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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by Roy Oxlade, Mar 3, 2021.

  1. Roy Oxlade

    Roy Oxlade Newbie
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    Hi all

    Has anyone got any experience with the company or their products? I am looking at the fone manager product but am not having much success with their support in getting simple answers. All I need to know is will this product running on a pc be able to view all the files on a rooted device. The trial version cannot but would the unlocked version allow this?

    Thanks Roy
     


    #1 Roy Oxlade, Mar 3, 2021
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2021

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  2. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    Never heard of this. Is it something like Air Droid?

    What phone do you have?
     
  3. Roy Oxlade

    Roy Oxlade Newbie
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    Hi

    The phone is a rooted Ruggex Rhino 2 running Android Lolipop 5.1. I did look at Airdroid but it was to messy for my liking, I think it shares using a cloud. I looked at Drfone because it looked simple, connect devices with cable and allow USB debugging and then access the Android files from your PC but so far their technical support does not seem to know to much about their own products!

    All I want to do is connect this Android device to my Pc and then be able to access all the files, something I have be able to do in the Windows enviroment since the days of DOS but Android is just not playing ball, it even struggles with relating a file extension to a program which is another story.

    thanks Roy
     
  4. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Enthusiast

    I had it once duration of my old Moto z2 force, it works like a charm, you just select what you want to do with it. And it will work very fast on windows ten.
     
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  5. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Yeh, Dr Fone by WonderShare. It comes from China, and I've only read bad things about it on AF. So, not recommended IMO.
     
  6. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    FYI Android uses a Linux kernel and Linux EXT file systems, which I believe Windows can have a hard time with, not without third-party software support(if any). I don't use Windows myself of course, so can't really help you much more, except maybe try using a Linux OS on your PC, like Ubuntu or something.
     
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    Milo Williamson Android Enthusiast

     
  8. Roy Oxlade

    Roy Oxlade Newbie
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    Hi all

    Finally got confirmation from Wondershare that their phone manager product cannot view or access the ROOT of an Android device, it only sees what you would see on an unrooted device so for me is pointless. I will look at the posibility of Ubuntu as another option.
     
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  9. Roy Oxlade

    Roy Oxlade Newbie
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    Hi all

    Been thinking, the suggestion of something like Ubuntu on a Pc so it can work with the Android device, why not the other way round. Rather than make the Pc speak Android could I get the Android to speak Windows? Initial look there are programs that claim to load Windows onto Android devices but not supported, anyone know if this is feasable because I cannot see how Windows would use Android hardware drivers if they cannot even communicate on the same level.
     
  10. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Enthusiast

    Enable USB debugging also transferring files, it works excellent anyways. Huh I just upload a ton of my photos via my windows ten using my androids.
    That is odd must of been a harder model of cell phone...
     
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  11. Roy Oxlade

    Roy Oxlade Newbie
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    Hi

    I have been trying now for many hours to try and sort the issues but as soon as you make any progress another issue crops up. I could also upload photos because these are not in the root, it is this hidden area that is a problem. This device is rooted and all files can be accessed using Solid Explorer and I even used root checker to add another check. In Dr fone it just will not allow access to the Root, or any system level files. Now I know that when Solid explorer wants to access the root, a program called superuser grants access permission and so I think the issue with Dr fone is that it is not getting or asking for this access permision. I have had another suggestion but will open that as a new post which is to use a Google free version of Android in a custom ROM but no clues about this as yet.
     
  12. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    If the device is rooted, then that means that you have access to the root files that you are seeking to transfer?

    If so, why not just copy those files into the normal memory area and then transfer them?

    Pardon my ignorance, but I assumed that when a device is rooted, the user is allowed access to the root files as any other files.
    {I have never messed with rooting myself.}

    Maybe an awesome file exporer like MTK can help, or possibly even a Wi-Fi sharing app like NitroShare can help.

    https://m.apksum.com/app/mt-manager/bin.mt.plus
    {closest version to what I use that I could find quickly}

    https://f-droid.org/en/packages/net.nitroshare.android/

    https://nitroshare.net/
     
  13. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Your instinct is correct: you can't run Windows on your phone. Windows is built for x86 processor architectures, which no Android phone uses. It also doesn't include any of the telecommunications stuff that you'd need for your phone to remain a phone. Plus the desktop Windows interface would play very badly on a phone screen ;).

    There used to be something called "Windows Phone", which was an entirely different OS from Windows, and I've no doubt that someone, somewhere ported a version of that onto some device. But smartphone software has to be built for the particular hardware, so unless there is a port for your particular model that doesn't get you anywhere. Anyway that's a dead platform (as in "discontinued several years ago"), so you wouldn't want it on your device even if it were available.

    In principle some phones are powerful enough to run Windows in a virtual machine, so it's also possible that that is what you've seen. From a quick check of your phone's specs I don't think I'd consider that even if you could find an android-based VM software package. And of course a VM doesn't necessarily have access to all of the resources of the device you are running it on, so it may not help anyway.

    The irony in all of this is that Android actually uses Microsoft's Media Transfer Protocol for USB connections to a PC, so the problems you are facing in connecting Windows to Android are probably a consequence of MTP's limitations. The first Android devices just mounted their storage as USB Mass Storage, which would have worked fine for your purposes, but the switch to MTP was made in Android 4.

    So what files in particular are you trying to access? Copying files from the user-accessible part of the internal storage shouldn't be a problem, but talk of relating a file extension to a program makes me wonder whether you are trying to do something else.
     
  14. Roy Oxlade

    Roy Oxlade Newbie
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    Hi

    Thanks for the detailed info and is what I think I expected. If I am not mistaken one of the big differences between Android and many other systems is that Android is not coded device specific, wheras Windows is and all of the embedded systems I worked on were coded and compiled for a specific processor. I am trying to use this Android phone as a GPS navigation platform, with no SIM and an external GNSS receiver connecting via bluetooth. I have used the Memory map navigation software since 2004 and is only now that I am having to move from a Windows CE device to Android. The program loads via the playstore and runs with no issues, the map data is stored Root/Data/Data/Com.memorymap.mm2/Files/DMS/GB/OS2016 and only works when downloaded from their server which is a problem when not in range of my WiFi connection. The problem is that the program seems to have issues with finding the location of this map data. There is a folder called map_folders.txt located in Root/Data/Data/Com.memorymap.mm2/Files which contains the paths and I am currently trying to check and add to see if this works but there information states " We have found that changes in the way Android opens files is now just giving the app an internal copy of the map, instead of opening the file in-place." which is not making sense because these map files are very large, in C I would just pass a pointer that points to the data because I don't need to modify it but I am not an Android programer and I don't believe Android or Linux use pointers. I suppose the company is like myself, spent all its life with Windows and is now faced with Android and is probably not yet up to speed.
     
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