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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by lohskroplis, Jun 2, 2020.

  1. lohskroplis

    lohskroplis Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Hello all, I am not sure where to post this, but I have Lark FreeMe X4 9 inch tablet what seems to come with 'custom' Lark firmware, it has not been used for at least 2 years and idea is to revive it enough so it can be used to watch youtube videos for my mother, maybe light browsing.

    The issue is it has only 512MB RAM, it runs Android 4.4.4 and each tap takes few seconds to do...
    I did a factory reset and it did not help much, I think it might be an issue with the firmware also (after reset it seems to be partially in Polish when language is set as English because why not) also it have usual random not deletable apps what come with it

    It takes about 6 seconds to open play store, most of the time screen is stuck as black or white, does seem to crash time by time (the app itself), youtube video is going in like 2 frames per second unless setting as 240 then it is ok-ish.

    Can someone suggest something to make it a bit better or maybe there it's some custom firmware that I can put on it to replace manufacturer one as I do not really care about warranty anymore?
     


  2. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
    VIP Member

    The trouble with custom firmware is that that has to be built for the specific model. So with an old, obscure device that's much less likely to exist.

    The "random non-deletable" apps can just be disabled. That way they won't be able to run, and so won't cause you any problems. You'd not gain storage space by removing them as they live in the ROM anyway. That's probably the one concrete suggestion I can make, unfortunately.
     
  3. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Garbage can it
     
  4. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    It's not just a software issue with such a dated tablet, there are unavoidable hardware limitations. Use it as is and readjust your expectations, or just avoid all the frustration and get a new or at least newer tablet.
     
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  5. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    What you need to do, if you really want to use it, is to use a small, fast browser to watch Youtube.

    You mentioned light browsing anyway.

    Save Youtube as a bookmark, so that it is right at your fingertips.

    If you don't want to have to log in each time, don't set it to erase cookies.

    The next step is to go into the app settings and disable any bloatware that you can.

    This won't increase the useable memory, but it will free up some RAM if those apps run a lot.
    Androids of that era didn't manage apps as well as modern OS.

    So, if it has Amazon as an app, and it runs constantly, then it is better to disable it.

    You can always use the browser to get to Amazon.

    This works for Facebook, Gab, and many other apps that also have websites.

    The browser that I normally recommend will likely work on that OS. If not, scroll through the different versions available until you find one compatible with your device. The lowest OS that it will run on is listed in the description.

    If needed, you can download it with a different device, then transfer it via bluetooth or other method to the old device.

    When you try to install it, there will be 'end of the world' warnings.

    I have used this browser for years, and my phones have never self destructed, lol, so follow the instructions and install it.

    Stay away from Chrome (disable if possible) or any other bloated browser.

    You are attempting to use a very limited device by today's standards, and you are trying to use it on today's internet.

    https://f-droid.org/en/packages/acr.browser.lightning/

    If you like it, and want it to be a bit more secure and easy on the eyes, there are many settings available.

    The built in ad-blocker is a nice touch.

    Also, I am available to answer questions about it.
     
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