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Nov 27

JELLYBEAN!

So, I'm FINALLY on Jellybean (4.1.2) a YEAR after it got released.

DoCoMo pushed the update in August or September, and because my phone is rooted, I had to eventually kill the updater app so it would stop prompting me to upgrade every three hours.

Last time I had to reflash my phone, my backup failed and it took me days to get my phone back in working order. This time it only took about five hours total for the whole process– a vast improvement. Here's the final process (I made one and a half unsuccessful passes) (this is for future reference to me):

0. Ran a Titanium Backup and then Menu->Special features->Create Update.zip (makes a flashable zip file with the Pro version of TiB)
1. Fired up ODIN 3 v. 3.04. Yes, newer versions are out, but this is the version to use due to a brick bug with the Note and some other phones.
2. Rebooted into Odin download mode (vol down + home). Flashed the update (found on xda forums) under PDA, and allowed the auto reboot to happen.
3. After reboot, powered down and back into download mode.
4. Flashed clockworkmod recovery V6.0.1.2_r12 and allowed auto reboot
5. Held down BOTH volume buttons to boot into Clockworkmod Recovery as the device was coming back up.
6. Wiped the device.
7. Flashed SUper User .zip
8. Flashed the TiB .zip file
9. Rebooted; opened TiB, and restored all missing apps and data.
10. Futzed for a bit with apps that weren't 100% restoreable, widgets, and with system settings that needed to be adjusted to my preferences.

Luckily, I use Nova Launcher as my home screen, so restoring that restored all my icons and their positions. I only had to reset my background.

Bummers remaining: too risky to restore Wifi access points, so need to put them all in manually again as I encounter them. Boo. Also, BTsync seems to be ignoring new photo files. Will have to investigate that today.

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JELLYBEAN!

So, I’m FINALLY on Jellybean (4.1.2) a YEAR after it got released.

DoCoMo pushed the update in August or September, and because my phone is rooted, I had to eventually kill the the updater app so it would stop prompting me to upgrade every three hours.

Last time I had to reflash my phone, my backup failed and it took me days to get my phone back in working order. This time it only took about five hours total for the whole process– a vast improvement. Here’s the final process (I made one and a half unsuccessful passes) (this is for future reference to me):

0. Ran a Titanium Backup and then Menu->Special features->Create Update.zip (makes a flashable zip file with the Pro version of TiB)
1. Fired up ODIN 3 v. 3.04. Yes, newer versions are out, but this is the version to use due to a brick bug with the Note and some other phones.
2. Rebooted into Odin download mode (vol down + home). Flashed the update (found on xda forums) under PDA, and allowed the auto reboot to happen.
3. After reboot, powered down and back into download mode.
4. Flashed clockworkmod recovery V6.0.1.2_r12 and allowed auto reboot
5. Held down BOTH volume buttons to boot into Clockworkmod Recovery as the device was coming back up.
6. Wiped the device.
7. Flashed SUper User .zip
8. Flashed the TiB .zip file
9. Rebooted; opened TiB, and restored all missing apps and data.
10. Futzed for a bit with apps that weren’t 100% restoreable, widgets, and with system settings that needed to be adjusted to my preferences.

Luckily, I use Nova Launcher as my home screen, so restoring that restored all my icons and their positions. I only had to reset my background.

Bummers remaining: too risky to restore Wifi access points, so need to put them all in manually again as I encounter them. Boo. Also, BTsync seems to be ignoring new photo files. Will have to investigate that today.

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  1. Andrew Woolner
    Andrew Woolner

    Glitch with photo files: Jellybean changed the default paths and mountpoints, so some apps were pointing at incorrect locations, including bittorrent sync.

  2. Tommi Lätti
    Tommi Lätti

    Hmm… whenever I wipe phone it just takes maybe 1h to get it into working order. All data in ze cloud, app data is in the sd card so most apps after the play store restores them automatically still have their settings and stuff.

    Haven't touched titanium backup for years.

  3. Andrew Woolner
    Andrew Woolner

    I find that restoring from the Play Store takes too long and never restores my settings.

  4. Tommi Lätti
    Tommi Lätti

    You said it took 5 hours. You must have a million apps if it takes more than 5 hours to install from play store (they restore automatically in bulk if you're on wifi. Took about 10 minutes for my 70+ apps last time).

  5. Andrew Woolner
    Andrew Woolner

    5 hours total from start of flashing to finish, including a couple of early fuckups (and the time that I wasted forgetting that CWM's recovery is both volume keys, not Vol+ and Power like the one documented for the Note). My first flash was unsuccessful because I restored all my apps from a TiB-made.zip which included system apps which, of course, fucked up Jellybean.

    I'm confident now that I've documented the process it will take me less than two hours next time, and much of that time will be spent waiting for the phone to flash and reboot rather than fiddling with stuff.

    Last time I tried restoring from the store, it didn't restore a bunch of my user data and I spent days setting everything up again. I have about 50 apps, I think, but it's all the config that kills me. Titanium does a much better job of reliably restoring app data (although it somehow fucked up on Dropbox, but that was the only one).

    Oh, I also found that Google Play reinstalled apps that I'd uninstalled months before.

  6. Andrew Woolner
    Andrew Woolner

    +Tommi Lätti Hmm, it looks like I will have a chance to test your method. My phone crashed and now refuses to boot. Looks like a reflash is in order.

  7. Tommi Lätti
    Tommi Lätti

    :(

  8. Andrew Woolner
    Andrew Woolner

    Factory reset worked without a reflash. Will log in with my Google account and see if everything restores properly.

  9. Tommi Lätti
    Tommi Lätti

    I hope factory reset doesn't wipe the "sdcard"

  10. Andrew Woolner
    Andrew Woolner

    Poo. That didn't work. Flashed Titanium and am restoring apps again. This time being more careful about apps that might clash with Jellybean apps.

    If successful, will take a nandroid backup (although I find they fail hash check about 50% of the time on restore) and then turn on the feature to back up all data with Google account (I think I'd turned it off after a previous disastrous restore attempt).

  11. Tommi Lätti
    Tommi Lätti

    Sounds like a big mess… :(

    Personally, I would clean start at this point.

  12. Andrew Woolner
    Andrew Woolner

    That was a clean start that glitched.

    Basically done config. Will run nandroid backup and head to bed.

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