over clock But The Cliq is getting there 2.1 update !
YouTube - &#x202a;MotoBlur 2.1 for unrooted Motorola CLIQ (Preview)&#x202c;&lrm;
So couldnt we use like something from that update to help us get 2.1 on this? theres already roms for the 2.1 update with motoblur so is there any way possible on trying to get this on the devour? Motoblur to better motoblur?
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Would a developer phone working (bad early rom, boots but sucks) with a jtag connector attached help? I might know where to procure such a thing.

Also, I need a good working dump of the current software. Can any of the devour users out there oblige?

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Also, I need a good working dump of the current software. Can any of the devour users out there oblige?

Adam[/QUOTE]


I have my devour rooted and deleted a few verizon apps, but I did back them up before erasing. How can I help.

just to add...this thursday I should be getting a replacement ''fresh'' devour untouched so if you need to extract anything I am available
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is there anyway you could upload the dump and send a link? i am specifically looking for gtalkservice.apk, and gtalkservice.odex... but would love the hole dump of the system
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Default Motorola Devour Monster Flash (SBF) File - CALAND_X_01.15.08P_MONSTER_01.sbf

I haven't seen this posted anywhere and took me hours of searching and trying to fix my phone to find it.

It's the Motorola Devour 01.15.08P Monster SBF Flash File. You can get it here...
CALAND_X_01.15.08P_MONSTER_01.sbf

I obtained the link from the root procedure located at...
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Here's my Devour story with a happy ending (well, at least for having a working Devour again)...

I rooted my devour and then ran a backup both with ADB (pulling all files from phone) and with Titanium Backup. Then, like an idiot, I went through removing some system apps (which I thought were just bloatware) but apparently I hit something that wasn't. After rebooting my phone was stuck in boot screen. If I connected USB cable then it would continue on like it was going to fully boot but as soon as boot loader went away and home screen was "about" to come up, I then would get constant crash messages of google apps and motorola blur setup. The only thing I could access was task bar at top. I couldn't run apps, I couldn't go into any menu's (other than setting USB to motorola pc tools or sd card), etc... So I could copy files to SD Card, but because I couldn't get into the menu to enable USB Debugging, I couldn't access the system directory at all through ADB (it won't connect without USB Debugging enabled). I was absolutely screwed!

I tried using another Devour with Titanium Backup (it was also rooted) to create the update.zip and then run from boot loader (boot with power + space + 'r' held down) by pressing Z + B and then running option Z + N to update from update.zip on sdcard, but it would fail with signature error. I tried every single signature process out there (had like 6 different versions) and all would fail.

So then I said ok, let's try the full reset to wipe the phone, after all I can re-load Titanium Backup and my files are still on the SD Card so I should be good. However, after performing the full reset (option Z + M from bootloader) it still behaved exactly the same. So again, I was REALLY screwed!

But luckily I finally found the monster flash posted at the location above. I simply downloaded the file, ran RSDLite 4.6 (which detected my phone just fine), selected the SBF flash file and clicked Start. It kicked my phone into USB Bootloader mode (as a side note, you can actually access this by turning the phone off, removing battery and SDCard, plugging in USB and holding down keys E+R at the same time until blue screen shows up) and started the flash update. It only took a couple minutes and showed success after rebooting my phone. I held my fingers crossed and (drumroll)...... BOOYA! It worked perfectly! It started the motorola blur setup screen and I used existing account and everything installed perfect and went into original home screen.

I downloaded Titanium Backup and restored my previous backup and all was good.

One note, this Monster Flash File is version 1.15.08P but the latest update (which includes some good performance fixes) is 1.15.10P I believe. After I flashed the file above and went home it did prompt me immediately to run the 1.15.10P update. If I knew how to capture these files I would and post it. If anybody knows the process, let me know and I'll grab it as I haven't updated it yet and can always go back and do it again if necessary.

Anyway, I wanted to post this as it might save some people some big headaches or even possible unnecessary returns. Plus, it should give a little peace of mind for being able to recover when trying out things such as testing a working 2.1 build so we can all enjoy. :-)

Once again, the monster flash file is located at...
CALAND_X_01.15.08P_MONSTER_01.sbf

And I got this file from the root procedure outlined at...
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thank you very much, yeah i searched forever and couldnt find any sort of dump till yester someone posted the default apps.

i was trying to get rid of some bloatware and deleted gtalkservice.apk thinking it was the google talk well i was wrong lmao it actually destroyed my android market and i just took the default apps copied them all to /system/app and still didnt work then i did a full system reset using the r+spacebar to boot into recovery menu and hitting z+b to show the text the the fullreset z+m

found default apps apps at this forum: Anyone Have Backup of Original APKs? - Android Forums

here is the direct link to the files: DefaultApps.zip download free - FileSwap.com
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so????
did somebody still trying to make update.zip for devour??????????
what about rebuilding Huawei Ascend or LG VS660 Vortex firmware (because they are based on the same chip, and other specs are familiar)??
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this might be an interesting weekend project.
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this might be an interesting weekend project.
but this still nothing
need somebody, who really can make update file, because I'm totaly zero
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The Devour has a locked bootloader like the Droid X i believe, i remember hearing that somewhere. right now i have both the X and the Devour. I love both of them but i use the X more because yeah, custom roms higher android stronger etc.
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The Devour has a locked bootloader like the Droid X i believe, i remember hearing that somewhere. right now i have both the X and the Devour. I love both of them but i use the X more because yeah, custom roms higher android stronger etc.
yes, but devour is rooted, and maybe we can try to load clockworkmod or sbsrecovery... ect.

or... perhaps there is a method to sign mod firmware like original motorola's rom
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A weekend project? You think you can make progress on this over the weekend? Best of luck, it's something that's long overdue. Shoot for Gingerbread.
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Hey, what kind of developer team....?
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I guess we're hoping to put together the software needed to that Devour users can attain a stable and permanent root and flash a stable ROM that makes it a better phone. I think we're going to explore SmokedGlass 6.0 since some people have mentioned it worked for them. So instead of rumors, let's make it a reality.
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Count me in. I don't have much coding or Linux experience but I'll be more than happy to test, and give my two cents if I can.

Personally, I'd prefer Eclair or Gingerbread to some third party ROM. But if this Smokedglass is indeed a good stepping stone then I'll be more than happy to help however I can.
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I'm actually thinking about maybe creating our own ROM. Go to the linux website and download ubuntu and burn it to a cd. thats how i run linux. i never partitioned my hard disk or nothing.
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Im currently pulling all the files off of my devour and i'm going to try and alter them and push them as maybe a ROM or something. We'll see how this turns out. I'll post a download link later.
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I tried to push all the files I have in /data/app, /data/data and /sys/app onto the Android emulator running 1.6 SDK (there's probably a better way to do this) and I couldn't. If anyone winds up with a workable file (AVD isn't it?) then can they upload it somewhere?
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im pulling every single file thats on my phone onto an external sd card because adb couldnt process certain files for some reason. its been goin for 3 hours. just hold up a bit.
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does anybody know, is droid x's bootloader the same, as devour's?
and, if yes, can we use it for cracking devour... (maybe patch droid x clockwork mod)
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I emailed koush today about maybe him building a recovery for us. He has yet to reply but I think he might go for it since we are a relatively active community.
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Don't need to partition anything to run Linux. Read: Wubi. Windows sees it as just a big file on the hard drive. Linux sees it as its own partition.

As for our "own ROM," what kind of ROM were you thinking? Android 2.3? Something altogether different? I'd rather shoot for a ROM with a custom kernel, to allow wifi tethering as an infrastructure access point.
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I'm thinking Modding a cyanogenmod for the x maybe
Add our keylayout. Stuff like that
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Whatever we choose we'll have to start with the barebones vanilla android and build up from there. I think achieving stability on the devour hardware will be key.
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As long as it has a custom kernel with netfilter whatsits so I can wifi tether as an infrastructure access point. I've been trying everything to connect my Nintendo DS to the internet, Connectify.me, Barnacle, even any public access point I can find. I'm at the end of my rope with this thing. Stupid DS doesn't support WPA2 or ad-hoc networking. But I digress.

I know basically nothing about Cyanogen since the Devour is my first Android. What's different about it?
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Well i think if we like. "Copy paste" our keylayout and other essential files into a droid x or something similar's ROM it'll be a great test.
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If it were that easy it would have been done by now. The problem is getting into the bootloader if I remember correctly. Then one other potential big problem is drivers... I wouldn't assume the bootloading process will be the same or even similar to any of the mainstream Droids or anything else, though if it is then a lot of the work is done for us.
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You gotta remember though. Alot of our progress is due to the Devour and X's similarities.
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