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  • Title: ZTE AXON MINI (B2016 –force touch)
  • Listed: 12/06/2016 3:40 pm
  • ROM Version:Marshmallow 6.0.1 version B12
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ZTE AXON MINI (B2016 –force touch)
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EDIT5: NEW ROM version "Clean-07"uploaded.

-force touch implemented –your feedback is appreciated

-screenshot capability restore. It was lost when I removed Mi-pop app.

-Aliveshare.apk (weshare) restored. it allows for call/sms/contacts backup

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EDIT4: NEW ROM version "Clean-06"uploaded properly now (use this one). Notes about google installer were removed from the description below, you won't need it anymore, when flashing this latest ROM

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INTRODUCTION:

This ROM is based on the chinese stock from the B2015 phones. It only has English and Chinese language in principle (SORRY), although the translation for other languages using apps like language enabler isn't too bad.

This M Rom gave new life to our poor axon mini, which is now replaced by the axon 7 mini. The stock lollipop ROM was slow and laggy, but now it feels amazing.

I will cut the story short, but it all started after @Bormental (from XDA) made a working custom twrp for this phone, which allowed us to backup and to flash anything. He also figured out that we can flash ANY rom from the B2015 model on the B2016, as long as we replace and use the Modem from the international lollipop for the B2016 phone.

All I did, other than removing some crappy stock apps and the stock recovery (otherwise it would replace twrp), was to replace the modem, the logo screen, the boot animation (all from the international ROM), edited the settings-ZTE app (to remove some of the bloats from the main setting menu), transferred the "force touch"capability from the last B08 into the B12 and added the gapps into the system.

I have also added someother google apps (keyboard, dialer, contacts, tts, etc).

I have also added the google installer app. YOU WILL NEED IT to be able to install google play.&&&see note below

The ROM is cleanner now, more like a proper aosp, but there is still some ZTE stuff around, which are needed to have a fully functional system.

So……moving on to our business…..

IMPORTANT: IF YOU JUST INSTALLED TWRP VIA ADB AND IT BOOTS INTO RECOVERY OK, BUT YOU THINK THE RECOVERY DOESN'T WORK WELL, SORRY BUT YOUR ARE WRONG, IT DOES WORK OK AND YOU DID NOT READ THE INSTRUCTION ABOUT THE ABOOT FILE.

ASK QUESTIONS, PRAY, DANCE, DO WHATEVER YOU WANT BUT……..NEVER, EVER, INSTALL THE STOCK RECOVERY BACK, UNLESS YOU INTENT TO SEND THE PHONE BACK TO ZTE, AND EVEN FOR THAT THERE IS A SPECIAL PROCEDDURE TO INSTALL THE STOCK RECOVERY BACK, ASK IF YOU NEED. 

 

STEP-BYSTEP:

if you have lollipop:

- Root and install twrp. IMPORTANT: NOW USE THE RECOVERY TO MAKE A BACKUP, so you make sure you test the recovery too BEFORE wiping your system.

- reboot recovery/wipe/advance/ wipe system, data and cache

- flash the latest B12.zip (ROM);

- then flash superSU 2.62;than (optionally) flash xposed.

- reboot system (exeptionally, no need to flash aboot6 in this case, the ROM already has it)

First boot will take a little while to boot, wait up to about 5-7minutes.

 

if you already are on M rom (B09):

- you are already rooted so just reboot recovery and flash the aboot5*** file;

  1. - flash B12.zip (ROM);then flash superSU 2.62;than (optionally) flash xposed.

- reboot system. First boot will take a little while to boot, wait up to about 5-7minutes.

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IF YOU DON'T READ THE NOTES BELOW, PLEASE DO NOT BLAME ME IF YOU HAVE TO SEND YOU PHONE BACK TO ZTE FOR "BRICKING IT". On the XDA forum, already 2 guys had messed up with their phones, and they both made the same mistake missing these notes. However, hundreds of other guys, like me, never had any problems installing ROMs on this phone. Just do it right and you will be OK.

***IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THIS ABOOT FILE:

this twrp was developed for the android 5 (L) version. Once your have installed android 6 (M) you must flash this aboot5 and reboot recovery before:

- doing a nandroid backup;

- Flash files larger than ~50Mb ~350Mb (gapps, superSU and xposed CAN be flashed without this);

After doing the operation you want to do in the recovery, you MUST flash the aboot6 file BEFORE rebooting the system.

failing to flash aboot5 before recovery operations will cause the screen to turn black.

failing to flash aboot6 after backing up your system/data, will cause a bootloop.

However both failures above are harmless, you won't loose anything, just restart recovery, flash the correct aboot file and you are good to go again.

—->FAQ: I'd love to brick my phone in such a way even zte will have trouble in bringing it back to life. How do I achieve this?

-This easy and is the only way I can think you can manage to brick your phone: install twrp, then try flashin any M ROM or simply flash the aboot6 zip. To conclude, simply install the stock recovery either from twrp itself or from adb. DONE, you've got a BRICK in your hands, and only ZTE may fix it. I think this is exactly what you wanted?

 

&&&Notes about google Play store.

OPTION 1: flashable Gapps (gapps are already included in versions "clean 06"and above)

- after flashing the ROM, which must be the first file to flash, obviously!) you can flash gapps, SU and xposed, I don't think the order matter but I have only tested doing in this order.

Once the system boots up, go stright to MI-assistant app, open it and hit the big green button in the middle. wait until it finishes. on the second result row (autostart) you MUST allow play services to autorun.

Finally you can add your google account.

 

OPTION 2: If your phone is already up and running but you wish to move the gapps to system.

- remove your google account;

- uninstall these 6 apps: calendar sync, contacts sync, playstore, google play services, google service framework and google account loggin. Don't worry, just uninstall them.

- flash Gapps and follow the option 1 above.

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WARNINGS:

1) DO NOT flash roms for the B2015 directly downloaded from ZTE or you WILL loose the twrp recovery;These original files MUST be modified before flashing so you keep your twrp intact;

2) IF YOU HAVE A BOOTLOOP. @Crisvendeta (the founder of the axon mini XDA thread) discovered this useful trick to boot into recovery during a bootloop

vol+power for 10 seconds –phone will reboot

keep holding vol+power for 10 more seconds –phone will reboot again;

keep holding vol+power…..in about 5 seconds, as soon as the screen turn off, release the buttons. Phone will turn off.

Now you simply vol+power to start in recovery mode, as usual. So please don't panic, as long as you have twrp you are safe.

 

Enjoy a much better phone.


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