Mele A1000/A2000 Android 4.0 Image Released

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At last, a (semi-)official Android 4.0 release (and not a beta) for Mele A1000 and Mele A2000 media players has been released.

This release is based on AllWinner Android 4.0 SDK. You can download homlet_4.0_v1.0_20120609_dd.img.lzma or here and dump it to the SD card with dd (Linux) and Win32DiskImager (Windows). It is also available via Bittorrent.

There is also another image named homlet_4.0_v1.0_20120609.img.lzma that can be flashed via the Phoenix Utility, but the download link is not available anymore at the moment.

Here are the instructions in Linux:


Where you need to replace X in /dev/sdX by the correct letter for your SD card reader.
Now insert the SD card in your Mele, and wait until the LED stops blinking, remove the SD card and restart the device. Et voila!

The default language is Chinese, so you’ll have to go to the Settings to change the language to your preferred one. Google Play is available in this version.

Mele will probably release their own Android ICS firmware in the next few days or weeks, but this one seems perfectly usable.

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Metrox
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Metrox

Hello,

Good news ! I will test asap.

Just a question, there is a way to make my own image with a few preinstalled apps (flash, vpn client, live TV apps) ?

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ekimia
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Great news ! But was it built by mele ?

mac me
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mac me

he implies its not mele and says the mele one will be along soon … personally i prefer the mele one .. less (marginally) change of illicit code in it 😉

lezioul
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lezioul

Can’t wait to test this! (maybe tonite)

@ cnxsoft Thanks for the news!

haris sarwar
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haris sarwar

Thanks

ekimia
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Just Flashed my A2000 , it’s working great ! ICS is definitely better for TV use

ankhman
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ankhman

First, I would like to thank you for providing info on the MELE Ax000 systems. I thought initially about getting a R Pi , saw info about this system on the web. The MELE seems a good deal more capable and not all bare bones like the Pi. Ordered mine via Aliexpress but have not received the box yet.

Manageek
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Flashed it really easily on my Mele A1000. This rom is fully rooted, which makes it easyer to tweak and translate.
HDD and network work fine.

Manageek
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@ cnxsoft
Titanium Backup * Root is really great for this.

Dan
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Dan

I tried it out on mine as it’s quite nice, the new launcher is handy especially for remote users and it feels snappier too.

The File browser app seems a little more slicker in operation,t hey also have added a network browsing but it doesn’t seem to be working unfortunately, being able to access samba shares or DLNA servers natively through file browser would be ideal and make it much more easy to get access to media & comparable to existing boxes like a WDTV Live.

One other thing is AC3 audio working for anyone, it’s such a common audio format and it doesn’t work in this build on my device either, I’m just wondering is it my box or the software itself.

lezioul
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lezioul

@ Manageek

Do you try to install busybox? I’ve tryed on the original FW, but there was an issue (as if the system wasn’t really rooted).
I’m interesting in this in order to add nfs mount point from my nas (because if you try to play HD videos from cifs shares, using a file explorer, players can’t use hardware acceleration)

@ Dan
Cifs share from native file explorer didn’t work for me neither.
Regarding DTS or AC3, i really don’t understand… I think it must be a license issue as it even doesn’t work using software decoding.

haris sarwar
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haris sarwar

@ Dan

I have found a very simple solution for AC3.
Use AVS video remaker to convert ac3 to aac.
No re encoding is done in this only ac3 is converted to aac and you can also convert an mkv file to mp4.
http://baltagy.blogspot.com/2012/06/avs-video-remaker-v411144-portable.html
By using this i have converted all movies or songs with ac3 track to aac and now they can be played on mele without any problem.

Yongke
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Yongke

@ cnxsoft
I guess it’s a license issue. There is a audio (crack) patch for mele original 1.6 firmware which enables the AC3/DTS audio. Don’t know who guys made that patch, but it’s quite easy to use, just install & launch & click ‘crack’.
However I have not yet upgraded my A1000 to this ICS, so is there any body can try that patch to see if it’s working also for ICS?
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/37116164/audiopatch1.2.apk

e8hffff
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e8hffff

@ Dan

Getting audio problems here too, even from file on a usb HD plugged in. Also the WIFI connection keeps dropping.

This is not a production quality flash. Mele really needs to up their flash-rom quality.

Linux running hardware acceleration is so needed!

e8hffff
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e8hffff

Does anyone have a solution to save settings, so updating is easier?

Dan
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Dan

I gave the audio patch a try and it didn’t do anything I think it’s meant for the mele 1.2 firmware ?

Slightly good news is that a restart of the system and the network browsing in the file manager was now working and I could play videos direct from the NAS.

Not sure what the deal is with the AC3/DTS audio don’t most media players under Android use ffmpeg the open source codecs and don’t the Chinese usually ignore any licensing stuff too : ) Certainly other Android TV boxes don’t have the same problem Amlogic ones are fine with AC3 audio.

One last thing if anyone from All Winner is reading or whoever builds these Android images any chance of gamepad support, tried it and got nothing with Xbox 360 pad plugged in directly via USB then again it could have been me but support out of the box would be very nice.

Dan
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Dan

Just curious but is it possible to install this on non-Mele All Winner A10 devices ?

Lundman
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Oh come on! I’m *last* to find out there is an audio patch? Seriously?! 😉

BTW, the wired nic driver is terrible, I tried to improve it (and I did) but it uses CPU, so 1080p video will stutter. The WIFI sits on USB bus however, and if the signal is good enough, can play 1080p.

t.k.
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t.k.

MeLE has released Android 4.0 firmware.
http://e.weibo.com/2334593882/yq1sjskUJ
(Chinese)

note:
MeLE says “大家慢慢下载” 🙂

change language:
设置>语言和输入法>语言>select your language.

ekimia
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thanks , I always feel mad that chinese manufacturer deliver their updates on bad filesharing sites.

Anybody already created a torrent ?

t.k.
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t.k.

@ t.k.
Additional information;
I can’t play videos on this version. Only Audio on videos is played.
Only MX Player S/W decoder mode can play video.
I will install a former firmware.

t.k.
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t.k.

@ t.k.
Video has been played.
I used HDMI 720p 60hz on old firmware. It doesn’t work on new firmware.
I have set HDMI 1080p 60hz on new. It works.

nimeq
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nimeq

@ ekimia

http://www.mobile01.com/topicdetail.php?f=347&t=2680533&r=2&p=9

Post #89 has a link to google docs with android 4.0 軟件.rar

I have no idea how reliable this source is…

Dan
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Dan

@nmeq it is the same file, it has the Mele Android 4 official image and it works fine as far as I can tell but the Phoenix utility would not run for me in that android 4.0 軟件.rar so I just used existing version I had.

Here is another mirror on Skydrive with official Mele Android 4 and working Phoenix utility
http://sdrv.ms/N11Gzb

One other thing is that Mele seems to have not included the alternate launcher as seen in the screenshot of the prior firmware, it was a bit buggy so maybe that’s why they removed it.

t.k.
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t.k.

Android 4.0 firmware was once uploaded to the official site of MeLE on 30 June.
Official download page (Chinese): http://mele.cn/cn/web/down_list.aspx?cid=GJS

However, it has been deleted.
The reason for deletion is not explained.

Lundman
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Official image appears to still be there, with same filename as before. I have a mirror of the image on my storage area if that gives people more speed.

There is also an audiopatch 1.3 for it to do something with sound.

Draak
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Draak

Just installed the 4.0 image, but no luck in getting you tube to work, well I get sound but no video, iplayer doesn’t seem to be compatible either, anyone managed to get these working or have working versions of these apps?

Vishal Ghelani
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Vishal Ghelani

I’ve installed the official Mele Android 4 and I have the same problem. Sound seems to work find on MKV’s after running the audiopatch1.3 but NO video whatsoever, whether its xvid, mkv or flash.

Vish
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Vish

Ok so good news, the official Android 4 update has issues with Video but this A10 version of Android doesn’t so I thought I would have a go at installing this and patching it with audiopatch1.3. It works!!
MKV files play (video & audio) using this version of ICS and audiopatch1.3.. 🙂

Draak
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Draak

Vish :Ok so good news, the official Android 4 update has issues with Video but this A10 version of Android doesn’t so I thought I would have a go at installing this and patching it with audiopatch1.3. It works!! MKV files play (video & audio) using this version of ICS and audiopatch1.3..

Which version?

Vish
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Vish

This version, as in the version described in this thread (the Allwinner A10 version that was released on: http://rhombus-tech.net/allwinner_a10/hacking_the_mele_a1000/android/ (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65312725/homlet_4.0_v1.0_20120609.img.lzma)

Draak
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Draak

Vish :This version, as in the version described in this thread (the Allwinner A10 version that was released on: http://rhombus-tech.net/allwinner_a10/hacking_the_mele_a1000/android/ (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65312725/homlet_4.0_v1.0_20120609.img.lzma)

Cheers, just need to find a working version of iplayer now!

Greg
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Greg

I get no video with the official Mele ICS when using the supplied TvdPlayer and when using MX Player in hardware mode. However, MX works just fine in software mode. I’d wager that TvdPlayer is using hardware mode as well. I have yet to encounter any audio issues with homlet ICS or Mele ICS.

JZ
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JZ

@ Greg

Change video output mode to any of the 1080 settings and you will see video, default 720p does not work for some reason.

Vish
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Vish

You will encounter audio issues with most MKV’s with any Mele rom. For 1.6 firmware you can use audiopatch1.2 to resolve this and for both ICS versions (A10’s and Mele’s) you can use audiopatch1.3 to resolve this. I never got round to trying 1080p mode on mine because its only an HD Ready TV but I’m happy enough with my current setup (A10 ICS with Audiopatch1.3)

Ricardo Cunha
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Ricardo Cunha

There is a way to get source of this image?

Lundman
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Might not affect others, but I did some hacking on the wired NIC driver, and rebuilt the kernel so that I can now stream 1080p videos over network. I left my android kernel in my download area if others are experiencing the stuttering.

Lundman
Guest

Ah my bad, usually links are always banned.

My hacking is here: http://lundman.net/wiki/index.php/MeLe_A2000
and you can find any file I discuss here: http://www.lundman.net/ftp/mele/

I updated my Pull Request today, with NIC drivers that play 1080p without stutter, so I consider that adventure completed. For those who don’t want to wait, my build kernel can be downloaded and written to nandc. No changes apart from the NIC driver.

Kweker
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Kweker

Hi
I’ve tried the 4.0 image together with the android 1.3 audio patch file. Should all mkv files then work with audio? Also, I notice that when I put the files on a usb stick that all of them(the ones i’ve tested) all play with the installed player. But when I do a network cifs mount(with cifs manager) and play the same files over a network connection, that the player doesn’t recognize the format? Any ideas of what is a good solution to play all kind of video files over network shares?

hackandfab
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Hi, there is a mistake/bug on your code (it was on lundman’s page) instead of “sudo dd if=homlet_4.0_v1.0_20120609_dd.img.lzma of=/dev/sdX bs=1M” it should be “sudo dd if=homlet_4.0_v1.0_20120609_dd.img of=/dev/sdX bs=1M”

I’m becoming a fan of this blog 🙂