Phandroid » Rooting http://phandroid.com Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:00:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Stump Root is a 1-click root app for the LG G3 (T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon versions) http://phandroid.com/2014/08/18/stump-root-1click-root-app-for-lg-g3-tmobile-att-sprint-verizon/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/18/stump-root-1click-root-app-for-lg-g3-tmobile-att-sprint-verizon/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:17:14 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147101 LG-G3-Software

We’ve noticed that with the growing number of high-performance Android devices equipped hexa-core processors and gobs of RAM, there’s an ever growing number of Android fans who feel they no longer NEED to root. This wasn’t always the case. Back during Android’s “early days,” rooting was almost necessity to keep underpowered Androids feeling new.

But even today, there’s no denying that with all the new tools available — Xposed, full featured custom ROMs, themes, etc. — root is still an appealing for those that want FULL control over their Android device. Of course, rooting an Android is rarely an easy processor, requiring at least some knowledge of ADB with the off chance that you could somehow turn your Android device into a very expensive paperweight. Enter Stump Root.

An app created by Android developer extraordinaire JCase over on XDA, Stump Root brings 1-click root access to the LG G3 on T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T or Verizon. Rooting doesn’t get any easier than this, with the instructions on XDA showing the following:

  1. Install Stump Root
  2. Run Stump Root
  3. Reboot after app tells you to
  4. Install SuperSU APK from market
  5. Uninstall Stump Root

To grab the app, head over to the original post here on XDA, but be careful. As easy as this app makes rooting, there’s always some level of risk involved when making system level changes to your device. Proceed with caution.

[XDA]

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MIUI version 6 is here, and it’s one of the most beautiful renditions of Android yet http://phandroid.com/2014/08/18/miui-v6/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/18/miui-v6/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:04:52 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147048 miui v6 1

Folks who do their daily bidding with MIUI will love what the folks behind the Android ROM have come up with. MIUI 6 introduces sweeping changes in areas of functionality, user interface and more.

The biggest change you’ll notice immediately is the new flat user interface, giving it a modern look and feel that many designers have clung to as of late. Iconography is simple and colorful, apps are presented in minimalist fashion, and there’s not a single ounce of that god-awful bubble effect that became so prominent following the iPhone’s rise to popularity.  You’ll see the new user interface and design language throughout all aspects of MIUI.

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There’s a lot to look forward to on the features side of things, as well. Here’s a quick list highlighting some of the biggest changes:

  • New built-in virus scanning and protection, and a Permissions app for controlling which apps can use data.
  • Built-in Clean Master app to keep cache, temporary files and other clutter at a minimum.
  • Improved data usage control
  • Built-in functionality to identify, mark or block unwanted calls
  • Improved threaded email support and attachment support
  • Do not disturb mode
  • Sliding up on lock screen now takes you directly to your home screen.
  • Ability to switch between cards vs icons for multitasking

All of it will be featured by default on the Xiaomi Mi 4, natch, and we imagine the changes will be in tow for everyone else (whether you’re using a ROM on a phone or an older Xiaomi phone) in due time. Unfortunately MIUI had no exact details to share about availability, so we’re reaching out to see if they can share more. We’ll certainly deliver those details as soon as they become available so be sure to keep an eye on Phandroid. Head to the source link to check out the massive gallery!

[via MIUI 1, 2]

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CyanogenMod 11.0 M9 brings support for Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet and One M8, tons of new changes http://phandroid.com/2014/08/04/cm-11-m9-update/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/04/cm-11-m9-update/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:30:00 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=146155 cyanogenmod logo 5

The latest milestone for CyanogenMod 11.0 has been released, and a couple of big devices have been added to the list. The Sony Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 tablet and HTC One M8 have all graduated from nightly status. An M release is a monthly snapshot of all the latest changes. It isn’t quite stable, but it’s far more stable than nightlies have been and you can rest assured knowing it won’t make your phone explode in your day-to-day.

So what’s new in M9? The list is quite large and includes changes and fixes from June 31st through July 27th. Here’s what you can expect once you get your device upgraded:

Changelog:

  • Themes support for additional UI elements
  • Heads Up Notifications – Bug Fixes
  • Lockscreen – Allow doubletap to sleep when using secure keyguard
  • Torch – Improve performance
  • Safe Headset Volume – prompt when interfering with 3rd party device (Jawbone, Square, etc)
  • Center clock support
  • Quick Settings – respect locale changes on additional tiles
  • Proximity Wake-Up support – prevent accidental wake-up of device by checking to see if proximity sensor is blocked (eg. Device is in a bag or pocket).
  • Spam notification filtering – Set notifications to auto-ignore based on content (perfect for those pesky games that want you to ‘Save 20% on our new game’). Long-press offending notification to set as ignored; manage in Privacy settings.
  • Settings Search – Additional improvements and highlighting
  • Data Usage Info – Add support for CDMA devices without sim cards
  • Bluetooth – Add additional A2DP profiles
  • Bluetooth – Disable AVRCP 1.5 by default (fixes various car unit compatibility)
  • Email – Fix saving attachments to storage for POP3 accounts
  • Translations (Thanks CM Crowdin Team!)
  • Account for Play Services induced wake-locks
  • Fix encryption on some LG Devices
  • Dialer – add support for Korean and Chinese to smart-dialer

Not all of it is mindblowingly amazing, but you can’t be mad at a more solid and stable experience overall. You can find downloads for the new version for your respective device at CyanogenMod’s download portal here. For what it’s worth, we wouldn’t recommend flashing these on carrier variants without clarification from CyanogenMod. We’ll be reaching out to see if the  HTC One M8′s release is only for unlocked, unbranded versions. Hold off if you don’t have that version for now to avoid a massive headache.

Don’t forget to make a backup and charge your battery before you do anything, and always remember that whatever you flash to your device is your responsibility. That disclaimer aside, have at it!

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From the Forums: Yellow Screen of Death, ubiquitous wireless charging, and more http://phandroid.com/2014/07/18/from-the-forums-july-18/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/18/from-the-forums-july-18/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:58:29 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=145126 fromtheforums

If you haven’t checked out Android Forums this week, you’ve really been missing out. Below we give you just a small sampling of threads you absolutely have to take a look at, from more OnePlus One backlash to finding the perfect cheap phone for Android experimentation. Let’s get this started

OnePlus One Yellow Screen of Death

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The latest fiasco concerning the elusive OnePlus One revolves around the phone’s display. Perhaps you’ve heard of a nagging issue where those that have managed to get their hands on the device are disappointed to find a slight yellow tinge to certain areas of the phone’s screen. OnePlus hasn’t exactly handled the issue well, passing blame to the display manufacturer while taking a defensive approach when dealing with customers. As expect, the hot-button issue has become the source of much discussion at Android Forums.

The age-old question: why isn’t wireless charging a standard feature?

Nexus 4 wireless charging banner

Wireless charging is a nifty technology with numerous useful applications. It eliminates the fuss of messing with a flimsy microUSB cable and adds a layer of convenience to what is often considered one of the most annoying aspects of owning a smartphone: making sure its battery stays charged. With that in mind, user lkasdorf wonders aloud why the features hasn’t become ubiquitous. Sure, a handful of smartphones include it out of the box and most major handset releases offer wireless charging kits as aftermarket accessories, but isn’t it about time that this hassle-free method becomes the standard?

Finding a cheap phone to practice advanced Android techniques

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One of the best aspects of being an Android user is the large and devout community of modders, hackers, and developers that dedicate their time to producing custom ROMs or otherwise pushing Android hardware to its limits. For unexperienced users, there is some hesitancy in diving into the root and ROM scene out of fear of bricking their daily driver device. It makes sense that a cheap Android phone could be acquired as a sandbox device for learning some of these advanced skills, but which to get? Our money is on an older Nexus device.

Reactions to MH17 tragedy

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Following news of a second Malaysia Airlines crash only months after the mysterious disappearance of Flight MH370, Android Forums users reacted in real time and continue to discuss the MH17 tragedy. Reports indicate the plane was shot down by an undetermined source while flying over a disputed region in eastern Ukraine.

And more…

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for your own account at Android Forums to become a part of the discussion. Who knows, your next thread might even have what it takes to end up in next week’s From the Forums. Until then, happy posting!

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HTC One M7 gets port of Android L developer preview http://phandroid.com/2014/07/14/htc-one-android-l/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/14/htc-one-android-l/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:53:21 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=144803 HTC One M7 thin case DSC01079

HTC One M7 users: want to test Android L ahead of its official launch and don’t mind putting up with a bug or 1,000? You’re in luck if that’s the case, because a team of talented developers over at XDA has an Android L port ready to go from HTC’s flagship of yesteryear.

Before you rush off to flash this thing, be warned: the Android Developer preview is the equivalent to an alpha build right now. A port of an alpha build probably won’t be the most stable and polished experience you’re going to find. Don’t believe me? This list of what’s not working should tell the story quite effectively:

  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Data
  • Sensors (except GPS)
  • Camera
  • Sound

Everything else should be good to go, but that list is by no means comforting. As such, you should only go through with flashing this thing if you’re interested in helping the developers test the firmware as they look to stabilize it over time.

Needless to say that if the HTC One M7 is your only phone or your primary phone, you shouldn’t be touching this file with a 10-foot pole. Understand those warnings and still interested in giving it a go? Everything you’ll need can be had in this XDA thread. Otherwise you can wait for HTC to bring what you’re looking for later this year.

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Chainfire SuperSU root app updated for Android L preview http://phandroid.com/2014/07/01/supersu-android-l-update/ http://phandroid.com/2014/07/01/supersu-android-l-update/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:23:40 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=144021 Android L

The Android L preview is as easy to root as you’d expect, but for those who prefer one-click solutions it hasn’t been happy days. Thankfully Chainfire’s SuperSU app has quickly been updated to bring proper support for Android L. Not only does the app manage superuser access properly, it also has built-in autoroot functionality for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2013.

The upgraded headed out to the Play Store yesterday, but if your installation is client-side you’ll want this flashable update file to apply within recovery. Chainfire isn’t rushing to make any sweeping changes right now considering things could change between now and the final release of Android L, but until that happens this is the holy grail. Let us know how it works out for you (and don’t blame anyone else but yourself if it doesn’t as anything you do to your device is your own responsibility).

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Rooted users can now get the Android L navigation bar with this Xposed module http://phandroid.com/2014/06/30/android-l-xposed-module/ http://phandroid.com/2014/06/30/android-l-xposed-module/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:45:44 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=143948 android l nav bars stitched

Want the Android L soft navigation bar (on-screen buttons) for your device without Android L? You’re in luck… well, so long as you’re rooted and have a properly functioning installation of the Xposed Framework, anyway.

XDA user Prithvee has created a .APK file that will allow you to give your phone a bit of Android L flavor with a few simple clicks. Simply install the .APK file, enable the module inside Xposed Framework, and restart your phone for good measure. Voila — you have what you see above.

Many folks expressed distaste with the newly styled navigation buttons. I personally share that sentiment — I think it looks a bit toyish and takes away from that “grown-up” feel Android has developed. But we all have our own tastes, and if this is right up your alley then be sure to grab it ahead of getting the real deal itself.

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Download: 61 Android L apps, keyboard, wallpapers, bootanimation and more http://phandroid.com/2014/06/27/android-l-apps-wallpapers/ http://phandroid.com/2014/06/27/android-l-apps-wallpapers/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:23:53 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=143848 Android L

The Android L developers’ preview may have been released yesterday, but unless you own a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 2013 you likely weren’t able to get in on the flashing fun. Thankfully not all hope is lost for everyone to get a bit of a taste of Android L goodness.

XDA member ivan123 decided to dig into his full system dump and pull out all of the juicy bits, including apps, wallpapers, and even the new Android boot animation. Some of these goods can only be installed using flashable .zip files, some are standard APKs, and some aren’t meant to be flashed at all. Here’s a full list of each:

Apps, APKs and flashables

Non-flashables

Wallpapers

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Full System Dump (From Nexus 5)

And if you need everything that came from the images being flashed, here’s a big system dump file for you to traverse. Note that this file is not meant to be flashable in any way, so don’t try and do anything funky with it (unless, of course, you know exactly what you’re doing).

As always, you take full responsibility for anything that may happen to your device as of the result of any non-OEM approved modifications. It’s important that you proceed with caution knowing that you are taking a risk and that you are taking that risk alone. As long as you understand that, though, then you’re free to go wild. Have at it!

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Make it rain on tons of smartphones with Geohot’s new root tool [VIDEO] http://phandroid.com/2014/06/16/towelroot-root-exploit/ http://phandroid.com/2014/06/16/towelroot-root-exploit/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:16:24 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=142629

George Hotz — the mastermind developer who made Sony so mad with his PS3 hacking antics that they pursued legal action — has returned to the scene with another huge development.

This is Towelroot, a root tool that targets a vulnerability found in older versions of the Linux kernel. The vulnerability is said to be in every kernel before the June 3rd patch, so many older phones (and even a ton of newer phones) that have yet to get the latest kernel update might be in for a treat.

The exploit has only been officially tested on a handful of devices so far, with the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S5 being the main benefactor. That said, the exploit is also found to work with the AT&T Galaxy S5, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (with KitKat) and more. Some users have even reported success with the Sony Xperia SP C5303.

Some devices it reportedly hasn’t worked for is the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 with the latest KitKat update, as well as the Moto X with the latest KitKat update. Geohot (the hacker’s nickname) has invited folks to give it a try on their smartphone if they’ve exhausted all other avenues. It doesn’t hurt to try to give it a shot if you’ve been itching for root on your smartphone. The XDA thread with all the information and download link you need is right here. Fingers crossed that it works out for you!

[TowelRootThanks to DroidModderX!]

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HTC One M8, M7, and other Google Play editions receive Android 4.4.3 as HTC posts kernel source http://phandroid.com/2014/06/03/kernel-source-android-4-4-3-htc-one-m8-m7-google-play-edition/ http://phandroid.com/2014/06/03/kernel-source-android-4-4-3-htc-one-m8-m7-google-play-edition/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:26:44 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=141874 HTC One Google Play Edition DSC01017

By now you know Android 4.4.3 is rolling out to a variety of “stock” Android devices. We already told you about the update hitting Motorola devices (X, G, and E) and have received reports of the update arriving for the both the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition, and HTC One (M7).

Without wasting any time, HTC is now posting the kernel source for, not only the HTC One (M7), but the HTC One M8 as well. This means the M8 should be joining the party any minute now (along with other GPe devices). You can find links to the source code via the link below.

Update: The Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition is also receiving Android 4.4.3. It’s like Christmas in June!

[HTCDev]

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Android 4.4.3 factory images now available for Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10 [DOWNLOAD] http://phandroid.com/2014/06/02/android-4-4-3-factory-images-now-available-for-nexus-4-5-7-and-10-download/ http://phandroid.com/2014/06/02/android-4-4-3-factory-images-now-available-for-nexus-4-5-7-and-10-download/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:41:11 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=141791 Nexus 5 shortcuts DSC05736

After T-Mobile tipped us off that Android 4.4.3 wold be arriving today, Google has just released the new factory images for the Nexus 4 (build KTU84L), Nexus 5 (build KTU84M), Nexus 7 (2013 + 2012), and Nexus 10 on their images and binaries download page. You can either sit tight and wait for the update to hit your device over the air, or download and apply via fastboot if you have knowledge in that sorta stuff. Have at it!

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[Google factory images | Drivers | AOSP]

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xda:devcon 2014 announced, get your early bird registration now http://phandroid.com/2014/05/30/xda-developers-conference-xda-devcon-announced/ http://phandroid.com/2014/05/30/xda-developers-conference-xda-devcon-announced/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 17:36:00 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=141654 xda-dev-con
If you’re familiar with rooting and flashing ROMs on your Android phone or tablet, chances are you’re familiar with XDA-Developers. The XDA community consists of some of the most popular Android enthusiasts, hackers, and developers from around the globe. XDA-Developers recently announced their second annual developers conference and are now accepting early bird registration for attendees and taking bids for conference speakers.

As XDA puts it, xda:devcon is a conference by developers for developers. The general idea of the XDA conference is to take what normally happens throughout the XDA community, but bring the community together to learn, have a great time, and collaborate with like minded folk in person.

Since XDA-Developers is a global community, this year they’ve opted to host their developer conference across the pond in the UK. xda:devcon 2014 takes place in Manchester, UK at the Radisson Park Inn, on September, 26th – 28th.

Tickets are on sale now for the 3 day event starting at £75 (about $125 USD). For the entire conference schedule and other available packages, you’ll want to check out the official xda:devcon site for more details.

As an added bonus for our Phandroid readers, the first 20 people to sign up using this link get 25% off all packages.

To sum up this entire post in XDA speak:

[CONFERENCE][xda:devcon][UK Release][Sept 26-28][£75][No Bugs]

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Warning: next Android update might break quite a few root apps http://phandroid.com/2014/05/20/warning-next-android-update-might-break-quite-a-few-root-apps/ http://phandroid.com/2014/05/20/warning-next-android-update-might-break-quite-a-few-root-apps/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 12:45:26 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=141022 broken roots

In way more words and technical explanations than I’m comfortable repeating here, Chainfire — the developer who creates one of the best SuperUser (root access) apps out there, as well as gems like 500 Firepaper — has given developers of root apps an ominous warning. According to him, the forthcoming upgrade to Android (whether that be 4.4.3 or some other number Google plans to use) changes things in a way that breaks functionality for a good deal of root apps.

Most of the changes have to do with SELinux and the ART runtime possibly being enabled by default, as well as other developer-centric changes. Long story short, Chainfire has come to the conclusion that the changes won’t necessarily break all root apps, but he’s seen enough to believe that the changes will undoubtedly affect enough of them that this big warning is needed.

He’s already gotten to work on his own SuperSU, and invites developers and advanced users to download the latest version (not yet being distributed via Google Play) and help knock out some of the kinks. He’s also urging developers to re-read the SELinux section of his How-to SU guide, as he’s made some important changes that detail some of the forthcoming changes in the next version of Android.

Chainfire takes special care to remind developers to test their apps against ART, as its possible future status as the default runtime for Android could make it more important than ever to pay attention to. If you’re a developer then be sure to head to the source link for all the detailed explanations and relevant links you can handle.

[via Google+]

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Moto E now supported by Motorola’s Bootloader Unlock program http://phandroid.com/2014/05/19/moto-e-motorola-bootloader-unlock-program/ http://phandroid.com/2014/05/19/moto-e-motorola-bootloader-unlock-program/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 20:08:10 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=140976 Moto E Motorola Bootloader Unlock Program

There’s no question the Motorola Moto E is one of the best values in mobile. Because of its rock-bottom low price tag, we’re certain a large development community will begin to gather around the affordable smartphone. Today, Motorola is kick starting this development by officially adding the Moto E — US, Canada, Europe, and Latin American variants — to their Bootloader Unlock program.

Really, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise and we’re excited to see where 3rd party development will take the phone. CM11, Paranoid Android and more coming soon to the Moto E in the future? You can bet on it.

[Motorola]

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You can turn you Oppo Find 7a into a OnePlus One with CyanogenMod 11S http://phandroid.com/2014/05/14/you-can-turn-you-oppo-find-7a-into-a-oneplus-one-with-cyanogenmod-11s/ http://phandroid.com/2014/05/14/you-can-turn-you-oppo-find-7a-into-a-oneplus-one-with-cyanogenmod-11s/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 00:06:09 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=140675 Oppo Find 7a

We’ve known for a while now that the Oppo Find 7a and the OnePlus One were close cousins, sharing the same production facilities and even sharing a vast majority of the same internal hardware. Well, it seems you can make them share the same software too with a little bit of good ole fashioned Android tinkering.

During my review of the Find 7a, I mentioned that I was quite disappointed that the Find 7a shipped with Android 4.3 and I wasn’t a huge fan of Color OS either. I also mentioned that the Android community would most likely step, doing what they do best, bringing all sorts of goodies over to the Oppo’s latest. Well, it’s happened. You can now flash CyanogenMod 11s from the OnePlus One onto your Oppo Find 7a.

Oppo Find 7a OnePlus CM11S

What works and what doesn’t work? It’s still a bit too early to tell, seeing as I just figured out this feat was possible a few minutes ago on my Oppo Find 7a. I’m still in the midst of testing, but wanted to share with my fellow Android enthusiasts that this is entirely possible. I’ll update this post as we dig through the “OppoPlus One7A” to see what works and what doesn’t.

What works:
Front Camera / Video
Microphone
WiFi
Data
Bluetooth
Sound
GPS
Calling

What doesn’t work:
Rear Camera / Video are upside down
Voice Wake
NFC
Storage is only reporting 3GB

If you’d like to jump in feet first, you’ll first need to flash a custom recovery on your Oppo Find 7a, such as TWRP. Then, you’ll need this ROM which was pulled from the OnePlus One (which I modified to remove device checks). Be sure to make a backup first as uncharted buggy territory most likely lies ahead. Good luck!

Edit: There’s two additional OTA’s that you’ll need to get. If you’re not using a OnePlus One recovery, you’ll need to get these modified OTA files as well. OTA 1, OTA 2.

Thanks Patrick for the system dump!

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