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Having fun with the ZT-180 (introduction, my story thus far, and thanks!)

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Hi guys,I have be lurking on here (and a few other forums) while I awaited the arrival of my ZT-180. I finally received it Friday and have been doing some hacking to make the device better. This is my first experience with Android and it has been great fun learning the platform a bit. Still much to learn...First of all, thanks to all the guys who have provided all the awesome information on this site! I see many of you on other forums as well. I owe a few of you a beer or two already;) For all the newbs, there is a lot of info on this site if you search and read. I was able to accomplish all the below without asking a single question...the info is out there you just need to find and learn.As a quick intro about myself. I am a professional .NET developer (commercial product used by several fortune 500 companies) and have experience on many platforms over the years (Commodore VIC-20/64/Pet, Apple IIE, IBM 8080 DOS, Novell, Linux, AS/400, iPhone, iPad, and of course Windows). Hence my screen name "motley".I used the following vendor on and had a pleasant experience (no other experience or connection with this vendor or Aliexpress in general, so YMMV). Wholesale android pad Product-ZT 180 PadWhat I have done so far:
  • Installed 0804 ROM since I received 0708 (reports on 0809 seemed shaky)
  • Downloaded Android SDK and learned how to use ADB over IP.
  • Installed Superuser.apk and granted root access
  • Changed the boot animation to the popular one
  • Installed YouTube.apk v130 (easily watch yt vids from the browser like on my iPad/iPhone)
  • Installed AndAppStore v1603 (about the same as SlideMe it seems)
  • Installed misc apps using app stores, ADB, SD micro/TF, and USB 8GB thumb drive. Learned by self discover that .apk files are just zip files with a defined file
  • Wifi - added razor blade as heat sink, soldered in an enhanced 3 inch loop antenna, did TX hack, I set my TXPOWER = 50 after trying 20 for awhile after still experiencing dropout. It is more stable now than ever before, so we'll see how it goes.
  • Installed Autostarts v13. This is a must to keep all the crap from starting up at boot time.seems to be working but not yet convinced)
  • Installed
  • Installed Autokiller v63 (File Expert v43 and mounted Windows shares using SMB. Not sure how useful this is quite yet, but I can mount my share and view images. It won't stream video over SMB, but I can move files to the SD card and then play from there.
  • Installed the enhnaced with JIT. Seems to be more stable now. I used the instructions from the Pandigital forum.
So far, I am having fun with the device. For $205 shipped, it was a good buy for this hobbist. Hopefully the firmware will keep getting better and it will be more stable for the average user.My next step is to start experimenting with video and the different formats I can use. Some MP4 videos I have played in Real Player have video, but no audio. In the youtube app, I have audio from both speakers. If anyone has good tips on setting up codecs etc. for this device, please point me in the right direction!Look forward to participating in the community. Thanks again for the valuable on here so far!motley
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vasya;38535]Hi said:
Thanks. Sorry,I don't have a 3G USB device, so I can't answer this for you. I would think Linux would be possible for a skinny version to run on this device since Android's kernel is based on Linux, however I'm not sure how much work it would take for someone with expertise in this area of development. I heard some are going this direction and I might be interested if the touch screen and wifi works well. For me, I'm most interested in seeing Android getting more mature and more stable on this device. There are definitely still some issues to be worked out and many seem to be at the kernel/driver interface level.
rockwater;38712]I would not use everrising said:[/url]Pictures are worth a thousand words!
Yep, like I said YMMV with this vendor and other vendors on Alliexpress. When I purchased around the same time frame (~July 31) their vendor page on the site said it would be 10 days to process and ship even though it said "stock" as well. It took her about 7-8 days to ship and then it took 5 days to get into my hands on August 13th. There is definitely a bit of a language barrier to communication with these folks, but she did pretty well answering all my technical questions and kept me informed on the shipping etc. When the CPU fiasco was going on, she volunteered to cancel my order if I wanted to even though she didn't advertise it herself as an A8 cortex. She even posted the newest firmware and sent me a link, so i can't complain about the service I got. I sent messages almost every day to communicate and keep them honest.Nice videos...I already watched both of the ones you posted. It's cool that the emulators are working well on this device. I used to be a big fan of MAME on the PC. I'm not much of a gamer these days, but I own a couple self-hacked PSPs (pandora battery hack), a Wii and an XBox360 and like to play games with the family now and then. I might have to check out the emulators you showed and fetch some ROMs to try.Hopefully there will be enough ZT-180's out there to keep development going for awhile. I just want this to be a stable MID with decent browsing, audio, video, and bookreader capabilities etc. I will then be able to concentrate on learning to develop Android apps on this device...this is my main drive.
ayman07;40488 said:
could you link me to youtube v1.3?
Here you go...this where I got it. Some other apps in there as
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