Lenovo S860 Flashing Android Kit Kat 4.4 Tutorial + Gapps

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Lenovo S860 Flashing Android Kit Kat 4.4 Tutorial – Here you can find step by step on how to install / flashing Lenovo S860 with Vibe UI v1.5, What so interesting with this Vibe UI ? Vibe UI called official custom by Lenovo User and this ROM using Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) for it base. So it very interesting because it using the newest update for Android Source. In this guide will be divided into severals sections like Warning, Requirements to be fulfilled, Downloads sources, Flashing step to follows,  etc with all these sections i hope you can easily to understand on how to flashing Vibe UI v1.5 to your Lenovo S860.

Lenovo S860 Flashing Android Kit Kat 4.4 Tutorial + Gapps

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


This guide already update i am adding how to Root and install Gapps i hope this guide can help you solve your problems, thank you for visiting…

Requirements :

  • This ROM cannot be flashing if your current ROM is ROW (International ROM for Lenovo Device). so if your current ROM is ROW then you must be flashing it to CN ROM (Original ROM for Lenovo Device).
  • Enable USB Debugging, for enable it please go to System Settings ↦ Developer Options ↦ USB Debugging tick it option to enable it. Using this options computer will able to recognize your device.
  • Custom Recovery must be installed. You can use TWRP or CWM for custom recovery, Install using Mobile Uncle MTK Tools
Downloads :
Lenovo S860 Flashing Android Kit Kat 4.4 Tutorial

  1. Copy or move all downloaded file from your computer to your device. after that rename S860_VIBEUI_V1.5_1423_7_ST to update.zip
  2. Reboot into Recovery Mode, this can be done using Mobile Uncle MTK Tools or by pressing combination buttons. For combination buttons turn off your device, wait until perfect shutdown then press and hold Power Button + Volume Up + Volume Down (Volume Buttons) wait until device go into Recovery Mode then release the buttons.
  3. This TWRP will be on chinese language, on TWRP main menu select Wipe ↦ Slide to Factory Reset
  4. Back to TWRP main menu again, select Wipe ↦ Cache
  5. Back again to TWRP main menu, now it time for us to install update.zip  to our device. Select Install ↦ Choose zip from sd card ↦ Navigate to update.zip ↦ Slide to install, wait the process until completely finish.
  6. When installation successful finish please repeat step 3, this needed to avoid any boot failure when your phone do first booting.
  7. (Revision – 12-06-2014) I just realized when one of my reader contact me and said that on Mobile Uncle MTK Tools write UNROOT on upper left. This Vibe UI Custom Recovery cannot be install via Mobile Uncle MTK Tools because lack of ROOT access. So to install it follow this below guide.
    • Download additional files i am already add on the download section, extract it together with Vibe UI Custom Recovery
    • Install Mediatek PreLoader USB VCOM Driver to your computer, this need to install manually so turn off your device completely and connect to your computer, if your computer need driver file then navigate to Mediatek PreLoader USB VCOM Driver extracted folder.
    • Go to SP_Flash_Tool_v3.1328.0.183 and run Flash_Tool.exe
    • Check DA DL All With Check Sum options, click on Scatter-Loading button and navigate to MT6582_Android_Scatter. Now check on RECOVERY on flash tool and navigate to Vibe UI Custom Recovery 
      Lenovo S860 Flashing Android Kit Kat 4.4 Tutorial + Gapps
    • When all set hit on Download button or press F9. While on turn off condition connect your device to computer, when driver install completely flash tool will recognize the device and start the flashing process.  This will mark with progress bar begin with RED BAR, and after a minute or two YELLOW BAR and if it finish will be mark with GREEN CIRCLE in the middle of flash tool.
      Warning :  Don’t interrupt the flashing process, or your device will be brick
    • Now you can disconnect your device and try to turn it on. This process will flashing custom recovery to your device, continued to next step for root and gapps installations. 
  8. For Rooting please go Recovery Mode you can press and hold Power buttons + Volume Up + Volume Down. When you in Recovery Mode main menu select Install ↦ Navigate to SuperSu v1.97 this process will install ROOT on your device for installing Gapps Minimal 4.4.2 please repeat this step but navigate file to Gapps Minimal 4.4.2
  9. Done, now you have Android Kit Kat 4.4.2 with ROOTED and Gapps installed. 
Congratulations now you already have Lenovo S860 installed using Vibe UI v1.5 Android 4.4.2 (Kit Kat), please consider the risk before follow this guide because flashing your device can make your device brick and cannot be use again. Please don’t hesitate to leave any comments if you getting problem regarding this tutorial. Thank You
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Vader
5 years ago

I don't have those options on the S860. I get Çhinese/English…then English: reboot, install update package, wipe user date, poweroff. I managed to update to kitkat by renaming the kitkat zip to update.zip. Then install update package. But after that I try to do the same trick with gapps. Didn't work. Then I put all .apk files in the root of the phone by hooking it to the pc. When I click it they install, one by one. But gmail for instance doesnt woirk. Maybe because there is no sdcard? It has internal memory like Iphone. So there is no… Read more »

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Vader

After success install vibe ui. On step 7 it tell to install vibe ui custom recovery for use to install gapps and root are you already do it?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Vader

Sorry i forget to tell to rename to update.zip, gapps cannot run if you choose to double click to install one by one the apps. Sd card in this means like internal sd card provide by phone. Virtual sd card.

David Solver
5 years ago
Reply to  Vader

Wow! Very useful trick with 7x tapping on build info = now have a developer option ON and connect to PC is possible. Many thanks, Andy. It helps!

Now I will think about to root the phone (for back up). So how to root the phone? (I am a bit afraid of brickin´my phone …) 🙂

David

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Vader

@David for rooting, we need to install custom recovery first – Step 7
after that install supersu with zip method – step 8

David Solver
5 years ago
Reply to  Vader

Step 7 looks to dangerous to me, I am afraid to brick this phone, maybe is possible to install custom recovery from phone itself? To put the image of custom recovery to phone root and reboot to recovery by pressing combination buttons? Is it possible this way?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Vader

the only way to install recovery is with MobileUncle MTK Tool, can be download from google play. But this application need root to be work. so if your device not ROOTED yet then the only choice is using SP Flash Tool, bricked phone can add experience in learning. 🙂

David Solver
5 years ago
Reply to  Vader

@Andy funny idea to gain experience from brickin´ the phone… but it cost me much for brick it 🙂
Also heard about simple rooting the MTK devices on MTK chipset basis, is there any possibilities? Thanks.

David Solver
5 years ago
Reply to  Vader

@Andy BTW any other useful trick with KitKat like 7 taps on build number? 🙂

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Vader

actually rooting MTK devices is very easy but the hard is rooting kit kat, If you not using Kit Kat one click framaroot can easy root your device.

Tap your Android Version in about menu for several times until it Show KIT KAT Logo then press and hold that KIT KAT logo. see what happen.

David Solver
5 years ago
Reply to  Vader

Heard about Framaroot, but S860 are´nt between supported phones on FR´s web. Have you tried it with S860, and working (which of fairy tales hero will work? some of dwarfs? 🙂

P.S. useful trick I meant 🙂 not easter egg 🙂

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Vader

Yes framaroot can root s869 but with cn or row firmware, framaroot cannot root vibe ui because it using android kitkat.
Easter egg, hahahahaha it cool right not everyone knows about it. The common tricks is like swap internal to sd card, repartition your internal memory, etc?

Vader
5 years ago

Hi Andy, Thanks for your answer. What I did is I renamed the ROM to update.zip. Then it installed KITKAT. After that I took the gapps zip and put it in the root of the phone. I don't see a virtual SD. Do you mean I need to rename the gapps zip to update.zip as well? I tried that and then from recovery I used that same option I used to install the ROM. It started that update proces as well but it showed the X after running till 90% or so.Vibe UI I didn't install yet..hmm..maybe very noob question,… Read more »

Vader
5 years ago

btw, my reboot shows only 4 options or so….

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Vader

So on your phone there is no internal storage?
This gapps can be install through custom recovery describe on step 7, when you already install it through mobile uncle then need go to rexovery mode and after that install gapps

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Vader

Are you marcell niesen? Contact me via hung out email

bosniamaj
5 years ago

I got VIBE UI 1.5 on S860 with automatic system update, and now I don't have Google Play.
Do you have any idea how to fix this?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  bosniamaj

Try follow the guide start on step 7, but i cannot guarante it will work cause maybe different platform

Ali Eliaçık
5 years ago

Can you install again gapps minimal 4.4.2

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Ali Eliaçık

what you mean? this guide is about installing kit kat and gapps to Lenovo S860

Ali Eliaçık
5 years ago

Link not stay, dead. For installing gapps to s860

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Ali Eliaçık

already try the link ad it work

David Solver
5 years ago

Hello,
have already S860 with KitKat 4.4.2 and Google services installed all seems to be OK. But no root. Is any possibilities to install only root by any simple way?

Regards

David

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  David Solver

if you has custom recovery your can easy to root it, but if you don't have than you need to install custom recovery first

David Solver
5 years ago
Reply to  David Solver

Hello, I found only TWRP folder in phone memory (bought on eBay from China, updated to KitKat and with Google services instaled). Cannot find in KK setings : System Settings ↦ Developer Options ↦ USB Debugging? Where to find it? Alerady I have MTK driver on my PC, but only charging phone, unable to connect.

Install TWRP from GooglePlay?

Thanks & Regards.

David

David Solver
5 years ago
Reply to  David Solver

how to install custom recovery first? I downloaded and install drivers for Win7 x64, reboot, but still nothing happened after connect phone via USB….? in system setting of the S860 theres no USB debugging options (requires root?)

thanks

David

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  David Solver

Sorry for late publish your comment, you have already kitkat and google services why you need to follow this guide? Developer option by default hidden from user, to show it tap 7x on build number in about phone menu

Mohd Hafizuddin
5 years ago

how to install Mediatek PreLoader USB VCOM Driver? can't install in my laptop?
when i press f9 in flash tool, it not work, just 0% appear..

Aleksandr Danylenko
5 years ago

Hello Andy
My s860 was autoupdated to 4.4.2.
vibeui_v1.5_1423_7_ST_S860 and now appears as brick for me with chinese soft.

So I started from step 7. Flash tool warned me that "not ALL images are correctly loaded…" the path is correct. Nothing happens when proceed.
Any suggestions?
Thank you.

androidrookies
5 years ago

Sorry for late publish your comment, Confirm it with click yes and begin to flashing

Aleksandr Danylenko
5 years ago

Hello Andy
After installing gapps the synchronization (contacts) doesn't work.
How can I get other google apps?

androidrookies
5 years ago

Use play store to install another google apps

warmanx
5 years ago

I got error msg.

This package is for "S860" devices; this is a "S860 ROW" My device is 1Gb model. How can I flash 4.4?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  warmanx

Sorry for late publish your comment,no this is not a ROW ROM it only has english and cn languages. Yes this is for Lenovo S860 and there is no Lenovo S860 1GB, only 4GB or 8GB

jorx
4 years ago
Reply to  warmanx

This phone dosent have SD card slot, at least my s860 dosent have, so how do I install it onko SD card?
if I put it into internal storage the twrp cannot find it

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  warmanx

rename to update.zip, but on the internal storage and dont put on inside the folder

Aleksandr Danylenko
5 years ago

Hello Andy
Thank you for answers.

1. Concerning first message "So I started from step 7. Flash tool warned me that "not ALL images are correctly loaded…" – the question solved after correct PRELOADER DRIVER installation. By default windows 8×64 doesn't see any problem and driver needs manual change.

2. gaps Minimal installed, but no "play store" can be found at all. Tried manually copy to system/apps different googles .apk by ROOT EXPLORER in mount R/W regyme, but they not appeared after paste.
And what is more confusing google account doesn't sync at all (sync error) 🙁

androidrookies
5 years ago

Are your device already has custom recovery ?
Already Rooted ?
because this guide already has been try and it has no problem with the gapps like you said. but to make sure i already change the gapps link.
Thank you for your comments

Aleksandr Danylenko
5 years ago

Yes. Everything was done accordingly to step 7.
In order to start with scratch I reseted from android. I lost start-up setting and input method! Only "google voice" left. So I dare to reset from TWRP…
“Formatting system using make_ext4fs function. Updating partition details…”
and lost all the data and OS! But now have pretty black brick with TWRP only without any idea how to revive it, if possible.
Please, help.

androidrookies
5 years ago

If you positively already install twrp then just download S860_VIBEUI_V1.5_1423_7_ST and install it from twrp after that download SuperSu v1.97 to root your device, after successful install vibe ui and root device try to boot normally install mobile uncle reboot to recovery, download Gapps Minimal 4.4.2 and install it from twrp. Done

David Solver
5 years ago

hello Andy, is possible solve problem with ROM S860_VIBEUI_V1.5_1423_7_ST on my phone (still not rooted 🙂 and fix no caller ID in Europe? I have only some chinese signs, so I must set caller ID to OFF. Is possible to fix it a have calle ID European? Thanks.

androidrookies
5 years ago

@david caller id is to hide our number if we make a phone call, in europe why it nèed to be fix? S860_VIBEUI_V1.5_1423_7_ST is a same ROM with official update so it also not rooted and a lot chinese apps.

David Solver
5 years ago

@Andy no, it´s not about to hide/unhide your telephone number. On my older Zopo with android 4.1.2 the number prefix of caller telephone number will be displayed as a number from city etc. (and identified as a caller from Prague, Berlin….) not mobile numbers, fix numbers I mean.

At VIBEUI 1.5 are displaed only some chinese signs (marks) not caller locations in english… do you know how to fix it?

Thanks.

androidrookies
5 years ago

So you means the caller id is show but in chinese language? Than maybe the problem is there is no translation on caller app yet. Need more time for dev to translate it. If that your problem then sorry i cannot help because it need to modified the firmware

David Solver
5 years ago

oh no no, in menu calling – more features and settings – location => display number´s location (on/off) and submenu Update location database (displays only chinese marks not EU locations, maybe only displays chine locations not EU´s)

androidrookies
5 years ago

Yes maybe i think that a miss dor translate in english, maybe need more time to dev to make translate about that menu. If i think as long as call can be made and another function work than i think it ok still can be used for daily. That because vibe ui develop by chinese dev so maybe need more time

David Solver
5 years ago

Yep, you´re right. Can live without it. 🙂 more can be see here, some guy on xda-developers says :

"I have an S860 (1GB) bought from China obviously and when I received it it had no gapps and no caller id in Europe which was annoying.

What I did:
1. Installed 4.2.2 ROW Version (also when I flashed it I put a custom recovery image TWRP 2.7)
2. After I flashed it I installed root and modem for 3G calls from custom recovery".

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2754333&page=2

androidrookies
5 years ago

But it ROW 4.2.2, i think Vibe UI using 4.4, are they same? If the file modem is same that it ok to do it but is not same it can brick your device. I did not really understand about your problem, if you don't mind please describe it to email me [email protected] if you could with picture or ss on it. I would like to find solution about the problem, but only if you want. Thank you for advanced

MrSpeedy
5 years ago

Im on vibe 1.5 kitkat.
Im already followed step 7 but im only got boot to stock recover insteady.
I cant flash gaaps and root.

Help me…

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  MrSpeedy

Please install vibe ui custom recovery with sp flash tool, without this custom recovery you will never can install gapps and root your device.

Chiang Chee Weng
5 years ago

How to reinstall stock recovery?auto update seem to be not working with custom recovery.looking forward to heard from you.

androidrookies
5 years ago

If you have backup than just copy it to /system/ but if you don't have you must re flash the original rom using sp flash tool, yes auto update does not work if rom already modified

Chiang Chee Weng
5 years ago

Thank you for reply,can i know how to reinstall original ROM or is there anyway to update the auto updated file?they recently release a 51mb zip file to fix some bugs from 4.4.2.looking forward to heard from you.Thank you

androidrookies
5 years ago

There is a way how to reinstall stock rom using sp flash tool but for now i still don't have the guide yet. Maybe later i will write the guide on how to re install lenovo s860

Chiang Chee Weng
5 years ago

Looking forward into it.Thank you for your hard work..

androidrookies
5 years ago

Your welcome, thank you for visit