Android 2.3.3 on the Coby Kyros MID7015

Recently I upgraded my Kyros to yet another version of Gingerbread that has made its way to the Coby Kyros MID7015.  The entire process only took about 15 minutes, with the flashing and the other steps that are meant to improve the performance of the tablet.  To start out the process is very similar to installing 2.3.1 in the Kyros with a few extra steps.

First things first you have to have the android 2.3.1 rom installed.  This is all cover in a previous post.  To read click HERE.  There is also a set of files that have everything you need to install 2.3.1 then 2.3.3.  Now with that in the past this process is very similar and maybe even a little easier because you know how it should go.  You will need to get the 2.3.1 upgrade to 2.3.3 files.  A link will be placed at the end of the post.  This upgrade has 12 steps.  The first is using FWDN to flash the image files to the tablet.  However before this is done you should get ClockWorkMod installed and make a backup of  the 2.3.1 install so you can go back if you want.  I am assuming to have already have FWDN working so I am not going to cover setup of it.  You just take the three image files and load them into FWDN.  Heres a pic straight from Tipstirs install files.

And a pic when it was successfully installed.

With the some what dangerous part finished you can move on to rooting and installing ClockWorkMod.  This part is very easy.  It uses the ADB.exe from the Google SDK to install files and give you write access to certain areas of the internal memory.  These files are all put into scripts and will execute without any real knowledge of ADB at all.  I will say if you have any problems though it is a good thing to do a search on commands and what they do.

Here is a pic of all the steps.

All of these steps are easy to follow and will be easy to accomplish.  However everything after step 5 is really up to you if you want to do them.  So you can do what you want after this, such as installing the Market fix and skipping the pest blocking.  I skipped the SetCPU step.

Now that I have everything done and the Kyros has rebooted and is up and running there are a few things I had problems with.  Brent brought up the Apps2SD not working and I did verify that.  I did some research and they said it is a permissions issue that has to be fixed.  There is also a problem with the Dolphin browser force closing, I experienced that as well.  Finally I had apps that would not install from Market such as 9 Inning Baseball, Angrybirds, and Pogoplug.  These all just gave me errors and would stop.  I will say that the speed of the interface is really nice.  It would zip with just the slightest touch.  Also the boot time was a lot faster.  Once they get a few of the bugs ironed out this will be the best Rom I have ever seen on the Coby Kyros.

So you have some thinking to do.  There are some issues but the performance is really really good.  What I did was made a backup of the 2.3.3 image and then returned back to the 2.3.1 backup I made before the upgrade.  I did this for a few reasons.  The first is that some of the apps I use the most did not work on this upgrade.  Second is I really had the 2.3.1 install setup exactly like I wanted it.  So some of the problems could just be from me but others have been brought up by several others.  I am going to play around with 2.3.3 on my second Kyros I have and then keep 2.3.1 on the on I use.  All in all this is a really good ROM and with a few more bug fixes it will be outstanding.  Tipstir at the Kyros Tablet Zone has done a very good job.  So check it out.


Android 2.3.3 Download (Will need to register with site for download) HERE

There is also a 2.1 to 2.3.3 file there that just has the image files for both 2.3.1 and 2.3.3.  Make sure you get the right one.

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20 Responses

  1. avatar Jeik Seg says:

    I would greatly appreciate it….

    And one more question…. I have the android 2.3.1. But, wich firmware is the most stable?. cos, some times the tablet freezes….


  2. avatar ogwatermelon says:

    I will dig through my files and see if I can find an 2.1 backup or original firmware. There are no guarantees.

  3. avatar Jeik Seg says:

    yep…i don’t have the backup of the original firmware. I’m worry….

    i don’t know if the “”(from cobyusa) has the necessary files to use FWDN….or some one could make a backup and share it.

  4. avatar ogwatermelon says:

    I would say yes. However you will have to get the right files. I went back on one of my kyros tablets by restoring a backup I made. If you don’t have a backup, getting the original files my be hard.

  5. avatar Jeik Seg says:

    One cuestion.

    Can i install the original firmware to the kyros MID7015, Afther install android 2.3.1(Gpad7) ?

  6. avatar Matthew says:

    Would it be possible or easier for somebody to go through these steps, make a backup using clockworkmod, then post that backup?

  7. avatar ogwatermelon says:

    Does the Kyros connect to the computer if you boot it up into the OS? Did you try a different USB cable? I am just throwing out ideas here. It is funny how it has not picked it up, I didn’t have this problem and I used Vista. You could try to find different drivers but I don’t think there are any. It should show up in the device manager as a VTC device. If nothing shows up when you plug it in then it may be a hardware issue. Start with the hardware and trouble shoot up to the driver install. Sorry but I can’t see the problem so my thoughts are limited.

  8. avatar Foxito says:

    I have tried this FWDN program for the past two days or so without any success. I don’t know what’s going on, but when I run the program it’s like if it can’t find my MID7015 at all. I’m on Windows 7, I searched for the USB drivers for Windows 7 for FWDN and installed them, no difference, didn’t work. Went to another of my computers that has Windows XP installed, tried there with the drivers for Windows XP, nothing, same thing like if MID7015 isn’t connected or it doesn’t exists (ha!), so I have no idea what else to do to get that program to connect to my MID7015. – Would it make any difference that mine is the one version MID7015-4G? As we know, there is MID7015 and MID7015A-4G or so, mine is the newer one. Reason I want to try this, is because after months of trying these “mods” I gave up and just wanted to go back to the original Coby firmware, and ended up with a device that I thought was ‘bricked’, but luckly after two days of struggling with a screen that was even like a TV out of synch and the only thing I could get to work for the Fastboot mode, I was able to fix the thing using Fasboot and flashing the recovery.img of Clockworkmod to the device and now I get it to work again booting to Clockworkmod just fine, but need to figure how to install any firmware and go from there.

    Any idea why isn’t this FWDN thing not finding my MID7015, and/or where to find Clockworkmod images? If I can’t get this to work, at least I would like to load a Clockworkmod image, I really don’t care what, just get it back to work booting any Android version newer than the Coby original stock one, or even that one, but I haven’t figured out yet how to reinstall the original Coby firmware and whether that’s possible or not.

    Thanks in advance, and I apologize for my ‘speech’.

  9. avatar ogwatermelon says:

    I installed the patch this morning, but I’m not sure that it was that great. The netflix app came from the xda forum. I fixed my market problems a while ago. It is a move in the right direction. Some of the problems with the game play is my issue. It will get fixed in time.

  10. avatar Brent says:

    There is a new patch for GB2.3.3 here:

    I’m finally, for the first time, able to run Netflix on my tablet! (Just make sure when it tells you there is an updated version to click Cancel so you don’t update it!) Unfornately my Location still does not work, but it does for others so not sure why. It’s weird because on my PC it finds my location automatically on the left of a google search, but on tablet it says it cannot. They both go thru the same router so I don’t understand why one can locate it and the other cannot.

  11. avatar Brent says:

    On GB2.3.3, my Netflix doesn’t work (didn’t in 2.3.1 either though). I found on a forum to execute the “adb shell mount -o remount,rw /dev/block/mmcblk0p5 /system” and install the game (Angry Birds RIO). I already had the game install and ran command in CMD. It didn’t seem to fix the game, but after I rebooted the tablet the game then worked. There is a GB2.3.4 Beta patch out that tipstir says fixed his NetworkLocation. I have not tried it yet.

  12. avatar Brent says:

    I’m still in the process of reinstalling apps and then will test them. When I had 2.3.1, I updated to the new market and did not like it as well (No “free apps” tab). I kept the Market that came on 2.3.3 (green looking one), but haven’t downloaded from it yet. Have not tried my Netflix yet either. I did try the “Location” on Maps and it still does not work for me either. All let you if I find anything on other apps. functioning.

  13. avatar ogwatermelon says:

    I have a second Kyros and I installed 2.3.3 on it and left the other at 2.3.1. I did some playing around with it and created a custom boot animation. It is working very well this time. There is still some Market issues though. I have a pogoplug and Market would not let me install the new app because it said it didn’t support the MID7015. You can modify a file to tell market that it is a different device. I have done this before, its not hard. There is a Netflix app out there that doesn’t check the device type, this is suppose to work. I haven’t tried netflix on my tablet yet. I played around with the location and even tried a few of the suggested fixes out there, none worked. Oh well it will all come together with time.

  14. avatar Brent says:

    Well, I decided to bite the bullet and install 2.3.3. I figured my Netflix and Location already doesn’t work on 2.3.1. What’s 1 more thing (Angry Birds) and they have a fix for App2SD. I first did a Clockworkmod backup then downloaded app “App Backup and Restore” and backed up all my APKs, then copied them to my PC. I then ran steps 1 thru 9 (stopped to make Clockworkmod at end of step 5). Then ran patch 6.26.11 followed by patch 7.14.11. Finally ran the App2SD fix. Did another Clockworkmod backup. Now I’m going to copy the APKs I backed up to my SD card and start installing my apps again. You’re right – it does boot up much quicker!

  15. avatar ogwatermelon says:

    Market usually wants you to download it on your phone. If I really want something that I can’t get I will search for the apk using Google. There are other sites out there that will allow you to download the APKs, but they don’t have everything. Sometimes it is hit or miss, with the app only being on Market.

  16. avatar Brent says:

    Is there a way when you are on PC Market to save the APK file? Then you could copy it to Kyros and use installer to install.

  17. avatar ogwatermelon says:

    I have seen this before in other ROMs that I have used. All in all this is pretty common, not just with the Kyros but a lot of custom ROMS. It may be that the fix needs to be reapplied or maybe there needs to be a new fix. I did notice this as well with my Kyros.

  18. avatar Brent says:

    Couldn’t find a Geo Locate app in Market. I have a weird thing going on in with Market. I can search on Market on my PC and find an app. Then when I go to my tablet Market and do same search, some of the apps do not show. If it just so happens I find them in “related apps” section of another app and get to them, then there is no “download” button to get to them. (A direct search with exact name of app will not even find them.) What’s up with that?

  19. avatar ogwatermelon says:

    My Location in Maps still didn’t work. It would come up with it being temporarily unavailable. But I only played with it for a little while. Everything else work, and I used Geo locate to see if it could resolve my IP. It did and put me in the right location. So I read that this problem was fixed some where between 2.3.1 and 2.3.4.

  20. avatar Brent says:

    I just noticed you posted this. Thanks. Did you happen to notice if your “Location” worked on 2.3.3?
    Yes, some thinking to do. I wanted to update, but I also would like Angry Birds to work! Weird how it was fixed in 2.3.1 and now broke again in 2.3.3. Guess I should wait a little longer until bugs are worked out. Think all try installing the new Market (3.0.26) and see how that works.

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