I am sorry but this comment is not at all helpful. Do you know language for non geek users? I hoped the Fairphone can cater these too. I have no Idea what you are talking about.
since that is happening all the time, I just tried out and installed “the old launcher” without knowing what that is because your leet speak does not explain it properly. It is all as it should be again … but I am bothered now by a “update to android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.” notification and have to constantly reinstall google app store.
Please help: have update done 4 times via Fairphone launcher, rebooting done, everything as described, however phone stucks to version 1.8 but lost GoogleApps. Googel Apps not re-installale, even not via Fairphone Updater --> goto --> Apps. Please help: How can I get the update? How can I get Google back?
Thanks a lot, Sonja
Go to settings > developer options > tick “keep screen on”, plug-in your phone and try the update again. Once the update is installed try reinstalling Google apps again.
If it still doesn’t work post back.
I installed the (broken) update version 1.8.5 via ZIP file from the recovery menu.
Since then I’m stuck in the gapps Installation loop. I’ve read this thread but I can’t figure out if there will be an update for those who are in my situation (e.g. 1.8.6)? Or am I missing a solution except flashing my phone with the right ZIP file, which is now online?
I am using OSX, so do you have recommendations which tool to take for flashing?
I’m not in a hurry. I’m using fairphone without gapps ever since. But now, I’d like to install some good open source apps, that can only be found in the stores.
These two posts offer unofficial solutions, use at your own risk:
If you’re a fan of free and open source apps I guess you heard of F-Droid, but you want to install some apps that are not on F-Droid (because they are not free enough for F-Droid). Usually these apps are at least gratis (free as in free beer) and therefore can be downloaded via evozi. So if you want to free yourself from google now is your chance!
Guess I’m waiting for something official then :). I wanted to install TextSecure, for I am the only one among my friends who is using the fork thats available in F-Droid: SMSSecure. I think, why not taking advantage of the big market PlayStore to push security. Perhaps, should go with threema. Sorry, off-topic
your described behaviour with phone visibility is normal. For mounting your phone in a way your computer sees it you can either mount it in another mode, or simply turn on “USB Debugging” in System settings -> Developer options on your phone.
Unfortunately I do not know where to find information about OS version or unified partition?
This is what I find under “about phone”
android verison 4.2.2
baseband version MOLY:WR8.W1248.MD.WG.MP.V14.F1.P1, 2014/07/14 13:31
Kernel version 3.4.5
This is what happens.
I try to start the update. It take a lot of time. Then it asks me to pull the google apps to the screen. Since it is already there I just press it to install. Then I get a new message about an update and I see that the “Install” on google apps is still there. I try again, and again… same result. I now have a new notification about the update.
Do I have to do a backup for photos, videos, messages, bank id, apps etc? And how do I do that? When I connect to the computer I am able to save the photos to dropbox because a window opens offering this option. But otherwise I cannot find the Fairphone anywhere. It is not in finder only in iphoto but I cant make a back-up from there. Where do I find it and then how do I back up all the apps and messages? I have tried pressing USB tethering, no result. I entered Storage but the option "eternal usb storage / mount usb storage/insert usb storage for mounting " is not selectable.when i connect through bluetoth i cant find the hone in finder either. i can download things from the computer to the phone but nit the other way around.
There is also a problem with the connection by cable. It seems to continously disconnect. I had this problem with the charger as well for a few days. Then it was ok again. At that time I could only charge it if the phone was off. Is this connected to my problems of connecting it to the computer? And what to do about it? but i still get a notice when it connects and disconnects and when it is connected i still cant find it on the computer. The weird thing is that it seems to continue charging although it says its disconnected. or rather i keep gettin questons about connecting to mac and it disappears from iphoto so i assume it disconnects but keeps on charging? On the other hand it looks like its charging but it stays on 53%… Something is definitly not ok.
If you open the updater app what does it say is your current operating system? I don’t think anybody on Fairphone OS gets notified about updating to Jelly Bean.
Or is the notification maybe coming from another app? Open your Notifications, long-tap the notification and click “App-Info”.
To find out which OS you have installed open the updater app and you’ll see your current operating system. To find out if you have successfully unified your partition go to settings > storage and see if you still have a “phone storage” and an “internal storage” or just the internal storage.
When I open the updater app there is no information on OS. Then only thing it says is:
Relsease notes: for the full list of changes, please… etc
Then I have the options cancel or install.
And it says superuser granted to fairphone and a please wait… with a circle showing it is working on somehting.
It says only Internal storage only and not phone storage
I do not want to update anything until you can guarantee that I will not loose apps (eg. my bank id) and messages. And if there is a risk I can loose them I would like to get help with how to back it up. I have described the situation in the previous email.
I have tried different modes (USB, MEDIA DEVICE, CAMERA) and developer options USB debug and I can still not find the phone on the computer. And it is still connected and it seems to be charging now. It jumped to 61%.
Try thinking about your Smartphone as being a computer. You can have a big variety of different possible installations. Can Windows guarantee you not losing data while updating? No they can’t. They can just assure you they have done their best for you not losing your data.
Fairphone has done their best for you being able to make a backup. There is, amongst others, e.g. Titanium backup. But neither is this an easy tool, but I find all backup solutions have pitfalls. In my opinion there is not the “easy one fits all”. Some restores may fail because of different memory layout and maybe other reasons.
When updating OS while not changing storage layout I have not experienced loss of data. But I was also always successful connecting the phone to my computer when I had turned on “USB debug”. It may depend on your computer OS and its settings, too.
I have not experienced yet the Fairphone Updater App telling nothing but “Fairphone” as version number and giving details about release notes. Mine tells in the headline “Fairphone Updater” with blue thin characters on white ground, below I find (translated) “Your current operating system Fairphone Kola Nut 1.8.5 Your operating system is current”, and on the bottom it says “Are you an experienced user? Enter the advanced mode”.
Since the phone is usually charging when attached to the computer via USB, and yours didn’t do (before), I assume it was not firmly connected to the cable. Or can you try a different cable?