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How To Flash Android (Flyme) On Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition
This is a quick guide for how to reflash Fyme OS on Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition. Flyme is based on Android with some redesign along with extras. It doesn’t ship with Google apps, but those are easily installable.

You can flash Flyme 5.1.12G or 6.1.0G (released recently), both based on Android 5.1. To see what’s new in Flyme 6, check out THIS page. Using the steps below, you should receive future Flyme OS updates automatically, so there’s no need to reflash anything manually for any OS updates.

Flash Android (Flyme) On Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition)

Before proceeding, make sure your phone is charged. Also, like with any flashing procedure, this may brick your device, so use these instructions at your own risk! And finally, I should mention that I didn’t yet try to perform a reverse procedure (install Ubuntu Touch back) so if you plan on doing this in the future, you’ll have to figure out how to do it yourself.

1. What you’ll need

1.A. adb and fastboot.

In Ubuntu, adb and fastboot are available in the official repositories. To install them, use the following commands:

sudo apt install adb fastboot

These can also be downloaded from HERE (for Linux, Mac and Windows).

1.B. Flyme firmware (global version).

The Meizu MX4 global firmware is available to download from HERE.

1.C. recovery.img from Flyme OS.

This can be downloaded from HERE or HERE.

Place the firmware along with the recovery image in your home folder.

2. Enable Developer mode on your Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition (About phone > Developer mode).

3. You may encounter an error with adb / fastboot not detecting the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition device. To fix this, open the ~/.android/adb_usb.ini file with a text editor (if it doesn’t exist, create the “.android” folder in your home directory, and a file called adb_usb.ini inside this folder) and paste the following in this file:
… and save the file.

On Windows, this file is available under C:Users<user name>.android

4. Flash the recovery and Flyme OS

4.A. Connect the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition device to your computer via USB (USB 2.0 is recommended because it looks like there might be issues with USB 3.0), then reboot in bootloader mode and flash the recovery:
adb reboot-bootloader
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

(or enter the exact path to where you downloaded “recovery.img”)

Note that the phone must be unlocked when doing this. Also, the first time you use adb, the phone will ask if you want to allow the connection – make sure you click “Accept”!
In theory, you should be able to reboot to bootloader by holding volume down + power buttons, and into recovery by holding volume up + power, but these didn’t work for some reason on my device (I don’t remember if only one of them or both), that’s why I used commands instead in this article.

4.B. Next, power up the phone and after Ubuntu Touch boots, run the following command to reboot into recovery:
adb reboot recovery

From the recovery screen (which is in Chinese), you need to get to a screen which displays the “adb sideload” command at the bottom. You get to this by selecting the various options in the recovery screen, but unfortunately I forgot which one (and I didn’t took a picture). So unfortunately I can’t tell you exactly how to get there, but remember that “adb sideload” should be displayed at the bottom when you get to the right option.

Once you get to the screen I mentioned above, run the following command

adb sideload update.zip

(or enter the exact path to where you downloaded “update.zip”)

On the next reboot, your Meizu MX4 should run Flyme instead of Ubuntu Touch. Note that the first boot might take a long time!

Quick Flyme OS tips for new users

Meizu MX4 Flyme

And finally, a couple of tips if you’re new to Flyme OS.
Meizu MX4 has only 1 button, so to perform a “back” function, instead of using a dedicated button, you’ll need to touch the Meizu MX4 button once.
To go to the home screen you’ll have to swipe up on the Meizu MX4 button.
To install Google Play Store and other Google apps, you’ll need the Meizu Google Apps Installer. This is available in the Meizu store, or you can grab an APK from HERE.

Rooting the device is very easy. You’ll need to create a Meizu account and log in to it on the Meizu MX4. Next, go to Settings > Security > Root Permission and agree to the terms. That’s it.


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Are You Satisfied With Your Ubuntu Phone? (Poll)

pablo-2Ubuntu OTA 12 will have completed its phased roll out by the time you read this, and feedback to the changes it brings will no doubt have begun to roll in. Now that we’re almost 18 months on from the launch of the very first Ubuntu Phone I’m curious as to how you all are getting on with your Ubuntu Phones. Did you drop […]

This post, Are You Satisfied With Your Ubuntu Phone? (Poll), was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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The Meizu MX6 Made Official, Ubuntu Edition ‘Coming Soon’

mx6After months of leaks the Meizu MX6 smartphone was unwrapped at a press conference in China earlier today. But the also-rumoured MX6 Ubuntu Edition was (alas) nowhere to be seen. Interestingly the specs of the device differ slightly from those that previous leaks, and benchmark charts claimed. ’10 Core Smartphone’ Let’s tackle the big selling point of this phone […]

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‘Frustratingly slow’: The Verge Hands on with Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition


As my eyes skipped over the The Verge’s in-field review of the new Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition handset, the latest Ubuntu smartphone and currently gracing the show floor at Mobile World Congress 2016, I couldn’t help but feel the sting.

Verge reporter Vlad Savov went up close with the “world’s most powerful Ubuntu phone”.

But the tone is set by the headline; you can’t help but read it with a sigh of disappointment: “The most powerful Ubuntu phone is still not good enough”.

Parity with competing platforms will always be the yardstick used to beat Ubuntu. And the bruises aren’t as big anywhere as the anaemic app.

Scopes are Ubuntu’s solution to this problem, and are a fair stab at doing things different. But in many ways the war of Apps Vs Web has already been lost; Apps won.

(On a related note, it’s nice to see The Verge join us in grimacing at the Pro 5 “pre-order” spiel.)

For $370 of your hard won dollar you get a high-end device rocking an eight-core processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.

The Meizu PRO 5 is the Ubuntu phone flagship everyone has clamoured for. Sure, it can’t output to an external monitor (ergo, no ‘convergence’) but it’s the clue is in the title: it’s an Ubuntu Phone. It does, at least run the same OS.

The MX4 cameras, for example, aren’t as great IRL as they are on paper.

Although we are yet to get a hands on with the PRO 5 ourselves (Canonical excised us from the press briefing for the Meizu PRO 5, and some of its other MWC announcements) Vlad’s judgement is sadly familiar.

But The Verge — and plenty of other tech outlets at MWC — can.

The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition launched last June is a speedy device and certainly outruns the plastic-fantastic low-spec Aquaris E4.5 from Bq that preceded it.

But even as the second powerful Ubuntu Phone it still doesn’t feel as powerful as it should.

There are positives to such a downbeat review though.

Ubuntu is not finished. Heck, it’s still not even being marketed to end consumers (something Canonical’s former head of phones told us was likely to happen early this year).

But the OS clearly has some legs. Sony, OnePlus and Fairphone are investing varying degrees of official support into community ports for their older handsets.

Samsung Exynos processor …21-megapixel camera with laser-assisted phase-detect autofocus and a Hi-Fi audio chip from ESS. Clad in an aluminum unibody shell and sporting an AMOLED display,

The But

“It’s as modern and good looking as any smartphone out here at Mobile World Congress. But it runs Ubuntu, and that makes it too much of an underdog,” Vlad writes.

“Unfortunately, the mobile Ubuntu is simply not flagship-tier software,” he writes.

I could guess what three letter word was going to follow.

“Other than the essential basics like a web browser, email client, Here maps, and a few messaging clients like Telegram, Ubuntu has almost no app ecosystem. It’s not attempting to create one, either, as its big point of distinction from Android and iOS is that it has so-called Scopes that collate information and content from online services into customizable streams. Instead of a Soundcloud app, you just get Soundcloud content pumped into your Music Scope. This has always been an intriguing concept, but I’ve never seen it executed well, and the Meizu Pro 5 doesn’t do anything to alter that situation.”

He continues:

“The Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition is frustratingly slow. Canonical points out that it’s not finished software yet, but at the same time it’s advertising the phone as ready to preorder (which is actually just a sign-up page on Meizu’s website that will alert people when the Pro 5 is available to buy in March). I want to believe that Canonical can optimize everything and bring the user experience up to the high standard of responsiveness set by Android and iOS, but I can’t see how that can be done in the space of a couple of weeks.

“The Pro 5 is slow to respond to taps and doesn’t register every input reliably. This disappoints me because I’ve been waiting a long time to finally see the promise of Ubuntu’s unique mobile interface executed on a top-tier smartphone.”

A different approach is welcome, but it needs the speed of Android and iOSThe Meizu Pro 5 itself is a laudable handset. It comes equipped with a 5.7-inch AMOLED screen with 1080p resolution and is very close in size and shape to Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus. That similarity extends to the 2.5D glass up front, which gently slopes off at the edge before meeting the aluminum sides. I can’t fault the Pro 5’s design and build quality …If only the Ubuntu software on board could also match iOS for speed and fluidity, I’d be recommending this as a refreshing change from the monotony of Android domination here at MWC.“

The Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition will be on sale in March with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM for a price of $369.99. Buyers will be able to grab one from the JD online store, which will provide global shipping.

This post, ‘Frustratingly slow’: The Verge Hands on with Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Phone Priced $370, Goes on Sale in ‘Mid-March’

meizu pro 5 ubuntu buy

The Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone will go on sale in the middle of March, Meizu has said.

A spring launch for the device, the most powerful Ubuntu Phone released so far, was expected and will see the phone launch around the same time as the Bq Aquaris M10 Ubuntu tablet.

‘Pricing for the phone starts at $370, and it ships globally’

product information page also now live on the official Meizu website. It provides a concise summary of the new phone’s (powerful) hardware and some of its key software features (and, interestingly, it also includes a caution to potential buyers to not to expect as many apps as on Android!)

Distillation of the device details aside the page also has a sign-up form where you can sacrifice your e-mail address and receive a reminder about the device ‘when it comes available’ (sic). Canonical calls this process a ‘pre-order’.

The confirmation e-mail sent after signing up offers a touch more information on release dates and purchasing options, as you can read below:

“We’re glad to see you’re interested in the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition!

We’ll send you an email as soon as it’s available, which we expect will be around mid March. By then, you can purchase it through en.JD.com. So please watch for your Inbox or visit en.JD.com frequently.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ubuntusales@meizu.com.”

Costs $370 & Is Sold Through JD.com

The Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition will cost from $335.85 (US). This is much lower than the approximately $500  the Flyme OS (Android) version currently sells for.

The phone will be sold globally though JD.com, billed as China’s ‘largest online direct sales company’ — the Amazon of China, if you will.

Its western facing side, en.JD.com, sells a range of popular Chinese electronics to the rest of the world and offers free to shipping to most major countries, including the USA, UK, France and Germany.

JD accepts Paypal as its sold payment method, though the website FAQ says ‘more payment options will be available in the future’

A quick glance over its Facebook page suggests it doesn’t have the best reputation for customer service. Amid a slate of angry customers complaining of missing packages you’ll find a slate of 1-star reviews and a combined average of 2.3 out of 5 stars.

Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Specs

The Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition has the same core hardware specs as its Android counterpart.

It is powered by a super-fast Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa-Core processor running along at 2.1GHz; has an eye-poppingly pixel-packed FHD screen, and sports stylish magnesium alloy casing.


You have the choice of two models: a 3GB RAM/32GB storage and a 4GB RAM/64GB storage, and a choice of two colors: a white front and silver reverse, or a black front and silver reverse.

While the PRO 5 is the most powerful Ubuntu phone yet made it’s missing one core feature. Fand of convergence should be aware that this phone cannot connect to an external monitor through MHL, SlimPort or USB to power a full Ubuntu desktop experience’.

Ubuntu developers are exploring how to enable convergence through wireless display technologies like Miracast, something that could help unlock the raw potential of this phone.

American readers should keep in mind that the PRO 5 is not compatible with many of America’s mobile networks/bands. Furthermore, because Meizu does not have FCC certification for this (or any other) phone, the phone could (in theory) be denied import and returned to China.

Will you be pre-ordering the new Ubuntu phone’? If so, be sure to let us know which one in the comments below!

This post, Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Phone Priced $370, Goes on Sale in ‘Mid-March’, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Ubuntu Phone To Gain Biometric Security Features

finger-print-tileUbuntu Phones running secure biometric identity tools will be demoed at next week’s Mobile World Congress.

Canonical has partnered with ConsenSYS and BlockApps to provide “web wallet and biometric identity tools on Ubuntu devices” using Ethereum, the decentralized public blockchain protocol.

As part of the collaboration BlockApps’ Nimbus uPort Biometric Digital Identity tool have been ported to run on Ubuntu phones and tablets.

uPort, described as ‘the next generation of identity systems’, is pitched as “self-sovereign identity”.

uPort permits secure interaction with the Ethereum blockchain using biometric and encryption features (e.g., fingerprint reader) on a mobile device.  It associates an Ethereum address with a user name, avatar, email address and/or social media account to create a ‘map’ of an individual’s identity.

The persona is verified through the Ethereum blockchain, but the ownership of the identity is determined locally using public and private key pairs.

A selective disclosure system allows users to stay in total control of which friends, businesses and/or third-parties can access their personal data.

The ‘Internet of People’ Begins

The companies involved in this new partnership say it will help kickstart the “Internet of People”.

Users will be able to edit and control their “self-sovereign identity” from Ubuntu devices.

Christian Lundkvist, co-founder of uPort says: “[The] Ubuntu operating system integrated with the bleeding edge digital identity tools of uPort, the Ubuntu phone will be a great step towards a fully self-sovereign and completely interconnected world.”

Joseph Lubin, founder of ConsenSys says: “The Ubuntu phone […] incorporating the uPort persistent, portable Identity tools takes [the Ubuntu Phone] into a realm beyond, where identity is self-sovereign — fully controlled by the user, deeply secure and, like the phone itself, opens new vistas on the emerging decentralized web services.”

Blockchain: Unlocked Potential

Admittedly I am not a biometric security expert, and the wall of jargon that surrounds (most) blockchain technologies is as impenetrable as the secure transactions it affords.

But the gist of this collab is evident: Ubuntu phone users will be able to create, store and manage a uPort identity on their Ubuntu device. They will be able to make use of this identity to authorise ‘transactions’ on the Ethereum Blockchain using biometric features of their handset.

Think using your fingerprint to login in to Ubuntu One to install an app.

Thibaut Rouffineau, Head of Devices Marketing at Canonical, says:

 “Canonical is keen to support the development of blockchain applications and their expansion from business cloud solutions to mobile consumer applications. Working with ConsenSys and BlockApps on building a platform for the consumption and creation of blockchain based mobile apps is the realization of the promise of Ubuntu as the reinvention of personal mobile computing.”

The collaboration adds further weight to the rumor that a Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition handset will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress. The high-spec device from Chinese OEM Meizu includes a fingerprint reader, something no Ubuntu Phone currently offers.

Thank you Luca!

This post, Ubuntu Phone To Gain Biometric Security Features, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Meizu Tease New Ubuntu Phone Ahead of MWC 2016

meizu mwc 2016 teaserMeizu is teasing an Ubuntu announcement at Mobile World Congress, which kicks off a week today.

Teasers posted on the Chinese hardware company’s social media accounts ties into Valentine’s day, highlighting “Love U” in ‘Love Ubuntu’ and saying ‘more love awaits’ at the mobile conference event.

second, similar teaser also posted to the official Ubuntu Weibo account also joins the fun, and proudly bears an announcement date of February 22.

But what new device will be announced?

We may already know.

Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition Is Expected

The company is expected to unveil its latest handset running Ubuntu, once again a repurposed device from their current Flyme OS line-up.

There’s no firm details on which device it is to be, but a recent photo leak on Chinese social media suggests it could be the Meizu Pro 5 — its USB Type-C connector, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC storage and Exynos 7420 octa-core processor making it a prime convergence flagship.

The Flyme OS (Android) version of Meizu Pro 5 (64GB) retails at around ¥3099 (US $450).

We should (hopefully) learn more in the coming days as the MWC hype train pick up speed.


Meizu Pro 5 running Ubuntu (leaked images)

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‘Android OEMs Will Ship Ubuntu Phones This Year’, Say Canonical

Canonical CEO Jane Silber (middle)

Canonical CEO Jane Silber (centre)

Several Android phone makers will release Ubuntu phones this year, Canonical’s CEO has revealed.

Jane Silber, speaking to The Register’s Gavin Clarke, says the company talks with its Android OEM partners regularly and that “many [Android OEMs] will be shipping Ubuntu phones.”

“There’s a lot of interest from these folks in supporting another platform, she adds.

Canonical unveiled the latest Ubuntu device, the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, last week. The company is likely to unveil further devices at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona later this month.

‘Many Android OEM will ship Ubuntu Phones this year, says Canonical’s CEO’

Clarke says Canonical has “received commitments from Android smart phone and tablet makers to ship devices using its Linux with devices later this year.”

Silber wasn’t willing to divulge the full details of which Google OEM partners it is in talks with, nor those that are ‘committed’ to shipping Ubuntu devices this year.

But as we exclusively revealed last week, several well-known Android OEMs, including Sony and OnePlus, are ‘supportive’ of community ports for their devices.

Chinese OEM Meizu is also reported to working on a follow-up to the MX4 Ubuntu Edition which went on sale in China and mainland Europe in the spring of last year.

World’s Largest Carrier Also Backs Ubuntu Phone

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Ubuntu at the China Mobile Global Partner Conference 2015

It isn’t just unnamed Android OEMs that Canonical is in discussions with.

We can reveal that the company is working very closely with Chinese state-owned mobile network China Mobile.

The world’s biggest mobile phone operator (with over 800 million subscribers) is busy developing app and Scopes integration for some of China’s biggest social media and messaging services, including WeChat and Sina Weibo.

To help its effort it even has its own internal development device (a commercial release of which is not planned). The device is a Snapdragon 615 powered N1 Max running Ubuntu.

This post, ‘Android OEMs Will Ship Ubuntu Phones This Year’, Say Canonical, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Canonical To Demo OnePlus & Sony Devices Running Ubuntu


Ubuntu is coming to even more devices

Phones from Sony, OnePlus and Fairphone will be demonstrated running Ubuntu (Touch) later this month, we can reveal.

Canonical plans to feature the work of the community-led Ubuntu porting programme in its booth at this year’s Mobile World Congress event.

The Ubuntu stand will host devices from Fairphone, OnePlus and Sony, all running community-supported versions of Ubuntu (Touch), including efforts spearheaded by the UbPorts Project.

The Ubuntu Ports programme is a volunteer-led effort to rebuild and package the OS on to pre-existing Android devices.

Canonical has actively encouraged and supported these porting efforts since first announcing plans for mobile back in 2013.

‘Support from Canonical & OEMs’

Devices running community-supported builds of the OS and showcased by Canonical at MWC2016 all have ‘some backing from Canonical’ and some degree of ‘support from [the handset OEM]’, Canonical’s Thibaut Rouffineau told us.

Unlike early porting efforts these Ubuntu build are to said to run ‘very well’ and support over-the-air updates (OTA).

ubuports logoAlthough none of the ports are under the direct stewardship of Canonical, its engineers and developers have, we’re told, been offering guidance and support to community efforts that seek it.

Furthermore, Fairphone, OnePlus and Sony are said to not only know of the efforts but also ‘support’ them — though the exact degree to which such support extends is, as yet, unknown.

Equally unknown are the specific models we’ll see running at MWC.

The UbPorts project has been very busy working on builds for the OnePlus One, the LG Optimus L90, and the Fairphone 2. It’s not a wild leap to assume at least one of these will feature in Barcelona later this month.

Canonical will share more details and information on the ports, and how others can get involved, in the build up to MWC, which kicks off on February 22.

This post, Canonical To Demo OnePlus & Sony Devices Running Ubuntu, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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