How to Update Lenovo A850 with A850_ROW_S127_140303 Latest Firmware

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How to Update Lenovo A850 with A850_ROW_S127_140303 Latest Firmware – Today i will post a guide on how to Update or Restore or Flashing Lenovo A850 using Multi Language ROM. When you bought Lenovo A850 from china you will got a CN firmware installed on your device this CN firmware just only contains 2 languages CN and EN, Not include google applications and a lot chinese firmware that you cannot use it unless you are in china. So the solution is install the ROW (Restof World) firmware to your device. Before we start, this guide can make your device brick and i am not gone responsible about that, so please consider it before follow this guide.

Disclaimer :
This guide for educational purpose only, We not responsible if your device bricked after following this tutorial.  (DWYOR)


Rom Descriptions :

  • Build Number : A850_ROW_S127_140303
  • Date : 03-03-2014
  • OS : Android 4.2.2
  • Languages : Russian , Ukrainian, English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai
Downloads :
  • A850_ROW_S127_140303 This download required you to login, if you don’t have any username or password then please visit at About Android Rookies page. You can see our username and password please use it just for download and don’t change any password on it.
  • A850_ROW_S128_140627 792.5 Mb, New update for Lenovo A850, can be obtain with OTA update from S127 ROM with standard Lenovo recovery
  • USB VCOM Driver Install this driver first on your computer, Turn off your device and remove the battery, using USB cable connect your device while look at My Computer ↦ Manage ↦ Device Manager there will be MTK65xx Preloader Devices show up for 5 second than disappeared, before disappeared right click on it and select Update Driver Software point it to USB VCOM Driver extracted folder. When it finish disconnect and connect again there will be Mediatek PreLoader USB VCOM Port on your device manager.
    Update Lenovo A850 with Multilanguage ROM
  • SP Flash Tool v3.1320  this is an optional download, because when you download A850_ROW_S127_140303 you will also get this tool.
How to Update Lenovo A850 with A850_ROW_S127_140303 Latest Firmware
  1. Download all required files to your computer, Before we start please disconnect your device from your computer. Extract it to one folder for easy organize it, and make clear name for the folder.
  2. Now go to SP Flash Tool v3.1320 extracted folder and run Flash Tool, when you are using windows 7 please run it with administrator privilege. Tick on option DA DL All with Check Sum, don’t forget about this option because it will make your flashing error. Click Scatter-Loading button and navigate to A850_ROW_S127_140303/target_bin/MT6582_Android_scatter, this will automatically load all necessary file to SP Flash Tool
    How to Update Lenovo A850 with A850_ROW_S127_140303 Latest Firmware
  3. When all set like picture above, now click Download button or hit F9, Don’t click format when use SP Flash Tool it will delete your NVRAM partition, wait until SP Flash Tool initialize and become stand by.
  4. Turn off your device and remove the battery. Connect your device to computer, SP Flash Tool will recognize your device and begin to start the flashing  process. 
  5. Flashing process mark by progress bar on the bottom, it will show RED, YELLOW and finish by GREEN CIRCLE on the middle of SP Flash Tool. When it show then you can disconnect your device.
    How to Update Lenovo A850 with A850_ROW_S127_140303 Latest Firmware
  6. Done, now your Lenovo A850 already using A850_ROW_S127 firmware, you can verify it on System Setting ↦ About Phone
    How to Update Lenovo A850 with A850_ROW_S127_140303 Latest Firmware

Now enjoy your new firmware, This firmware support transfer to SD Card, so you can move your installed applications to SD Card. Go to Settings  Apps, choose the application/game you want to move to SD Card and press Move to SD Storage button. Thank you for reading, please leave any comments if you have problems regarding this guide.
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Zul Scofield
5 years ago

andy..
this rom can select default write storage? can receive OTA updates?
and what's the difference with S121 by Linerty ?
i heard everyone said S121 by linerty is the most STABLE rom for lenovo a850.

have u experience any issue with this ROM?
kindly advise 🙂

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Zul Scofield

Hi,
No there is no option to write default write disk to ezternal memory, i think s121 is a modified rom so it has the option. For OTA update as long as you don't modified rexocery file, i think you can still received and do OTA update. I believe latest version fix previous version bug, so if you feel s121 is stable than s127 is more stable that it.

Zul Scofield
5 years ago

can i direct flash A850_ROW_S128_140627 with this flashtool? or need to flash s127 1st?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Zul Scofield

Yes you can direct installing this version using flash tool. No need to install s127 first.

niyamat ansari
5 years ago

your download link is not working

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  niyamat ansari

Hi,
Thank you for your comment, i already tried the both ROM link and all working fine. If you got read error when redirect with adfly please refresh your browser. Sorry for this inconvenience.

Josh Wong
5 years ago

Hello.
So I followed your instructions but when it come to actually flashing the phone it came up with this error:

SP FLASH TOOL ERROR: ( 8038 )

[Android Download] PMT is ready and Layout has been changed!
[HINT]:
Please use FIRMWARE UPGRADE instead of download to avoid important data lost.

So do I follow as it says?
Sorry am new to this….

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Josh Wong

hello,
error 8038 can be solve by pressing firmware↦upgrade instead pressing download button, try reflash but press firmware↦upgrade button.

tony chee kian seng
5 years ago

Andy, why cant i install the usb drive???

androidrookies
5 years ago

Hi,
Just try repeat the installation step until success before continued next step. Just follow like the guide in the download section

Amin Syed
5 years ago

Andy,why BROM ERROR?help me

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Amin Syed

What error code, 4032 or 8038? If 8038 try using firmware upgrade button instead of download button. If 4032 than make sire your device is A850 not A850+

Cruel Scene
5 years ago

Hi Andy, can you make a preview for this rom like video or screenshot maybe? Plus, is there is any bugs on this rom so far? Thanks in advance….

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

Hi,
Sorry cannot make the review this blog is about new update for lenovo devices and not review abou rom or firmware. For bug i still there is no bug for this ROM all functions can be run smootly

Muhammad Huzaifah
5 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

Hi Andy,after done flashing s128 rom,my phone cannot turn on,cannot boot to recovery and my pc does not detect my phone.My phone came with CN Firmware,so i decided to flash this rom.Hope you find the solution.

Please reply as fast as you can

Thank in Advance.

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

hi,
remove battery for a view minutes, don't put it back. after few minutes try to connect your phone to your computer, see if your computer will detect your device as PORT. if it detected just flash the RIGHT rom for your device.

Muhammad Huzaifah
5 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

I have try but its not detect only led on my phone appears

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

how if you do flashing with flash tool, are your device got detected by flash tool ?
because this can be your device not show in the computer device manager but it already become PORT and can be detect by flash tool. Or it can you flash the wrong file and shutdown your device.

Muhammad Huzaifah
5 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

before flash my phone detect as well but after flash it not detect.what should i do ???

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

you only need to flash it back, but if your phone completely dead it called hardbrick it because you wrong flashing ROM to your device that make your phone preloader missing. if this the situation then you must bring your phone to lenovo service center because only they can fix it

Muhammad Huzaifah
5 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

Ok i bring my phone to service centre. thank for helping .if you have any solution or idea reply as fast as you can .

Thank in Advance .

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

no problem, good luck

shafie splitz
4 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

muhammad huzaifah..now what happen with your phone..??..it's already can turn on??..i having the same problem as you…can give me any idea??

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

i thought you ask to muhammad huzaifah, it depend is your device is detect by your computer or not ?
if yes what show on device manager while your connect your device, is MTK preloader VCOM USB or else ?
if not then bring to service center for motherboard replacement,

shafie splitz
4 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

thanks andy for your fast reply message..its detect nothing..when i charge the phone led notification didn't show any led color..but if i connect the phone and pull the battery out and connect to pc..only red led appears..i have no warranty anymore..any idea why i need to change my motherboard??..i'm really thanks to you andy..while i'm frustrating with this problem you are here to help me and explain to me..

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

i mean is, try connect your device without battery then look at device manager on your computer. What it show ?
many update erase the preloader on the device motherboard, so it need to change. So the motherboard know that it Lenovo A850.
Mediatek Preloader USB Vcom –> show this on normal motherboard, else then bring to service center to replace motherboard

shafie splitz
4 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

hai andy…my old lenovo rom is s203..then i'm just download the old ROM at here http://www.needrom.com/download/feb-2014-s203-flashtool-ready/ . then using flash tool..then firmware upgrade to ROM s203 back..then my phone can turn on. i'm using both win8.1 and win7..but when i using win8.1 then firmware upgrade not running..idk why..then i'm using other PC with win7. all process done with successful. now the new problem is..i can't factory reset with this new ROM..btw..this ROM is great can move apps to SD card..:D..thanks andy for your reply..:)

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

Do factory reset from recovery mode, turn off your phone then turn on with volume up+volume down + power button then select wipe data+cache

shafie splitz
4 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

I alrdy try what you ask to do..but my phone don't have recovery mode. after that I continue my research then I find how to install recovery mode at here http://www.theandroidhow.com/2014/04/flash-clockworkmod-cwm-recovery-any-mediatek-android-device.html..after that I can go to recovery mode..backup recovery image then factory reset..all work great after that..this is my first time doing this..I think I like doing some crazy stuff..:D..

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Cruel Scene

Congratulation for you, but always remeber that doing crazy stuff can harm your device, so keep be carefull

Rabbani Amin
5 years ago

Hey Andy, my phone is currently using S123 AP A850 and its internal is 1gb, I tried searching but cant find the stable one. My question is, can I upgrade it using this instruction? Hoping u could reply or email me your answer at my email. ([email protected]) Hope to hear some replies soon! Thanks!!

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Rabbani Amin

Hi,
Yes you cam follow this guide to update your device, but if you want to update to the latest version you can follow this guide http://bit.ly/1z95Pic

Jasren Jay
5 years ago

Hi andy
Why when i hit F9 download operation not working..i also try by clicking download button..

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Jasren Jay

hi,
what mean not working ? are there error message, by the way F9 and pressing download button is result the same think. F9 is short cut for pressing download button

Jasren Jay
5 years ago

Nothing error message appear.The download cannot finish..the % of download also still 0%..

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Jasren Jay

that because USB VCOM driver not install completely, so flash tool not recognize your device. Please install USB VCOM first before following step, look at download section on how to install USB VCOM

Jasren Jay
5 years ago

hi andy
Now i found error 8038..i've try flashing by pressing firmware-upgrade button but still not working.

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Jasren Jay

don't say not working, said the error number, error message or anything that describe the error. error 8038 can be solve by using firmware upgrade button instead download button. If it result an error said the error number or error code.

MOHD AZRUL
5 years ago

Hei if i update my version into the newest one could the chinese language that i can't read chg into a language that i can read, it make my life easier, coz half of this phone using chinese language…and it make me mad coz of their system

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  MOHD AZRUL

hi,
lenovo has 2 version firmware, china and international version. This guide is using international version which is remove all china settings and china applications and it already include google applications.
I guess your firmware now is china version, because it contains china language and china applications

MOHD AZRUL
5 years ago
Reply to  MOHD AZRUL

So how im gonna change it without using a computer to update my phone version i mean just updating it from my mobile phone..

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  MOHD AZRUL

cannot without computer, this guide is for use with computer only.

Bp Channel
4 years ago

HI SIR, CAN U HELP ME,,,WHEN I FLASH MY LENOVO A850, MY PHONE CANT ON…

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Bp Channel

yes, can you tell me the story before you phone become dead. and what the condition now when you connect your phone to computer without battery

shafie splitz
4 years ago

hi andy, can i just upgrade my old lenovo a850 from a850_s203_140208 build number to this A850_ROW_S127_140303.

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  shafie splitz

Hi,
Yes you can but lok like your current firmware is china version, maybe after upgrade you have signal problem so maybe backup full rom is important to you

JunCLJ
4 years ago

This is not for A850+ where can I find A850+ international ROM?

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  JunCLJ

no, this is for Lenovo A850, for Lenovo A850+ there is no international firmware because the device limited only sold on china country.
If you want install gapps and rot just follow this http://bit.ly/1gVCmkc

bengang80
4 years ago

if your phone cant turn on after flashing using this rom, just flash it back..this time try to push volume up+volumedown + on button repeatly untill your flash tool detect your phone..continue to flash it back..if your phone still cant turn on ( only red led showing) try to use another rom..this is how they solved the bricked phone that used wrong rom..hope this help

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  bengang80

Thank you for your information, hope it can help other people

Jhosep G.
4 years ago

Thanks friend Andy for this great tutorial, I helped save your great wisdom and teaching work my lenovo phone A850, which came throwing problems home with rom bringing of fabgrica, you're big brother, I wish you can continue creciendote and constructive progress in all facets of your life, thanks billion thanks to you, go ahead ….

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Jhosep G.

Your welcome, thank you for visit and leave positive comment

Yuvneesh 36
4 years ago

thank you Andy.my pnone works perfectly

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Yuvneesh 36

your welcome, thank you for visit and leave comment

shaella elias
4 years ago

hi andy,
my lenovo currently using a850_s203_140208..i already root n install cwm.the problem is i can't flash any custom rom,either using cwm @ sp flash tool.when i try to flash using cwm,my fon will stuck on the china logo.and if i use sp flast tool,my fon cannot turn on at all.
can you please advise me what rom should i used and how?
.
thanks in advance.

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  shaella elias

hi,
first make sure you already completely root your phone, use check root tool on the play store.
stuck on logo can be solve by factory reset the phone or reflash again.
if you flash the right ROM using flash tool i think the problem will not show

Sani Ali
4 years ago
Reply to  shaella elias

Just use twrp instead of cwm because some kernel didn't support flashing with cwm

Sani Ali
4 years ago

Hi Andy..
How can i recover my A850 missing baseband.
My computer also didn't recognize the phone.
When i'm trying to flash using spftool,the "BROM ERROR" encounter..
Any idea's or suggestion??
Thanks in advance.

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Sani Ali

missing baseband, check your IMEI with *#06# see if your IMEI is invalid, if invalid then try to recovery first.

PJ Obx
4 years ago

Will it work for A850_ROW_S116_130922 ?

WHAT TO DO IF IT WONT WORK?

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  PJ Obx

it work for Lenovo A850, check the other comments to make sure, if you dont sure dont do it.