UMi Iron receives V1.4 OTA with multitude of updates

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UMi have been powering along with OTA updates for the UMi Iron. The latest V1.4 OTA brings with it 11 optimizations and changes.

It’s safe to say that the UMi are being rather good with OTA updates for the all alloy UMi Iron. Since receiving the review phone we have had an OTA every couple of weeks or so, each time adding new features or updating current ones.

The latest OTA is V1.4 and it is available to download right now. The changelog for the update includes:

Gizchina News of the week

  1. Camera optimisation
  2. Heart rate/stress test/UV sensor optimisation
  3. Notification light optimizations
  4. Eyeprint ID security has been activated
  5. HIFI audio optimised
  6. Customisable capacitive navigation buttons (change the position of the buttons to suit your usage).
  7. UI optimisation to give a more genuine stock Android 5.1 experience.
  8. Super ROOT, for stable use with Rootjoy.
  9. Quick menu can now be accessed in any screen.
  10. One key end all apps option.
  11. Guest mode optimisation.

Now that the ROM finally seems to be running as it should and all the promised UMi Iron features are there, we can finally get around to completing our UMi Iron review. Watch this space.

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  1. Chickens
    August 5, 2015

    I hope what they learned in optimising Iron can be useful in optimising eMax.

  2. Andrew
    August 5, 2015

    After bugy M1 note firmwares, i decided to give a chance to UMI. It is clear!

  3. Hurk
    August 5, 2015

    I’ve been waiting for that review. Cancelled my P7000 order a while back and am thinking about buying the Iron. Any idea when we can expect the full review?

  4. Vojislav Krstic
    August 5, 2015

    Several customers who have already received
    the Umi Iron from the first batch, noticed few serious problems:
    SD cards cant be mounted, the phone does not accept them.
    The phone cant be connected to the PC;
    There is annoying loud sound when you want to pause or resume any audio application or even any sounds on the phone.
    Magnetometer and gyroscope sensors are out of function or even missing.
    There is no indication that any of mentioned issues have been solved in the
    last update v1.4.
    Finally, after many complaints from customers for mentioned issues, the guys
    from Umi don’t give any profound of a statement.
    Some of these problems surely are the reasons why http://www.to2c, the official
    distributor of Umi Iron,few days ago notified that after receiving and testing
    the phones, they had to send the whole first batch back to the factory for the
    replacement. For some reason, after two days they erased these comments.
    Finally, I would like to emphasize that I am ambivalent about the
    Iron, from one side pretty disappointed with all mentioned
    unsolved issues, and from the other side feel very happy for not being in the
    first batch shipment, so I can cancel my order.

    • Sere83
      August 5, 2015

      Lol, i predicted something like that woudl happen, people need to understand how bad some of these smaller chinese manufacturers are especially when it comes to software.

    • August 5, 2015

      Funny, I can mount my SD card just fine in the phone, even put an OTA zip update on it and updated without problems via the Recovery. Correct is that it doesn’t have Gyroscope. But as long YOU don’t have the phone in your hand, and just read or heard something, you can not blame UMI for anything yet, as the phone haven’t been send out to end users yet. So far UMI have been very good to push OTA updates out for the UMI IRON, in fact almost 1 update each week, something rarely seen from any other China manufacture in the same category.

      • Vojislav Krstic
        August 6, 2015

        One can think that all these complains visible on Umi FB page are bots, that the response from their official distributor that due the problems with the phone they had to send the whole first batch back to the factory for the
        replacement, is comment with malice aforethought etc. But who can guarantee that the testers are out of influence of the producer? Maybe you haven’t noticed that Umi officially announced that the first batch has been sent out to resellers, what some of them confirmed, so it is real that the fist phones have already arrived to end users. At last, but not least, so frequent updates can be observed as a aftermath of to many software defects.

  5. Muhammad Yasir
    August 5, 2015

    yeah well , its still a DISMAL phone…. the camera is a disaster !
    Iris recognition works only in the ‘right’ conditions …
    phone freezes and shuts down on high speaker volume ….

    simply a CATASTROPHIC phone … thanks for spoiling us with so many promises and then punching is RIGHT IN THE GUT , Umi ! screw yOU!

    • August 5, 2015

      The camera is actually okay, way better what I see on some other Chinese phones. But true, the Eye Unlock is not really usefull. But I haven’t had any kind of freezes or shut downs, must be a faulty device you got then. Used it for weeks and had no problems with the phone.

      • Rob
        August 6, 2015

        I nearly bought this today but your review put me off, particularly about the audio after them promoting it as one of it’s features. Went for the jiayu instead.