Thursday, April 24, 2014

JXD S7800B - Maetel´s Custom ROM Supercharged Pombagira V1 Based on 1.5 04/21/2014

Another custom rom – the JXD S7800B is rolling in it these days; yay yay yay!:

Maetel´s S7800B Custom ROM Supercharged Pombagira V1 04/21/2014

Based on : JXD Firmware 4.2.2 V1.5 0313 03/13/2014
Download Maetel´s S7800B Custom ROM Supercharged Pombagira V1 :


https://www.mediafire.com/?i34ntqst2n1xghc

227MB Only !

List of changes :
Stock AOSP Launcher
1560Mhz Kernel
Right Thumbstick Range 1/-1
Removed unnecessary apps to made a "AOSP clean ROM"
Play Store Compatibility
Android Stock boot animation
Fast Boot
No more Status bar (Hold home to "recent apps" and "Volume - + Power" to take screenshot)
Resolution Fix (Wild Blood and many others)
Rooted
New Mali 400 Drivers
Supercharged
New Wifi Drivers
Deep Sleep Fix
Super SU, Lucky Patcher, Flash, Chelpu´s modified Play Store, UC Browser, quick Boot, Solid Explorer, RD Client and antutu´s CPU Master added.
All Chinese garbage removed
If you want Swap Internal/SD go to Settings/Storage and choose "Select External SD Card" and Reboot
Pictures :



How to install using Rockchip Batch Tool:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Maetel releases Exucaveira JXDS7800B Custom ROM

This is a Custom ROM for JXD S7800B based on JXD´s Stock ROM 4.2.2 V1.1.4 1.6Ghzwith Root, Supercharged and Tweaked. Tested on 3188T and 3188 Devices.
20.000+ on Antutu !

Download V2 of Supercharged Custom ROM (17/04/2014) codename Exucaveira :
http://www.mediafire.com/download/p5ish7x3scejvov/S7800B_Exucaveira_ROM_V2_by_Maetel.7z
Pictures :


V2 List of modifications :
Added/Modified :
Stock AOSP 4.2 Launcher (No 3rd party or JXD but the real Android Stock launcher)
Status Bar has been hidden by default (Visual area upgrade and all actions have Physical buttons, if you want open the bar hold power button and choose "Display Status Bar". To take a screenshot hold Volume Down + Power)
160 LCD Density
60Hz Fix (Thank´s to vektor from Openhandhelds)
vSync fix (Thank´s to Phjanderson http://www.freaktab.com/showthread.php?7150-rkpatchomatic-tool-overclock-vsync-fix-any-binary-rk3188-kernel!)
Modified Framework (Better Google Play compatibility)
Swapped Internal/micro SD Memory (Thank´s to Techno'CRACKS' http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2346389)
Solid Explorer (Multi Windows File Explorer)
1.600Ghz Kernel
Google Keyboard (KitKat)
Root
Flash
JellyBean Stock Boot Animation
Lucky Patcher (Useful to remove ADS)
Chelpu´s Modified Google Play (Game Authentication)
QQ Player ( Play any know video format on earth)
FlashFox (Modified Firefox, the best browser with Flash Support)
Chome
Supercharged ( Memory Management by Zeppelinrox http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=991276)
Quick Boot (Easy way to reboot or enter on CWM (not installed by default).)
Microsoft RDC (Remote Desktop Client)
Removed :
Android Keyboard AOSP
AOSP Browser
Default Live Wallpapers
APK Installer
Contacts
Email
Emulator Store
Explorer
Gamecenter
Gmail
Google Talk
Test App
Wifi Display
Chinese Keyboard

How to install :
1 - Download the Rockchip Batch Tool ( Drivers dont work on Windows 8.1 ) : http://www5.zippyshare.com/v/50262018/file.html
2 - Click on "..." icon on the FW Patch
3 - Connect the USB cable in S7800B, now you see a "Pink" Square on "Connected Devices", click on "Swith" button and now you see a "Green" Square.
4 - Click on "Restore" Button and wait the process end.

20.000+ Antutu points on this baybee = sweet Maetel, keep up the great work!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New A380 Custom Firmware and a Chips Challenge Bonus!

Hats off to Alien Grey for continuing to support the device that’ll never die, the A380! Alien has released a new CFW … and to keep you playing, a new version of Tile World AKA Chip’s Challenge, for your Dingooing pleasure! Way to go!

The new Dingoo A-380 CFW V2.11.04 "Exmortis II" is available for download:

HERE: http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,42,721

What's new:

1. The kernel has been replaced with an updated factory kernel. The kernel has been updated by d_smagin for better compatibility. A second kernel is no longer needed except maybe for charging the battery. It's still possible to boot the factory kernel with the VMLinux files to charge the battery if necessary.
2. There's a new dmenu item added to enable and disable the swapfile. The first time you change the Swap in dmenu to On it's going to make the 128MB swapfile. This takes some time so wait patiently till you hear the "Plop" sound and the icon animation continues.
3. The CFW Nintendo emulator has been updated by d_smagin to version 2.2.2. This version has improved sound and a full screen scaler.
4. The CFW FinalBurn Alpha emulator has been updated to version 0.2.96.86. This version supports more games but does no longer support .fba format.
5. The dmenu items Capcom System 1, Capcom System 2 and NEO-GEO from CFW Emulators has been removed.
Note: Don't use Swap if you don't need it. Enable it when necessary and disable it when no longer needed.
Enjoy another fine CFW release.  ;)
Edit: Changed swapfile size from 192MB to 128MB because of freezes while playing games. If you downloaded the CFW Emulator Pack before this message than you've got to delete swap folder from your Dingoo A-380 and replace it with this one:https://www.firedrive.com/file/D7F780278FDBD583

Read more about CFW for the A380 here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/firmware-v2-0016-with-neo-geo-zip-support/630/

And Chips Challenge here:

This is a port of Tile World (Chip's Challenge) for the Dingoo A-380 CFW.

Tile World is an open source emulator of Chip's Challenge, able to
emulate both the original Atari Lynx version as well as the Microsoft
Windows version. Chip's Challenge remains a popular game even today,
despite having been introduced in 1989. Thousands of unique levels have
been created by fans.
Download: http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/dingoo.cgi?0,0,0,0,25,720

Source code: https://github.com/senquack/tileworld-for-handhelds
Author: Senor Quack (Dan Silsby)
More information by the author can be found here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/gcw-releases/tile-world-for-gcw-%28chip%27s-challenge%29/
Note: Copy the TileWorld folder to game folder on the external MicroSD card or it won't work. The CHIPS.DAT file isn't included because it's copyrighted. If you want to play the original Chip's challenge levels you should copy the CHIPS.DAT file to the data folder that you can find in the.tworld folder.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Heroes of Might and Magic for Android devices!

Dreams comes true... Working Heroes III (and more PC classic on the way)!

Hello all,
There are great news for all adorers of Heroes of Might & Magic III and timeless PC games of 90's.
Moscow-based software company Eltechs (previously known for their Android ports of Doom & Heretic) released a fully working port of HoMM3 onto Google Play ten days ago.

Unlike VCMI and other previous methods of running this game on ARM devices under Android, this app (called Heroes 3 Runner) works surprisingly good! Yes, it's not perfect at all, there are some sound hiccups, occasional crashes and noticeable slowdown in scrolling/drawing, but it's more than playable - and everything works well (except of LAN/modem/Internet multiplayer, but hotseat is working, of course!). And Eltechs is keep updating this app (current version: 1.0.2).

 

Heroes 3 Runner (like similar Doom and Heretic ports from Eltechs based on Eltechs' ExaGear Mobile software:

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This game is powered by Eltechs ExaGear engine. Eltechs ExaGear is a mixture of virtualization and binary translation technology that translates in run-time Intel x86 code to ARM one. Along with translation this engine applies sophisticated optimization algorithms to bring high performance experience to end-users.
By the end of the day we can bring desktop applications to mobile devices at no costs.

It requires a ~100 MB cache (downloaded with installation) and entire Windows folder of HoMM3 installed on your Win PC (works with GOG Complete version, by the way). Then all that you need is copy that directory in app's subfolder PUT_HEROES3_HERE and that's all. You may enjoy the game for free for 3 days before app will ask you to purchase a 30 days pass or "full version" to play forever. Cost of "full version" is about 150 rubles (~$4.25) which is blatantly FAIR PRICE for such treasure.
Unfortunately, Heroes 3 Runner was taken off from Google Play last night (probably because of some copyright's claim from UbiSoft), and while it unavailable there, you may use legit apk and cache from devs (they were released on popular Android Russian forum 4PDA.ru):
APK: http://yadi.sk/d/ISSKSvjkLojkW
Cache: http://yadi.sk/d/aARZVyhoLMjb5 (unzip it in sdcard/Android/obb)
Official site: http://eltechs.com/play-heroes-of-might-and-magic-iii-on-your-mobile-devices/
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eltechs.heroes3 (taken off for now)
System requirements: Android 3.0+, 105 MB of free NAND. Device with 7"+ screen is highly recommended for playing, but this app works with smaller screens as well. Heroes 3 Runner currently doesn't support Intel-based devices and an exclusive for Android.
More games are expected to follow (for example, a preliminary build of Might & Magic 7 was also released on 4PDA.ru) - currently devs are discussing their next release with 4PDA's members. Diablo, Arcanum, Fallout, Elder Scrolls and Civilization games currently among most popular requests :D!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

DeenOX’s JXD S5800 phablet tablet review

Aching for a phone that will also work as a handheld game device? Check out DeenOX’s take on the latest JXD phone/phablet/tablet (It’s always worth reading his fab reviews! Check out his blog for more). Like Mr Sheen, is there anything this phone cannot clean?:

[REVIEW] Phablet/Console JXDS5800 (Quad-Core, 5")

[REVIEW] JXDS5800 (Quad-Core, 5")

Note: In first place, apologize my rude english. I do my best for writing directly in english, avoiding automatic translators, but is possible i do some mistakes. I will be glad receiving any improvement or fix, if you consider necessary, but in general speaking i think the main content of the article is understandable (most of this article is technical information). Hope you don´t get problems on reading it.
NOTE This is a summarize version of the original article located on my blog.
Acknowledgments
To GeekBuyiung for send me a sample of JXDS5800 device to test it and write this review.
Usage of this article
Author give permission to use this review, part of this or by a link reference, to anybody wants to use it, with only one condition that you must keep the author of this article, and the original source, that is on my blog.
For any update for the content of this article, i suggest to visit the link avobe.
Package contents(Unboxing y full description of the package contents)
When the package is opened, we found the following elements thats, i understand, are part of any standard shippment for this product.

  • JXDS5800 device
  • Headphones
  • MicroUSB cable (for data and charging)
  • MicroUSB OTG cable
  • USB wall charger
  • EURO connector for charger
  • User guide
  • User reference
  • Warranty
  • JXD Sticker

Product information

According with the manufacturer, or searching info on web pages, we can found many sources of information about the device and sometimes these information may be not consistent (may be different from one web page to other), and this may cause some confusion for anybody that wants to get info about this product.
On this section i will post the info i get from the manufacturer (or is not possible, the web page that i consider more reliable), listing only the relevant points for a tech analysis of the product, and omit these points that don´t get any relevant info about the device (as many time we found on many pages, things such video capabilities, mail capabilities, etc, that really are software based features that we can install on the device, and not a real feature of the device itself)

  • Chipset: MTK6582, Quad-Core Cortex A7
  • Screen/Display: 5-inch IPS Bright LCD, Resolution: 960*540 pixels
  • Touch Panel 5 point Capacitive Screen (G+G )
  • Communications: 3G (WCDMA) Calling+2G (GSM) Calling
  • Network: Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), built-in 3G (WCDMA)
  • RAM: 1GB DDR3
  • Flash: 8GB Flash, support external TF card up to 32GB
  • OS: Android 4.2
  • Buttons: Direction buttons, ABXY, Dual LR, Dual analog joysticks, select, start, Vol+/-, Reset, POWER, Home, Back, Menu and Mode switch button
  • G-Sensor: 3 Axis Gravity Sensor
  • Bluetooth: Support
  • GPS: Support
  • Camera: 0.3MP Front Camera, 5.0MP Rear Camera
  • Battery: Built-in 3000mAh replaceable and rechargeable lithium-ion battery, Charge with 5V 2A DC adaptor or USB charging (slow)
  • Sound device: Speaker, phone receiver and MIC
  • I/O USB2.0 High Speed
  • OTG: Connet Keyboard, mouse, Ethernet, U disk and Hard disk
  • 3.5mm Stereo earphone mini jack
  • Size: Length: 198mm Width: 156mm Height: 88mm

Info from the device itself (Android info)
In first place, to get a reliable source of info about the system, i take some screenshots from the same device showing android system info (thata usually is insufficient), and from another software that can give us more detailed information about the system, and with this info we can get a general idea about the capabilities of the device.

Default programs on the device
Antutu Benchmark X System Info

Benchmarks

For people that don´t know about these programs, i can tell (in short words) that a benchmark is a program or normalized test that runs on a device. These tests give points (usually, averaging many results) the performance of a device, in the way that the final total point may be useful to compare, in a simple and direct way, the general performance between many devices.
There are so many benchmarks on Google Play Store, but in my test usually i use the most populars.
For the running of these benchmarks, the initial conditions of the device are:

  • CPU Frequency: 1.3 GHz
  • CPU Governor: Hotplug *
  • Screen Resolution: 540x960 pixels
* most of MTK devices come with a non optimal performance governor. In most cases, this governor set the CPU to the specified speed, but enable only one core (disabling others). For this reason, i use this governor (that enable all the cores) but setting minimum and maximum cpu speed to the same value (in this case, to 1.3GHz), to emulate something similar to Governor performance.
Antutu Benchmark X Edition (Google Play version)
This is a version special anti-fraud edition from this popular benchmark.
Many manufacturer do some tricks to bring best results when running Antutu Benchmark, most of these tricks is temporal overclocking the CPU/GPU, when the SoC detect the benchmark is running. For this reason, this special edition of Antutu Benchmark was created, to avoiding these kind of cheats/tricks from manufacturers, offering a real result for their tests.
Note: running this test, the device hangs on 87% of the benchmark.

Forcing to stop and load the test, appear the following results:

Summarizing points:

  • RAM Operation: 687
  • RAM Speed: 907
  • CPU integer: 1726
  • CPU float-point: 1037
  • 2D graphics: [540x960] 977
  • 3D graphics: [540x960] 4816
  • Storage I/O: 801
  • Database I/O: 620
  • CPU frequency: 1300 MHz (x4)
  • Multitask: 2764
  • Total: 15388
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Pros, cons and improvements.

As in every product, there are pros and cons points that are good to mention in a clear way. These points will help to us to decide if the device features are enough for what the user are looking for in a device of this kind.
Pros are based on features that highlight, comparing the device with another similars, or these features improve the experience of the user.
In the another hand, the cons are these points that worse the experience, or the feature is not enough for fulfill what we expect from the device.
Finally, the improvements pints are some features or specs that i think must be improved in a supposed new version of the device, and will generate a better experience in my opinion.
Pros

  • L2 and R2 buttons included in the layout of the device
  • IPS Screen
  • Bluetooth
  • Back camera enough for photos and other usages (Scanning, etc)
  • System running smooth.
  • Bluetooth have good operation range
  • System boots so quick, between 8 and 15 seconds.
  • There is no need of doing swap for microSD. The system settings have an option to select the destination disc for the system.
  • All gaming buttons are included on the Keymapper.

Cons
  • The critical issue is the Overlapping button. This limit so much to this device, basically with emulators (Android games can be played without problems in general speaking)
  • Device size, may become a problem for cusomers that want to use this device as normal phone.
  • L1 & L2 and R1 & R2 are so close, and is so easy to accidentally press wrong buttons.
  • Monoaural speaker. Really is not a big problem, but with two spaces for speakers, most users will expect a stereo front sound.
  • Wifi antenna, after doing sone testing, i conclude that the wifi antena range is so weak.

Improvements
  • Redesign of L1, L2, R1 and R2 buttons.
  • Add a cover case for transportation and protect with this the sticks of the device
  • reduce some the lenght of the device, for become to a more practical device to use as phone.
  • Of course, fix any issue with overlapping buttons.
  • Add CIFS support to the firmware.
  • Add HDMI port.

Conclusion

This is an evolved 5" JXD device, and must the base for future devices of this size.
Adding L2 and R2 (to 5" device) is something that customers was asking for a while to JXD.
For customers that are looking for a good 5" alternative, this may be one for considering, but take note, point to the new revision of this device (if exist), to avoiding the overlapping problems.
Thanks to their 60Hz screen refresh rate, many emulated games run smoothly and looks so good, in special PSP games.
I have a mix of good and bad taste of this device. Is a clear example that what may be a good 5" alternative to Android gaming console, but there are some things that relegate this to "just another try".
If JXD fix all the problems of this device, then will be a very intersting android gaming console (i doubt that this device is a good alternative for normal phone usage)
If you´re interested on this device, most probably when releasing this review JXD release their new fixed device (and if i can get one of them, i will write about it too)