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Old 02-07-2020, 05:34 PM   #16
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Interesting for me would be:
when MTP, changing the Tolino Partition from FAT32 to Ext to avoid FAT32 limitations - 4GB File size, ~ 12.000 files in Folder aso.
I think I'd go at it like this first:

adb shell getprop ro.boot.hardware
E60K00

Assuming it's the same as mine, you'd edit the file fstab.E60K00 (otherwise substitute your hardware type) inside boot.img, and you'd want to (1) uncomment the entry for /dev/block/mmcblk0p4, (2) change vfat to ext4 there, then edit init.rc and disable the vold service (simply add a line saying disabled under it). Then rebuild the image and flash it (fastboot flash boot boot.img).

At some point you'd also have to format the filesystem, more or less like that:
adb shell mke2fs -t ext4 /mnt/media_rw/extsd

Maybe you also have to unmount it first or use -F -F.

Note: you'd lose all files on that partition of course, and there might be something else to do as well (most likely a permissions issue). I haven't tried it myself so I can't really say.

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Removing System Crash Reporter (and Making Other Filesystem Changes)

Android devices usually come with a plethora of bundled applications nobody ever asked for that cannot be uninstalled, stuff that keeps running in the background, unnecessarily draining battery and perhaps also compromising privacy.

The Tolino is not a particularly bad offender in this aspect but there is at least one application, called System Crash Reporter, that seems to serve no benefit to the user, and it might not be a bad idea to get rid of it. These steps will also illustrate how to make any other changes to the filesystem.

Removing System Crash Reporter

All the persistent operating system files are stored on the /system partition. It is possible to modify these files while the operating system is running but even though we already have superuser access via ADB, the partition is mounted read-only, so we must remount it for reading and writing first:
  • Remount the system partition read-write:
    adb shell mount -o remount,rw /system
Alternatively, we can reboot to recovery mode but then we have to make sure the system partition is mounted:
  • Reboot to recovery mode:
    adb reboot recovery
  • Mount the system partition (likely to be mounted already, so an error is expected):
    mount /system
At this point, the application can be deleted. It's just a single file:
  • Delete the System Crash Reporter application package (APK):
    adb shell rm -f /system/app/systemcrashreporter.apk
Note that any leftover files on the /data partition are automatically removed by Android so we don't have to deal with that. Afterwards, if you deleted the application from a live system (not rebooting into recovery mode) and want to keep using the device without rebooting, it's a good idea to remount the /system partition read-only again (in any case, the partition will be mounted read-only again after a reboot).
  • Remount the system partition read-only:
    adb shell mount -o remount,ro /system
How to Know It Was There

How could you know that this particular APK was there if I haven't told you? There are couple of ways:
  1. List the filesystem contents:
    adb shell ls -laZ /system/app/
    -rw-r--r-- root root u:object_r:system_file:s0 systemcrashreporter.apk
    This is good as long as you know that applications are stored in /system/app (and /system/priv-app).
  2. List the filesystem contents recursively:
    adb shell ls -laRZ /system/
    Better if you have completely no idea what's where but it's lots of output so you can pipe it through a filter or save it to a file:
    adb shell ls -laRZ /system/ | more
    adb shell ls -laRZ /system/ > ls-system.txt
    Note: the -l and -Z flags list permissions, ownership and security contexts.
  3. Query all installed packages and their installation locations with Android Package Manager:
    adb shell pm list packages -f
    /system/app/systemcrashreporter.apk=de.inovex.android.system.c rashreporter
  4. Look into the update.zip file as all the files that exist on the /system partition come from there.
Files can be copied to (pushed) and from (pulled) device with adb push and adb pull. Available commands for adb shell include standard UNIX shell utilities and some Android-specific commands like the pm (Package Manager) and am (Activity Manager) mentioned before.

If you are modifying or copying new files, you should make sure they have the correct metadata set: use chown, chmod, and chcon to change ownership, permissions (mode) and security contexts respectively.

Applications can be installed with adb install.

More information about these and other commands is available in the Android documentation.

Some Other Points of Interest Around the Filesystem
  • /system/app/EPubProd.apk
    The main Tolino application (launcher, reader, browser), to be discussed later.
  • /system/fonts/*.{o,t}tf
    As the name suggests. The Bariol font files are here too but note that the font used to show the book list is the one inside the EpubProd.apk itself (more on that later).
  • /system/etc/fallback_fonts.xml
    /system/etc/system_fonts.xml
    If you are installing any custom font files, you might also want to change the font mappings here.
  • /system/media/preinstalled
    The stuff that gets copied to your user data on first use: the Tolino manual and maybe a complimentary book, depending on your language version, and also files for the point-of-sale (POS) demo, occupying nearly 50MB in total as you can find out with adb shell du -sm /system/media/preinstalled
    Most of it can likely be safely deleted if you need more space, for example to install own apps as system.
  • /system/media/bootanimation.zip
    The square dot moving from left to right when the Tolino is starting can be replaced with something else by modifying this file.
  • /system/usr/sleep/drawable-nodpi/suspend*.jpg
    Default images to display when the device is suspended but they're apparently not being used, overriden with what's inside the APK (or changed in the settings).
  • /system/build.prop
    Build properties. A way to identify the device and operating system version, also some low-level configuration can be changed here. Note that there's also the file /default.prop, which we edited earlier in the boot image: this, or anything else in the root directory (/) cannot be modified on a running system.
  • /data/misc/wifi/wpa_supplicant.conf
    You can configure Wi-Fi networks by editing this file, just remember to restore the correct permissions.
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Fun with APKs

Most Android devices use a number of different APKs to implement specific functions (launcher, dialer, file explorer, file viewer, browser, etc.). While the Tolino also comes with a lot of APKs, they are all very low-level, and practically all the interesting functionality is concentrated in EPubProd.apk, which is the launcher, book browser, book reader, Internet browser, and settings menu all at the same time.

To Keep or Not to Keep

Some people might at this point be inclined to just delete this APK from device and install their custom launcher and book reader applications. This is definitely an option, although with a few caveats: most importantly, full screen refresh would have to be reimplemented in the reader app, which was apparently already done in KOReader, and almost done in CoolReader. Another app would have to be used to allow the adjustment of backlight settings (there's one written by Ryogo of TWRP fame). The device also wouldn't support automatic suspend and resume with smart cover but in principle it would still work fine with EPubProd.apk gone, as long as you installed a replacement launcher.

Yet another option is to keep EPubProd.apk but not as a launcher. If more than one application provides launcher functionality, Android will prompt the user to make the choice. We can force this prompt to appear programmatically with ADB:

adb shell am start -c android.intent.category.HOME -a android.intent.action.MAIN

EPubProd.apk's manifest could also be modified to not make it appear as a launcher and perhaps go back to another launcher instead of its home screen. There are a lot of possibilities.

As for my Tolino however, I decided to mostly leave the EPubProd app (is that short for "EPub Product?") working the way it was originally intended to, only changing some relatively minor aspects of it, so this is what I'm going to describe.

The Right Tools for the Job

Android application packages are not supposed to be reverse engineered but of course they can be. There exists a great utility for meddling with them called Apktool. Other useful tools include Android Asset Packaging Tool (AAPT) and Smali/Baksmali. All these require Java Runtime Environment (JRE) to run, I suggest getting a portable version of it to avoid cluttering your system with unneeded Oracle garbage.

Applications are generally written in a high-level language such as Java or Kotlin but can be decompiled only to Dalvik virtual machine pseudo-assembly language. The numerous .smali files can then be edited with a text editor. Afterwards, the APK can be compiled together again. While this is doable even with the Notepad bundled with Windows, I suggest getting a better editor such as Notepad++. Two more useful tools are GrepWin to search for text or regular expression patterns in many files at once, and WinMerge to compare the contents of two (or even three) files or directories. All these utilities are open source and cost nothing.

As a rule APKs need to be signed but this is not strictly enforced for system apps, and we can take advantage of this to keep things simpler. When making changes, you can keep the original signature metadata. A recompiled (and signed) APK should be processed by Zipalign, a small command-line utility distributed with Android Studio. It will still work without this step but might run slower and there might be a warning message written to the system log.

What Also Works Sometimes

While Apktool is the proper tool of choice for serious APK modification, there exists another way. An APK file is just a ZIP archive at the core and can be unpacked and packed with a tool like 7-Zip. While all the code is inside classes.dex and cannot be conveniently edited this way, resources (data) can easily be replaced. XML files inside the APK are in "binary" format and will look like gibberish but other than that, assets and resources generally can be modified without having to resort to Apktool. This is sufficient for some of the modifications I describe in the next post.

Installing the Modified APK

This in fact can be done on a live system, and the commands are as follows:
  • adb shell mount -o remount,rw /system
  • adb push EPubProd.apk /system/app/
  • adb shell chown root.root /system/app/EPubProd.apk
  • adb shell chmod 644 /system/app/EPubProd.apk
  • adb shell chcon u:object_r:system_file:s0 /system/app/EPubProd.apk
  • adb shell mount -o remount,ro /system
Now the only missing piece of the puzzle is the modified APK itself.

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Modifying EPubProd as a ZIP File

All the changes listed in this post can be made with a ZIP archiver. You do not need to use Apktool (yet) but of course it can be used for these modifications too.

Add Hyphenation for More Languages
Note: these files get extracted to the following directories on the user data partition:
  • .tolino/assets/hyphenator/patterns/
  • .tolino/assets/hyphenDicts/
I have not tested this but perhaps it's enough to just copy the files there, and the APK does not have to be modified.

Replace UI Font / Fix Accented Characters in Book Titles & Author Names

The Tolino app uses a typeface called Bariol. According to the designers' description, it already supports practically all European languages written in the Latin script at no extra cost:
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Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Gaelic, Galician, German, Greenlandic, Hungarian, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Malagasy, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian Latin, Sorbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Walloon, Welsh

Unfortunately it seems the support for some accented characters was cut of from the version bundled with the app. Even if you only use one of the supported languages, you might still be reading something like The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek, and the "š" will be displayed with the fallback font (Droid Sans), which makes both the title and the author name look quite ugly.

One way to fix this is to replace the Bariol font with a version that supports the full character set, as it was supposed to in the first place. Yet another option would be to replace it with another font of your choice.

The files are:
  • assets/fonts/bariol-bold.ttf
  • assets/fonts/bariol-regular.ttf
Simply replace them with any other TrueType files of your choice.

You will want to use another typeface if you foresee using: (1) some non-European languages written in Latin script, for example Vietnamese; (2) Greek or Cyrillic and don't want them to revert to fallback font; (3) rare Latin characters used mostly by linguists. If you need to check which character sets are supported by a font, there's a utility called BabelMap.

If you only want a different font to be available for book text, it can be simply copied to the Fonts directory on the user data partition. The APK does not have to be modified for this.

Disable Calling Back Home / Automatic Update Check

If you do not use Tolino's online features and want to prevent it from unnecessarily calling back home, look at assets/environments/app.properties.prod:
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Code:
<prod>
CONFIG_URL=https://bosh.pageplace.de/bosh/rest/v2/resellerconfig
FTU_COUNTRIES_URL=https://bosh.pageplace.de/bosh/rest/reseller/countries
FTU_RESELLERS_URL=https://bosh.pageplace.de/bosh/rest/reseller/selection
FTU_REPORTING_SELECTED_RESELLER_URL=https://bosh.pageplace.de/bosh/rest/reseller/selection/report
UPDATE_CHECK_URL=https://bosh.pageplace.de/bosh/rest/v2/versioncheck
HOTSPOT_NETDATA_URL=https://bosh.pageplace.de/bosh/rest/netdata
PING_URL=http://bosh.pageplace.de/bosh/rest/ping
BOSH_TIME_URL=https://bosh.pageplace.de/bosh/rest/time
DEBUG=FALSE
ENVNAME= [prod]
SHOW_VERSION=TRUE
REPORT_ERRORS=TRUE
</prod>

Replace all occurences of bosh.pageplace.de with 0.0.0.0 (an invalid IP address so that any connection attempt fails immediately). I also set REPORT_ERRORS=FALSE but left the BOSH_TIME_URL intact so that the time is still synchronized.

In particular, using a customized firmware we only want to update to newer versions once we customize them, so perhaps it's especially worth it to disable UPDATE_CHECK_URL.

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Modifying EPubProd by Decompiling It

For the following modifications, the APK has to be decompiled with Apktool, and recompiled back again when done.

Remove Store from Home Screen

The home screen layout is specified in the XML file res/layout/home_activity.xml, and the store content is in its "bottom part." To hide it we will change the height of this part to 1 pixel:

<FrameLayout android:id="@id/home_activity_app_area_bottom_part" android:layout_width="fill_parent" android:layout_height="315.0dip1px" android:layout_alignParentBottom="true">

While it can be removed completely, it is a bit tedious, so for now I settled for the path of least resistance. The result is practically the same, as none of it can be seen any longer.

Eventually, more book covers could be added to the home screen to take advantage of the freed up space but their number is hardcoded too, so it's not a trivial change.

Adjust Translation Strings

Most of the text messages displayed by the app are contained in the files:
  • res/values/strings.xml
  • res/values-XX/strings.xml
Where XX is the ISO 639-1 language code, for example en for English, de for German, etc. The path without any code is the default one. If the same labels are defined for the language your device is set to, they take precedence.

The only thing I did with these files was to capitalize all instances of "tolino." I can imagine someone might want to change "To my books" / "My books" to "Library" or something like that. This is the place to make any such changes.

And of course the app can be translated to another language this way too.

Note that you can see these strings.xml files for a lot of languages but this is just because a library used by the app (ABC Search Bar) supports all of them. It doesn't mean the Tolino app includes for example a hidden Albanian (sq-rAL) translation. If you look at the size of these files, they are much smaller than what a complete translation would have to be. Any missing strings are replaced from the from the default file under res/values.

Use the Refresh Button to Rescan for Updated Books

The Tolino app book database is supposed to get updated every time the mass storage device is unmounted. A side effect of switching to MTP mode is, since that no longer happens, the database does not get updated at all and new books do not show in the app.

The app has a refresh button in the library view but whatever it is supposed to do, it doesn't work unless logged in: it will only show a pop-up dialog otherwise. Let's make this button simply rescan the user data for new books.

The code that runs when the button is clicked is in smali/de/telekom/epub/ui/activities/BasicContentActivity$MainMenuButtonClickListener.s mali. In the source I decompiled it starts at line 131 but it will be different depending on the application version and parameters passed to Apktool (I use -b or --no-debug-info).

Here is the relevant part, and how to modify it:

iget-object v3, p0, Lde/telekom/epub/ui/activities/BasicContentActivity$MainMenuButtonClickListener;->this$0:Lde/telekom/epub/ui/activities/BasicContentActivity;

iget-boolean v3, v3, Lde/telekom/epub/ui/activities/BasicContentActivity;->isConfigLoaded:Z

if-eqz v3, :cond_4

iget-object v3, p0, Lde/telekom/epub/ui/activities/BasicContentActivity$MainMenuButtonClickListener;->this$0:Lde/telekom/epub/ui/activities/BasicContentActivity;

invoke-virtual {v3}, Lde/telekom/epub/ui/activities/BasicContentActivity;->startCloudSync()V


invoke-static {}, Lde/telekom/epub/application/Globals;->getApplicationContext()Landroid/content/Context;

move-result-object v0

new-instance v1, Landroid/content/Intent;

const-class v2, Lde/telekom/epub/ui/activities/AddLocalFilesActivity;

invoke-direct {v1, v0, v2}, Landroid/content/Intent;-><init>(Landroid/content/Context;Ljava/lang/Class;)V

const/high16 v2, 0x10000000

invoke-virtual {v1, v2}, Landroid/content/Intent;->setFlags(I)Landroid/content/Intent;

invoke-virtual {v0, v1}, Landroid/content/Context;->startActivity(Landroid/content/Intent;)V


goto :goto_0


The new code is more or less equivalent to running the following command, which can also be used to refresh the library:

adb shell am start -n de.telekom.epub/.ui.activities.AddLocalFilesActivity

The same code could also be made to run every time a USB device is unmounted.

Remove the Bookmark Icon

In the reader app, a bookmark icon is shown on every page to indicate the place that can be tapped to add a bookmark, which I find unnecessary and distracting. To get rid of it:
  • Replace the file res/drawable-nodpi-v4/dogear_image_passive.png with a fully transparent PNG image to hide the icon when RMSDK is being used (this can be done even without Apktool)
  • To remove the icon when Readium is being used, in the file res/values/strings.xml, edit the entry for ic_dogear to read:
    <string name="ic_dogear"></string>
The place can still be tapped to add a bookmark, and the icon will still be shown on bookmarked pages.

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The Modified Tolino App & Firmware Patch

The Modified Tolino App

The APK file with all the modifications as described in this thread can be downloaded here:


Below are a couple of annotated screenshots showing some of the changes, and possible scope for improvement in the future:

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Firmware Patch Installer

A convenient way to apply all the changes I made is to use an installable update file. However, the file is too large to store here, so I have to host it externally. If there's a problem accessing it, let me know.

  1. Boot into TWRP recovery.
  2. Flash the official firmware update 13.2.1.
  3. Flash the installable update I prepared, patch_installer_tolino_v#.zip.
  4. Wipe cache and Dalvik cache, reboot.
Customizing the Patch

If you want to make your own patch, all the sources for what I did are already included inside the ZIP file. In particular, have a look at:
  • META-INF/com/google/android/updater-script
    The script that runs the installation process.
  • diff/*.diff
    GNU diff patches against all the modified files
  • diff/system_app_EPubProd.apk/*.bat
    Batch scripts that automate each step of modifying the EPubProd APK file
  • build_patch_installer.bat
    Batch script to build the installable ZIP file (note: signing the ZIP is optional, TWRP will accept it regardless)
Making changes to the tools requires some utilities. If you don't have them already, feel free to download the archive 7za-adb-apktool-diff-fastboot-patch-signapk-zipalign.zip from the shared folder on Mega.nz. You'll also need Java as mentioned before.

Mandatory Disclaimer

The files work well on my Tolino Shine 3, should be safe to use, and if you have a backup of your SD card it's always possible to restore things to their previous state. However, please understand that you assume all responsibility for using the files and instructions I am sharing.

I will not be liable for any damage, neither should you expect any support from me or anybody else in case of problems. If you disagree or have any doubts, do not use these files.


Have fun, and please share any interesting results of your modifications.
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Thank you so much for your work!
Earlier for myself, I created a zip file with apps that I need first of all and installed this file via TWRP.
Can you put these apps in patch_installer_tolino_v9.zip so that everything is already in one. I think many would be useful.
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Hi Peripathetic,

Do you occasionally know how to install GooglePlay on Tolino's Android 4.4.2 and/or which version of GP to take and try ?

Thanks a lot, Norbert
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Do you occasionally know how to install GooglePlay on Tolino's Android 4.4.2 and/or which version of GP to take and try
I suggest you just sideload the apps you want. You can get the APK files elsewhere, and then do:
adb install <filename>.apk.

But if you really want Google Play, you can try to install OpenGApps from here: https://opengapps.org/

The version you need is: ARM (32-bit), 4.4, pico (smallest). They're updated regularly so I'm not posting a direct link.

You might need to use the trick I posted before to access the full settings to be able to add your Google account:
adb shell am start -n com.android.settings/.Settings

If your device is showing as "uncertified," you can add an exception for it here (have to log in to the same account as on the device):
https://www.google.com/android/uncertified/

Yet another approach would be to use Yalp Store (or Aurora Store) with MicroG. This is an alternate way to access Google Play Store and services. Not really sure what you're trying to do but this might work just as well for your purposes.

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Hi Peripathetic,
Thanks a lot for you answer and time. I of course install by sideload all free apps, but I need one dictionary app which I purchased and I can't sideload install it as they apparently utilize google play licensing api to check the license ...
Two years ago I managed to install GP on my first older Tolino (Android 4.0.4), then installed my dictonary app and uninstalled GP as it was pretty instable (and am using it until now).

But I haven't managed this on my 2nd Tolino with Android 4.4.2 (:-(

I tried your advices but can't install gapps even pico due to too low space on system partiton (cca 75MB) but it needs for Core about 80MB ...

I was able to install yalp, throug FDroid, and was able to install my dictionary app from my google account, but then upon starting they again claimed no license ... apparently yalp doesn't support licensing api ...

Thanks again, Norbert
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Your options include:
  1. Resize the partitions to make the /system partition larger (take out the SD card, plug in to PC, use any partitioning tool such as GParted).
  2. Find an older version of Google Play Services, they used to be much smaller. There must be one somewhere attached to a post on XDA Developers. Search via Google with site:forum.xda-developers.com or site:androidfilehost.com.
  3. Contact the author to get an APK version that works without the Play Store. If the app you want to use is GoldenDict it's certainly possible.
There are other ways too but if the app is not abandoned and the author can be contacted I'd try the above ones first.
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Resize the partitions to make the /system partition larger (take out the SD card, plug in to PC, use any partitioning tool such as GParted).
With a Vision 4 HD it isnt possible
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With a Vision 4 HD it isnt possible
Thank you for the clarification. The Shine 3 is my only Tolino, I don't really know much about the rest.

Maybe I should clarify it in the thread title but I think most of what I wrote can be adapted to other devices, so perhaps I'll leave it for now.
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Thank you for the clarification. The Shine 3 is my only Tolino, I don't really know much about the rest.

Maybe I should clarify it in the thread title but I think most of what I wrote can be adapted to other devices, so perhaps I'll leave it for now.
All waterprotected devices (Vision, Epos) doesnt have a built in SD.
Only Page and Shine have.
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