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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by rally911t, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. rally911t

    rally911t Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hi Guys,

    I recently bought the Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G9008W) in China. After changing the language settings and leaving China (to get out from behind the firewall), I still cannot access google services.

    Does anyone know how to change the OS from Kitkat 4.4.2 Chinese to regular Kitkat 4.4.2? Is it possible on this model phone? Is it just a root then flash ROM, or is it something more complicated?

    Please help.
     



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  2. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    Don't know anything about the Chinese phones, but you can "usually" change the language yourself.

    If you can figure out where the "Language and Input" is on the Settings Menu,
    the one you want is the first one at the top of the page: simply called Language

    that should give you a list of all languages
     
  3. rally911t

    rally911t Lurker
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    I am not talking about changing the language settings, as I already see it in English.

    The problem is that Google and the Chinese Gov have issues, and thus newer phones using android OS sold in China come with google play services blocked.

    Thus, I am looking at ways to either root the phone or somehow find a ROM that works with the model SM-G9008W. I haven't been able to yet.
     
  4. AZgl1500

    AZgl1500 Extreme Android User

    I understood that China gov was blocking Google Services on an internet level. If that is true, and if I personally were in China with my Verizon phone and using roaming mode.... would I also NOT be able to access Google Services there?

    In my example, I would not be using a Chinese carrier's SIM card, I would be using my own SIM from Verizon and using VZW's International Roaming Plan.

    Even with my example, my phone would still have to use a local Chinese carrier, and that carrier would have to block Google because of the Chinese government orders.

    maybe I'm not totally understanding the issue, but it seems to me, that even if you were trying to use "my phone" assuming I lent it to you, that you are still unable to use Google.
     
  5. jj14x

    jj14x Android Expert

    are you sure that your phone is a genuine samsung device? There have been reports of fake Samsung devices that don't run all the google services
     
  6. JonathanWhitey

    JonathanWhitey Android Enthusiast

    Yeah. Something the op needs to make sure of. You can easily end up with a fake phone if you travel to China. Something that may seem like a great price, but you end up with a substandard copy.
     
  7. rally911t

    rally911t Lurker
    Thread Starter

    It is a real legit phone, bought it at the Samsung store and no indications it is fake.

    That being said, it is not an internet issue, since I live in Singapore. It has something to do with the OS 4.4.2 Chinese that automatically blocks Google Services.

    Does anyone know of a custom ROM for the SM-G9008W? I haven't been able to find one for this exact model.
     
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    philayl Android Expert

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