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.
- 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