Guide To Lephone (firmware update, convert to english, root)
I managed to get one of these phones from china and after hours or trolling chinese forums with google translator i have managed to do a few things so i decided to put together a guide.
this is my first guide and i am doing all this from memory fell free to msg me with any errors
Change to english
Press the orange circle in the upper right corner of the phone this will drop down a a bunch of apps cycle through them till you see a blue icon with a gear inside select that then scroll to the bottom and select the last option.
next select the option between the two bars and volla you should see english.
to convert the 91 pc suite right click the tray icon third option down the select english.
extract the image folder from the 3GW100_S973_100604 zip file to the root directory of the phones flash card
pull out the battery and unplug the reboot the phone while holding the right button and just wait. remember to delete the image folder from the flash card or you wond be able to flashboot to root your phone.
Extract le_root.zip to you harddrive
open a command window and get to the extracted directory if you extracted it to you c:
Put your Phone into fastboot mode by removing the battery unpluging it and powering it on while pressing the right side button once you see little white writing in the bottom corner its in fastboot mode execute the following commands in the command prompt window
Upgrade the firmware fixes a few minor issues the main fix is the reception is increased. I find the phone overall good the only problem is that the rom is made around chine with no google apps but if you don't mind cooking its a great phone.
Belkrem, thanks for doing this, I live in China and plan on getting one of these phones in the next few weeks, I to have been following the root threads on the Chinese forums using Google translator. One of the things I am still unclear about is whether or not you can install Gmail and other APKs that are available at Android Market. Can you install Android Market itself to get apps? what is your experience so far with those things?
I have managed to install google maps and google googles and gmail as well as the google launcher (home screen) by uploading parts of other roms. I have got market installed but it crashes every time i start it.
My android knowledge is limited so i am basically trying to get things working by trial and error but i am fairly sure it is possible to get any apk installed now that it is rooted but it isn't easy.
my recommendation for trail and error is to load lerecovery.img then use adb to upload files then load boot.img and try and see if it worked.
on that note anyone with experiance cooking roms i would be vary happy for any help.
belkrem, thanks for your post of the lenovo lephone rooting instructions, I received the phone a week ago, I have added a few apk files but I also and I do understand that there are some limitations right out of the box and I would like to gain "more" access to its system and make changes however, I am new to the whole "rooting" procedure and have minimal understanding of it. I know this asking a lot, but is it anyway possible for list step by step specific instructions on how to root the phone i.e. copying files, which files, etc ? Thanks in advance !!!
its easy just put the apk on the flash card and launch the apk from the filemanager on the phone. or you can use the 91 assist sftware on the computer to install the apk (the exe files for rthat pogram located on the sd card) the third option is to use adb
belkrem, thanks for your usuall support, I never tought it was so easy.
some more question, if you could help me:
- what's the advantage of rooting the Lephone?
- Can I download all Android Market apps to my PC and after install to my Lephone as you described?
- What's the current version of Android on Lephone? Any news about froyo 2.2 for it?
I have some friends that work for Lenovo China, if there's something that I can help let me know.
the version is 1.6 the advantage of rooting is there is some application that require root, also it lets you to make personal changes to the firmware. To install any apps you just need the apk files. there are some other markets out there that you can download like Slideme just google slideme.apk you will find it.
Hi Belkrem, thanks for this helpful guide. I bought this phone from china but I want to use the Android Market apps which existing firmware doesn't allow me to do that. I want to ask a question. This guide has been written in june by you, is there any changes since june? Can I try it now in this way or is there any changes since june?
I'm using the exact same firmware and I didn't have any problem.
Unfortunately the most common answer to your question on chinese forums is "take your Phone to Lenovo service center".
I'll keep an eye on the forums and let you know if I find something.
Thank you for your help, actually I had to send it back to the seller, it is not yet arrived (probably due to the weather in europe), I hope they will be able to "unbrick" it.... (they said they will install the new rom themselves, so if it fails again, the phone will already be at tech support)
Also, someone can tell me if this rom support other languages than chinese and english, such as french ?
I'm also used to a more "traditional" version of android than LeOS, can you tell me if it is possible to change the UI ? Is there a new rom based on android 2.1 ?
I lost the little magnetic POGO cap, do you know where I can find a new one ? Do you think it's because of that the upgrade failed ? thank you.
I just got my new lephone yesterday. I would like to change the firmware so I can install android market, and other android application? Could you point me into the right direction step by step? I try the link above to download allphone 1.4.1 but the link does not work.
1.put the image into the TF card( rootdirectory)
2.Ensure MicroSD card installed in the machine,hold the Mirror button+power button,then the phone opend, then release the power button, but do not release the mirror button,then screen will show english word,release the mirror button.
PS: of course be sure there is enough battery before updating and erase the image folder in microsd card after successful upgrade
hi i tried updatin my lephone software to ginger bread 2 . sumthing nd when my phone was in safe mode after some time dah screen blacked out so i removed dah battery now my phone turns on but the screen is black dere is nuthing displayed although i can still hear the volume button ring when i increase it plzzzzz help or my dad will kill me
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