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BQ Aquaris 5 root & recovery

New gadget thingie. As usual I’m posting some stuff here so I won’t forget it and know where to find it in case I need all the info again.

Rooting the BQ Aquaris 5

  • First, grab this file and unpack it somewhere on our computer, we’ll need a Windows computer for the next few steps.
  • I’m not sure if you need to install the PDANet stuff on the “Driver” folder, but I ended up doing it anyway. Didn’t run into any driver problems when I plugged the phone into the computer so I guess it works just fine.
  • Navigate to Settings / About Phone on the device and press “Build Number” fast a few times until a popup tells you “Developer Options” are available.
  • Navigate to Settings / Developer Options and enable “USB Debugging”
  • Plug the phone into the computer and wait till it’s recognized. Make sure it has correct drivers.
  • Go into the “Ejecutable” folder from the .rar you unpacked and you’ll find a “runme.bat”. Right click it and run as administrator, just in case it needs elevated privileges.
  • A console will pop up, read what it says and press enter a few times.
  • Done.

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Nexus 7 Bootloader Unlock & Root

Quick update here, the Nexus 7 is rooted. I found that I miss little things Titanium Backup and AdAway a bit too much.

The whole process is pretty straight forward, quite possibly the easiest rooting I had to do. Push 2 buttons and that’s it. I used this tool. There’s another way of doing it that incidentally also has a few more tools and options that can make your life easier but the graphical interface and literally “push 2 buttons and we’re done” thing makes the first one a fair bit more attractive if all you want is unlocking the bootloader and rooting.

I won’t make a guide on how to do it since, like I said, the whole process is as easy as it can be. Really. Pushing 2 buttons is all you have to do. And if you find that pushing 2 buttons is too hard for you, the guide/tutorial that comes with the app makes it literally idiot proof.

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Nexus 7

So, yeah. I got a Nexus 7.

For a while now I’ve been tempted to get an e-paper Kindle so I could have the current book I’m reading with me at all times without having to carry the /sometimes/ equivalent of a cereal box with me. I kid you not, some of those Stephen King books are huge.

Though perfect for books, that’s all those Kindles are good for..books. There’s no other media consumption available for them. No video, no audio. Just books.

In the meantime, I found myself increasingly watching more and more youtube videos with tutorials/howtos and various other assorted stuff on my phone. Don’t get me wrong, my phone has the perfect size for a phone and I love it. But for videos that thing makes my eyes start to twitch after a while. That got me into the Kindle Fire territory. Books and media consumption.

One thing led to another and if the Fire looked good with it’s size and price range, when the Nexus 7 came out I figured I might as well get a proper Android experience instead of an Amazon only thing. It’s true I could root and rom the Fire, but why go for all that trouble when I could just get the same thing directly from Google with the bonus effect that the Nexus is usually the first “brand” to get Android system updates? The screen on these tablets is far from being as comfortable to read as e-paper, but hey..I want my youtube videos. And truth be told, 1280*800 on a 7″ screen makes for crisp clear text. My eyes have yet to complain even after spending a couple of hours straight staring at it. Typing on it is also a surprisingly good experience. My fat fingers that led me to get a phone with a physical qwerty keyboard are having no trouble at all finding those darned keys.

I’m glad the Nexus 7 was my first tablet, it’s a pretty good one as far as I can tell. I’m yet to find something to whine and moan about, and coming from me that’s a good thing. All in all, it’s the perfect price range with the perfect size in a little piece of really fast hardware with support directly from Google. If you’re considering getting one go for it.

I guess that a while not too long from now I’ll root and customize it to my liking as usual, but for now I’m enjoying the vanilla experience. Once a month has gone since when I got it is quite probably the ideal time to get into that sort of stuff. Until then, stay tuned for possible rooting guides as I’ll more than likely make a list of all the steps and procedures I take with the help of the fine folks at XDA and post it here.

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WordPress Android Beta and SK17i

The new WordPress app for android entered beta a couple of weeks ago, it’s very different from what it used to be. Has a crapton of improvements over the old app and it actually makes me want to use it. In fact, this whole post will be written in it. If you use WordPress on a regular basis I strongly suggest you give it a test run!

In other news, I’m still quite happy with the SK17i I bought a few weeks ago. The battery though if at first glance might seem a bit underpowered, I haven’t found it needing. The phone never died on me with moderate/intense daily usage before I set it up charging for the night before I go to bed, that’s all I really want on a phone.
ICS should be made available through PC Companion later this month, tough it’ll be a while till I update as I like to read up on reviews and eventual bugs before I make any major jump. In any case, I already have the root procedures for ICS bookmarked and I’ll keep both a nandroid backup as well as GB firmware files in case I decide to downgrade. A performance loss is to be expected but I’m guessing from other Xperia models that already had the update it’ll be a tolerable performance loss. It runs extremely snappy on GB and I guess I don’t mind a choke here and there while running ICS.

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SK17i root on .62 firmware

In my last post I mentioned I got a SK17i (Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro) Android phone and as usual I like to wait a couple of weeks before I root or alter it in any way just in case something goes wrong and I have to take it back. Those weeks have now come and gone and it was time to root the device and finally install stuff like Titanium Backup on it as well as a decent recovery with Nandroid. I feel like I’m stepping on eggs whenever I’m using something with no backup whatsoever so this is something I really must do to the phone.

The fine folks at XDA had all the information and files I needed. As it turns out .62 firmware cannot be rooted using the zergRush method since the exploit has been patched. But following this thread it’s possible to use zergRush on .58 firmware and then upgrade OTA (Over The Air, the update is pushed through WiFi or 3G to your phone) and keep the phone rooted. But how exactly do we do this? Keep on reading.

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