Huawei Honor U8860 – Some Information for the daring ones…

Update: Use this link to get all stock roms and such…

I have had more than several people inquire about where I get all my ROM’s to work on my Huawei phone? So I will list a bunch of information and I want you to remember that I am just showing you some places to go and get stuff…

I could careless and not responsible if you blow up your phone, because you do not know what you are doing…

That said: I do not know what I am doing either, but I have accomplished what I wanted to do on my Huawei and the phone is still in one piece. I assume that you can do it also…

You can find stock ROM’s here: (From 2.3.+ to 4.0.+)

International ROM’s: http://www.huaweidevice.com/worldwide/technicaIndex.do?method=gotoProductSupport&productId=3834&tb=1

Chinese ROM’s (can be changed to english): http://www.huaweidevice.com/cn/technicaIndex.do?method=gotoProductSupport&productId=3884&tb=1

Huawei Germany ROM: http://huaweidevices.de/telefone/honour.html#downloads

I suggest the Chinese ROM’s above as they are by far the most resilient…

Android 4.x MIUI ROM’s:
Original chinese: http://www.miui.com/download.html
Translated english: http://miuiandroid.com/community/
German: http://miui-germany.de/wp/?page_id=274

Silent Huawei camera (ICS):
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=29079425&postcount=1028

Adding Google Apps: Download zip from here http://goo-inside.me/gapps and flash it with recovery…

Root:

Stock ICS version B919/B923/B924
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=28403132&postcount=799

and newer way…

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=22688341&postcount=53

Now let me tell a little bit about what I have done. I am using the stock Chinese ROM B977 I rooted through a program called Unlock Root that installs upon your computer. I do not use Google apps at all and that is why I prefer Chinese ROM’s…

The ROM that I use comes stripped of all Google Apps straight from the Huawei website. I have no desire to use Google Apps and that is that…

I replace virtually all built in apps with different apps and I strip all excess garbage out of the system. I rely upon GPS map systems and not internet tracking! I do not allow any synching with Google in anyway. I just allow GPS to track me and that is only when I want it too…

Now in the links above you will find lots of new ICS versions. They have a new one for Norwegian and for British! These are in English of course, but they are very very heavy and bog a phone down a bunch. The best ROM for a newbie is stock Gingerbread, but ICS can be made just as fast and light on her feet, for the experienced…

You must root to utilize the workings of ICS to its best and Root Uninstall is a great app. I also use System App Mover and it will move apps into and out of the system section, with a few clicks…

Tidbit of information:

You can flash a ROM two ways easily in a Huawei Honor phone…

1. Create folder if not there already called “dload” on SD card
2. Upload UPDATE and UPDATE_CUST.APP file to “dload”
3. Open in settings “storage->update from SD” follow directions and file in dload with flash…

and or

Extract the file on your computer…
– Make a “dload” directory on SD card root directory as above on the phone…
– Copy from the computer to dload the “UPDATE.APP” and “UPDATE_CUST.APP” on the SD card of the phone…
– Open settings/application then turn off/untick “fast boot” and power off you device…
– Long press volume up + volume down + power button on the handset to startup your device in upgrade mode. That means hold both up and down volume down at the same time and the power button…
– It will reboot few times. When done, you will have a new ROM flashed…

I use the storage way until I crash my phone then I have to use the holding buttons down trick. The easiest is not to mess up and use storage update… 🙂

Flashing a ROM will erase all internal memory in the phone. Anything that you have and is precious, you better have a copy of it. I have not had any issues with my SD card and anything on that seems safe???

So as always, use a backup app and back up all your favorite apps to the SD card and reload them after you change the ROM…

I hope that gives you some information that you can use to play with your Huawei Honor phone. I think that my Huawei is one of the best phones ever made and I could not imagine a more forgiving and easy to work with phone, as far as experiment ability goes…

My motto with my phone is, “I push it to the limit and when it quits working, I start over and do not push as hard that particular direction next time…”

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Diggity Dog

Yes I am so thankful! I love this phone and this stuffs will help me all the way!

Your the Dog!

arun

Hi Kyle,

I am from india.
Your blog is just superb, i just purchased an Huawei Honor u8860 (with camera)

and upgarded to ICS 4.0.3, build : U8860IV100R001C151B928.

the phone is good, but ram consumumption is like crazy. it leaves just 25-50 mb of free ram.

could you please help me by uninstalling the system apps form it, i am skeptical about rooting the phone …so require more guidance from you.

please help me in doing this… request you to provide me you mail-id in mine arunpillai88@gmail.com

Thanks & Best regards,
Arun.

admin

Okay! In a few days I will send you an e-mail!

arun

if possible can we talk here ?…

could you please let me know, why is this consuming lot of ram…?

can the usage be reduced?
if i remove my system apps will that free the ram memory?

if yes please let me know the step by step procedure for rooting the phone that wont brick my phone…

please also let me know if i can unroot my phone once rooted?

Thanks & Kind tegards,
Arun.

because

admin

Yes we can talk here! No problem! ICS is a terrible operating system compared to Gingerbread on Huawei Honor. (Remember I said Huawei Honor! Not all phones!) Gingerbread has a much lighter footprint and ICS is almost too much for the phone. ICS can be made to be much lighter and work as well as Gingerbread. But as always remember the phone was made for Gingerbread and not ICS and definable not for Jelly Bean… Ram consumption is due to the heaviness of the ICS software. There just is too much software for the phone. I found that I had… Read more »

arun

Hey.. Thanks for the effort buddy… 🙂 ya as u said i wanted to root and uninstall the system-apps from this 9B28 ROM itself. as it has many Indian addons like the language, etc. but its ok if you sugggest me to go for the B919 or cambodia…i will the only thing that matters the most is…. performance & smoothness… the B928 ICS is very good look wise and also has rectified a lot of bugs and drawbacks that appeard in gingerbread. yes!… performance wise ginger bread was very good. 🙂 please see if we can do the same in… Read more »

arun

1. How important are Google Apps + Do you have to have them?
Ans : just need the playstore nothing else.. dont even need facebook or twitter

2. Was the B928 rom an actual update from Huawei? + Or was it your choice?
Ans : yes it was released for india.

3. What version of Gingerbread did you have before you upgraded?
Ans : it was 2.3.6 dont remember the build.. sorry 🙁

4. Did you root your Gingerbread?
Ans : No, i didnt root… as perfect rooting procedures we not available and most seem skeptical.

admin

Tell you what! I will install B928 and see what I can do with it and then we will go from there. If I can root it without issues then we will try to make that work. Once you clean it up it should be a good rom for you and like you say it works best for your situation…

So in the next few days I will download and install the B928 from India and get it up and running…

Give me a few days and remember be patient. Check back as I will leave information on this article for you…

Kyle

admin

Okay this is really cool! I found the Honor Indian site and am downloading the rom right now. I will install it later tonight or tomorrow at the latest and I will install as a stock rom as you have it installed. Once I have it running I will leave an email and try to verify that it is the same rom… is where I found it. India in English… So I will try to do what you are wanting to do and root the stock rom in a way that will allow you to root yours. If I can… Read more »

admin

Arun – I just installed the exact same rom as you have and just rooted it! I will get all together what you have to do and it is simple…

Let me know when you get this and I will respond back with in about a day and tell you what to do…

I find this version very very good and I am going to leave it as the official rom for my Huawei…

Kyle

arun

Hi Kyle, Good to know that you found the rom interesting and better, even i did.. a lot. 🙂 The main reason i request for root was excess Ram usage…the story goes like this… if i start browsing with opera mini…. and suddnely a call comes or i switch to another application… and come back to opera mini via task manager… then poof!! the opera mini is refreshed again and is back to start again as if i just opened it..the page which i was browings is gone & if i might have downloading something then that is also killed…… Read more »

arun

Dear Kyle,

Good to know that you rooted the Rom, Could you please share the procedures with me.

aslo what all will you suggest me to keep the rom more smooth and up in performance also up in power managememt.

Thanks in advance
Bset regards,
Arun.

arun

very much excited…. i keepon refreshing the page every evry 10 minutes 🙂

admin

Arun: Lets try to root just as your phone is! First go to phone settings under menu and then go to developer options. Then set USB debugging as checked and tell it okay. Second go to security under settings menu and check the install unknown sources as ok! tell yes it is okay… Third you need to download and extract the rooter that I give you on a link on next post!!!!!!! Next post here… (Read all first and ask questions if needed…) 4th extract folder to desktop – has to be windows operating system. The folder is Arun Root… Read more »

admin

Hey! Here is the zip that I just loaded to my server!

Read what I have written in the other comment and then see if you can make it all work. If not I will try to explain. Very Important – Developer settings – USB debugging and unknown sources are checked…

Once you click the root button the magic happens… 🙂

Kyle

admin

We will talk about what to remove after you root and play with the phone a bit! I suggest to freeze apps before removal and since I have removed everything a million times on the Huawei Honor I can tell you what not to remove as we progress…

The removal of certain junk and system apps will make a huge difference in the running of the phone…

Root first then next…

Kyle

arun

i am performing the same… 🙂

AlenaSrt

May I use the same link to root my Huawei? I have tried everything and am useing the Russian version of B928! I am following along with what is happening and hope to have a rooted U8860 today! 🙂

admin

Alena – Yes please do it! Let me know what happens…

arun

Hi Kyle,

i just clicked on the shortcut”unlockroot.exe” …

an error message poped-up…displaying the message as below

the drive or networkconnection that the shortcut ‘unlockroot.exe.ink’ refers to is unavailable. Make sure that the disk is properly inserted or the network resource is available, and then try again.

admin

Arun – Have you extracted first? The file you gave me is one of the two the files inside! Did you get a physical file?

admin

Arun – try right click and save link as! Internet explore needs that to save a link!

arun

Yes Kyle, i extracted the folder in desktop and it has two files “wdinstall.dll” size of 6.99mb and a shortcut of 1kb named “unlockroot.exe”.

when i clciked on unlockroot.exe the above message appeared in a dialog box.

anything incorrect i am doing ?

admin

Aeun and Alena – Give me a minute I screwed up! I have the correct link in a few minutes… Sorry…

admin

Arun you doing good – me bad!

arun

the new dialog’s where the message gets displayed…have the heading says,
“problem with shortcut”

… now i am getting nervous …

arun

ok…no problem… i was worried…. if i am doing something wrong… 🙂

you carry on.. 🙂

admin

Link is fixed and no nervous! It is easy to do, I had link messed up!

admin

remove old download and use only the new one! I gave you a shortcut picture instead of the exe file…

AlenaSrt

It worked thankyou very much! I have rooted Honor!

admin

You are Welcome- Alena!

arun

Dear kyle,

Some issue still remains, when i click on “root”

it says in a small popup “Failed to get shell root !”

arun

i was trying wild for the same…. some administrator issues.. and i just logged in as admins and tried but to my bad…its not happening 🙁

arun

Dear Kyle,

When i clcik on the big root button… it still says “Failed to get shell root !”

What is wrong i am doing, i followed the same procedure as said by you.

Kind regards,
Arun.

admin

I was afraid that would happen!(It has happened to me and I never know why!) Do you have the correct drivers for the phone installed? Does the phone connect to the computer normally and allow you to transfer files back and forth normally? The drivers are very important to make this work. Did the Unlockroot ask to install drivers? It should work as you have exactly the same rom as I installed. I made sure of that. So we have something getting in the way… Do you know how to install a rom from the dload file in the sd… Read more »

arun

Ok Will try again …will let you know..

regards,
Arun

admin

Arun – I will help you as long as you want to keep going! I never leave a job unfinished if at all possible. I have said patience and that is what it takes. We can make this work even if we have to install the rom all over again…

Also make sure that the software unlockroot I gave you is updated. In the bottom right corner it has a spot that says update. Most of the time it does it on its own…

I find the Honor interesting that it roots differently many times. I can get it but you can’t!

admin

Arun – I am seeing what your issue is! I will get back after checking what is happening. I do not believe that it will work with what you have! Let me work on it and do not get discouraged….

arun

OK Kyle, Ya bit of disappointment as it didnt work for me… but i feel good now as you are there to support…just cant express the amount of thankfullness that i owe to u.. 🙂

admin

Arun – Try this link and download the unlockroot file! Unzip and install it has an exe installer! This will help your phone! First though remove all the files I gave you! That unlockroot will not do what you need at the stage that your phone is. It will only do the job on a fresh install… The link is http://evil-hackers.com/Android/unlockroot23-eng.rar It is safe and ignore the name – it is not evil! 🙂 Install the exe like any normal windows program… Sorry for the confusion, it has been awhile since I have used this phone and I forgot about… Read more »

admin

Follow my last comment with a new link! I removed the other link and you are to forget that link exists.

In fact here it is again – http://evil-hackers.com/Android/unlockroot23-eng.rar

admin

Arun – The file is RAR and you might have to have a RAR unzipper! 7zip works good! http://www.7-zip.org/download.html

arun

dear kyle, i tried everything possible… i executed the exe u gave… followed the same procexure as said by u…and when i click on root …it asked for selecing the fone i selected my fone…huawei… then it shows that it is performing set of procedures… but at last it dosent ask me for installing power saver app.. instead it say rooting the fone and the last status shown is ready but my fone dosent get restarted…. so i restarted it manually…. but it wasent rooted… :-(… but when i click unroot.. it ask to install the phone and performs a… Read more »

arun

m so crazy abt rooting it that i installed the rom again thru.. dload folder… but in vain… what next should i do?

admin

Slow down! You reinstalled Your B928? Tell me what version of the Android you definitely have under about phone in menu! Is is still B928? How did you update it again? But that will not be what we have to do, that B928 is the update that Huawei gave you ! Correct? I will give you the link to a rom from Huawei India to download and have ready for installing… This link: This line: Honor – Upgrade to ICS 2012-08-20 Honor Upgrade Software 340MB (download link at end!) and Honor – Upgrade to ICS 2012-08-20 Honor User Guide 901kb… Read more »

admin

Remember I said that the rom that they updated with is a mixture of old and new. It has some Gingerbread and some ICS so that is causing our issues most likely… If this rom will not root for you I will keep giving you a different rom to update and we will find one that your phone likes. Every phone is like a girl and can be temperamental. Just because my phone loves the rom, does not mean that your phone will like it. Phones have different hardware as they are made at different times and factories. These phones… Read more »

arun

Dear Kyle, M so sorry that because of me your routine are getting disturbed… your patience that brings me back here is very highly appreciated… now back to the technicality…. As said by you I have strictly obeyed your instruction… but for sure its my phone who is adamant… now I will tell u wat I did… I downloaded the same file that you took from the net… the same site… I first flashed the rom over the current ICS ..I.e. b928… didn’t work.. then I changed to GB and again falshed ICS said by u… over it… still… no… Read more »

admin

Your a good man Arun!

“then I changed to GB and again falshed ICS said by u… over it… still… no change!”

Does this mean that you were able to install Gingerbread? Then you installed B928?

What does your phone say as rom right now?

I do not understand if any of these roms flashed or not?

You say no change and didn’t work! Does that mean they did not flash?

Can you install Gingerbread again? Does Gingerbread flash and work!

Kyle

arun

yes Kyle…. I falshed GB over ICS … floshing worked properly… currently it ics B928 in my phone….

when I meant no change and didn’t work… I meant to say… about the rooting… the rooting didn’t work…

and ya I almost forgot… I tried rooting GB either but… didn’t work…

admin

Arun – Okay then we have to proceed with the fact that your phone dislikes rooting B928! Gingerbread never will root that way, unless you install a recovery, so lets try a new rom? Do you know the rom version that is Gingerbread that you have flashed back to? B866 – B886 – B876 – etc…?? I suggest to flash Gingerbread back and lets go from there! ? Will you be happy with a Gingerbread rooted? Or do you like the eye candy of ICS? Today I have to have a root canal being done on a tooth and I… Read more »