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QMobile Noir i7 Stock ROM

Here’s the pre-rooted stock KitKat 4.4.2 ROM of QMobile i7.

It’s a flashable ZIP file, you can flash this by booting your phone in recovery mode. Flashing will wipe your data and system so make sure to make a Nandroid backup before proceeding with this.

Download link: QNobile_i7_Stock.zip

This requires a custom recovery like CWM, so if you don’t have one, head over to this post.

Steps to Flash Noir i7 Stock ROM using CWM Recovery:

  • Place the downloaded ZIP file on your SD card.
  • Boot into recovery, perform a factory reset.
  • Format system.
  • Navigate to SD card and flash the ZIP file downloaded earlier.
  • Reboot phone.

Steps to Flash Noir i7 Stock ROM via SP Flash Tool:

Following are the pre-rooted image files you can flash via SP Flash Tool, it’ll restore your system to how it was when brand new.

Download: QMobile-i7_Stock_image

Steps:

  • Load the included or your own scatter file.
  • Check the required box and give location of the flashable images. Android (system.ext4.img), Recovery (recovery.img), Bootimg (boot.img).
  • Click download and after that connect your phone to computer without battery.
  • Once the process completes, SP Flash Tool will show a green circle/tick mark.
  • It’s now safe to boot your phone.

Changelog:

  • Rooted.
  • Google Play/Services fixed.
  • APNs fixed. (Now mobile data (2g/3g) will work out of the box.)

QMobile Noir i7 Root

So here we go guys today i’m gonna tell you how to root your Qmobile Noir i7.

Disclaimer: This might void your Warranty (but its qmobile :p) or do something which you don’t want. No one will be held responsible if anything takes a wrong turn.

Things you Need:

If you Can’t figure how to install the drivers follow this method (Here).

Steps:

First of all install PDA net, Enable usb debugging on your phone and connect it (in USB Storage mode) with the computer follow the setup accordingly so that it can install the device drivers. Disconnect your phone from the computer after this

Unzip SP flash tool, run it (as administrator) and select the Scatter file which you downloaded earlier. Check only recovery box and double click on the location of the recovery, now select the CWM recovery from where you downloaded it and press the download button.(don’t close SP tool)

Remove the battery and connect your phone with the computer(without battery). Now SP tool will flash CWM recovery to your device, after done it will show a green tick mark like this.

Disconnect the Phone, insert battery and Press Volume up + Power buttons as soon as you see Qmobile’s logo release the Power button, it will take you into the recovery. First create a full Nanaroid backup. Now flash Superuser.zip from the Sdcard which you have downloaded earlier. after its done reboot into system. Your Phone is Rooted.

Create full Backup(including IMEI/NVRAM) with MTK Droid Tool.

Now the phone is Rooted but its running a Secure adb(secure kernel) so MTK Droid Tool does not work unless it has root shell access.

So we’re gonna Flash Unsecure Kernel/boot. Download the unsecure boot and Repeat the above process but instead of recovery, check BOOTIMG and select its location and hit the download button. Remove the battery and connect phone with the computer.

open MTK tool and connect your phone now it has root shell access. Backup IMEI/NVRAM and also create a full backup of your phone just in case.

All Done!!! Enjoy your Rooted device and try not to flash anything which is not meant for your device.

Let me know if you found any bugs

Need a Pre-rooted Stock ROM, head HERE

Flash CWM Recovery to MTK Phones Without SP Flash Tool

Flashing open source custom recoveries to MediaTek phones seems to be a common problem. The process is simple, but often people get confused and end up damaging their devices.

To make it hassle-free, I’ve created a script which will automatically flash any recovery like ClockworkMod (CWM) to any MediaTek (MTK) phone including MT657 and MT6577 chipsets. QMobile Noir A6, Noir A8 and Noir A10 can also be flashed.

This doesn’t require SP Flash Tool or Mobileuncle tools and is very helpful. You can flash CWM even from stock recovery!  Helpful in cases when your phone is bricked and you have the CWM backup, but not CWM recovery. Also handy in situations when SP Flash Tool is showing errors like:

BROM ERROR: S_FT_NEED_DOWNLOAD_ALL_FAIL (4050)

Steps to Flash CWM Recovery to QMobile Noir Series / Any MTK Phone:

  1. Download the script from here and extract. You will get a folder flashrecovery_labandroid.com with three CWM recoveries pre-included—Noir A10, Noir A8 and Noir A6. Rename the one meant for your phone to recovery.img.
  2. If your phone is not bricked, set it to USB Debugging mode from Developer Options and connect to computer.  OR
  3. If it’s bricked and not turning on, open it in recovery mode. Try volume up + power button. OR
    1. Press and hold volume up + volume down + power at the same time for a while when you see this screen: http://i.imgur.com/v4x8i.jpg.
    2. Press volume up once and instantly press home soft touch button. You will get into recovery.
  4. Run the script file flashit.bat and restart phone into recovery mode after it’s done.

If it doesn’t get flashed, you don’t have the proper USB ADB drivers installed. For MT6577 ADB drivers, follow this link. It can also mean you don’t have root permissions. This script may not work if you are not rooted!

If you want to unbrick your Noir A8 with CWM, follow this link where stock ROM is included. If you want to unbrick Noir A6 with CWM, go here.

To brick other MTK phones, try to find a CWM backup of its ROM.

Happy ‘unbricking’! :)

SOLVED: Viber Robotic Voice on Noir Series QMobile

Viber robotic voice issue on Noir A6 / Noir A8 / Noir A10 phones is now resolved. Someone has found an alternative Viber version, in which there’s no echo/robotic voice bug. You need to download and install Viber version 2.1.6.632 from here (on your own risk) to enjoy a bug-free Viber experience on QMobile Noir series phones!

This problem was faced by almost all QMobile Noir series users. I even contacted Viber’s support to notify them about this issue, but their response was not very positive as they said it was not possible for them to test every phone and optimize it. It was understandable, as they can’t have access to Noir series phones as well.

Also tried to fix audio bugs by using audio library files from other MediaTek (MTK) phones to fix Viber robotic voice issue, but it was again of no use. Some library files even caused bootloop! So, had to revert back. Also, I don’t exactly know who discovered this particular version by testing. If someone knows the original guy, please let me know to credit him.

P.S. The latest version of Viber still has the robotic voice issue, so you can’t have a bug-free experience with the latest version.

QMobile Noir A6 Stock ROM – Unbrick Your Device!

As the backup of Noir A8 ROM is already posted, LabAndroid now brings you the stock ROM of Noir A6!

It can help you restore and unbrick your QMobile Noir A6, in case it gets stuck in a bootloop or you have corrupted the system files. Included inside is the system partition backup, along with the stock boot image and CWM recovery. The entire ROM is pre-rooted. Backup was provided by Umair Arshad, so credits to him.

How To Flash Noir A6 ROM:

  1. Install CWM recovery for A6, if you don’t already have it click here.
  2. Download system partition from here. Extract via 7zip to a folder named “restore”.
  3. Download this zip file. Extract the contents (boot.img, recovery.img and nandroid.md5) to the folder created above.
  4. Place this folder on your sdcard inside: /sdcard/clockworkmod/backup/ so that all the files can be found in: /sdcard/clockworkmod/backup/restore/.
  5. Restart your phone in recovery mode by pressing volume up + volume down + power button.
  6. Choose wipe data/factory reset
  7. Go to advanced -> wipe dalvik cache.
  8. Go back again, then mounts and storage -> format /system.
  9. Go back to main menu -> backup and restore -> restore. Choose the folder named “restore”.
    OR if you don’t want boot.img and recovery.img to be changed, skip step 9 and go to 10.
  10. Go back to main menu -> backup and restore -> advanced restore -> restore /system. Choose the folder named “restore”.

Restart the phone. You should have a working and stable Noir A6 now! :)

Noir A8 Stock ROM – Prerooted!

This is a backup of QMobile Noir A8 and will help you restore Noir A8 to perfectly working condition If you’ve somehow messed up your phone. Whether your Noir A8 is stuck in a bootloop, corrupted system files or you just want it restored to a condition just like new, then you can flash this pre-rooted Noir A8 ROM and unbrick your phone!

Steps To Flash QMobile Noir A8 ROM:

  1. It can be flashed via clockworkmod recovery. If you don’t have CWM, follow THIS link to install CWM recovery first.
  2. ROM: Download all the files from HERE (boot.img, recovery.img, system.ext4.tar, nandroid.md5) and put them in a folder named “a8sys” without quotes. Or any other name WITHOUT spaces. Make sure you download via a download manager to not corrupt them.
  3. Place this folder on your sdcard inside: /sdcard/clockworkmod/backup/ So that all files can be found in: /sdcard/clockworkmod/backup/a8sys/
  4. Turn off phone and start it in recovery mode by pressing volume UP + power button.
  5. Choose wipe data/factory reset
  6. Go to advanced -> wipe dalvik cache
  7. Go back again. -> mounts and storage -> format /system
  8. Go back to main menu -> backup and restore -> advanced restore -> restore /system. Choose the folder “a8sys”
  9. It will start MD5 check and restore the system partition image. Restart your phone and enjoy it like it’s brand new!

 

Few Notes:

  • I haven’t currently included data partition, but you don’t really need it. If you want it too, post in the comments.
  • I’ve removed the MD5 checking mechanism of CWM by emptying nandroid.md5 file. If md5 sums are present inside nandroid.md5 file, CWM gives MD5 mismatch error, even if the MD5 sums are correct!
  • Here is the nandroid.md5 file which contains MD5 sums for above backup files. Replace this with the other and then try the system restore. It may give you an error. Figure out the solution if you can and post in the comments :) (line for data.ext4.tar is not included, as it’s not in the folder).

(Updated) ClockWorkMod (CWM) Recovery for QMobile Noir A6

ClockWorkMod (CWM) Recovery QMobile Noir A6

NOTE: If your phone is in working condition, you can follow the below procedure. However, if it is bricked or only goes into recovery mode, follow this procedure to flash CWM and ignore the procedure below.

1: Download “MTK mobileuncle tools” application from Google Play store or click here. If it is giving error on Play Store, download the APK from here and install via a file manager.

 2: Download CWM Recovery and copy it to the root (root means to the main directory) of your SD card. (Sdcard2.)

3: Open MTK Mobileuncle tools and select Recovery Update, search for recovery.img and select it.

4: Click ok and then cancel on the following prompt. Now you have a working CWM recovery for Noir A6.

Note: To get to recovery mode, turn off your phone and hold vol up + power button for a while. Or, try this if it doesn’t work:

  1. Press and hold volume up + volume down + power button at the same time for a while when you see this screen: http://i.imgur.com/v4x8i.jpg
  2. Press volume up once and then home soft touch button. You will get into recovery.

Noir A6 ClockWorkMod (CWM) Recovery

Some good news. CWM recovery has been ported to work on QMobile Noir A6. Let me remind you that Noir A6 is based on MediaTek MT6575 chipset (or maybe another variant of it, since it doesn’t have 3G modem) and runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Credit for this CWM recovery image of QMobile Noir A6 goes to Umair Arshad (umair.arshad06 [at] gmail.com). He was kind enough to test it on his Noir A6 and reports it is working fine. If you need any help in flashing it or encounter any error, please leave a comment.

Procedure To Install CWM Recovery

WARNING: Performing this procedure in a wrong way may brick your phone. We shall not be responsible for any damage. Always keep a backup!

  1. Make sure your phone is rooted. If you haven’t done so, click here to root your Noir A6.
  2. Download CWM recovery for Noir A6 from here. Extract the archive, place recovery.img file on root of your SD Card. It also has scatter file for Noir A6, in case you want to use SP Flash tool.
  3. Download MTK Mobileuncle Tools from Google Play and install it.
  4. Open Mobileuncle Tools, grant it superuser permissions and choose “Recovery Update”. Select the recovery.img file from SD card and let it do the job.
  5. Turn off your phone and restart in recovery mode to see if CWM shows up.

To open recovery mode:

Press Volume UP + Power button

If it doesn’t work, do this to open recovery mode (discovered by Qasir):

  1. Press and hold ( volume up + volume down + power button ) for a while when you see this screen on your device: http://i.imgur.com/v4x8i.jpg
  2. Press volume up once and suddenly press Home Soft touch button. You will get into recovery.

So that was it! Please report below if it works for you too!!

You can also use the SP Flash Tool method in case if it fails. Scatter file is included in the above file of step 2.

QMobile Noir A10 Launched – Review & Specifications

There were quite a few rumors in the wild about the QMobile Noir A10. Much was speculated about its specifications, but now the word has come out straight from the horse’s mouth.

Yes, QMobile Noir A10 is launched officially. It also has 3G (WCDMA) support unlike Noir A8. Also, please note that Noir A10 is a clone of Micromax A110. Check out this picture if you don’t believe me. Now let’s take a look at what the phone is equipped with and then we will review whether this phone’s really worth the money or not? Is it wise to get A10 rather than Sony Xperia U/Sola or Noir A8? Our comparison should help you decide this.

Noir A10 Price:

The expected price of Noir A10 is going to be between 16,000 Rs. to 18,000 Rs. This is one of the most important factors which will determine A10’s success. Noir A8 was initially priced at 14,500 Rs. but later on bumped to 15,000 Rs. If A10 comes in the market at a price above 17,000 Rs., is it really going to be worth it to purchase rather than Noir A8 or Sony Xperia Sola? Read below after we list the specifications:

Noir A10 – Specifications and Chipset:

 

Supported Bands: 3G & GSM
Screen: 5inches IPS, 16M colors
Resolution: 480×854 pixels (FWVGA) – 196 ppi
Android OS Version: 4.0.4 – Ice Cream Sandwich
CPU: Dual core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9
GPU: PowerVR SGX 531
RAM: 512MB
Internal Memory/ROM: 4GB total. Useable: 2GB (expected)
SD Card slot: Yes, upto 32GB expandable.
Chipset: MediaTek MT6577
Camera: 8 MP with autofocus and LED Flash.
Front Camera: 1.3MP for video calling
Video Calling: Yes. Skype and others.
GPS: Yes with A-GPS
Bluetooth: Yes
SIM slots: 2. Either 2 GSM SIMs or 1 3G and 1 GSM
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
35mm Jack: Yes
Google Play: Yes

 

Noir A10 vs. Noir A8

As you can see from the specs, Noir A10 is almost the same as Noir A8 in terms of internal hardware. The chipset, MT6577 is the same as well as the CPU. One another disappointing factor is RAM. It again has the same RAM as Noir A8 i.e 512MB.

The Need For Memory

We were expecting at least an increase in the RAM size because QMobile will sell this set at a higher price than Noir A8. But sadly ,it won’t offer any performance improvements over Noir A8 because the primary hardware responsible for running the OS is same!

Noir A10’s Advantages

The areas where it beats Noir A8 is 3G connectivity, camera and screen quality, only. 3G has not yet arrived in Pakistan and it won’t be fully active until middle to late 2013 IF and only IF the 3G license auctions go well in the start of 2013/December 2012. So, this advantage is negligible so far.

Also, as Noir A10 is the clone of Micromax A110, we expect that it will also offer the same GSM bands. That means, you will get only two working GSM bands — 900MHz and 1900Mhz. So this is actually a disadvantage if you want quad-band connectivity and are roaming around the world and can ignore 3G.

Does Screen Size Really Matter?

A10 has a claimed IPS screen of 5inches with 480×854 resolution. Micromax A110 has the same screen with pixel density of 196 ppi. Yes, it is better than Noir A8’s 4.3inch screen but the difference is not much at all! It already has a screen with crisp, bright colors so 0.7 inches difference doesn’t count for anything here.

The Mighty Xperia!

Sony also has a fine series of dual-core Androids — the 2012 Xperia lineup. Sony Xperia U and Xperia Sola are also 1GHz dual core phones with same 512MB memor and, a very active development support. Also, Sony phones are known for their very fine cameras.

Xperia U, however has fixed 8GB internal storage and you can’t place any SD card in it. You can find it for about 17,000 Rs. So, if A10 is priced at around the same price, and 8GB fixed storage does not bother you, get the Xperia U!

Xperia Sola has the same specs like Xperia U but also has SD card support. You can try to find it for around 20,000 Rs. If A10 is priced above 18,000 Rs., you should probably save a little more money and get the Xperia Sola.

Conclusion And Final Thoughts

To be honest, we were expecting a little more from the Noir A10. The disappointing features of A10 are limited 512MB RAM, again the same 4GB ROM, same 1GHz dual core CPU. Even if it had 1GB RAM instead of 512MB, it would have gone way up the Noir A8.

But in its current form, there aren’t many things which make it superior than A8, except the screen size and 3G support. Now it is upto you whether you want to spend more money on it or go for either Noir A8 or Xperia U / Xperia Sola.

All comments/corrections are welcome. Please post below :)

GUIDE: How to Root Noir A6

After the rooting tutorial of QMobile Noir A8, here’s a guide on how to root QMobile Noir A6. I don’t own this phone myself, so it was not possible for me to test this method but thanks to “Qasir” in the comments below, who tested and reported his findings. The results are positive. Here are some details:

QMobile A6 is built upon the MediaTek MT6575 chipset and running Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a 1GHz ARM Cortex CPU, PowerVR SGX 531 GPU and 512MB RAM. The rooting script by bin4ry that I used on Noir A8 works on Noir A6 as well, perhaps because both the devices have the same ICS.

Here are the steps to root Noir A6:

  1. Download this file. It has the rooting script and drivers. Don’t worry, the folder name is Noir A8 but works on A6 too. Extract the archive.
  2. In your phone, go to Settings > Development options. Set USB debugging ON.
  3. In settings, go to Security > check “Unknown Sources”.
  4. Connect your phone with a cable to PC. If you don’t have the drivers installed, it will ask for drivers. Manually install them from the folder Noir A8 USB ADB drivers.
  5. Now disconnect the cable and turn off your phone. In off state, connect the cable again. If you don’t have VCOM drivers, it will prompt for them; navigate to A8 preloader VCOM folder and install the drivers from there.
  6. Turn on the phone and make sure it is in USB Debugging mode. Connect the cable. Open the folder “Root_script_by_Bin4ry_v15″ and click RunMe.bat. Choose normal mode and follow the prompts.

You should now have a rooted Noir A6. Check for SuperSU app in the app drawer and enjoy! :)

 

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