MyPhoneExplorer 1.8.2: PC Suite For Android Huawei U8100/U8120

MyPhoneExplorer 1.8.2 maybe the only free PC Suite that work with Huawei U8100 that have been upgraded. I have try several PC Suite like the famous 91 PC SuiteMOBILedit!, Default PC Suite for U8120, and none of it work until I use MyPhoneExplorer 1.8.2.

The main reason that I want to use PC Suite is because I want to be able to send SMS messages while I'm on PC. MyPhoneExplorer 1.8.2 of course have that ability, it's also can be use for file transfer without unmounting the SDCard, Import or Export contact, save sms messages, access calender, create event, note, etc.


It's also can have the snapshot of our phone in real time. The menu is available on "Extras". With MyPhoneExplorer 1.8.2 you can manage your phone easily.

To be able to connect your phone with MyPhoneExplorer 1.8.2, you need to install Huawei Android Handset USB Driver v1.1 first if you have upgrade your phone to gingerbread or froyo.

Additional Informations:
MyPhoneExplorer 1.8.2 Download Link
Huawei Android Handset USB Driver v1.1 Download Link

Use Mp3 as Ringtone on Huawei U8100 Android Smartphone

This is my trick to use MP3 as a ringtone on my Huawei U8100 Android Smartphone. When first time I'm using Android Smartphone, I think there is no way to use Mp3 as a ringtone because there is no choice in Mp3 file to use it neither in Sound setting to browse file as ringtone.

Maybe there is more easy way to do this, but like I say this is my trick and didn't use a special applications to do this. All you need is installing Winamp on your android smartphone. You can find Winamp on market or download apk file and manually install it here.

After installing Winamp, play your Mp3 you want to set as ringtone.
Use Mp3 as Ringtone on Huawei U8100 Android Smartphone
In this example I use the song from "Simple Plan - Shut Up" as my ringtone. Just play it with winamp and click menu on your phone, then choose "Set as ringtone" that's all.

Additional Informations:
Winamp on Market
Winamp APK file

Install Google Apps (Gapps Signed) For Android

Google Apps (Gapps Signed) For Android are applications by Google for Android. There are many applications that very important from Google apps. All of you surely know "Market", this is one of Google Applications and much more applications.

There are several ROM that not included with Google Apps. So, before you upgrade your Android ROM, make sure it's included with Google Apps. If it's not, you can manually install Google Apps on your phone by download Google Apps or also called "gapps signed".

Install Google Apps (Gapps Signed) For Android
The previous post we have know how to upgrade Android Huawei U8100 to Gingerbread and to Froyo. You also have the link for many ROM that suitable with Android Huawei U8100. So, if you found no Market after flashing your phone, you need to install gapps signed.

To install gapps signed, there is no different with upgrade ROM except you don't need to wipe the data. For example, Let's start to install Google Apps on Huawei U8100 with Gingerbread ROM CyanogenMod 7.

What you need to install Google Apps?

How to Install Google Apps (Gapps Signed) For Android?
1. Make sure your MicroSD use FAT32 as file system, or format it if it's not.
2. Copy gapps signed file you have downloaded before to MicroSD.
3. Turn off your phone and enter the recovery mode by pressing "Call" + "Volume Up" and Power On your phone while keep pressing the button.
Upgrade Android Huawei U8100 ROM to Gingerbread ROM
4. Release the button when entering the recovery mode. Below is the ClockworkMod recovery looks like.
Upgrade Android Huawei U8100 ROM to Gingerbread ROM
5. Now choose "install zip from sdcard" and navigate to "gapps-gb-20110828-signed.zip" (gapps signed file)
6. Wait untill the flashing completed.
8. Choose "reboot system now" to reboot your phone to a new ROM.
9. Done. Now you can follow the on-screen instruction to sign-in to ypur Google Account.

Additional Informations:
Collection of Google Apps Download Link.
gapps-gb-20110828-signed.zip Download Link
Upgrade Android Huawei U8100 ROM to Gingerbread ROM
How to install ClockworkMod Recovery

Upgrade Android Huawei U8100 ROM to Gingerbread ROM

Android Huawei U8100 default ROM is Eclair. The previous post have explain how to upgrade Android Huawei U8100 Eclair to Froyo. If you have done that, you will have no trouble to upgrade Android Huawei U8100 to Gingerbread. There is no different on doing this, except the ROM file that we use to upgrade.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the later version of Android OS 2.2 Froyo. Gingerbread make many improvements from Froyo, such as refined the user interface, improved the soft keyboard and copy/paste features, improved gaming performance, added SIP support (VoIP calls), and added support for Near Field Communication, etc.

You can find Huawei U8100 Gingerbread ROM from here. For this example I will use Android 2.3.7 - Cyanogen Mod 7.2.0 RC0 - update 20 by joilaroi. You can visit the forum here or download the ROM here. Let's start!!!

What you need to Upgrade Android Huawei U8100 ROM to Gingerbread ROM?
  1. Android Huawei U8100 Smartphone
  2. ClockworkMod recovery
  3. Gingerbread ROM
  4. MicroSD
  5. Full charge of battery


How to Upgrade Android Huawei U8100 ROM to Gingerbread ROM?
First download ROM file from the link above, and make sure you have change recovery mode to ClockworkMod recovery.

1. Make sure your MicroSD use FAT32 as file system, or format it if it's not.
2. Copy the ROM file you have downloaded before to MicroSD.
3. Turn off your phone and enter the recovery mode by pressing "Call" + "Volume Up" and Power On your phone while keep pressing the button.
Upgrade Android Huawei U8100 ROM to Gingerbread ROM
4. Release the button when entering the recovery mode. Below is the ClockworkMod recovery looks like.
Upgrade Android Huawei U8100 ROM to Gingerbread ROM
5. Now choose "install zip from sdcard" and navigate to "cm-7.2.0-RC0-u8120-KANG-signed_update20a.zip" (ROM file)
6. Wait untill the flashing completed, then choose "wipe data/factory reset" and "wipe cache partition".
7. Go to "advanced" and choose "wipe dalvik cache".
8. Choose "reboot system now" to reboot your phone to a new ROM.
Upgrade Android Huawei U8100 ROM to Gingerbread ROM
9. Done, Now you can play TopEleven Football Manager and Angry Birds Rio!!! Enjoy.

Additional Information:
How to install ClockworkMod Recovery
Android 2.3.7 - Cyanogen Mod 7.2.0 RC0 – Huawei U8120 - update 20 Forum
Android 2.3.7 - Cyanogen Mod 7.2.0 RC0 – Huawei U8120 - update 20 ROM Download
Upgrade Android Huawei U8100 Eclair to Froyo
Install Google Apps For Android

Full Reset Android Huawei U8100 to Default Factory ROM

Full Reset Android Huawei U8100 to Default Factory ROM it's mean to reset all the changing we have made to our Android Smartphone to the default factory. It's also very useful if you have an error when upgrading your Huawei U8100 Android OS ROM from Eclair to Froyo or Gingerbread. 7PNSKK4TXEAY

I found this tutorial when I have problem after Upgrading Eclair to Froyo using CyanogenMod 6. It takes too long when boot, and stuck in Cyanogen boot image for several times. So I decide to reset it back to the factory default and using back Eclair than Froyo.

If you have any problem or think that the factory default is better, you can follow this instruction to Full reset Android U8100 back to the default ROM.

Requirements :
  • Huawei U8100 Android Smartphone :D
  • Full Charge of Battery
  • MicroSD/Memory Card
  • StockROM for Huawei U8100
  • Card Reader or anything to copy the StockROM to MicroSD

You can download StockROM for Huawei U8100 here (choose your nearest location) or here (USA StockROM from filefactory). Okay, you have all you need. Let's start!!

1. Make sure your MicroSD using FAT32 file system, if not, you have to format it with FAT32 filesystem.
2. Make a new folder on your MicroSD, rename that folder to 'dload' (without quote).
3. Extract the StockROM from the previous download. Find UPDATE.APP and copy it onto 'dload' folder on your MicroSD.
Full Reset Android Huawei U8100 to Default Factory ROM
4. Turn Off you phone. Place the MicroSD to your phone (if it's not already there)
5. Flash the new ROM by pressing "End Call" + "Volume Up" and Power On your phone.
Full Reset Android Huawei U8100 to Default Factory ROM
6. Don't release the button until the progress bar (Updating) shows up.
7. Wait until it's done. After updating your phone will reboot automatically to your default Huawei U8100 Eclair.
8. done!!!

Additional Informations:
Download StockROM for Huawei U8100 here (choose your nearest location) or here (USA StockROM from filefactory)

Upgrade Android Huawei U8100 Eclair to Froyo

Huawei Aviator U8100 comes with Android OS v2.1 (Eclair), but you can upgrade it to Android OS v2.2 (Froyo). You can upgrade Android OS by upgrading the ROM, and my favorite place to learn that is at [ROM] All Huawei U8100/U8110/U8120 ROM-s in one place xda-developers Forum.

Before you go for upgrading your Android, make sure you have a good reason do that. Because if you did something wrong, your Android Smartphone might be useless anymore. Did you have a good reason???

Okey, let's began to upgrade our Android Smartphone OS from Eclair to Froyo. First thing we have to do is make sure you meet all the requirements to upgrade your Android OS. The requirements are :

1. Huawei Aviator U8100 Android Smartphone
2. Memory Card / MicroSD Card
3. ClockworkMod Recovery or AmonRa Recovery
4. ROM File
5. Full Charge of Battery

Huawei Aviator U8100 recovery mode didn't support for upgrade OS from zip file, there for we need to install new recovery mode. I have use both ClockworkMod Recovery and AmonRa Recovery, and I'd prefer ClockworkMod Recovery. So please go to Install ClockworkMod Recovery for Huawei U8100 Android Smartphone for step by step instructions.

After installing new rocovery mode, the next thing is to download the ROM you want to use. In this tutorial I'll use [ROM][U81XX] Cyanogen mod 6.2.0 Beta 1. The ROM is in zip file.

Now you have your U8100 with ClockworkMod Recovery installed and have Cyanogen mod 6.2.0 Beta 1 ROM file. It's time to flash your Android Smartphone.

1. Format your MicroSD using FAT32 File system, or if it's already FAT32 just place the downloaded .zip ROM file to your MicroSD card.
Upgrade Android Huawei U8100 Eclair to Froyo
2. Turn off your phone and enter the recovery mode by pressing Call + Volume Up and Power On your phone while keep pressing the button.
3. Release the button when entering the recovery mode. Below is the ClockworkMod recovery looks like.
4. Now choose "install zip from sdcard" and navigate to "CM6-Beta-1.zip" (ROM file)
5. Wait untill the flashing finish, then choose "wipe data/factory reset" and "wipe cache partition"
6. Go to "advanced" and choose "wipe dalvik cache"
Note : You have to wipe all the data if you are upgrading the OS, but if you just change the ROM and not upgrading it, you can leave it all without wiping it. My recomendation is to wipe all the data even if you are not upgrading it ^_^.
7. Choose "reboot system now" to reboot your phone to a new OS.
8. That's it, Now you have your Huawei Aviator U8100 Android Smartphone with Android OS v2.2 (Froyo)

Additional Information :
1. Flashing Huawei U8100 back to Default Factory ROM
2. Install ClockworkMod Recovery for Huawei U8100 Android Smartphone
3. Download Link For Cyanogen Mod 6 Huawei U8100
4. Forum for Huawei U8100 ROM

Install ClockworkMod Recovery for Huawei U8100 Android Smartphone

ClockworkMod Recovery is ROM manager for Android Smartphone device. The default Huawei U8100 Android Recovery Mode just have 4 options and none of that option can be use for upgrading the ROM.

ClockworkMod ROM Manager is available on the market, but it's not compatible with Huawei U8100. Don't worry there is another way to install it on your Android. We can use fastboot to install recovery image to your phone. Okey, I'll explain the step by step tutorial how to install ClockworkMod recovery into Huawei U8100 Android Smartphone. Make sure you have all the requirements below.

1. ClockworkMod Recovery Image
2. PC with U8100 USB driver installed
3. Full battery charge

From my experience, the best version of ClockworkMod recovery that work with Huawei U8100 is version 2.5.1.8. I have use v5 but no luck to upgrade the ROM. Maybe there is any modified version for it sooner. Okay, let's try. I assume you have done nothing to your Huawei U8100 Smartphone.

1. Turn off your your phone and connect it to your PC with USB Cable. Wait until the driver installed successfully.
2. Press "End Call" + "Volume Down" and power on you phone while keep pressing "End Call" + "Volume Down" key.
3. Release it when the screen show the Huawei logo.
Install ClockworkMod Recovery for Huawei U8100 Android Smartphone
4. Now, extract ClockworkMod recovery image to any folder, navigate to that folder and execute (double click) "install-recovery-windows"
Install ClockworkMod Recovery for Huawei U8100 Android Smartphone
5. Command prompt window will appear and will disappear when it's done flashing. Now, disconnect your phone from PC and remove the battery for about 10 seconds.
6. Place the battery back and enter the recovery mode by pressing "Call" + "Volume Up" and Power On your phone.
Install ClockworkMod Recovery for Huawei U8100 Android Smartphone
7. Release the key when the screen become like this.
Install ClockworkMod Recovery for Huawei U8100 Android Smartphone
8. Done!!!

Additional :
1. Download Link ClockworkMod 2.1.5.8 for Huawei U8100 (include fastboot) Broken Link Just use this link = Fastboot CWM 5.0.2.7 + Driver For U8100
1. UPDATE!!! ClockworkMod Recovery 5.0.2.7 WORK ON HUAWEI U8100(include fastboot)

Huawei Aviator U8100 - The Cheapest Android Smartphone

Huawei Aviator U8100 is an Android SmartPhone with the lowest price. I buy it online for just Rp550,000 IDR (Indonesian Rupiah) or about $61 USD. I don't know anything about this phone before, I bought it from one community site in Indonesia, Kaskus.

Actually I'm interested with the price, how an Android Smartphone have a very low price. So I ordered Huawei U8100 from Kaskus FJB.

Huawei Aviator U8100 - The Cheapest Android Smartphone

Huawei Aviator U8100 come with Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair). This is my first Android phone so, I can't compare it with another Android device. Like other Android Smartphone, it has Wi-Fi enabled and also can be use to become an Wireless Access Point device with Wireless Tether.

The main reason of buying an Android Smartphone is to be able to access the internet anywhere at anytime. For that reasons, Huawei Aviator U8100 provide with GPRS and EDGE (2G Network), HSDPA (3G Network), WLAN and Bluetooth device.

This is the detail specification for Huawei Aviator U8100:
Click here for the full specs

Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • Android
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.23 x 2.24 x 0.54 (107.5 x 57 x 13.8 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.67 oz (104 g)
      the average is 4.4 oz (124 g)

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 2.80 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 240 x 320 pixels
  • Pixel density:
    • 143 ppi
  • Technology:
    • TFT
  • Touchscreen:
      • Yes

Battery

  • Talk time:
    • 4.50 hours
      the average is 7 h (447 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 10.0 days (240 hours)
      the average is 16 days (390 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 1150 mAh

Hardware

  • Storage expansion:
    • Slot Type:
      • microSD, microSDHC
    • Maximum card size:
      • 32 GB

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 3.2 megapixels
  • Camcorder:
      • Yes

Multimedia

  • Radio:
      • FM

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
      • Yes
    • Supports:
      • HTML

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA 3.6 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE
  • Satellite system:
    • A-GPS

Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Calendar, Alarm, Calculator, World clock
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, MMS, Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
      • Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.0, EDR
  • Wi-Fi:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • Yes
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device
    • Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer
    • Voice recording

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 15 Feb 2010
  • Scheduled release:
    • Q2 2010 (Official)