Sunday, May 20, 2012

Thunderbird 4S rooting , Play Store, Calendar and Contact sync fix


...or how to add an Google account.



First of all, you phone needs to be rooted:

Edit: Before you try this, please try this instead: CLICK


Download this:Thunderbird Root

Do NOT unzip it, copy it directly to your INTERNAL sd-card.

Your phone is off. Press and hold Vol(+) and Power, it will bring you into the recovery mode.


Select "apply update form sdcard"



Select the thunderbirdroot.zip




Reboot the phone. 

It should now have the Super User App installed:


NOTICE!!!! For some reason the icon will NOT show up in the stock "iOS" launcher, but it will, if you have an additional launcher installed, for example the Launcher Pro


Fixing the Google Account, Play Store, Calendar and Contacts Sync:


Download the missing Google apps here: Missing Google apps

 
Use the ES File Explorer to copy the google apps to the "system/app" folder and change the permissions of the apps.


 See this video for REFERENCE (skip the first 1,5 minute), this is a different phone but the procedure is the same:


Good luck and YOU ARE DOING THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Credit goes to: CLICK





67 comments:

  1. Hai, If have used this post with my goophone y5 and it works the same.
    My phone is now rooted.
    Great post.

    I have question: wel I have installed wp7 launcher.
    The launcher aint working 100%.
    How come I cant see other but the current lockscreen of apple ios theme.
    Am I able to change the apple lockscreen?

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    1. Hi :-)

      I don't know if it's possible to change the lock screen? I wouldn't know how? SORRY :-(

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    2. Hi Anonymous you can get the real Goophone Y5 root from this link. I Rotted my Goophone Y5 too from here. Just download the Root.zip folder and install it.

      http://www.dkmdesign.dk/?page_id=9

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    3. Hello ColonelZap,

      is there a native ICS firmware for that phone? Unfortunatly our admin wants us to set a lock-screen-pw with at least 5 digits and the iOS launcher supports 4 digits maximum :-(

      best regards and looking forward to your answer,
      Max

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    4. I've never seen an ICS firmware for this phone :-(

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  2. HELLO! IN WATH PAGE I CAN BUY THIS PHONE? I KNOW FASTCARDTECH BUT THIS PAGE IS NOT SAFE TO BUY

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    1. Sorry, I have no idea who else might be selling them?

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    2. take a look at epathtrade.com they are the best!

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    3. 101 percent safe if you buy on this site: www.aliexpress.com.

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  3. Very interesting, but, can i do the same on the gooapple V5 3g using this applications posted by you?

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    1. I don't think it'll work, the gooapple V5 3G is a completely different phone with a different CPU! Don't try it!

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  4. Brilliant. You are a genius. Many thanks for this.
    Gavin. Manchester UK

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    1. You're welcome, glad I could help :-) Enjoy your phone :-)

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  5. sorry to do the linking.. My site .. www.dkmdesign.dk - has reference for place to buy the Goophone Y5.. While there.. take a look at the GooPad as well :) :)

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  6. hi, I did all the steps but when I tried to turn it on with the volume and the power, it didnt do anything, now it doesnt turn on anymore........?????

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  7. Dear Colonel!

    My Phone has a problem. It crashes on calls made or received.
    I don't know if it's hardware, but would sure if I did a recovery in unit with the original ROM.
    By chance, you couldn't make this ROM here for us?

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    1. Hi :-)

      I'm sorry but I don't have a firmware for this phone. If I find one, I'll share it of course.

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  8. Got my daughters' Goophone Y5 on full android support thanks to this info with little to no knowledge about the subject ! Thanks a lot !!!

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    1. Glad I could help, thanks for the feedback :-)

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  9. Hi
    I have a question.
    I'm using the thunderbird 4S and I already rooted it thanks to you but the google account play store is not working. I still got an error "the application Google play store (process com.android.vending) has stopped unexpectedly". I have tried to clear the cache, clear data, Uninstalled and reinstalled the market without much luck. I have tried earlier versions of the the market with out much success

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    1. Hi :-)
      I really can't tell you what is causing this :-( Someone on the chinamobiles.org forum reported to have the exact same problem, so far no solution to be found. SORRY :-(

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  10. Ok thank you for your quick reply!!!

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  11. Hi ! I'm the father who rooted and "googled" his daughters' Goophone Y5 with your help from a couple of posting above. Again, thank you very much for that !

    Question though : does the Thunderbird 4S allow for location fix using only network/Wifi data and with GPS deactivated once it's rooted and "google'ed" ? The Goophone Y5 has a problem doing that and only works in Google Maps/Latitude if GPS is activated. It may sound daft, but I kinda miss that functionality.

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    1. Hi :-)
      No, it's not working. I am GUESSING there is still something missing in "my" fix above? Some sort of system app? Sorry, I really don't know :-(

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  12. I have a thunder bird 4s it says in the market to get a account with the device where do I enter the account in?

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    1. It should automatically ask you to either sign in or create a new account. Did you do the fix as described here?

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    2. Yes I did I. When I hit yes it takes me back to the home screen

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    3. That should not happen but I've heard that before from people who have a goophone Y5, not the Thunderbird. I really don't know what the problem is, SORRY :-( Have you tried to add a google account from the phone's settings, does that work?

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    4. Hi
      I have a thunderbird 4S and after installing the "com.android.vending-3.5.16.apk" from the "thunderbirdgoogleapps.zip" as told u above, u need to click on play google icon and it's automatically asking you to either sign in or create a new account. Like ColonelZap says. So it should work ;). But on my phone the google play stopped unexpectedly with an error. So good luck!!

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    5. Let me know when you fix it because i want to order it and the only doubt is that it hasn't the google play.

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  13. Hi colonelzap,i am interested to buy the best iphone clone.i choose the dami y5 but it is out of stock.The other options are the thunderbird 4s and the goophone y5.Can you please help me?

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    1. Hi :-)

      The best one I have seen so far is still the Thunderbird.

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  14. Yes but i saw before it has problem with the Google Play.FCT send the phone without the Google Play:/

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  15. Hallo ColonelZap,

    eine Frage kann ich dieses Tool auch für das Thunderbird 4S ICS mit Android 4.0 nutzen?

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    1. Hi :-)

      Ich würde es auf keinen Fall ausprobieren! Bin mir ziemlich sicher, daß das nicht klappt.

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    2. Hallo ColonelZap,
      gibt es schon eine Möglichkeit für das ICS? Habe mir das geordert. Aber ohne Root und ohne Google-Play wird das keinen Spaß machen.

      Grüße,
      michael

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    3. Hallo :-) Ich wüßte nicht, daß es für dieses Handy eine ICS Version gibt. Root und Google Play ist ja kein großes Problem ;-)

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    4. Also auch einfach wie oben beschrieben durchführen und Spaß haben?

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    5. Ja :-) Vorausgesetzt Du bekommst tatsächlich das Thunderbird und nicht das Goophone Y5 geliefert, denn dafür gibt es wohl eine andere Anleitung.

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    6. ja ich hoffe doch das cect-shop mir auch das bestellte versendet. das goophone y5 hat doch auch eine andere cpu drin.
      woran kann man erkennen welches phone man hat? ist es in den einstellungen orgendwo ersichtlich?

      grüße

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    7. hallo, habe das gerät am montag erhalten. es ist das thunderbird. rooten und anbindung zu google hat ohne probleme funktioniert.
      hab jetzt aber mal eine allgemeine frage zur bedienung. zweimal auf den homebutton geht ja aus dem aktuellen programm zurück zum desktop. ich habe mir den espier launcher installiert und auf default gesetzt. wenn ich nun aber in einem programm zwei mal auf home drücke komme ich auf den ursprünglichen launcher und muss espier erst wieder starten. kann das umgangen werden. ist sehr nervig.

      grüße

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  16. Hi again.i have a question about the thunderbird.In case of the Google Play can't install to thunderbird.if i connect the phone with pc and then download apps from https://play.google.com/store.Do you believe that the apps will install to the phone?

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  17. Is this compatible with HDC i9300 MTK6575?
    Does it works with this kind of phone?

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  18. Hi
    ColonelZap I would like to know how to copy the "google apps" to the "system/app" folder and change the permissions of the apps on a thunderbird 4S.
    I didin't find it a folder named "system/app".
    Could you help me.

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  19. Hi
    ColonelZap I would like to know how to copy the "google apps" to the "system/app" folder and change the permissions of the apps on a thunderbird 4S.
    I didin't find it a folder named "system/app".
    Could you help me.

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    1. Are you using the ES File Explorer? Make sure to get into the setting and enable the root access then you should be able to find these folders.

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  20. Hi Colonezap

    I would like to thank you for this GREAT post.
    The google play store is working on my thunderbird 4S now.
    I did it wrong the first time. I've tried to root my phone with the thunderbird root program, but it didn't work. So I used superoneclick. Then I did every step as told above and it finally succeed.
    Anyway GREAT POST!!!!

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    1. Congratulations and thank you :-)

      Super One Click worked? That surprises me! But hey, as long as it worked, eveything is fine :-)

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  21. I was playing a game on my thunderbird4s when the screen just went black and when I hit the power button it doesn't turn on. Do you know any way to fix it

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  22. adrian tried to open the phone and disconect the battery and put in back and the phone restore and turns on again...i hope this work for you?

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  23. Hi, I am new to all this rooting etc. Using a dumb phone and Linux since years... Why would I need the "missing google apps" Will it work nicely without?

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    1. Hi :-) Of course it also works without the fix but having the play store, calendar and contacts synch is a nice thing to have :-)

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    2. Can I get android apps on it without playstore? The synch is not so important for me, but I seriously need ssh and connectbot, and an ssh tunnel, that is, what I want to buy the phone for. I tested Android in a virtua box on linux and my setup works nicely, but ther IS playstore

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  24. Of course you can use alternative markets or install apps directly from your sd-card, that shouldn't be a problem.

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  25. @ColonelZap: On the internet there are 2 versions available. One with android 2.3 and the other one with android 4. Does your article about rooting works for both versions?

    The GUI shows apple OS but actualy the OS is android. How does that work? If you install an app from google play, can you place an icon on the apple OS? Can GUI be set on fully android? I like the looks of the iphone but I also loves the android OS. Is this a good phone then or are there phones with android only, but with all the other specs of the iphone (retina screen, metal body, glass...)

    Thanks for your expert vision

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  26. Hi :-)

    These intructions are for the Gingerbread version only.

    What looks like the Apple OS is just a build in launcher but of course you can also use different launchers. Icons will show up when you donwload something from the play store.

    I wouldn't know any non-iphone look-alike Android phone with the same specs (retina, etc.).

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  27. Will this work with the Thunderbird i5 Lte? How do I mount my internal sd card? I only see one sd card mounted on my Mac.

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  28. Don't try this with any other phone than the Thunderbird 4S, chances are you will brick your phone. And I'm sorry, I don't know about your sd card :-(

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  29. How sad. I really want to root and fix some things. It's a great phone otherwise. Feels like iPhone 5.

    How about my 3G problem. It stopped connecting to WCDMA after 3 days. Now it only connects to GSM.

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    1. Have you tried a factory reset? Maybe also enter your service provider APN setting manually?

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  30. Yes. I did factory reset. I entered correct apn. No signal bars at all with WCDMA. Unable to connect.

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    1. That's strange, because it worked before, right? Maybe a hardware defect? I don't hope so! Sorry, no idea :-(

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    2. When the phone is set to wcdma only, and I let it search for networks, the phone sees and lists the 3G network. But it cannot connect. Does that mean the hardware is ok?

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  31. i have the goohpone y5 i bought it from androidforcheap.com i just got it but the google play doesnt work! i just rooted it but the g play still doenst work! if i start it up it gives me a error and it shuts down the app! :( PLEASE HELP

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  32. hi,i have a problem with thunderbird i5s gold i bought from fastcardtech
    please help me.
    how can i root it?this root is suitable for my phone?
    my problem is that com.google.android.music force close and there is no sound to my phone.
    only with headphones i can hear sounds
    i think that if i root it, uninstall stock app and install it again it will solve my problem
    but first i need to root it.
    please help me.
    thank you

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    1. Hi :-) If I were you, I'd try to root the phone with framaroot V1.9.1 (on XDA developers forum).

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    2. ok i will try it my friend but i have one more question
      in a video i saw these instructions
      open framaroot 1.9.1
      select install SuperSU
      select Boromir or Faramir
      do you know which of these two is compatible with my phone?
      please reply.
      thank you

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