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FP1-EPO-Autoupdate

Automatically updates the EPO.DAT on the Fairphone

Automatically updates the EPO.DAT file on the Fairphone 1 within a given interval (defaults to 5 days). This fixes the 'EPO update failure' problem permanently, so no need to update it manually every 30 days. For information on why EPO.MD5 isn't fetched as well, see 'Background' below.

Usage:

  • You need to have EPO enabled first (in System Settings or EngineeringMode).
  • Download and run the app, click on 'Enable' and allow permanent root access.
  • If an update is required, it will be downloaded now. This may take a minute

and you will see notifications while this happens.

  • Wait for the status bar to become green and to display the current time.
  • Disable the original 'Auto download' to avoid problems (in System Settings or

EngineeringMode).

Tested with:

  • Fairphone FP1 with the 'Stock Android' and busybox
  • Alcatel Onetouch 997D with Android 4.1

Permissions: Needs root access in order to write the new EPO.DAT to /data/misc and to adjust permissions.

Background: The built-in EPO updater of the Fairphone (or other Mediatek phones) downloads the two EPO.dat and the checksum from an FTP server from Mediatek. However, the checksum is often calculated wrong by Mediatek. Therefore, the check of the .DAT file fails and the 'EPO update failure' occurs. See XDA Developer.

AntiFeature: Downloads and installs non-free binary/firmware provided by Mediatek.

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Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download. We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that.

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  • Version 0.8.2-rc1 (82) suggested Added on 2014-09-30

    This version requires Android 4.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • android.permission.ACCESS_SUPERUSER
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.

    Download APK 88 KiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 0.8.1-beta (81) - Added on 2014-09-21

    This version requires Android 4.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • android.permission.ACCESS_SUPERUSER
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.

    Download APK 88 KiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 0.8.0-beta (80) - Added on 2014-09-20

    This version requires Android 4.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • android.permission.ACCESS_SUPERUSER
    • view network connections
      Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • run at startup
      Allows the app to have itself started as soon as the system has finished booting. This can make it take longer to start the phone and allow the app to slow down the overall phone by always running.

    Download APK 87 KiB PGP Signature | Build Log