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OTA updates don't wipe the device: all apps and data are preserved across the update. Even so, it's always a good idea to back up your data frequently. As you point out, not all apps support the in-built Google backup mechanism, so it's wise to have a full backup just in case. See our backup tag wiki and top questions to learn about what options are ...


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If the date of activation matches the date of adding your Google account to the device, there's an easy way to check (unless you did a factory-reset in the meantime, and had to re-add the account): with your Google account's credentials, log in to the Google Dashboard Scroll to the section labeled "Android" and expand it (by clicking its title / the LGM [...


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The info of this exact firmware is shown on this page. As written, G930FXXU2EREM is the PDA version, and G930FOJV2ERE8 is the CSC version. PDA represents the "core" OS build, while CSC - "Consumer Software Customisation" or "Country Specific Code" (didn't find an official explanation of the acronym) - represents the region-specific customizations. The two, ...


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I found out how to do it with the official firmware from asus.com. I'll post this for the benefit of all sentient beings future readers with the same problem. I'm writing this in a very beginner-friendly fashion. Note: I had stock recovery. These steps will not work if you have a custom recovery. Disclaimer: This is only what worked for me. It may or may ...


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There can be several differences, or reasons for having two firmware versions. Sometimes there are two completely different hardware variants, sold in different regions. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S III has a variant based on a Snapdragon MSM8960 system-on-chip (SoC), and another based on an Exynos 4. Because the hardware is different, the variants ...


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The Dutch consumer organization retests their smartphones periodically for updates: https://www.consumentenbond.nl/acties/updaten/ruim-een-derde-smartphones-heeft-sterk-verouderde-veiligheidsupdate The list is basically: the Google Nexus/Pixel phones (~3 years), Nokia / HMD Global, last (& this..) year's flagship Samsung (~1.5 years), this years ...


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As for your first question: no, wiping data from the recovery just wipes the content of the partitions, not the partitions themselves. So your device's disk will still be divided into /data, /system, /cache etc., but those partitions will be blank. As for your second question, yes, you will be able to restore the stock firmware, as long as you make a backup ...


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4 years is ancient in tech years. Your first pic holds your answers. The model Gt-p5110 and with Google it states that it was released in 2012. Came with android ice cream sandwich 4.0.3 and it is upgradable to android jelly bean 4.2.2. Also if you look at the kernel version you will notice that it was compiled in 2013. For update firmware you could check ...


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The first part G930FXXU2EREM is the "serial" for this ROM. The second part G930FOJV2ERE8 is the "serial" for "previous" ROM (i.e. before an OTA update). TUR is a region code, this case it's Turkey. So you can think it's: {to}-{from}-{region}.zip


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Android uses GUID Partition Table (GPT) as its partitioning system which is possible to modify using tools like parted and gdisk. But there are a few constraints I can think of, other than the OTA problem you have already mentioned: Android devices with A/B partition scheme have many partitions in (_a/_b) pairs including system, vendor, aboot, sbl and modem....


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Is the firmware really stored in another eMMC than the Android firmware? No. Baseband firmware, kernel and userspace Android are all stored on the same eMMC (there might be some exception but I don't know of). Some SoCs have boot area partitions which are somewhat isolated at hardware level (usually used for bootloaders) but technically those are also on ...


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1) You can boot into TWRP recovery from fastboot fastboot boot twrp.img 2) Then you can backup your whole emmc from adb adb pull /dev/block/mmcblk0 Does /dev/block/mmcblk0 include my internal storage, my app data, contacts, sms, wifi passwords, bluetooth pairings, system settings etc? Have you personally tried that method on an encrypted device? It ...


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Summing up from the comments: No "reset" will ever roll back any system updates applied. For that, you would have to re-flash the original ROM. For the device to show up with adb devices or fastboot devices, you must have your computer configured accordingly. If your computer runs Windows, you will need a special driver (Koush's Universal ADB driver might ...


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According to the manual for your tablet, there should be a "Reset" button. Try holding it while powering on the tablet and see if it boots into special mode (recovery) that lets you perform a reset.


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"Fastboot" is another name for the bootloader. On the devices I've used (Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 5, Nexus 10), the bootloader is stored in a partition called "bootloader", and you can use it to overwrite itself by running fastboot flash bootloader (filename) from a PC. Overwriting the bootloader partition with something that isn't a working bootloader will ...


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It depends and differs by the mobile manufactures. For Sony, Samsung and Motorola devices you can find in Settings > About phone > Build Number. If you have a Samsung device you can also check the version of firmware you currently have by dialing *#1234#. In HTC devices it will be under Settings > About Device > Software Information > ...


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To answer the question, no. It's not possible to extract firmware without having an unlocked, rooted Moto G. To help with your original problem, see this thread on xda-developers forum (assuming you are talking about the original 2013 Moto G, and not the newer 2014 model.) It has step-by-step instructions for flashing stock firmware onto Moto G. It links ...


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This indicates that you are using the wrong file for your phone model.


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Huawei P8 Lite: This is the basic model; design, UI and features are usually assigned to the model name. ALE-L21/ALE-L04: This is the specific model; depending on carrier, location etc. This is often used for determining different revisions of one model and specifies the firmware that needs to run on the device. hi6210sft: This is the internal product name ...


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Take out the battery while it is plugged up into a lap,computer or maybe the wall. Then leave it out for a few seconds,a battery with a red exclamation point should show up and that is when you insert the battery and turn it back on.


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Modular may offer official long-term support Not quite ready today are modular phones, like that for Project Ara. Be aware that the schedule for modular phones has already slipped by years, so I would still treat the dates as questionable. Due to their modular nature, the expectation is that they will continue to be supported for a long time. Update: ...


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Other answers mention that aftermarket distributions can provide you with security updates. This is only true to some degree. They usually integrate low level-code (proprietary blobs) from the manufacturer and those parts don't get updates after support from the manufacturer ends. The same is true for firmware bugs of hardware components. (e.g. Broadpwn) ...


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Are updates digitally signed before being shipped? Yes, updates are cryptographically signed by the publisher. This is to ensure the integrity of the update, both from unintentional corruption during the transmission, and willful manipulation from an attacker. Who signs the updates? Is it Google? That depends on who publishes updates for your phone. If ...


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Once you get to the USB logo, press the volume up and down together once and it should bring you into recovery.


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The way I understand it is that the baseband or radio partition is firmware used by the baseband processor, which is physically different from the application processor. The BP also has its own RAM and communicates with the android kernel via a process called the RIL (Radio Interface Layer). When you install/update a new ROM this should not touch the ...


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No. When new Android versions are developed by Google, they use the Nexus devices to test and develop them. They co-operate with the vendors of the different hardware and software components inside the device so that all the necessary driver changes will be ready for the new version, and they only announce it when the updates are already available for Nexus ...


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Same problem, contemplating throwing away and buying a new one. But mine was previously encrypted for work, flashed a new GoldenEye rom, and when I booted it asked me to decrypt the phone. I put the old pw in but since the "answer" file was lost, the decrypt failed and the cellphone rebooted. Same behavior when I put in a pw I KNEW was wrong. So I have ...


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Some Disambiguation: ICS is abbreviation of "Ice Cream Sandwich," or Android 4.0.x release. Bootloader is code that runs before the operating system even starts. See more details here: In literal terms, bootloader is code that is executed before any Operating System starts to run. The concept of bootloaders is universal to virtually all Operating ...


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The answer is almost definetly no. Although there might not be much difference between the models, there are bits that are different. These bits won't work. Other bits may depend on these bits, and they won't work either. The baseband and radios might work fine, but the rest of the mismatched components will lead to, at best, a soft brick. I have a Moto G ...


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It's a known issue on Samsung phones. When an update is interrupted or fails for whatever reason, the phone will not boot in either normal or recovery mode, and will present the "Firmware upgrade encountered an issue..." error. The solution is to start the phone in Download mode (usually by holding the Volume Down button while powering it on from turned off ...


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