UMIDIGI BISON V1.0_20201124 ROM - SPFT + OTA release

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UMIDIGI BISON V1.0_20201124 ROM - SPFT + OTA release

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Post time 2020-11-27 08:48:05 | Show all posts |Read mode
This is the SP Flash Tool + OTA release of the
V1.0_20201124 system software
for UMIDIGI BISON


Flash tool operation is recommended to experienced users only. If you are not yet an experienced flash tool user, please carefully read the flash tool tutorial before proceeding, and strictly follow each instruction.

Except if an authorized or responsible expert directly asked you to do that,
never format the flash chip of your device or you instantly lose your warranty!

UMIDIGI BISON receives all updates automatically via FOTA method. You need this tool only in case of emergency (if you've bricked your phone), if you want to apply a clean install or if you want to clear all root access and custom recovery to make your phone able to receive FOTA updates again. Moreover, flashing with SPFT is the only option to repair (replace) damaged system software.




Changelog:
  • Earpiece and loud speaker sound quality improved
  • Night Mode optimized
  • Other minor bug fixes and system optimization

FOTA vesion: UMIDIGI_BISON_V1.0_20201124


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SP Flash Tool
Resources:


Flashtool tutorial: http://bit.ly/SPFTguide

Extract the .rar file before use. The scatter file (MT6771_Android_scatter.txt) is inside the extracted folder, together with the other components


VCOM driver: Windows 10 can automatically install it. Please make sure that your Windows is logged in with administrator rights and your computer has a working internet connection when first time connecting your phone.


Here's an optional solution to start the flashing process on your UMIDIGI BISON if the standard method doesn't work.
It's especially useful if your phone is bricked or is stuck in bootloop
1. Connect your phone to USB.
2. Start the flashing process with the Download button in the flasher app.
3. Press and hold the power button of your phone until the flashing process starts (red bar appears at the bottom of the app window), then release it. In this process you have to keep the power button pressed for about 10 seconds.
4. Wait until the flashing process finishes.


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OTA (recovery) update
Manual (local) OTA update method instructions
  • Copy the downloaded .zip file to the internal storage of your phone
  • Go to Settings → About phone → Wireless update
  • Tap the 3-dot menu button in the top right corner and select Local Updates
  • Brows for the ...update.zip file and select it
  • Select INSTALL NOW, then OK in the Warning window. Your phone reboots into recovery, the update gets installed, then your phone boots into Android. Your updated system is ready to use.

Update file for manual OTA update:
It can update version 20201108 only

Optional method (in case if the manual OTA update gets stuck): Install from recovery
You need a microSD card (with at least 4GB capacity) installed in your phone!
  • Copy the ...update.zip file to your SD card.
  • Press and hold the volume-up and power buttons together until your phone boots into Recovery and you see a lying android figure with an exclamation mark in red triangle on its tummy + 'No command'..
  • Press and hold the power and vol-up buttons (in this order) together, then release them to call the recovery menu. Now you can move with both volume buttons, and select an item with the power button.
  • Move to ‘Apply update from SD card’ and select it.
  • On the next screen brows for the update file and select it. The update process will start and needs a few minutes to be finished.
  • After a succcessful installation, you can read the ''Install from SD card complete.'' message and the recovery menu is available again.
  • Select 'Reboot system now'. Alternatively you can perform a factory data reset here by choosing 'Wipe data/factory reset'


Kind request from users:
Please report any kind of new issues you experience after installing this update only if you've already flashed this ROM with SP Flash Tool in Firmware Upgrade mode. In rare cases a FOTA update can cause more or less serious malfunctions but that means only the update process went wrong, not a badly developed ROM. An updated stock ROM, especially related to the basic functions will not cause any new issues but will solve some of the existing ones.

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Post time 2020-11-27 15:39:41 | Show all posts
@Bencebacsi

Thanks for the upload.

Any idea how the PTT button can be customized? It was advertised with 2 customizable buttons.

Pretty good for the first rugged phone I got from Umidigi.
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chooks06 replied at 2020-11-27 15:39
@Bencebacsi

Thanks for the upload.

Hi, Possibly a future update will make the PTT button customizable. Alternatively you can reassign the PTT (or any) button with Buttons Remapper. Checked, it works properly on the BISON.

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Post time 2020-11-28 10:29:28 | Show all posts
bencebacsi replied at 2020-11-28 06:05
Hi, Possibly a future update will make the PTT button customizable. Alternatively you can reassign ...

Thanks for the tip. Got the app working.

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Post time 2020-11-29 20:21:31 | Show all posts
I have flashed the ROM as upgrade. Still have the issue where Google Play System Update cannot be updated. After restart, it will restart again. When checking, it still shows update available for download and installation.

I cannot find the NFC toggle in the quick action tiles. Can this be added?

Overall, this update has improved the camera for night shots using point and shoot. Quality of shots in day time still the same. Hope there can be some improvement.

Overall no major issue encountered yet after fresh installation.

Thanks.

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Post time 2020-11-29 21:37:41 | Show all posts
There's also a bug with the WIFI MAC address generation - if "use device address" is selected, the phone still generates a new MAC address each time it connects to a network.  Pain in the bum if trying to use a static DHCP reservation, or on networks which use MAC addresses for remembering devices .

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Post time 2020-11-30 17:45:36 | Show all posts
Edited by mapi68 at 2020-11-30 17:50  
mrdevil replied at 2020-11-29 21:37
There's also a bug with the WIFI MAC address generation - if "use device address" is selected, the p ...

Assign a fixed MAC address with SN_Write_Tool
https://snwritetool.com/download/sn-write-tool-v1-1924
It's the same bug that have F2



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Post time 2020-12-1 18:59:44 | Show all posts
Thanks for the update, however, the bug that shuts off the camera when HDR is active is still present.

There's also the fact that it randomly sort of freezes, the screen won't accept input, except if keeping pressed the central circular button which opens the vocal commands of google and the square one which will open the active apps but then won't do anything to shut them.

I have also an annoying bug that doesn't allow me to use some of my favourite earbuds, they are fine for music but unusable for conversation, the other person hears basically only noise. I had the same issue with the F2, one brand of earbuds works fine, the other is unusable, on the Bison, the one that was unusable on the F2 works fine while the one that works for the F2 is noisy as hell on the Bison...
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mrdevil replied at 2020-11-29 21:37
There's also a bug with the WIFI MAC address generation - if "use device address" is selected, the p ...

We have a tutorial for SN Writer here: https://community.umidigi.com/fo ... thread&tid=1375
If you need that, you can set only a fixed MAC (Wifi Address) with it and leave everything else untouched.
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bsusanj replied at 2020-12-1 18:59
Thanks for the update, however, the bug that shuts off the camera when HDR is active is still presen ...

I can't reproduce any of your issues (camera and freezing), so I recommend you to perform a factory data reset or flash your phone with SPFT in Firmware Upgrade mode. Your BT headsets is a different story since you didn't mention what models you have. I've never have any issues with any BT headsets connected to any UMIDIGI phones. Maybe there's an interference caused by other BT devices or 2.4Ghz WiFi routers.
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