How to navigate your overseas manufacturer's website.
Before Google Translate we had AltaVista and BabbleFish.
Before AltaVista and BabbleFish we had the old fashioned "Guess and Click".
Before the Guess and Click we had used what we once called a Landline or fixed phone to call overseas.
Today it's easier to user Google and Bing translate than it is to call and use a translator.
I've used translators between the USA and Asia many times in my 32 years of IT.
Now with this article I hope you can learn how to navigate your new mobile devices manufacturers website like I do.
I'll be using Onda.cn because that the manufacturers of my v972 v1 tablet and the manufacturer I am ordering my v818 Mini from. (From a reseller that speaks English)
How to use Google Translate:
- Go to www.google.com
- Go to the website you want translated.
- Copy the URL of the foreign website.
- My Example link:
Once you have your main page to the website translated you can click within the translator and continue navigating the website.
Images with text are not translated but think about the layout especially if you are downloading from your manufacturers website.
It might be "Download Now" and "Cancel".
Let's try one page:
Example Link: http://www.onda.cn/Tablet/ProductInfo.aspx?ProductId=239
Paste that link into your Google search box.
Now under the main picture you'll see tabs.
- First tab, Product overviews.
- Second tab, Product Specifications.
- Third tab, Product downloads and updates.
- Fourth tab, Images
- Fifth tab, I have no clue, it's empty but most likely images or documents.
If you are like me and own your Onda v972 v1 tablet let's view the download tab.
You'll notice it is linked to shared files and folders.
The links are to mydrivers.com. It's important to save updates as you go. One day, you may not be able to find these versions. Or if you want to test the OEM or Manufacturers ROM these are the ones to use before you use a modified ROM.
Now, there are some brick walls in the mix.
I've seen my update 3.2.1 offer me a download manager from the Baidu website.
I'd rather just download the file directly mostly because I have no way of understanding the language within the downloader.
If you see the file: BaiduYunGuanjia_4.1.0.exe or something like that it's most likely the sites downloader. You are looking for the rar file or the download your manufacturer listed.
So when you clicked on the blue button you got the downloader, so I tried the other button which might actually say Cancel and it started downloading the rar file I wanted.
Be sure to read the file name!
If you don't know, ASK!
Now you know how I do it.
You can find forums online that link to different downloads.
I have followed many of them and found no real bad links just allot of dead links.
I'll always publish local links to my servers download folders so you don't run into dead links.
Be sure to always test the new OEM ROM before any Custom ROM of the same version number. You should see what the developer added or took out.
If you're upgrading and have removed apps be sure to use ROOT Keeper.
Last note: You might look in the header for a small link "English" many sites do offer translated versions.