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How to install Android 2.3 on Coby Kyros MID7015

Android 2.3 on Coby Kyros MID7015.  That’s right gingerbread on the Kyros MID 7015.  While I was reading more on the some mods I wanted to make to my Kyros I ran across an article that talked about Android 2.3 and the Kyros.  It turns out that a Chinese company managed to get Gingerbread installed on a Gpad and this is the basis for the image for the Kyros.  I will say this installation is a lot more intricate than most other installs.  It requires you to use FWDN to flash a new image onto the Kyros.  Its not that big of a deal but I am sure it will cause some people to not do it.

First things first you have to get the image to put on to the device.  I will provide links at the bottom of the post.  The image that I got had FWDN with it but if you have it or get an image that does not have it you will need it to flash the device.  It is pretty simple.  First you need to install the VTC drive for the telechips device.  This was part of the image as well.  Then bring up FWDN and load the correct image files into it.  Select the ( … ) box and search for the following files.

  1. ike.rom
  2. tcc8900_mtds.img
  3. NAND Data.fai  ( use the NAND Data.fai in the Nand patch folder)

Here is a pic of the interface.


Once this is up and you need to boot your Kyros into FWDN mode.  This is done by, starting from a device that is off, plug the device into the AC charger then hold down the power button and the home button.  This will bring up the coby boot screen and there should be blue letters in the lower left corner saying your in FWDN mode.

Then plug in the USB cable to the Kyros and then the computer.  You should see installing drivers pop up.  But to be sure check the device manager to make sure your device is connected to the computer.  In the device manager you should look in the USB hardware and you should see a telechips device in the list.

Now with the connected double check your FWDN for the right files in the list.  Then select start at the bottom of the interface.  Sometimes you will get an error saying the NAND on the device is a different size that the image.  To fix this go to the drop down menu above the start button and select low format whole memory before download.  Then select start again.  If it still doesn’t work, unplug the USB cable and then plug it back in.  This is what I had to do, then it worked fine.

Once the firmware has been installed you should see a screen like the following.

Now this screen has come up you will have to wait a few minutes for the device to boot up the first time.  Then you will have another problem, everything is in Chinese.  To correct this is easy.  Once you are on the home screen select the home button and touch the far right icon in the menu that pops up on the bottom.  This will put you into the settings menu.  Now you will need to scroll down till you see an icon that is a box with the letter A and three periods in it.  This is the language and keyboard settings.  Select this menu and the select the very first entry in the menu that comes up.  Then you will see English (United States), select it and you will be good to go.

This is the base image and it needs some tweaks to make it work well.  A guy named Tipstir has create a patch that has tweaks and apps to make the Android interface better performing and easier to use.  I will supply a link to this patch at the end of the post.

Finally I installed Launcher Pro Plus and I love how well this firmware works.  Here are a few more pics of the Gingerbread screens.

I added the skull wallpaper because I like it.  I also flashed Clockworkmod for recovery, but I couldn’t get it to work correctly and it made me re flash the the device because it got stuck on the boot screen.  So once I get a back up I will play around some more.  I got my Slingplayer to work and as the Kyros did before it plays movies very well.

I added some games and Google Market works very well.  I also installed Netflix,  I didn’t know but turns out they finally got a Netflix app to stream videos to your Android device.

All in all it works very well.  I installed Adobe Flash 10.3 but I am not sure if it is working correctly, and I don’t know if the browser in the firmware supports flash.  So I still have some work to do.  But if you want Gingerbread and don’t mind the work, give this a shot.  I like it.  So do some research and see if this is something you want to do.  The following are links to the Gpad website (in Chinese), a link to another firmware download, and link to the patch to install.

Gpad Website  LINK

Firmware Download ( You will need to register to download) LINK

Patch Download LINK

the links above are now dead.  Use the one below.

Download from my site. LINK

158 comments to How to install Android 2.3 on Coby Kyros MID7015

  • avatar Danyboy

    can someone tell if it works with the 7024 model,where do I get the image? I never used android tablets before!!!

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    Ok if you are on the original 2.1 version, when you boot into FWDN mode it will just sit on the COBY boot screen with the device info in the upper left corner. To see if it is truly in FWDN mode just launch FWDN and plug in the tablet. A window should pop up saying init started. This means that the device is going into FWDN and you can continue. However don’t load any files into FWDN when you are just seeing if it will connect. Also I am assuming that you already have the VTC drivers installed.

  • Hello everybody.

    My question is about FWDN mode.
    I can’t get it work.
    When I press Power + Home buttons on my Coby Kyros 7015 it just freezes up!

    What i’m doing wrong?

    I could use some help.

    Thanks.

  • avatar Brent

    App2SD, GB2.3.3 Fix Link:

    http://kyros-tablet-zone.team-talk.net/t202p50-moving-apps-in-233-help

    Page 2, scroll almost to the bottom

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    Cool I will look it up. As for links, I don’t care as long as it is to real sites that are of a benefit to the people reading. I want this to be a site to share knowledge. Most of the things I post are things I am doing or have done. I always look things over before I approve them, so you can put links to other sites.

  • avatar Brent

    ‘Melon,
    Looks like they found a fix and wrote a script to fix the App2SD on GB2.3.3. Caused by a corrupt Vold file. If you want the link, let me know. (I didn’t want to just start posting links to other sites on your blog without your permission.)

  • avatar Brent

    Roge,

    If read my post it sounds like what mine did. What I had to do was the first 2 files like you did, BUT the second do ALL 3 files at the same time (not just the nand alone). I also did the “low format” option the 1st time and default option on the 2nd time. Hope that helps.

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    is the error saying incorrect block size? I did get this error when I first flashed 2.3.1. I flashed all three at the same time. So after the error I checked to do a low level format, reset the Kyros, booted back into FWDN mode and it worked. If this isn’t the error, tell me a little more about what the error says.

  • avatar roge

    When I run FWDN it was giving me a red error message using the the interface image instructions at top then I just run the 1 and 2 files and all seemed to be working fine then I try to installed the nand patch by itself and got the same red error message. After doing all of this I try to reboot my table but is not turning ON at all I have try resetting using the reset button but is not working.

    Thanks

  • avatar Brent

    ‘Melon
    BTW I’m not trying to hi-jack your blog. Just trying to let folks know what worked for me. Hopefully the time I spent figuring stuff out will at least help others and save them some time. I really enjoy your blog, your timely response, and helpful info.
    Thanks

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    I always try to help the best I can. Good Luck!!

  • avatar roge

    Thanks I will get a windows xp or windows 7 32 bit and try again. Thanks again for your prompt response you guys ROCK!!!!!!

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    You are right, plus these drivers don’t work on a 64 bit OS. I tried it and it just flat out tells you no and slams the door in your face. The only thing I can tell roge it to try to get your hands on a 32 bit machine for the update.

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    I upgraded to it today. The ROM does not have it installed. I have not had much time to do much with it so I will install tonight and see if I have any problems. By the way the 2.3.3 is faster than the 2.3.1, if you can believe that, and it makes you believe you are on a high end tablet.

  • avatar Brent

    ‘Melon,

    Do you use App2SD? I wonder if it worked on your GB2.3.3. I saw some posts where people were having trouble with it, but I really didn’t understand if they had a fix or were saying what a fix would have to do.

  • avatar Brent

    ‘Melon
    COOL! B)

    Roge,
    I’m on Win 7 32-bit. Just my casual observation – seems like the 64-bit OS has twice the problems with everything. So I’ve always shyied away from it. Hopefully it will be more stable in the future.

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    Brent used Windows 7 for his install. About 13 comments down he posted what he did to get it to work. Getting the older drivers to work is a common problem. It just takes some a little TLC to get them to work. I will install the drivers on my Win 7 machine tonight and post exactly what I did with some pics. I also got Android 2.3.3 installed on my Kyros during lunch. It is even faster and performs better that I imagined. I will write that up as well.

  • avatar roge

    Thanks for this instruction.. I’m stuck when booting in FWDN mode my talbe my computer (I’m using Windows 7 64bits) is not intalling the tablet it does not find the drivers… Please help.

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    Yes installing the 2.3.3 upgrade is the same FWDN process, and you will lose all of the stuff you installed. There are several steps to this upgrade that uses ADB. If you don’t know, ADB is part of the Google SDK. It is command line and everything you need is in the upgrade files. But you can use an app like Titian Backup to backup the apps you have installed. I have not used it so I can’t say exactly how it works. Tipstir from the Kyros Tablet Zone said that this upgrade increased his battery life, to about 6 or 7 hours. I can live with that. I have not done this yet so I can’t comment on the exact process. I would make a ClockWorkmod backup of the 2.3.1 image before upgrading and then you can just restore the backup if it isn’t all you wanted. Plus it is a lot easier than the FWDN process.

  • avatar Brent

    Thanks for the update ‘melon. I was wondering how stable GB2.3.3 is and if the bugs are worked out. Be interesting to see how it works for you.

    So does updating to GB2.3.3 mean going thru the whole process again?
    Does that mean all apps have to be reinstalled or is there an easy method of transfering them over? I’m thinking my install/uninstall app may have a way to save the apk files and can istall that way instead of from Market. Not sure about save games though like for Angry Birds.

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    There is a post in the Kyro Tablet Zone that says the Location for maps does not work due to some of the apks that are installed. They keep pointing to some Chinese link or location. I also read about this being something that is broken with Android 2.3.1 and is fixed in 2.3.3. I don’t know for sure will find out when I play with the next update.

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    I did some playing an my location doesn’t work either. I update my maps app and I get location is temporarily unavailable. I also found quit a few other articles of this being a problem with several devices to include the iPad and iPhone. This may be part of a Google problem as well. I am not sure. I don’t really use my location in maps and had not noticed it before. On a better note I read a great deal on Android 2.3.3 on the Kyros and I may keep on of my tablets at 2.3.1 and upgrade the other to 2.3.3 just to see the difference. I read about improving battery life and installed a new boot animation. I will post more about this once I upgrade.

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    I have been trying to find more information on the android 2.3.3 on the Kyros. I have seen a few youtube videos but have not found any real information yet. However I have been really busy this last week so I will look more into it hopefully this weekend. As for the location issue, maybe I just have not noticed. I set my weather bug app manually and I only use maps on my phone. I will have to test it out some and see. Sometimes GEO locate can’t figure out where your IP address is. I will reply tonight once I do a little testing and see if mine is working or not.

  • avatar Brent

    LS,
    My Network Locations (GPS) does not work either. I’ve read that GB 2.3.1 broke it and no one has a fix yet that I’ve found. I’ll let you know if I found one.

    ‘Melon,

    What do you know about GB 2.3.3? What does the upgrade get you, if anything? I suppose that means I would have to reinstall all my apps?

    thanks

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    Yes you just simply go to settings and then Location & security. Then simply check the box to use wireless networks. This will use the IP address that your device uses as a connection to the Internet to do an educated guess where you are. This may not always be accurate though. Most weather apps allow you to set a static location if you choose to. I am not sure but you may be able to do this in Maps as well.

  • avatar LS

    Did you get Network Location (for maps & weather widgets) to work on your v2.3.1 install? If so, can you post what you did? Thanks.

  • avatar Brent

    Well I rooted, installed clockworkmod, and latest patch (then ran a backup). I’m good to start installing apps! I got App2SD on there so hopefully I can move some. I like this OS version so much better. It is MUCH more responsive all around. The keyboard is better and responds better. I like the tablet even more now. Thanks for all the help.

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    Awesome, I’m glad it is working for you. One thing that is different is and it drove me crazy. The external SD card is mounted in as tflash, I keep thinking there was a problem until I started going through all of the directories and found it. Good luck man, enjoy!

  • avatar Brent

    In case this might be helpful to others. Here is what I had to do to install Android 2.3 using Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32-bit. I had to install the VTC drivers for the telechips devices (even though it is for 2000/XP). After install it will say it may have not installed correctly – one of the options is reinstall with recommended settings, pick that one. I was then able to connect in FWDN mode. When I tried to update listing all 3 files in FWDN, I got the red NAND size error, tried again using “low format whole memory before download” – still got error. (I used the Firmware Download from ‘Melon’s 2nd link.) So I had to do FWDN with just ike.rom and tcc8900_mtds.img selected and wtih “low format whole memory before download” selected and wait for it to complete. Then do the whole FWDN again with all 3 files (ike.rom, tcc8900_mtds.img, AND NAND Data.fai (from patch folder)) and “Default download” selected. NOTE: don’t forget to reset after each load and unplug the USB cable before it comes back up. Then went in and set language, date, and time.

    So now I’m ready to root it, install clockworkmod, and then the final patch in ‘melon’s last link.

    Hope this helps someone else with Windows 7.

  • avatar Brent

    I think the VTC driver is for 2000/XP so if it worked for Vista maybe it will work for 7. I’ll give that a try. Man, you’re pretty brave trying the Chinese version!
    Thanks for the advice.

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    I am talking about the patch in the OEM.rar file. When I used the other NAND Data.fai I got errors and it wouldn’t install. It worked when I use the one in the patch folder. As for flashing all three files at once, I got this from the Chinese directions that are in the OEM.rar file. Once I adjusted the patch file the Chinese directions worked perfectly for me.( along with Google Translate) If there are other ways then I guess it is what way works best for you.

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    The driver is unsigned, and that may be your problem. I installed the driver and then when I connected the kyros I went into device manager and installed the driver manually. Just select the unknown device and updated the driver and select the location USB drive is located. I used Vista when I did this, I am not sure if there will be any other problems with Windows 7.

  • avatar Brent

    I was curious (if I ever get Kyros to connect to my PC) in your instructions you show doing all 3 file in FWND all at one time. I saw another tutorial that just did the first 2 files and then running thru the whole thing again with all 3 (including the NAND Data.fai this time). You didn’t have any issues doing all 3 at one time?
    Also, you said “( use the NAND Data.fai in the Nand patch folder)” – is that the patch folder that came with the OEM.rar link (2nd link) or the latest patch that was in your last link?
    Thanks.

  • avatar Brent

    Well I get to the part where you do the “power button and the home button” to put it in the mode for FWDN and my 7015A will not connect to PC – drivers issue. I’m on Windows 7 32-bit. I’ve tried Droid Explorer, PDAnet, Tcc something, 7015? drivers and none of them will connect. Going to try the SDK install tonight and see if that will work.
    It connects to PC fine on normal boot-up, just not on the mode to use “FWND”.
    Anybody know where to get Win 7 32-bit drivers for Kyros 7015A?
    sad

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    No you will not have to install any drivers. The firmware is from the Chinese version of the same tablet. After installation the Kyros functioned correctly and I didn’t find anything that was not working.

  • avatar leo

    do you need the coby drivers to do this

  • avatar Brent

    Thanks for all the helpful info. I asked these questions on another forum and no one would answer. I’m a I.T. guy and technical minded – just new to Android OS/hardware. With this very helpful tutorial and other info. I’ve been reading on how to do this, I’m confident I will be able to do this and it looks like the results I’m after.
    Thanks again.

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    What is the difference between GingerBread and HoneyComb?

    HoneyComb is meant to run on higher end processors, plus it is suppose to have 3d hardware graphics support. Gingerbread will run on a Kyros I don’t believe HoneyComb will. However Gingerbread is considerably better than the Eclair (Android 2.1) that the Kyros was built to run. There is more but I would have to look all of that up.

    And I thought I saw a post of HoneyComb running on top of GingerBread – if so, what is GingerBread without HoneyComb?

    No the HoneyComb patch is a modded interface that still runs on the Android 2.1 OS. Gingerbread is it’s own version of android and is not part of HoneyComb. There may be base code they share but nothing else.

    I’m looking for speed, space for apps., and app compatibility.

    Gingerbread will increase the performance of the Kyros MID7015. I also put Launcher Pro Plus as the launcher and my Kyros flies compared to the stock launcher. I have not come across an app that doesn’t work with Gingerbread. I also see better battery life. Plus it supports App2SD, so you can install most apps to you SD card for extra space. I get 3.23 Gig of internal storage with Gingerbread, I don’t know if that is much different from the stock OS the Kyros comes with. I have 261 Meg for applications and 27 apps installed. I have 98.25 meg free.

    Installing Gingerbread is a process that some people have had problems with, so you need to think about it before you do it. I did it without having any problems. I will help you some more if I can.

  • avatar Brent

    Thanks for the info!
    I’ve been reading up on this and your instructions added some extra clarification and details.
    I’m thinking of trying this, this weekend.

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    That is how you boot into FWDN mode. The screen should be the initial boot screen with words in the bottom left corner saying it is in FWDN mode. It does nothing else. It will stay on that screen until you have completed and it reboots.

  • avatar tf141ghost

    I realize this post is old. But can you please tell me how to get fwdn mode working.. I hold the power and home button in and it freezes! sad

  • avatar apx

    i still can’t get it, i’ll just wait for a video to come out.

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    Try a reset and see what happens. If it boots up correctly then your good to go. If not just start over on the installation process. I have had to recover from a failure before, I had not problems. You may have to format the memory to insure you are starting with a clean slate. Good luck!

  • avatar apx

    sorry i forgot that i put one comment on already mybad

  • avatar apx

    on the interface after i plugged in the coby the computer had it detected but when i clicked start on the interface it said single-download and the coby stayed in fwdn mode so help me please!!!

  • avatar apx

    on the interface after i plugged in the coby the computer had it detected but when i clicked start on the interface it said single-download and the coby stayed in fwdn mode

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    Formatting the memory is in the post, but only if you have any problems. All in all I’m glad it worked for you and enjoy. I really do like the Kyros with Android 2.3 on it.

  • avatar jdh

    I got market working. One thing you may want to add to your instructions is to format the nand memory before starting this. I found a forum that fave this tip. So I formatted and reran your instructions. Everything worked like a charm after that.

    My son tells me he now has the pad he wanted for Christmas. Angry Birds and Netflix run great on it now.

    Thank you again!

  • avatar ogwatermelon

    Market worked from the get go, I never had to mess with anything. I enjoy this firmware and have it on the Kyros I use everyday.

  • avatar jdh

    How did you get market to work?

    Great instructions! Thanks for putting this out here!