May 21, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
We’ve talked about the Oppo Find 7a quite a bit here on the XDA Portal ever since its unveiling, back in March of this year. In the time since, the Find 7a has received official TWRP support, a feature-packed official OTA, and even CyanogenMod 11S from the OnePlus One. During this time, we’ve also stripped the device down to its hardware innards and given it a quick review.
Now, we’re about to enter the next phase in Find 7a development, thanks to the first source-built custom ROM for the device. This comes in the form of official OmniROM alpha builds, which will eventually transition into nightlies once the device is ready. These builds come from none other than XDA Senior Recognized Developer Entropy512, who made the first build available last night.
Although OmniROM for the Find 7a is currently in its alpha stage, quite a lot works including GPS, WiFI, Cellular radio (voice and data), basic camera functions, Bluetooth, and Sensors. As expected, however, there are a few issues that probably preclude this from being daily-driver ready just yet. For example, audio works, but is a bit flaky, and there are some spontaneous reboots due to WCNSS firmware crashes. That said, community response seems quite positive for these builds, which are much higher functioning than most other “alpha” releases.
You can get started by heading over to the project’s development thread.
May 15, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
We first heard about OnePlus back in January of this year when the “new” company comprised of ex-Oppo employees became the first OEM to partner with Cyanogen Inc and deliver a custom tailored version of CyanogenMod on a production device. Then when the OnePlus One was unveiled late last month, it became readily apparent that this One had quite a bit in common with the Oppo Find 7. Now, we have even more reason to believe that these two devices are very closely related, as CyanogenMod 11S from the OnePlus One can run on the 1080p version of the Find 7 (Find 7a) with only incredibly minor modifications.
This all started yesterday afternoon, when XDA Forum Moderator graffixnyc shared the OnePlus One’s CM11S update.zip, as well as its boot, system, and recovery partitions. With this in hand, Senior Member rayfin then tried to get the OnePlus firmware working on his Find 7a. And with a bit of help from graffixnyc, rayfin was able to remove the device asserts from graffixnyc’s update.zip so that the OnePlus One ROM could be flashed on an unmodified Find 7a. Rayfin was then kind enough to also supply modified versions of the two OnePlus One OTAs (second OTA comes courtesy of ayysir) in order to update the ROM to the latest version. But according to Senior Member m3dd0g, flashing these modified updates isn’t even necessary. Simply flash the OnePlus One recovery and the modified Find 7a will accept subsequent OnePlus One ROM updates.
While the unmodified OnePlus One ROM runs very well on the Find 7a, all is not perfect. As noted by rayfin, the front camera, microphone, WiFi, mobile data, Bluetooth, sound, GPS, and telephony work. Unfortunately, voice wake functionality and NFC currently don’t work. What’s more, the rear camera is a bit wonky (image is upside down) and the device only reports 3 GB of storage. That said, it’s remarkable for these two “different” devices to be so closely related that they can share update packages. But I suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised. After all, the hardware similarities between the two devices are enough to make Senior Recognized Developer Entropy512 jokingly call the OnePlus One the Find 7 OnePlus edition.
If you’ve got a Find 7a and want some OnePlus One CM11s action, head over to rayfin’s ROM thread to get started. And if you want to get the raw files from the OnePlus One itself, head over to graffixnyc’s update.zip and system dump threads.
May 14, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
In this episode, XDA Developer TV Producer TK shows you how to root your Oppo Find 7a. We’ve covered the Find 7a a lot recently, from a full review to its XDA unboxing, but there is one more thing left to do. As is usual at XDA, we must root all the things, and the Oppo prequel to the Find 7 is no exception!
TK presents step-by-step instructions on how to gain root access on your Oppo Find 7a using tools from the XDA Developers Forums and, exceptionally, from Oppo themselves. The process is painless and straightforward and if you keep to Color ROM, and this won’t prevent you from getting OTAs from Oppo. So if you wanted to root your Oppo Find 7a, take a moment and check this video out.
The Oppo Find 7a is the successor to Find 5, and the younger brother to the Find 7. The Find 5 was an amazing device with a 5” 1080P display, and the Find 7a is even bigger at 5.5”. The Find 7a was released to international markets in April 2014, and you can only buy the device from Oppo at this point. The Find 7 with the higher specs will be released in June this year. The internal hardware of the Find 7a US is based on the Snapdragon 801 SoC (MSM8974AB) at 2.3 GHZ, whereas the Find 7 model features the MSM8974AC version of the Snapdragon 801 SoC at 2.5 GHZ. Aside from different screen resolution, RAM amount, and bump in CPU speed, the Find 7a is a powerhouse that can compete with any flagship out there today. READ ON »
May 7, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
XDA Developer TV Producer AdamOutler is known for his famous XDA Unboxings. In an unboxing the XDA way, Adam tears apart an innocent device all the way to its bare components. He then points out some of the components and what they do. Today, he has set his sights on the Oppo Find 7a. He’s done this to other Oppo devices as well: the Oppo Find 5 and the Oppo Find Mirror aka the R819.
In this episode, AdamOutler shows off the Oppo Find 7a and unboxes it. But of course, he doesn’t stop at opening the box. Rather, he strips it down to its bare bones. He then shows you around inside the device and talk a bit about the device. Also, be sure to check out Adam’s Google Plus page to see some failed experiments with this device! Finally, he shows us how to install a custom TWRP recovery. So what are you waiting for? Check out this video.
April 30, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Oppo shocked the world a little over a year ago with the release of the flagship-level and highly regarded Find 5. Although Oppo is quite well known in the mid-high end Bluray player market, the Chinese OEM was then unheard of in the Android smartphone world. Not too long after, they followed up with the similarly great Oppo N1. And then in the middle of last month, they launched their current flagship, the Oppo Find 7 in two flavors: the high end Find 7a and extremely high end Find 7.
Since the Find 7a’s launch, we’ve seen a decent amount of development activity including an official TWRP release. But sometimes, the best news comes not from aftermarket development, but rather from official OEM support. And to that end, Oppo is now issuing a rather substantial update for the Find 7a x9006 from the initial shipping 140326 build to the current 140419 revision.
So what does build 140419 bring? Quite a bit, actually. No, 140419 doesn’t update the ColorOS-skinned and Jelly Bean-laden device to KitKat. Rather, it builds on the previous build by offering substantial improvements in functionality. This includes reduced call noise, MTP transfer bug fixes, a blur effect when opening the camera app, a fix to the WiFi-related phone reboot issue, and more.
This update should be rolling out now to all devices. However, not every device may be in the initial wave. Thankfully, OEM Relations Manager jerdog was kind enough to not only tell us about the update and its changes, but he also went ahead and mirrored the update for your sideloading pleasure. Naturally, to update to 140419, you must be running stock 140326 firmware. In addition, you also need to be on the stock recovery, rather than the aforementioned TWRP. So if you’re rooted and/or are running TWRP or any other custom recovery, make sure to restore to complete stock before attempting to upgrade.
While this isn’t KitKat, it’s still nice to see a substantial update being released so soon to this new device. To sideload the update a bit early, simply head over to the mirrored OTA thread. Once updated, feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments below or the thread above.
April 14, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
There are more than a few excellent options in the custom recovery world nowadays. Although the most common aftermarket solution is still ClockworkMod Recovery and its ports after all these years, many are growing increasingly partial to TWRP’s blend of innovative features, fantastic UI, and overall user friendliness. Thus, it’s naturally quite a big deal when an official TWRP port hits a device.
You may recall that a few weeks ago, we added forums for the Oppo Find 7. Now, XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy has gone ahead and given it some official TWRP love. But before you go ahead and install it on your device, there’s one small caveat. Currently, TWRP for the Find 7 only supports the 7a model, which is the version with the 1o80p screen. As such, it’s currently untested on the higher end, Quad HD variant, and will likely not display properly due to the display differences—assuming it works at all.
The Find 7 isn’t the only device receiving the official TWRP love. Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy and Recognized Developers jmz and simonsickle also managed to bring this touch-friendly recovery to the GSM, Sprint, and Verizon variants of the HTC One M8 (2014).
Both builds offer the full TWRP 18.104.22.168 featureset. And with the exception of the minor caveat regarding the Find 7 build (confirmed working on only the 1080p variant), everything should work as planned. So if you’ve got yourself a Find 7a (1080p) or a GSM, Sprint, or Verizon variant of the HTC One M8 (2014), head over to the threads below to get your TWRP on.
March 20, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Just yesterday, Chinese electronics manufacturer Oppo unveiled the Oppo Find 7. The device is essentially a tour de force of high end and class-leading specifications. Available in two configurations, the high end model features a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen, a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 AC processor, and 3 GB of RAM. The “lower end” variant packs a plebian 1080p screen, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 AB processor, and 2 GB of RAM. Both variants pack a rather hefty 3000 mAh battery, and feature a 13 MP camera that can assemble 50 MP images thanks to a neat little software trick. And with how developer friendly the Find 5 proved to be, it will be of little surprise to see quite a bit of aftermarket development appear on the Find 7.
Next up, we have the HTC One (2014). While the device hasn’t formally been announced yet, the formal product announcement is expected for five days from now. Coming as the successor to last year’s highly regarded HTC One, the One 2014 will likely pack a 5-inch 1080p screen, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2 GB of RAM.
Finally, we have the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo. The Note 3 Neo is essentially a more budget friendly version of the Note 3. Featuring a 5.5-inch 720p display, an Exynos 5260 processor, and a 3100 mAh battery, it won’t exactly set the world on fire. However, it still features all of the S Pen glory that has made the Note lineup so popular.
Are any of these devices in your future? Do they have what it takes to earn a place in your pocket? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to head over to the newly created Oppo Find 7, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, and HTC One (2014) forums!