FAEA F2S spotted running Android 4.4 KitKat based Omni Rom


A video filmed by XDA Developer xDrShadowx shows the FAEA F2S running Omni Rom based on Android 4.4 KitKat.

FAEA are one of the few Chinese phone makers who are actually attempting to embrace developers and actively work on bringing third party ROMs to their devices. Of course Oppo have been at this too, but FAEA are focussing on Mediatek hardware, which is notoriously difficult to port ROMs too.

A few months ago we got our first look at CyanogenMod running on the FAEA F2S, today it is the turn of Omni Rom which can been seen briefly running on the FAEA F2S in this video.

Omni ROM is based on Android 4.4 KitKat and as far as we know this is the first video of Android KitKat running on a Mediatek MT6589T quad-core processor.

Currently their are no details on where we can download Omni ROM for the FAEA F2S so we can assume some bugs need to be ironed out, but we are truly excited with all the running dev interest in Chinese phones and hope it continues!

The FAEA F2S was the flagship FAEA phone of 2013 and features a 5-inch FHD display, 13 mega-pixel camera, 2GB RAM and 1.5Ghz MT6589T processor.

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30 Comments

  1. nitro
    February 8, 2014

    If this is successful, the devs should be able to port this rom to any other 6589T devices and later on everything else. That’s amazing news!

  2. True_Neutral
    February 8, 2014

    It doesn’t look very smooth to me.

    I have a MTK6582 based phone (Tronsmart TS7), and swiping is jerky like nothing I have ever seen. A Galaxy S1 running CM11 is smoother than the TS7… Something which shouldn’t lag, given the specs. Probably Mediatek’s hardware composer implementation is buggy.

    • highwind
      February 8, 2014

      I got the same phone (Tronsmart TS7 with MT6582) and it runs as smooth as the Galaxy S3 with CM11 of one of my friends.

      But I read in a german forum (chinamobiles .org) that others had the same problem with this phone and that they solved it by doing a full factory reset and/or installing another launcher (for example holo launcher) from the play store… Perhaps you give it a try

      • True_Neutral
        February 8, 2014

        Thanks for the tip.

        I did a factory reset. It does seem to be much smoother, although not on the level of a GS3 with CM11. Still, it’s an improvement so I can’t complain.

        Hopefully we get CM11 for our TS7… Although I feel that without any major capable devs working on our phone it’s a lost cause. It’s a pity because I think ART will really help with the responsiveness.

    • hfm.
      February 8, 2014

      Use my rom… “Supertron” look it on needreom.com

  3. fabek
    February 8, 2014

    this video shows no wifi, no gsm, no HW …

  4. Guest
    February 8, 2014

    If this is successful, the devs should be able to port this rom to any other 6589T devices and later on everything else. That’s amazing news!

  5. Dr-Shadow
    February 8, 2014

    The reason of being not very smooth : no hardware acceleration.

    I published this video to show there was a progress for open source projects, we got it booting at least and fixed some things.

    • Kiran Fernandes
      February 11, 2014

      Hows the battery life, and the ram usage after like opening facebook, messenger, whatsapp, and a custom launcher?(On 4.2.1, most apps consume a really large amount of ram, and i get very little free ram on 1GB) do let me know how it works out… 😉

      • Dr-Shadow
        February 11, 2014

        Please, be carefull about what I’m saying

        We got it booting but we have to fix a lot of things to make ril, wifi, bluetooth, etc… to make those working.

        The reason is simple, mtk has a lot of custom stuff. And that’s not easy to work on this.

        Small example : the camera flash/light driver which should be “a small feature” has so much custom stuff…

        • Phabletfreak
          March 8, 2014

          Dr-Shadow, thanks for doing this.
          I’m really looking forward to some custom rom action on other mt6589 devices and you are laying the groundwork for that.

  6. True_Neutral
    February 8, 2014

    It doesn’t look very smooth to me.

    I have a MTK6582 based phone (Tronsmart TS7), and swiping is jerky like nothing I have ever seen. A Galaxy S1 running CM11 is smoother than the TS7… Something which shouldn’t lag, given the specs. Probably Mediatek’s hardware composer implementation is buggy.

    • provokanter Tabellenführer
      February 8, 2014

      I got the same phone (Tronsmart TS7 with MT6582) and it runs as smooth as the Galaxy S3 with CM11 of one of my friends.

      But I read in a german forum (chinamobiles .org) that others had the same problem with this phone and that they solved it by doing a full factory reset and/or installing another launcher (for example holo launcher) from the play store… Perhaps you give it a try

    • True_Neutral
      February 8, 2014

      Thanks for the tip.

      I did a factory reset. It does seem to be much smoother, although not on the level of a GS3 with CM11. Still, it’s an improvement so I can’t complain.

      Hopefully we get CM11 for our TS7… Although I feel that without any major capable devs working on our phone it’s a lost cause. It’s a pity because I think ART will really help with the responsiveness.

    • hfm.
      February 8, 2014

      Use my rom… “Supertron” look it on needreom.com

  7. Guest
    February 8, 2014

    this video shows no wifi, no gsm, no HW …

  8. Dr-Shadow
    February 8, 2014

    The reason of being not very smooth : no hardware acceleration.

    I published this video to show there was a progress for open source projects, we got it booting at least and fixed some things.

    • Kiran Fernandes
      February 11, 2014

      Hows the battery life, and the ram usage after like opening facebook, messenger, whatsapp, and a custom launcher?(On 4.2.1, most apps consume a really large amount of ram, and i get very little free ram on 1GB) do let me know how it works out… 😉

    • Dr-Shadow
      February 11, 2014

      Please, be carefull about what I’m saying

      We got it booting but we have to fix a lot of things to make ril, wifi, bluetooth, etc… to make those working.

      The reason is simple, mtk has a lot of custom stuff. And that’s not easy to work on this.

      Small example : the camera flash/light driver which should be “a small feature” has so much custom stuff…

    • Guest
      March 8, 2014

      Dr-Shadow, thanks for doing this.
      I’m really looking forward to some custom rom action on other mt6589 devices and you are laying the groundwork for that.

  9. Guest
    February 16, 2014

    So, what news about the rom development? Any Success @disqus_LCaDSuScKP:disqus?

  10. Kiran Fernandes
    February 16, 2014

    So what news about the rom? Any success with it? @disqus_LCaDSuScKP:disqus

  11. Guest
    February 16, 2014

    So, what news about the rom development? Any Success @disqus_LCaDSuScKP:disqus?

  12. Kiran Fernandes
    February 16, 2014

    So what news about the rom? Any success with it? @disqus_LCaDSuScKP:disqus