Today the JTGeek will have a look at the Cube U100GT Windows 8 tablet.
√ Intel Atom Z3740D quad-core 4×1, 33GHz processor
√ 10.1in IPS touch screen
√ 2Gb RAM + 32Gb ROM + expandable via microcard SD
√ OS Windows 8.1 Pro
√ Mini HDMI, OTG, WiFi, etc.
√ 8,000mAh battery array
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Today, the JTGeek will test for you the Android JXD S5800 for gaming.
√ 3-in-1 : hand-held console + smartphone + TV Box
√ 4×1.3GHz, quad-core MTK6582 processor
√ 5.0in QHD IPS display
√ 1Gb RAM + 8Gb ROM + Micro SD card (32Go max.)
√ Dual SIM, dual standby
√ OTG, WiFi, 3G, etc.
√ 3,000mAh battery array
Present at the MWC (Mobile World Congress), ZTE announced its ZTE Zing range (featuring the ZTE Blade Q Mini) received the iF International Design Award 2014.
The range made the grade among 4,615 other products from 55 countries in a design competition organized by 49 international experts in design.
It’s a fine award for ZTE which is beginning to gain credence in an unobtrusive way. They were already awarded last year (the ZTE Grand S) for their know-how in the field of design.
ZTE thus confirm their desire to combine design and low budgets on the mini smartphone segment. Stay tuned !
At the core of your Android smartphone, whatever the version, there is a file the properties of which are more than interesting as it allows anyone to make your device show everything, and more. Would you like to change your smartphone’s name ? It’s easy.
Would you like to force the Play Store to open the doors of the Samsung applications ? No problem.
Would you like to turn your Android into a 4.4.2 version (fictitious) ? No sweat.
That and many other things like change the size of the Dalvik cache, change the default language, the launcher when you want to restore the defaults, the quality of your pictures, the frequencies of your wifi connection, and so on…
The Build.prop is a little text file that you can easily modify once you’re root on your device. It is indeed located at the root of the Android system, more precisely in the /System file.
The latter is not too error-sensitive so you’ll be able to configure without help quite a lot of things without taking too many chances, be it bricking it or falling into an unescapable Bootloop. Just be a little cautious – try not to stray on unknown paths, have a plan b on hand. 😉
You don’t need that much, actually. The two main things are the root rights and a file navigator which you’ll be able to use as a text editor. We’ve been talking for a few tutorials about ES File Explorer. It wil be the ideal candidate.
A few words on the Build.prop structure
To begin with, remember this file is loaded when your device is started for the first time. It will remain in memory in the cache so that it’s not loaded every time, therefore each time you do a manipulation, you should empty the cache and the dalvik cache for the latter to become operational.
There are two distinct parts about the Build.prop – the command line and its value. For instance, this is what you’ll see when the line indicates that the smartphone is a Zopo :
ro.product.brand=ZOPO → ro.product.brand is the command line, ZOPO is the variable
If you want to modify a datum, you’ll simply have to replace the variable’s value with the one you’re looking for. Continuing with the device’s brand, you’ll often see Shanzhai (counterfeit) smartphones such as Milais in Antutu wih ‘alps’ instead of ‘MIlais’. Thanks to that little manipulation, you’ll be able to do yourself justice very easily. 😉
Should you want to access Samsung’s play store, you’ll have to modify two data ; the serial number and the device’s manufacturer, for example like this :
ro.product.model=GT-i9500 (this is the Galaxy S4)
Be careful about the difference between ‘brand’ and ‘manufacturer’. If Zopo is the brand, ZWX is the manufacturer.
Other possible applications
Modify your Android version :
ro.build.version.release=4.2.2 that you’ll be able to change into 4.3 or 4.4.2 or even 5.0 without taking any chances.
Although it doesn’t seem like it, I’ve just given you one of the keys to the rigging often met on somewhat underground Chinese devices. It’s something I’ve already seen for myself on Star devices, such as an Android 4.0 ICS which, by sort of waving a magic wand, was turned into a 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Will wonders never cease.
Change default language to French :
ro.product.locale.language=fr instead of zh
ro.product.locale.region=FR instead of CN
That was about the Build.prop’s main part, which is your smartphone’s informative nerve center.
There is a somewhat denser part called Additional_Build_Properties. The latter will allow you to modify some of the more technical aspects of your smartphone. Values here are very often 0 and 1. 0 means OFF, 1 is for ON. Others values, like 2 and 3, may also pop up ; they mean ON+option. You’ll have to search Google to know which options are present on your command line.
Remember too that you can add commands which haven’t originally been implemented in the Build.prop. Here’s an example that will help your friends and acquaintances when they get mixed up with 06XXXXXXX and +336XXXXXXX phone numbers.
This is a particular case as the variable does not mean ON+option but the number of figures you have to take into consideration after the 0. Here we type 9 but it will also work with 8.
A few last examples :
How to remove an Android debug call when you plug your device with an USB connection to a PC :
How to disable your camera’s shutter sound :
Don’t forget to save your modifications when you leave the text editor, otherwise these will not be acknowledged.
There are other techniques besides a live file access editing ; you can copy the /System/build.prop file in your PC then edit it with Notepad++, for instance. In that case, don’t forget to install the rights back in the rw-r-r mode (see our previous tutorial). Software like Build.prop Editor, and a few others, do the job for you but the interesting thing about these short tutorials is that they help you to discover your device and manage the nitty-gritty. Still, if you think the easy way is more tempting, don’t hesitate to use these applications. There are quite a lot of them at your disposal.
See you soon, and enjoy !
Today, the JTGeek is testing the THL T200C.
√ 8×1.7GHz, octa-core MTK6592 Cortex A7 processor
√ 6.0in HD touch screen
√ 2Gb RAM + 16Gb ROM + micro SD card (32Go max.)
√ 13.0Mp Sony IMX 135, F2.0 rear camera
√ OTG, NFC, GPS, 3G, etc.
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