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Old 05-04-2017, 12:10 PM   #1
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Android 4.4 Released for all Onyx Books

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warning : unofficial release, with risks

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Old 05-04-2017, 02:58 PM   #2
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Awesomeness. Now I'll have to rollback my old installation of 4.4 back to 4.04 then upgrade to this.
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Old 05-04-2017, 03:07 PM   #3
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Awesomeness. Now I'll have to rollback my old installation of 4.4 back to 4.04 then upgrade to this.
Now I am waiting for comments like:

"I updated to 4.4 but lost all my books, how can I restore them?"


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Old 05-04-2017, 03:37 PM   #4
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There is information that Onyx cant make properly working 4.4.
So we will not receive final release of it.
Instead Onyx will use new Android versions on new processors.
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Old 05-04-2017, 03:41 PM   #5
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What information.

FWIW, my T68 has been running 4.4 okay for months.
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it seems for i86 zip file is damaged.
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Old 05-04-2017, 03:52 PM   #7
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What information.

FWIW, my T68 has been running 4.4 okay for months.
For months or for 1 month?

Sorry but information is in Russian
http://4pda.ru/forum/index.php?s=&sh...ost&p=61100793

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Old 05-04-2017, 03:58 PM   #8
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I've been running 4.4 on a T68+, M96, and M96+ ever since they first released it. I believe it's gone six months before I inevitably fiddled with something and broke it or decided to take a look at the 4.0.4 firmware. I know some folks have had no luck with it, though, and I've sometimes had to flash it a couple of times in a row to get a stable flash.
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For months or for 1 month?

Sorry but information is in Russian
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It is not stable, it is rather an experimental version. Onyx says that they can not get the perfect Android 4.4 work. Yes, and there is no sense in this version of the upgrade. In the future, we plan to switch to a newer Android - simultaneously with the transition to new processors. However, this is not yet the near future, unfortunately.
Old 4.4 version been working for two months. Stable and BT works on a T68. Maybe I got lucky. Kind of frightened to touch anything
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Old 05-04-2017, 05:22 PM   #10
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I feel sorry to ask this obvious question.. but, what is the advantages of upgrading android to 4.4 on an ebook device?

PS: congratulations to Booxtor and the entire Onyx team for releasing v1.8.2. I've been trying it for several weeks now and I still can't believe the speed improvements and new functionality.
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I feel sorry to ask this obvious question.. but, what is the advantages of upgrading android to 4.4 on an ebook device?
I assume that it will allow the Max to work with more apps. Lots of people were wanting their device to work with various office type apps among others, and Android 4.0.4 was apparently very limiting in this regard.

Although there are several drawing apps which I would like to use with my Max and which don't seem to work with 4.0.4, I think I will pass on this pre-release and wait until an official version pops up or at least until more people have tried out this version and worked out any kinks in it.
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I feel sorry to ask this obvious question.. but, what is the advantages of upgrading android to 4.4 on an ebook device?

PS: congratulations to Booxtor and the entire Onyx team for releasing v1.8.2. I've been trying it for several weeks now and I still can't believe the speed improvements and new functionality.
Newer apps target at least android 4.4.
Also, some news functionalities offered by google (Drive intregretion, 2 factor signing,...) also target at least android 4.4 devices.

According to this site, only 1.8% off android devices run version prior to 4.1 ... so more and more apps where not compatible with Onyx Boox...

I also expect that newer Android has native functions to force render apps in 2 colors (B/W), which is great for us...
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As far as I have read this is a prerelease (aka beta)? So why would one want to install a potential unstable release?
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Newer apps target at least android 4.4.
Also, some news functionalities offered by google (Drive intregretion, 2 factor signing,...) also target at least android 4.4 devices.

According to this site, only 1.8% off android devices run version prior to 4.1 ... so more and more apps where not compatible with Onyx Boox...

I also expect that newer Android has native functions to force render apps in 2 colors (B/W), which is great for us...
  1. How many of these "newer apps" are compatible with eInk displays and are practical with eReaders' typically slower CPUs?
  2. What percentage of eInk Android eReaders "run version prior to 4.1"? If most do, then most apps targeted at eReaders will be compatible.
  3. Is there any factual basis for your "expect[ation] that newer Android has native functions to force render apps in 2 colors (B/W)"? And how robust are these functions?
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