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How to update your Onda v972 tablet firmware using the stock or modified ROMs offered online. Basic steps and advanced details can be found about the Onda v972 v1 updating process. I have tested each item in the post with my own Onda Tablet and will add my comments to the slight differences between firmware versions.

UPDATE: 3-22-2017!!!!
I've started moving MySmallCloud.Com and XtremeComputer.Com over to the Portal. 
This is going to be a slow process.
Your Onda information is going up herehttp://portal.mysmallcloud.com/kb/a2/onda-v972-v1.aspx

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Index and Summary: 

  1. Download OEM Factory ROM: I have made available all the OEM ROM from Onda here at my site MySmallCloud.Com. 
    The order is newest release to oldest. 
    These downloads are all OEM Factory Defaults. Most all newer ROM (3.2 and newer) are rooted. 
    If the OEM ROM is not root then download root.zip and install it using your update local option.
    Please do not link directly to my downloads from any other site.
    OEM ROM have all Chinese Apps. I will show you how to remove them.  
  2. Installation Guide OEM ROM: How to upgrade, update your Onda v972 tablet.
  3. Reviews: Short reviews regarding the new updates.
  4. Tech notes and Reviews: Short reviews regarding the new updates.
  5. How to guide removing Chinese apps

Be sure to have Phoenix Suit Version 1.08 By default it comes with the ROM download.

All versions are factory versions unless otherwise noted.

Android KitKat 4.4 for Onda v972 v1, v2, v3 Beta Released!

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Onda v972 V1

  • BETA: Onda v972 Android KitKat 4.4 Hardware V1 release date:
    • OS: Android 4.4.2
    • Tablet: Onda v972 v1
    • Release date: 11-20-2013
    • Phoenix Suit Packet: V1.0.8 
  • v3.3.1 v1
    • OS: Android 4.2.2
    • Tablet: Onda v972 v1
    • Release date: 11-20-2013
    • Phoenix Suit Packet: V1.0.8 
  • v3.2.1 v1 Android OS 4.2 Onda v972 release date: 
  • v3.0 v1 Android OS 4.2 Onda v972 release date:
  • v2.0 v1 Android OS 4.1 Onda v972 release date:
  • v1.3.5 v1
    • OS: Android 4.1
    • Tablet: Onda v972 v1
    • Release date: 3-8-2013
    • Phoenix Suit Packet: V1.0.6 
  • v1.3.3 v1 
    • OS: Android 4.1
    • Tablet: Onda v972 v1
    • Release date: 2-27-2013
    • Phoenix Suit Packet: V1.0.6 
  • v1.3.2 v1 (Not finding this file in my archives)
    • OS: Android 4.1
    • Tablet: Onda v972 v1
    • Release date: 
    • Phoenix Suit Packet: 
  • v1.2.1 v1
    • OS: Android 4.1
    • Tablet: Onda v972 v1
    • Release date: 1-31-2013
    • Phoenix Suit Packet: V1.0.5 
  • v1.2 v1
    • OS: Android 4.1
    • Tablet: Onda v972 v1
    • Release date: 1-15-2013
    • Phoenix Suit Packet: V1.0.4 
  • v1.1 v1 Beta
    • OS: Android 4.1
    • Tablet: Onda v972 v1
    • Release date: 1-11-2013
    • Phoenix Suit Packet: V1.0.3 
  • v1.0.2 v1 Official Onda Factory
    • OS: Android 4.1
    • Tablet: Onda v972 v1
    • Release date: 12-30-2012
    • Phoenix Suit Packet: V1.0.3 

 

If the ROM you download isn't rooted follow the instructions here in the installation guide root.zip install. 

How to update install ROM v972 firmware.

You will need to use a Windows PC to install the ROM using the Phoenix Suit version for your ROM.
Once you have updated your tablets firmware a few times you'll be an expert and only need a few steps as a reminder if anything. 

Start here after you have finished with your downloads from above.

  1. Shut down your tablet by pressing the power button in for 10 to 20 seconds. DO NOT check the Next Fast Boot option. You must have that option UNChecked.  
  2. Download your ROM from the download list to your PC.
  3. Extract the RAR file and you will find the following.
    • PhoenixSuitV1.08_CN.msi
    • V972 Core4_vX.X.X_vX.img
    • 必看【刷机教程】-.doc
  4. Install your Phoenix Suit software using this guide.
  5. Start your Phoenix Suit software on your PC. 
  6. Click on the "Anchor" Firmware symbol.
  7. Click the "Image" button to browse to the .img file you have saved to your PC.
  8. Connect your USB to Micro USB cable to your PC.
  9. Press and hold the HOME Button on your Tablet and then connect the Micro USB end to your tablet.
  10. Now press and release your power button once every second for 5 to 12 seconds or until your PC connects and strats upgrading your firmware.
  11. Click Upgrade. (This is so you can see the screens before you connect your tablet.)
  12. Click Yes to "Upgrade Firmware to Device?"
  13. No Device Attached! Click Ok.
  14. Jump to upgrade mode fails. Click Ok.
    • (this is for your information and how I upgrade)
  15. Read the instructions and carefully follow them. You will spend less time if you follow eac of them inlcuding holding your power button in for at LEAST 10 seconds. I recommend and have tested it's best to hold it for 20 seconds. If you open your computer manager > device manager you'll see the device status change. 

You will see the progress bar start to populate when your upgrade has started. Hold on, don't move the cable and don't panic. If you disconnect for any reason just repeat the steps and follow the popup instructions. 

Once you have upgraded your firmware add the root.zip by clicking on the "Update" icon (Arrow Up with Circle) from your applications menu and select "Local update" browse to your download folder and select the root.zip file.

If you didn't save the root.zip file or the newer version from Chainfire to your downloads folder on your tablet go ahead and do it now. You can use your PC to tablet connection (USB storage) or just add it to your external SD card and then transfer it to your download folder using file manager.

That's it, you should be set to go.
Test it with any application online. I know Weather Underground will not recognize the Onda v972 as a compatible device until you root it.  

@ End of my Beginners Guide.

 

@ Start of the Experts Guide.

This part is for those that know how to upgrade their firmware and know how to root their device.
I want to point out any major differences between the firmware upgrades here.

Chinese Apps: I use Titanium Backup Pro to uninstall apps that I don't need. You can use the free version as well.  
It's as easy as 1,2,3 and 4. 

  1. Run Titanium Backup (pro or free as long as you have root)
  2. Tap Backup/Restore
  3. Tap the application you want to remove and tap "Wipe Data" then tap "Un-install!"
  4. After you have un-installed all the apps you don't want shut down and restart your tablet a couple of times.

I've noticed a couple of things different between 2.0 and 3.0 and between 3.2.1

Note: You should also Google user experiences with the different versions. 
I have had great battery, HDMI and WiFi with the firmware version 2.0 it is running Android 4.1.1. 
I have had good to poor experiences with the 3.2.1 related to battery life. I do like the Android 4.2.2 and the 2 hours less on battery is my trade off.

 

 Onda _Firmware _System _On _Connect _Phoenix Suite

 

Next: 

Onda _Firmware _Update _USB-Driver

 

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Enjoy!

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REVIEWS and NOTES:

NOTE: I have tested and tried to install the wrong ROM hardware versions and found the ROM will not load. This means you will be OK if you downloaded the wrong version ROM.

If you installed a bad ROM or a ROM from the developer that is using the SDK kit which doesn't have HDMI enabled you should replace that ROM with the default factory ROM listed here.

I know, it's in Beta but you've got to see it, so cool. I'll send up screenshots after I remove all the apps. 

Tech Note: Some have stated the download from Onda.cn is out of beta and final. 
I for one hope this is not the final and that Onda is still taking feedback. 
I had updated my v972 v1 the other day and have had great experiences with it except for the battery life. 
My 3.3.2 v1 would allow me just over 4 hours of solid screen on apps running time.

The 4.4 v1 offered just about 1.75 hours (105 minutes) the 3.3.x versions allowed me to watch a couple of full length movies and now that's not happening.

My speed tests also dropped from 18,xxx to 11,xxx.

Seemed to be sluggish with some apps as well. 

Charging from my USB port that did well from my desktop computer doesn't even keep the battery levels when connected. 

One big thing I noticed was that it wasn't rooted and the classical methods to root didn't work. 
Onda has always made it easy to root the office ROM without having the SDK ROM. The SDK for the A31 from what I understand has issues with the HDMI output. I use the HDMI often and root.zip from this site has always worked just fine. 

I'll update a review page for the KitKat 4.4 Android system and layout some of the issues I'd like to see corrected in the Onda v972 ROM. 

  1. Onda.Cn: A short guide on how to correct corrupted download links from cdn.Baidu.Com.

 

Here are more notes mostly repeating what is above. 

By far this is the best tablet I have tested. 
With the new 2.0Ghz Quad Cores coming to market I'll be testing and using the faster models.

I'm going to be guessing that the battery life might be an issue. 
I have a few solutions setup now, 2 solar charging stations and a battery pack. But, if it can last 4 hours non stop remote desktop with the server I'm ok with charging it during my lunch break and during breaks in the day.

It's about 1 percent per minute charge rates if that means anything under power users. 

 

 

How to update your Onda v972 tablet firmware using the stock or modified ROMs offered online. Basic steps and advanced details can be found about the Onda v972 v1 updating process. I have tested each item in the post with my own Onda Tablet and will add my comments to the slight differences between firmware versions.