Probably not the best idea to flash your smartphone at night looking, especially if you get up in the morning on the way out. Especially for a new untested firmware, the alpha version. However, I got stuck. As usual: old is already fed up, though, and worked steadily. But my Xiaomi Mi 4 is not the first month running MIUI Android Marshmallow and 7, and fans of Android - they're curious, especially if the update is major. Waiting for the announcement of MIUI 8, was monitored when the first firmware with this version of the original shell from the Chinese, at least English inside. And I've got it.
First, some useful links. They are useful for those who want to try MIUI 8 on your device and those who will put some other firmware.
- the Latest official development version and a stable firmware for Mi 4 with the native Xiaomi website. Today (21.05.2016) here on Android 4.4. KitKat + MIUI 7. Version 22.214.171.124 and 6.4.14 respectively.
- Weekly test firmware for Mi 4. Be careful, they are not completely original, meet custome. You should carefully read the descriptions. Based on Marshmallow + MIUI 7 contain the latest version of TWRP recovery.
- a Collection of firmware for Xiaomi Mi 4 Miui.su.
- Marshmallow + MIUI 8, Bild 6.5.17.
Thing necessary to receive root-rights (what?) - SuperSU v2.72 BETA. Flashed via custom recovery, e.g. TWRP.
- Auto flasher recovery. Really simple.bat script that will do everything for you. Knows how to sew TWRP, CWM and stock recovery.
- Custom rekaveri TWRP for Mi 3/Mi 4
- Website generator GAPPS for your firmware where there are no services and apps. What is GAPPS? Also are sewn through custom rekaveri.
Flash custom recovery on Xiaomi Mi 4
The Device Xiaomi are sewn simply, for example, their colleagues from HTC usually require much more hassle.
First, download the device in Fastboot by holding the volume down button and the power button at the same time. Downloadable auto Recovery flasher. Connected device to PC and run need.bat, files first need to unzip. cwm.bat will install ClockworkMod Recovery, twrp.bat - the same recovery (recommended) and stock.bat will provide an opportunity to return to his native rekaveri Xiaomi. Follow the instructions on the screen. A few seconds, and recovery has changed.
Are Loaded in the custom recovery, hold volume up and power button at the same time.
Installing the firmware on Xiaomi Mi 4
Don't forget to make a backup. It will help Titanium Backup similar applications, as well as Nandroid Backup (boot, recovery, select "Backup").
If you have decided to sew Marshmallow Android on your Xiaomi Mi 4, it is worth remembering that in this device there are two partitions to install two systems at a time. Marshmallow requires more space than KitKat or Lollipop, because first, we have to relabel the device by combining both sections into one. For this suit script (official discussion thread on XDA). Also firmware 5.12.17 automatically changes the partitions during installation.
How to flash all described? After booting into custom recovery, in our case TWRP, select "Install" and then choose necessary for installation.zip. If you need to combine sections, it first.
To avoid possible errors when flashing like: "script aborted: Failed to extract dir from "system" to "/system" I recommend to do a full wipe. "Wipe", "Advanced Wipe" select "Dalvik / ART Cache", "Cache", "Data", "System", if necessary, you can add "Internal Storage" (will erase all data and internal memory"memory card"). Then another surgery: "Advanced", "Fix Contexts".
Oddly enough, in the event the above-described error, sometimes saves renaming files "miui.zip". But nadejdzie to perform all described steps. Full wipe is still extremely recommended by a radical change firmware if you want to avoid brick butlove, departure applications and other problems.
The First loading can be quite long. Give the phone to think up to 15-30 minutes. There may be several reboots, this is normal.
Get root and Google services on the Xiaomi Mi 4
The Last point is quite simple, if you lost the previous one. Once again, the "memory card" throw-archive, this time with Superuser, which is again stitched through rekaveri.
Google Apps are similarly, if in future they are cut. In MIUI 8 6.5.17 they are not. However, when you try to install GAPSS minimal configuration (PICO) there are departures of both the Google services and system apps Xiaomi. Work simply becomes impossible. What can I say? 8 MIUI is still Alpha, therefore forgivable. Or you have to pick up the version of GAPPS or to get acquainted with IOS without them.
A few words about MIUI 8
The Firmware even in the alpha stage is already quite interesting. Jambs and problems. However, I managed to install Superuser, Titanium Backup, and then all my standard set of software with all the settings. But without Google services. Accordingly, we do not almost all from the search giant, will not start no Gmail, no maps, no e-book reader.
Zhor of the battery is not seen. Moreover, how to put the smartphone on the night with 67% battery, so in the morning after 8 hours of sleep, the same 67% received.
The System works quickly, very fast. Playing with Marshmallow thought everything so beautifully and smoothly and continue to accelerate longer, but Xiaomi could surprise. Speed added.
Also Noticed a nasty glitch of not being able to install third-party launcher by default. The system he is placed, but the default can only choose the brand Xiaomi. For example, Nova, despite the fact that it displays the launcher by default in the system settings, gives place to a desktop Xiaomi pressing the home button.
IN MIUI 8 there are more new and interesting pieces. For example, recently the Market began to flash applications for cloning programs. Let's say you want two Viber MIUI 8 knows such tricks, that is, out of the box.
Highly visible external changes. Many things have become more like iOS and the iPhone, others are left with some Xiaomi-species, become more Lollipop-Marshmallow. For example, the notifications now has two external types to choose from. But MIUI in General, a good flexible and customizable, and designed in the same style, which is very nice.
However, in General the firmware is still wet, too many bugs, that she could enjoy every day. Rolled back to MIUI 7 + Marshmallow.