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[ ROM ] FNF iFive 3 Android 4.4.2 KitKat custom rooted firmware based on v2.0.3 (2014/03/28)
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2014/12/27 - 14:22
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Hello!

 

Are you sure this firmware is really rooted? I cannot update SuperSU binaries and install CWM and maybe es about this...

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Hi everyone,

My iFive 3 was solidly reliable, but I wanted root access like most of you.  So I used the Rockchip Batch Tool v1.7 to install kasty fnf ifive 3-442-203 20140328-rooted4 mu.  The process worked well.  My results comments below apply only to that utility, image file, and my iFive 3:

It's still quite early, but my iFive 3's operation seems normal thus far, except that the "Reboot" command no longer works - instead selecting "Reboot" causes the tablet to completely shut down as if "Power off" had been selected.  Alas...  Not a huge problem, but it is a functional loss, and I hope it can be corrected some day.

I subsequently utterly deleted the bootanimation.zip file with no apparent harm - my iFive 3 boots normally, but with a small and fairly simple "android" animated stylized text background.  Maybe that's in the Android kernel in case there's no bootanimation.zip" file, but I'm just speculating about that.

I also utterly deleted the wallpaper files in root/system/ifive/wallpaper (or possibly in root/system/ifive/wallpaper - I don't recall with certainty), including both the xml and thumbnail files.  Unfortunately, those images evidently still exist somewhere, because even after power cycling my iFive 3 the same images still clutter the background in the pin entry / log in dialog, making the numeric touch-pad difficult to see clearly.

Though I'm happy to have root privileges for other purposes, frankly getting rid of the grossly noxious numeric touch-pad background images was my highest priority.  They must still be in the system somewhere, perhaps buried within an application or otherwise hidden from ordinary view.  If anyone knows or suspects where they are, I'd be grateful for your thoughts.  In the meantime I'll keep looking.

I'd like to delete the wallpapers which can be seen in Settings / Display / Wallpaper too since I'll never use them and thus they just waste storage space.  But I haven't been able to find those yet either.  I can see their names in the settings application, but a file name search for them in the Root Explorer application failed to locate them.  One is named simply "Water" for example.  But a search for "Water" in Root Explorer failed to locate any file.  Again any thoughts welcome of course...

However, I had to reinstall my email account information and a few applications which I failed to save previously on my external MicroSD card.  I'd like to update my rooted Android OS when a new version becomes available.  Does Titanium backup or something potentially better save and gracefully restore all system additions, or nearly so, so the next time I do this I won't have to rebuild my personal environment?  Again any thoughts welcome of course...

Unrelated questions:

Is there any way to organize application icons into folders in Android's GUI?  (In iOS simply dragging one onto another creates a folder with the two apps inside.  Then other apps can simply be drug in too.)

And is there any way to disable Gallery's slide show dynamic zoom, so that it presents images in static mode (and optimally scaled to fit the screen)?  Or can another image manager application do so?

Thanks so much for all the hard work you invested into the development of the utility software, the modified Android image files, and the mountains of troubleshooting and support time!  I know it's an enormous effort...  But it's not lost upon me, and I'm genuinely grateful.

Regards, Bruce

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Bruce,

Here are some partial answers for your questions.

I subsequently utterly deleted the bootanimation.zip file with no apparent harm - my iFive 3 boots normally, but with a small and fairly simple "android" animated stylized text background.  Maybe that's in the Android kernel in case there's no bootanimation.zip" file, but I'm just speculating about that.

This is normal, the simple Android bootanimation you see is the stock/old one that appears when no bootanimation is found.

 

I'd like to delete the wallpapers which can be seen in Settings / Display / Wallpaper too since I'll never use them and thus they just waste storage space.  But I haven't been able to find those yet either.  I can see their names in the settings application, but a file name search for them in the Root Explorer application failed to locate them.  One is named simply "Water" for example.  But a search for "Water" in Root Explorer failed to locate any file.  Again any thoughts welcome of course...

Some live wallpapers are actually .apk files and should be located in /system/app, you may check in /system/app with RootExplorer or other File browser app with root privilege.

 

However, I had to reinstall my email account information and a few applications which I failed to save previously on my external MicroSD card.  I'd like to update my rooted Android OS when a new version becomes available.  Does Titanium backup or something potentially better save and gracefully restore all system additions, or nearly so, so the next time I do this I won't have to rebuild my personal environment?  Again any thoughts welcome of course...

It's quite unlikely that the iFive 3 will receive further Android updates from the manufacturer. Still there is the option of custom builds from Oma & Crew RKTablets. Titanium backup is a good option to save and restore all your apps, their data and most of your settings across firmwares installations.

 

Cheers.

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