Tag: Android

Unofficial Project Treble for Xiaomi Mi A1 completed

Project Treble is one of the greatest things to happen to Android. A change in the architectural model, separating the Android operating system and device-specific code. This provides greater autonomy for the developers of a particular device. Now, Project Treble has been successfully ported to the Xiaomi Mi A1.

Status Report 2015.5.18

Things have been quiet here lately as I’ve a high workload at my day job and am very dedicated to it, so I thought it a good idea to share semi-regular summaries on what I’ve been working on; if only to remind any readers that I am indeed still alive and wheels are turning.

Unpack / Repack Mstar firmware binaries

Mstar Semiconductor are a relatively-new player in the ARM eLinux/Android world, probably best known today for SoC’s that power budget-orientated smart TV’s from Kogan and ALDI and the like. Over the last few years they’ve had significant growth, especially since the launch of the impressive MSO9180 chipset which powers devices such as the Xtreamer Prodigy 4k. Up until now there has been no way for the general public to unpack (disassemble) and repack their firmware bundles (i.e. MstarUpgrade.bin) – hackers rejoice, now you can!