WeTek Hub Amlogic S905 TV Box Gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow Firmware

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Amlogic S905 TV boxes are currently running Android 5.1, but a few are now getting Android 6.0 support including MXQ Plus, and soon K1 Plus. VideoStrong refused to provide the firmware for MXQ Plus as I did not own the box, but WeTek has already provided their latest beta Android 6.0 firmware to testers and reviewers working on WeTek Hub, which I plan to review next week with Android 5.1 first.

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The main changes with Android 6.0, beside the expected better performance, are support audio HAL 61937 pack allowing HD audio pass-through on all apps, as well as Microsoft PlayReady 3.0 permitting Ultra HD 4K DRM video streaming.

Eventually, Android 6.0 update will be available through OTA, but currently the beta firmware (DB-J9-wetekhub-marshmallow-ota-2016-07-06_12-00-03.zip) needs to be copied to a micro SD card, and update through Recovery after wiping data and media.

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BCatalin
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So its possible to receive an update for MXQ PRO+ ? Will be great if it will come with fixes for all the bugs it currently have.

mo123
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mo123

@BCatalin
The MXQ Pro+ was discontinued by the manufacturer according to all the posts on freaktab.
So I won’t count on it getting any updates and there are also several clone versions of the MXQ Pro & + versions which will cause further problems.

Mr Netflixer
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Mr Netflixer

A thorough review of the WeTek Hub I would think must included its Dual Boot Android, OpenELEC- LibreELEC Kodi capabilities.
The Kodi reviewer hdmkv, achieved outstanding HD and Multichannel Audio results it seems with a v7.0.2 of LibreELEC recently.
Seems like a first for PCM Multichannel Audio output using LibreELEC Kodi on any AMLogic platform according to the developer. DolbyVision video decoding as well.
http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=280406&pid=2366755#pid2366755

arprip
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arprip

Here it is.

DB-J9-wetekhub-marshmallow-ota-2016-07-06_12-00-03.zip

https://mega.nz/#!hUwE2ZTD!0BB64QcFhyNlTpBs3xuy2tUW_togFz7dbnZYLaP7fUA

Hulk Hogan
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Hulk Hogan

BCatalin :
So its possible to receive an update for MXQ PRO+ ? Will be great if it will come with fixes for all the bugs it currently have.

Lol I had one of these Junk-Boxes too. Sold it as quickly as I could. I bet it will never get any firmware update or something like that.

Emanuel
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Emanuel

@BCatalin
I’m running the sd-robots firmware and I couldn’t be happier. It took me a while to get it flashed, but now I’m not looking to update this thing anytime soon.

Katalin
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@Emanuel
Cool any instructions on how to do it ?

glyn
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@arprip, the firmware disappeared. Any new?

pégaso
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pégaso

mo123 :
@BCatalin
The MXQ Pro+ was discontinued by the manufacturer according to all the posts on freaktab.
So I won’t count on it getting any updates and there are also several clone versions of the MXQ Pro & + versions which will cause further problems.

I think not because he had an update June 7:
http://androidpc.es/blog/2016/06/13/firmware-para-tv-box-mxq-pro-con-soc-s905-07-06-2016/

BCatalin
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Yes the link is valid. I’ve downloaded the file and I will update the box ASAP.

Thanks everyone…

Katalin
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@cnxsoft
Thanks, But I don’t get the SMS for overseas account to be able to register to baidu.com and get the firmware. There is another service for file sharing ?

ayman shararah
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ayman shararah

HI
I WONT DOWNLOAD the new software for ki plus amlogic s905 dvbs2/dvbt2
android 6.0
u can gev me link to download it the new software
thanks

Android 6.0
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Android 6.0

K1 Plus also has Android 6.0, but i cannot find where to download it. On GB see K1 Plus TV Box EU PLUG BLACK 157339703 Android 6.0 Amlogic S905

Android 6.0
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Android 6.0

By georgi kolchev Jun-23/2016 02:06:39

Question:
So its android 5.1 or 6.0 , and DC 12 V on pictures ot DC 5 V on discription ????

Reply::
Thank you for your inquiry.

It is android 6.0,DC 12 V .

Fossxplorer
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Fossxplorer

Anyone can confirm is this can refresh the usefulness of MXQ Pro+?

BAG
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BAG

i’ve emailed VideoStrong and received a link for k1_plus android 6 firmware (KI_PLUS-ota-20160627.165102.V0515). it took several hours, but i was able to upgrade from acemax firmware (KI_PLUS-ota-20160311.094759.V1031P2).

the issue was that the previous ro.product.device=p20x, and the new firmware has a check in “META-INF/com/google/android/updater-script” (inside the zip) that makes sure ro.product.device == “ki_plus” or else it fails.

first i modified /system/build.prop using buildprop editor app. side note: i gave up making /system writable with adbLink. the value held after reboot, however at bootloader it was still equal to p20x.
next i unzipped the firmware; removed the check in updater-script. rezipped; renamed zip to apk. signed apk using “apk-easy-tool-v1-02-windows-gui”; rename apk to zip. this method signed the zip properly including a zip-comment “signed by signApk”.

if the zip file is just modified without re-signing, the update will fail “E:failed to verify whole-file signature”. i also tried signing with a signApk.jar (https://github.com/appium/sign) and that failed as well “E:footer is wrong” — in that case there was no zip-comment added.

post-flash notes:
a) kodi is still 15.2 (same as 20160311 android 5.1.1 release).
b) have not tried antutu video tester 3 yet.
c) HDMI CEC option has disappeared but it seems to be enabled by default — i.e. device turns off if TV is turned off. TV turns on when device is turned on.
d) ro.product.otaupdateurl was set to “http://52.30.154.186/otaupdate/update” in the android 5.1.1 release which is dead. OTA update never worked in 5.1.1. it is now set to “http://update.szbboys.com/otaupdate/update” which seems to work. maybe try that route?
e) on boot the following message pops up 3 times: “Unfortunately, Phone and Messaging Storage has stopped.”
f) still sifting the android log (logcat) via adbLink.
g) google widevine still at L3. no microsoft ready DRM.

BAG
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BAG

performed factory reset.

RE:
a) kodi is now 16.1
b) similar to before: 3 formats partially supported, however score increase from 915 to 935. not smooth: mp4/aac/avc, mp4/aac/mpeg-4, webm/vorbis/vp8
e) message no longer appears
h) AirPin is now Pro, instead of Lite.
i) root checker reports device is rooted but superuser never asks for root confirmation. apps do not seem to receive root privilege.

Wolf
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Wolf

Would this firmware work for this box called H96 Plus? It has amlogic s905 too and looks like a MXQ+ Pro:
http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_365935.html

Katalin
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Looks identical with the MXQ+ Pro. But my advice is to look for other players.

Ivan
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Ivan

Hi @BAG

I need help.I have problems this firmware.Maybe send my your firmware.

Thxxxx
BR

BCatalin
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I also want it, maybe I can make this box to work.

Stane1983
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BAG :

i) root checker reports device is rooted but superuser never asks for root confirmation. apps do not seem to receive root privilege.

Marshmallow on Amlogic SDK is advised to be built as userdebug (based on sources I have), which means core su binary is on system. To get real superuser, download SuperSU from playstore, start it and perform normal install (not TWRP/custom recovery).

Wolf
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Wolf

@Katalin
The box was already in the way when I saw your comment but it’s here
It came somehow with a latest firmware:
build number: p201-userdebug 5.1.1 LMY47V 20160702 test-keys

The main menu, is the same one on MxPro+ boxes where Iron Man is touching the ground and a girl has headphones.
It has got to be the same firmware that they are using on the MxPro+ isn’t it? So they should be compatible?

Kernel is lushen-pc 3.14.29

Gadgetmaniac
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Gadgetmaniac

@BAG
That’s cool! Can u share your 6.0 build u succeeded to upgrade, please. Many guys and I either ))) have ki plus and want to upgrade. Woohooo!!!)))

ayman shararah
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ayman shararah

Hi Please help I need the software update online Fund to get another update when available thank you ///ki plus t2s2///

gr3n4din
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gr3n4din

@cnxsoft
load the firmware on mega

BAG
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BAG

two issues so far:
1) time is intermittently not NTP synced on boot-up. it is not remembered either — it’s dated back to 2014 every boot until time is synced. when this happens any secure connection fails.

2) kodi crashes at least once per session. not sure if it’s an add-on. i have about a dozen tombstone files in /data/tombstones. also, they may be uploaded to DropBox based on the following message in the log (i do not see the device send a dropbox DNS query however):
BootReceiver: Copying /data/tombstones/tombstone_06 to DropBox (SYSTEM_TOMBSTONE)

i’ll ask VS whether i can redistribute the firmware files. in the meantime, try remounting /system as RW; then modify build.prop to edit ro.product.otaupdateurl (d). not sure if it’ll work, but worth a try.

Ivan
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Ivan

Hi @BAG

Please reshare firmware for all

BAG
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BAG

hmm. i was told it is public firmware.
i’ve created a torrent. not sure how to neatly post a magnet link.

torrent hash is 461d447f3ff513204094bc01a207882944c33d26, from any of these trackers: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ngosang/trackerslist/master/trackers_best.txt

PS> read info.txt to DL only what you need.

gr3n4din
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gr3n4din

hier on yandex
MXQ Plus Android 6.0 firmware:

https://yadi.sk/d/ZZ0I99bNtbL2e

arprip
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arprip

@BAG
Can’t download it by torrent software
Is this magnet
magnet:?xt=urn:btih:461d447f3ff513204094bc01a207882944c33d26

No real download action start even click on start on this magnet in utorrent
( I had also add trackers that you had said them )

Katalin
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@gr3n4din
Thanks. Just downloaded it. Need to figure out how to apply it.

rose
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rose

@BAG
Could you provide an alternative download link? Uploading it to mega.nz for example? The torrent is superslow.

BAG
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BAG
BAG
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BAG

@rose
i’ll look into mega.

which firmware are you looking for?

1) KI_PLUS-ota-20160622.190607.V1031P3(android5.1).zip
>> original VideoStrong android 5.1.1

2) KI_PLUS-ota-20160627.165102.V0515(android6.0).zip
>> original VideoStrong android 6.0

3) KI_PLUS-ota-20160622.190607.V1031P3(android5.1)_nocheck_signed.zip
>> modified to remove device check (see below); android 5.1.1

4) KI_PLUS-ota-20160627.165102.V0515(android6.0)_nocheck_signed.zip
>> modified to remove device check (see below); android 6.0

if you try the original VS firmware and the update fails with the following message:
This package is for “ki_plus” devices; this is a “p20x”
it is because your device is defined as p20x in /system/build.prop:
ro.product.device=p20x

then try the modified firmware, which has removed the device check in “META-INF/com/google/android/updater-script” inside the zip.

BAG
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BAG

to clarify.. the firmware i’ve posted is for k1_plus, NOT MXQ.

be cautious of using the no_check firmware — it does not check for >correct< device before writing firmware. for me this was required because my k1_plus device was reporting itself as p20x.

i have not figured the difference between p20x and ki_plus. they seem to be interchangeable.

also, you may want to upgrade to 20160622.190607.V1031P3 (android 5.1.1) first and then upgrade to 20160627.165102.V0515 (android 6.0).

had i known the torrent would be so slow, i would not have bothered.

DL the INFO file, read and go from there. it includes the mega link to the folder with all the firmware.
https://mega.nz/#!5gJAyQRB!Wo_eJnVTTH_RapzztZfpYjjR8ltxs9okR6PPbhU7rMk

carlo
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carlo

Hi Bag this k1 plus firmware Works with ki plus DVB t2 s2 ?

arprip
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arprip

@carlo

Thanks BAG’s files.

I had unpacked them and checked there is no th_dtv.apk for turner.
So they are pure K1 Plus FW which can not used on K1 plus with turner hardware box.

rose
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rose

@BAG
Thanks. I flashed it and it works.

Could someone how still has the 5.1.1 firmware installed do a backup of it and upload it? This would be awesome.

About root, superSU tells me that there is no binary installed. I will have a look into it.

BAG
Guest
BAG

@rose

Stane1983 :
Marshmallow on Amlogic SDK is advised to be built as userdebug (based on sources I have), which means core su binary is on system. To get real superuser, download SuperSU from playstore, start it and perform normal install (not TWRP/custom recovery).

su binary is small, with owner root:shell. you can run su under adb shell to gain root access, but not in UI. there’s even a superuser.apk installed.
i did try running SuperSU app with normal install but it fails. it seems to get a bit further if /system is RW, but no go.

RE:OE firmware
my box came with KI_PLUS-ota-20160104.145228.V1031P.
found a reference to it here. i had upgraded to acemax KI_PLUS-ota-20160311.094759.V1031P2. it can be DLed from acemax.

how stable is kodi for you?

rose
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rose

I was even able to get rw on the system but root checker was not able to see root access at all.

About kodi, I did not try it under 20160627 because there was DTV missing but using it with openelec works great.

Could you Upload a picture of the schematic of your usb cable? I thought about building one.

rose
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rose

@BAG
I’m now on the firmware from 20160627. I found that I can not boot anymore from the sdcard when pushing the button on the bottom with a toothpick. Did you see the same?

But I somehow need to boot from the sdcard. How can I revert to a previous firmware?

rose
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rose

I managed to go back to the firmware 20160606. Does anyone else have troubles to boot from sdcard after updating to 20160627?

Ivan
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Ivan

@rose
I have the same problem.And problem so only free storage 4.5Gb

BAG
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BAG

i used USB to upgrade. i have not used SDCard function.

how about 20160622 firmware?
since downgrade is possible i think i will try that, if reinstalling kodi doesn’t work.

rose
Guest
rose

@BAG
To downgrade via the recovery one has to remove the check within the “META-INF/com/google/android/updater-script”. There is one checking for the date. Normally you are not allowed to go back to an earlier one.

The 20160622 does not contain DTV in the name, so I guess there is no DTV app? All other firmwares contain the DTV in the firmware name. For me the box renders useless without dvb.

By the way, I can’t believe that this is a public firmware. There is no root and also all the preinstalled applications from 5.1.1 are missing. But this is only my opinion. I wrote VS an email but I do not expect to get an answer.

Niiya
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Niiya

And the MXQ Pro 4k?

simo
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simo

@rose
plz how you do to return to 20160606 whit dtv i have a big problem now i can manage my dvb 🙁