Apr 21 2013

Full details of OTA upgrade 2.3.7-5 for Vodafone Smart II

Category: firmwarewpgeorge @ 5:44 pm

Here are details of a recent OTA upgrade for the Vodafone Smart 2

The description of the update says that the package will upgrade the device to Android Gingerbread 2.3.7-5.

Last version information is available from this post in February 2013.

The upgrade is described as having a 5.2Mb size.

When downloading the upgrade, logcat describes a download from server otuo2.tctmobile.com

04-21 17:21:05.328: I/suapp_jni(4629): 2013/04/21 17:21:05 [DEBUG]   SessionMasterFile::Save: Processing file 1/1.
04-21 17:21:05.359: I/suapp_jni(4629): 2013/04/21 17:21:05 [DEBUG]   SessionMasterFile::MakeSessionMasterFileName('V860X-2AVDIE1#Vodafone Smart II#2#0#15CCGC0#15FCGF0','/sdcard/.downloaded','0'): = /sdcard/.downloaded/43BD8D98140CF8FAA089BD559E47BFEF0E3DCF37.bin.
04-21 17:21:05.359: I/suapp_jni(4629): 2013/04/21 17:21:05 [DEBUG]   SessionMasterFile::Save: Processing input file '/sdcard/.downloaded/43BD8D98140CF8FAA089BD559E47BFEF0E3DCF37.bin' (0) for 'V860X-2AVDIE1#Vodafone Smart II#2#0#15CCGC0#15FCGF0'.
04-21 17:21:05.484: I/suapp_jni(4629): 2013/04/21 17:21:05 [DEBUG]   MultiDownloader::DownloadStart(imei='862924010447801', model='Vodafone Smart II',com_ref='V860X-2AVDIE1')
04-21 17:21:05.484: V/FotaDld(4629): SUAPP: Downloading ... 0.0% at a speed of 0.0 bytes/s
04-21 17:21:05.640: I/suapp_jni(4629): 2013/04/21 17:21:05 [DEBUG]   AMConnection::Execute: Connection #1c4288: Request Execution Starting ...
04-21 17:21:05.640: I/suapp_jni(4629): 2013/04/21 17:21:05 [DEBUG]   AMConnection::Execute: Connection #1c4288: We have to connect first to otu02.tctmobile.com ...
04-21 17:21:06.140: I/suapp_jni(4629): 2013/04/21 17:21:06 [DEBUG]   AMConnection::TickConnect: Connection #1c4288: Connection request to 'otu02.tctmobile.com' done. Now waiting network feedback ...
04-21 17:21:06.484: V/FotaDld(4629): SUAPP: Downloading ... 0.0% at a speed of 0.0 bytes/s
04-21 17:21:07.140: I/suapp_jni(4629): 2013/04/21 17:21:07 [DEBUG]   AMConnection::Execute: Connection #1c4288: Successfully connected to otu02.tctmobile.com!
04-21 17:21:07.140: I/suapp_jni(4629): 2013/04/21 17:21:07 [DEBUG]   AMConnection::Execute: Connection #1c4288: Connected to otu02.tctmobile.com! Now waiting StartCom from server ...

and a file update.zip is downloaded.

Mounting the sdcard we find that the file is available at:

/sdcard/.downloaded/update.zip

Here’s the full listing of that archive.

After the upgrade, the following information is displayed in the ‘About phone’ section:

Firmware version: 2.3.7

Baseband version: BCM2155x_TCLSSP1_1342.3.2.4

Kernel version: 2.6.35.7 TCL@50029-1 #1

Build Number: 01022

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Apr 14 2013

Information about Mobile phone maker: Plum

Category: company showcasewpgeorge @ 9:31 pm

I have just seen a SIM-free Plum Smartphone at a shop.  I was given a model number that did not seem to make much sense: QW181.
I wanted to find out information about the maker of the phone.

This is what I could find:
The phone’s maker is called Plum Smartphone
Website is plum-smartphone.com.  Its Facebook profile is available at

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Plum-Mobile/113430562066143

The company does not offer a postal address so it is not clear where the phones are designed or built.

There is no indication of their address details at their Facebook page either.

I wanted to find out company information at one of the smartphone user guides but were unable to find any, instead, what was noticeable at the User’s Manual for the Might Z500 phone available from this location was that the manual is very crude-looking, with several spelling and grammar errors, bookmarks missing, etc.. This was hardly a good first introduction to the company.

These are the Android models displayed at the company’s website in April 2013:

Plum Link (No GPRS)

Plum Debut, a tablet with GPRS capabilities

Plum Might

Plum Wicked

Plum Velocity

Plum Axe

Other website sections:

Plum-related events

Further references

Hands on with Plum devices article

 

 

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