How To Upgrade Your Huawei P9+ to EMUI 5 (Nougat)

This post is intended for Huawei P9/P9+ owners out there who wont give a shit anymore to Huawei for their incapability of delivering proper Android update for their own products. This method might also applicable for another Huawei smartphone series.

Big thanks for TeamMT for dedicating their time to make Hw Firmware Finder app and also people in xda-developer forum.

In order to complete this tutorial, what you need to prepare are:

  1. Patient, big one, we’re dealing with Huawei here. Therefore, your battery should be at least 80% ??
  2. Internet quota for your smartphone, big one also, we’re dealing with big size files download. Average size could be 2GB++. Fast WiFi connection will be more helpful ?
  3. Decision whether or not you will buy another Huawei phone in the future?

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Met Tahun Baru & Met Ulang Tahun IPv6

Januari 20 tahun lalu, sebuah inisiasi pembaruan sistem IP diluncurkan dikenal sebagai IP versi 6 (IPv6). IPv6 ini jauh lebih mau dibandingkan dengan IPv4 yang secara defacto saat ini digunakan oleh semua orang, semua perangkat. Mengingat perkataan salah seorang dosen saya dulu serta trainer datacomm, metaforanya dengan menggunakan IPv6 setiap butir pasir di bumi ini bisa punya alamat IP masing-masing. Bandingkan dengan IPv4 yang bisa dibilang sudah kehabisan alokasi IP sejak beberapa tahun terakhir.

Nah, dalam ulang tahun-nya yang ke-20 ini apa sajakah yang sudah dicapai oleh IPv6?
Hmmm, sayangnya belum banyak sih. Data dari Google menunjukkan bahwa adopsi IPv6 masih di angka 10%. Hey but it’s good compared to 6% at the end of 2014.

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Selamat datang di iPhone & iPad, Mozilla Firefox

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Penantian panjang itu akhirnya berakhir. Mozilla akhirnya secara resmi merilis browser Firefox 1.2 untuk perangkat iOS yang meliputi iPhone, iPad serta iPod Touch secara global. Versi pertama dirilis sekitar bulan September 2015, tapi saat itu hanya untuk AppStore New Zealand saja. Yah, untuk test the market dulu lah.
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Fitur-fitur Firefox iOS kurang lebih sama seperti yang di desktop. Mulai dari sinkronisasi dengan Firefoxnya untuk mengakses history, tab, password serta bookmarks, tab management hingga private browsing.

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Hackathon Merdeka 2.0 – Toba #1

Laguboti, 24 Oktober 2015

2 hari ini saya mendapatkan kesempatan untuk kembali berkunjung ke Danau Toba. Bukan buat liburan kok. Kali ini saya dan Fay mendapat kehormatan untuk menjadi bagian kecil dari kegiatan Hackathon Merdeka 2.0 untuk wilayah Toba yang diadakan di kampus keren Institut Teknologi Del.

sumber: www.del.ac.id

sumber: www.del.ac.id

Asli kampus ini keren, bangunan-bangunannya yang eksotik, lapangan hijau nan rapi dan luas dan pemandangan spektakuler langsung ke arah danau toba dan pulau Samosir. Sayang sekali efek kabut asap yang melanda Indonesia, khususnya pulau Sumatra, beberapa waktu terakhir ini berimbas juga ke Tobasa. Selama perjalanan dari Medan menuju kesini, saya seakan berada dalam seting film horor. Kenapa? Permata, pemandangan sekeliling diwarnai dengan kabut asap dan hanya memunculkan siluet pepohonan. It’s mostly misty grey instead of beautiful green. Kedua, jalur lalu lintasnya lebih seram dari jalur pantai selatan Jawa :P Bahkan Danau Toba pun bisa dibilang tak nampak, tertutup oleh kabut asap ini.

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Managing Your Contacts with Firefox OS

Since the era of iPhone and Android, you’ll rarely heard cases about “losing contacts” because your phone was lost or just stop working. There’ll be no worry because you just need to get a new device, log in to your (gmail/apple id) account and voila! your contacts is restored. It’s so easy compare to Nokia/Blackberry era when you have to hook up your device to computer and do the manual backup as often as you can.

In this post, I will share about importing contacts from your Google account to your Firefox OS device.

1. Open your contacts app

2014-07-26-11-18-182. Click on the Gear icon on the top right corner of the screen. I have only 1 entry in my contacts.
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3. You can choose how your contacts will be displayed in order. Based on last name or first name. You can also sync with Facebook. Click on Import Contacts to start import.contact-2014-08-01-00-20-54

4. There are various sources of contact you can import from. SIM Card, Memory Card, Gmail and Outlook. I’ll use import from Gmail for this article.contact-2014-08-01-00-21-05-b

5. You need to log in to your Google account contact-2014-08-01-00-21-16

6. You need to confirm to start importing contacts from your Google Accountcontact-2014-08-01-00-22-10

7. Firefox OS is starting to look up your Google contactcontact-2014-08-01-00-22-18

8. Firefox OS will display all of contacts in your Google account. You can select which one you want to import. Of you can just simply select them all. You have to click on Import button at the top right corner yo start importing.contact-2014-08-01-00-22-43-b

9. Firefox OS is starting to import contact from your Google accountcontact-2014-08-01-00-22-53

10. Voila! You have your contacts populated in your Firefox OS device :)contact-2014-08-02-09-07-10

Exporting your contacts is a bit old school because you can only export your contacts to memory card of other devices via Bluetooth. I wish at least it can be export/copied to my Google / Mozilla account.

A Week with Firefox OS Flame

Firefox OS Flamedisclaimer:

  • I’m still using the stock version of the o/s shipped with Flame which is 1.3.0.0-prerelease
  • I haven’t hook the device up to my Mac and do something with either AppManager, AppMaker or anything else

Following my previous post about unboxing Firefox OS Flame, it’s now time write a little review about the device. I was using the phone for the past week, not doing much actually. Mostly i used it for making couple of calls (voice and ussd), browsing, trying some apps, taking screenshots and photos.

So here it is.

For a very young O/S, Firefox OS has done pretty well to serve the basic, as a phone O/S. The screen is bright and nice. I hate the vibrate-when-you-press-buttons so i’ve disabled it (did it too on my G2 and Mi3). It’s somewhat different than I am used to, but seem to work fine after playing for a while. The battery is so good IMO. It can be a day phone compare to … my iPhone 5 :) You can leave the Flame unplugged overnight after some playing around with it and it just cost you about 25% of the juice. I was using it in 3G GSM mode most of the time, not yet trying to use it for tethering.

Mail is one of my must-have app. And Firefox OS mail app is doing fine. Setting up account, fetching the mail and reading and compose. Right now, you can only attach video, music or photos from your gallery or taking picture with the camera.

 

As photographer and heavy Instagram user, I use camera a lot. Flame’s camera is decent enough to take pictures but not by my standard. It might be unfair because I’m using iPhone’s and G2’s camera so far. Well leave the metering filter and all the fancy things, it’s nice if you can at least pick your own focus instead of the “auto focus” offered by the camera app. You’ll now what I mean when you try it.

These are some picture i took. Indoor in CGK airport. The light was enough to take pictures without adding flash. And I was surprised that online exif viewer I used said the photos were taken at f/2.6 :) My Mac’s Preview app said it’s f/2.8.

Sample of EXIF reading

These are photos taken with my iPhone 5 for comparison:

Good thing is in Firefox OS 2.0 the camera app seems to have an upgrade. Rara showed me her Flame (which’s been upgraded to 2.0 nightly) camera app can do manual focus selection. You’ll see that green square box showed up when you touch a focus area in your screen. But still. the JPEG output still need a lot of work.

Apps.
Well like i said, i used the Flame for browsing. So i have nothing more to say about the browser. It’s Firefox anyway :D
I’m still using the stock apps. Camera, Messages, Facebook, Twitter and Market Place. Annoying part is when you run an ‘app’ there’s a time when you need to go back to the previous stage/screen of the app. There’s no Back button in place. Instead, there’s a tiny face down white arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen. You have to gently slide/touch it up to bring up the set of back-forward-refresh button.

I haven’t test the FM Radio yet.

The voice call is also crisp and clear. But the first major problem i’ve encountered was from the dialler app. I was filing a bug for not being able to make USSD calls using ZTE Open C with Firefox OS 1.1. Now in 1.3, the USSD feature is still buggy.

In Indonesia, USSD is the main course for operators to help their customer accessing their services. Because its menu driven view. My case was:
1. making USSD call to *888# (Telkomsel) to check my balance. OK, hung up.
2. after top up, make call to *888# again and hung up.
3. call to *363# to view the data related services offered by Telkomsel. browse along the menu, and found 1 menu taking too long to get the response. hung up
4. retry #3 and try different menu, found 1 menu too long to response. hung up.
5. retry #3 and after press call suddenly FFOS gave me session expired confirmation.
6. trying different USSD short codes, same behaviour appeared. Session expired message right after you press that green call button.

So i have to do the Blackberry way, take out the battery, wait for couple of seconds, put it back and turn the phone on. USSD back to normal. (????) :P

Once, i left the phone powered off for a whole night. When i turn it on in the morning everything looks normal. I saw the red Thundersoft splash screen followed by the blue firefox os boot up screen. But after that blank. Only a screen with that green grass background, no icons, no text, nothing. I’ve press all the buttons, slide up down left right still no changes. It went back to normal after i turned the phone off and wait for couple of seconds and turn it back on.

I also have a case when my SIM card suddenly not recognised. Back to normal after i set the airplane mode on, wait for couple of seconds and turn the airplane mode off.

Last update, when i’m writing this post, I call to *363#, choose menu #8 and then #1 to check my status, got Radio not Available. Then i enter 9, it should return incorrect keyword but i got stuck in “sending….” status instead. And it went like that for minutes until i took off the battery.

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Stuck in this state for minutes until remove the battery

*yawn* That’s all i can write this time. I think FFOS 1.3 still has many issues, specially the USSD and the O/S stability. I’ll try to play it around a little longer before decide to try the FFOS 2.0 nightly.

Anyone know how to import my Google/iCloud contacts to the Firefox OS contact?