Absolute System Root Tools – A Modder’s Must-Have App

 

           

 

When I first modded my phone, I found I had to install several apps to get all that I wanted taken cared of. I had an app for my ad blocker, my cache cleaner, my task manager, my root file browser, my font changer, boot animation changer, easy uninstallers, etc.

Until I made this AMAAAAAAAZING discovery of an app, I found myself uninstalling 7 applications, and getting just one, to do the job!

INTRODUCING, ABSOLUTE SYSTEM ROOT TOOLS

(Note: Your Android device must have root access to safely use this application.)

There’s not much credit given to this app, I thought I’d give it a review. Here are the amazing features packed into this application:

  • Root(SU) File Browser/File Management
  • Zip file creation/extract
  • Bulk Email Files
  • Bulk Copy/Move/Delete Files
  • APK File Viewer/Extraction
  • bootanimation.zip Editor (Change all values of the desc.txt to change Width/Height/Frames Per Second/Comment out certain Parts/etc..
  • Preview and download Over a 200 Boot Animations! I
  • mport Boot Animations you’ve placed on root of /sdcard/
  • Preview and download Over 200 Fonts!
  • App Backup+Data to SDCard
  • App Management Remove System/Data apps from phone.
  • App Management Cache/Data Clear
  • Text Editor to modify ASCII Files!(Build.prop etc)
  • AD Block Support
  • Build.prop Editor
  • +SQLite3 Database Viewer
  • Bunch of other Stuff

This 5 star app is the first ever app I  purchased off the Android Market, and it is well worth the money. It works on almost all Android devices, and has zero to none bad reviews. Plus, the developer is absolutely awesome, and is there to help should you encounter an issue.

 

Download from Market

 

How to get Root Access if you’ve Updated your Cherry Mobile Nova to Official 2.2

So you’ve updated your Nova to the Official 2.2 but you can’t, for the love of you, root the phone using normal root apps. Don’t worry, I’ve had my share of trouble but was still able to do it. And due to popular demand (eherm), I present to you this article.

Disclaimer: I am not responsible if you end up bricking your phone. Rooting and installation of custom ROMs voids your phone’s warranty.

Ok here we go:

1. Download this 2.3 custom ROM from here. It has an .nbo extension. After downloading you must unpack the file.

2. Download SUT LR (Software Update Tool LR) from here. Unpack then install on your PC. Its a program similar to the one you used to update your Nova.

3. Now set your phone to “Download Mode”. You can do this by powering your phone off. While phone is off, press and hold the RED END KEY + VOLUME UP KEY + POWER KEY.  On your phone, you’ll see a black screen and the word “polling” repeatedly. You can now connect your device to your PC with a USB cable.

4. Launch the SUT application you installed earlier.

5. Hit next, then you’ll need to select the .nbo file you downloaded from step 1.

6. After selecting the .nbo file, next to “Update option” you must select, “Erase user data”. Then hit next.

7. The SUT application will start updating your device, you might see the progress bar decrease and increase which is normal. In case you encounter any errors, its ok. Just hit continue and let it update again (In my case, I’ve had to do it twice). Do not disconnect your device during the process, and make sure you’re on AC power.

8. Your phone will reboot, then voila! Your Cherry Mobile Nova is now rooted and modded.

Thank you to Naren of Ubiquitense.com

SuperAosp 8.6 AW RC2 for Cherry Mobile Nova (Commtiva Z71 variant)

UPDATE: It is not recommended to follow the steps below if you have updated to Cherry Mobile’s Official 2.2 release. This is safe to follow if you are on Android 2.1. (If you have updated to CM’s 2.2, go here)

I’ve been running this ROM for the past 2 weeks now and I have to say it is much stable than 8.0. This is an update from 8.0, to fix some bugs, and the developer has added a few changes to it too.

1. The boot screen is now more pleasant to look at. If you tried 8.0, you’ll remember it had a noisy Superman start up screen. This one has a sensual blue android with fluid screen.

2. Still has the same nice animations the old ROM had. There are now 10 themes instead of 3. Home launcher had very limited settings, so I still had to download ADW launcher.

3. Battery life and phone performance is still awesome.

4. Only 1 reboot for the past 2 weeks, and has never frozen on me yet.

BUGS I noticed:

1. Randomly when pressing the menu key, it shows the keyboard instead of options. This update supposedly resolved this issue from 8.0. A simple reboot should fix this.

2. Wifi is a bit unstable. Although I have it set to never disconnect, it sometimes still disconnects. Also sometimes it does not connect automatically to a remembered network; but this is tolerable.

I very much recommend this ROM, so if you want to try it, download it here. Make sure to install this using ROM Manager, and select “wipe data and cache“.

Newbies, instructions on how to install are here.

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I am not responsible if you end up bricking your phone. Rooting and installation of custom ROMs voids your phone’s warranty.

P.S. I’ve received feedback that some people updating to this ROM had a No Signal/ No Sim Card issue. I never encountered this problem, but if you do, downgrade to a 2.2 ROM first, then upgrade back up to this one. I’ve tested this method on a couple phones and it works.

(pictures below are screenshots taken from my already edited interface, including the font style.)

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How to Root and Install a Custom ROM on your Cherry Mobile Nova using ROM Manager (Commtiva Z71 Variant)

UPDATE: It is not recommended to follow the steps below if you have updated to Cherry Mobile’s Official 2.2 release. This is safe to follow if you are on Android 2.1. (If you have updated to CM’s 2.2, go here)

1. Install Universal Androot and root your phone (download here)

2. Download ROM Manager (free version will do) from the Android Market

3. Open ROM Manager, and select Flash Clockwork Recovery (then choose Commtiva Z71)

4. Backup the current ROM also through ROM Manager.

5. Download your desired ROM of choice developed for the Commtiva Z71 and copy it to the root of your SD card. (meaning directly to the SD card, don’t put it inside any other folder.)

Here is a site you can choose several from:

http://boston-mania.blogspot.com/

(This site is dedicated to anything and everything about modding the Commtiva Z71 and its clones)

Remember you can only install ROM with the extension .zip if you’re using ROM Manager.

7. Time to install the custom ROM. You can do this directly from ROM Manager (install zip from SD card, make sure to select “wipe data and cache”.

OR turn off the phone, and press and hold the camera button + volume up + power button. Keep holding even when the phone turns on. Using the  trackball, scroll down and click on Wipe data/factory reset – click yes to confirm.

9. Next, scroll down and click wipe cache partition – click yes to confirm.

10. Next, scroll down and click install zip from SD card – scroll down to choose the zip file you transferred.

11. Click yes.

12. Keep staring at the screen displaying the verbose.

13. Select “Reboot system now ”

Your Cherry Mobile Nova is now rooted and modded.

Disclaimer: I am not responsible if you end up bricking your phone. Rooting and installation of custom ROMs voids your phone’s warranty.

SuperAosp 8.0 AW RC2 for Cherry Mobile Nova (Commtiva Z71 Variant)

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UPDATE: It is not recommended to follow the steps below if you have updated to Cherry Mobile’s Official 2.2 release. This is safe to follow if you are on Android 2.1. (If you have updated to CM’s 2.2, go here)

I posted a blog a few months ago when I first modded my own Nova with the first official Cyanogenmod 7, and I’ve gone from 7.0 to 7.0.3. Although I haven’t had any major issues with it, I get very irritated by some lags and bugs that come with the ROM. I’ve run across another blog in a desperate search for a more stable software, and I think I may have found it and again I will be sharing it to everybody.

So download the ROM here, and refer to this blog of mine on how to flash it on your phone. (install by ROM Manager). It doesn’t matter what ROM you’re coming from. (2.1, 2.2, 2.3, doesn’t matter) Just make sure you backup your files and do a factory reset before you start the process of installing this custom ROM.

Disclaimer: I am not responsible if you end up bricking your phone. Rooting and installation of custom ROMs voids your phone’s warranty.

LIKES:
1. Nicer interface. You will also notice some new, very cool animations.

2. Currently I’m at 14h 51 min on battery, and still have less than 50% juice. I’ve never lasted this long with CM7, without using Juice Defender at an extreme profile.

3. When you start using this ROM, you may notice some slowness, I’ve discovered this is due to the default settings in ADW launcher, so you just need to tweak it some; particularly the drawer settings. After that everything should run smoothly. I haven’t had any freezes or reboots.

Ok, DISLIKES:
1. The boot screen, and bootloader menu are in Spanish, I haven’t found a way to change it. I will update when I do, though I’m not sure if its possible. I just pawed my way through the recovery screen with the little Spanish I know lol.

2. This only happened once but um. Actual battery life is less than the percentage shown in battery status. For example, it told me I still had around 10% then it shut off all of a sudden, and when I charged it, the phone was completely dead. (but still, the battery does last me long)

3. The ROM was obviously developed by a group of men, hence the Superman boot screen with the ever so noisy sound of cars drifting. I’m sure some of you will like it, but I sure don’t. The sound can be turned off in the SupSetup app.

So far that’s it. If you have any questions, opinions, issues, post it in the comments section please.

P.S. I’ve received feedback that some people updating to this ROM had a No Signal/ No Sim Card issue. I never encountered this problem, but if you do, downgrade to a 2.2 ROM first, then upgrade back up to this one. I’ve tested this method on a couple phones and it works.

A Step by Step Guide in Rooting the Cherry Mobile Nova (A100) to Android 2.3

UPDATE: It is not recommended to follow the steps below if you have updated to Cherry Mobile’s Official 2.2 release. This is safe to follow if you are on Android 2.1. (If you have updated to CM’s 2.2, go here)

So I got this phone when it went on sale and I instantly became popular at work (haha I flatter myself). Not only because it is Android, but mostly because it is by Cherry Mobile.

I always had my eyes set on the Magnum because it is on Froyo, but it was too expensive for me. Nevertheless this phone met my everyday needs. And at the price that I got it at, its hard to ask for more.

Well it seemed that I did have to ask for more. The internal memory of the Nova wasn’t enough for all the applications I needed to have on my phone. The saddest (no not really) day for me was when I had to uninstall and let go of my Angry Birds score to make room for the more important apps and also it was really slowing up the phone’s performance. And that was the last strike. I had to root my phone.

So I’ve been scouring the internet for weeks, and was only finding rooting steps for this phone’s other variants, (Cincinnati Bell Blaze, Spice MI-300, Wellcom A88, etc. – the generic name of this phone is Commtiva Z71) but I did want not to go by that because I was scared that it might work differently and mess up my entire phone. But finally I came across this article and sighed with relief as I did not think anyone would have thought of rooting this phone model, but apparently someone did. So credits for my phone being on Gingerbread goes to T-Rex.

For everyone’s benefit, I am creating this blog for an easier way to understand on how to upgrade the OS of your Cherry Mobile Nova to Android 2.3 or Gingerbread.

So before I start, a heed of warning, before you void your phone’s warranty (yes, rooting your phone will void the warranty), make sure you know what you are doing and that you understand every step that I provide, and do it precisely as it was said; otherwise steer clear.

**I will not take responsibility for you and your bricked phone.**

Also, do yourself a HUGE FAVOR and back up all your important files in case something goes wrong. Back it up to your PC in the rare case that your SD card is also wiped through the process. (Though unlikely.)

Okay here we go.

REQUIREMENTS:

An active internet connection.

1 Charged PC or laptop
1 Fully charged Cherry Mobile Nova
1 USB Cable

Click here to download the latest CyanogenMod 7 ROM (under Commtiva Z71) and Google Apps for CyanogenMod 7. These will be .zip files. DO NOT UNZIP THEM. After downloading just copy the files directly to your SD card or root folder. Don’t put them on any other folder on your SD card.

1. First you need to root your phone. This can easily be done by installing an app called Z4root to your phone from http://www.4shared.com. Just search for z4root.apk, download and install. This is a one-click root app. You will know it is rooted when you find the SuperUser app on your phone.

2. Once your phone is rooted, download ROM Manager by ClockWorkMod from the Android Market. If you already have ROM Manager, make sure it is updated.

Download ROM Manager from the Android Market

3. After installing, open ROM Manager, and select Flash ClockworkMod Recovery. Select Commtiva Z71.

Then, select Backup Current ROM. This will backup your current OS which is Android 2.1, including all your apps and settings.

4. Now everything is backed up. We will now install Gingerbread on your phone. Again, open ROM Manager, and select, Install ROM from SD Card. This will open your SD Card files, scroll to and select the CM7 file. (Gingerbread file). Make sure to select “Wipe data and cache” at the prompt. Your phone will reboot and start updating your phone’s software. This can take about 5 minutes. Be patient; don’t interrupt the process or turn off your phone.

5. Once the update is complete, your phone should now be on Gingerbread. Just repeat step 4 to install Google Apps on your phone, (which is the second zip file you downloaded from Cyanogen Wiki). This will take a bit faster than the first one. Again your phone will reboot and your phone will be ready to use.

***If for some reason you cannot find the applications that you had before from the Android Market, like Google Maps (which is a regional app), please download Market Enabler; also from the Market.***

Market-Enabler is an application to fake the phone’s location and access markets from other countries. The Android Market is separated into regions (country and carrier specific) and some apps are just enabled for a specific country and not available to the other countries.

So there you go. I’ve laid out the steps as simple as I could. I was a noob myself when I did all this.

If you are encountering issues with the process, feel free to email me for assistance at nikki.vias@gmail.com or add me on GTalk.

Enjoy Gingerbread on your Cherry Mobile Nova!

(P.S. In case, you’d like to go back to Eclair, just open ROM Manager again, this time select Manage and Restore Backups and select the backup ROM you created. Everything will be back the way you had it before.)

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