Lenovo S960 Update Official Firmware S960_ROW_S210

16 Oct 2014

Lenovo S960 Update Official Firmware S960_ROW_S210 – Update Lenovo S960 with ROW firmware version, this is international firmware default firmware for Lenovo S960 who bought on europe but it also can be install on the Lenovo S960 who bought on the china. This international firmware have multi languages and already include google applications so you not bother to install it again. This is flashing guide it mean this guide has possibility to brick your device and erase all your data on device, so please consider it before following this guide.
On this guide i will not tell you how to make full backup your current ROM and IMEI so please do it yourself and make sure you have completely working backup ROM and IMEI.

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

Lenovo S960 Update Official Firmware S960_ROW_S210

ROM Specifications :

  • Build Number : S960_ROW_S210_140529
  • Date : 29-05-2014
  • OS : Vibe UI 1.5 (Android KitKat)
  • Languages : Russian , Ukrainian, English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai
  • Google Applications : Include
  • Root : No
Downloads :
  • S960_ROW_S210_140529 1.3 Gb, contains all required files to update your Lenovo S960 to the latest firmware version 
  • 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.
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  • SP Flash Tool v3.1320 optional download, it already include on ROM download above.

Lenovo S960 Update Official Firmware S960_ROW_S210

  1. Download all required files and places it in one folder, please make sure you already completely installed USB VCOM driver before continued to the next step. Installating USB VCOM driver only need do once, if you ever update your device firmware using flash tool than you don’t need installing USB VCOM driver again.
  2. Extract S960_ROW_S210_140529, you will found 4 folders just only use target_bin and flash_tool folders. Open flash_tool folder and run flash_tool.exe if you are using windows 7 or later please run this using administrator privilege.
  3. On the flash tool, make sure DA DL All with Checksum option already checked, this option will avoid DA Image Fail when finish flashing.
  4. Now click the Scatter-Loading button and point it to target_bin folder and select MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt this will automatically load all images files to flash tool. 
    Lenovo S960 Update Official Firmware S960_ROW_S210
  5. When finish with flash tool, now press Download button or hit F9, flash tool will begin to initialize this will take like 25-30 seconds to finish and become ready to make connection with your device.
  6. Now turn off your device, since Lenovo S960 use non removable battery you must make sure it completely turn off so just wait like 20 seconds before connecting your device to your computer. Now connect your device to your computer using USB cable, flash tool will recognize your device and begin to start flashing process. 
  7. This process will take 5-6 minutes to finish just wait and if you can see GREEN CIRCLE on the middle of flash tool then you can disconnect your device.
    Lenovo S960 Update Official Firmware S960_ROW_S210
  8. Done, now you already successful update your Lenovo S960 with the latest ROW version firmware, go to System Setting ↦ About Phone look at the Build Number confirm it has same version with the downloaded.
That all, please make sure you read careful and follow step by step with care, leave any comments if you found problems regarding this guide, and thank you for your visit
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58 comments
    1. I upload this ROM ROW S210 but he does't have a Polish language. Everything works nicely, google apps as well. I updated up to the ROW S211 but still no Polish language. I updated up to the ROW S211 but still no Polish language. When I bought this phone had 4.4.2 and language was Polish, but after the update has stopped me something to work, I am looking for version 4.4.2 such that I had.

    2. Than, polish language not include on multi language ROM Internatinal version, your first firmware from the store is firmware modified from the store you bought the phone. It like personal modified, try contact the store again if you could.

    1. Thanks. Got it upgraded successfully. Will be looking forward for your next firmware update for this device. I hope a new ROW update will come soon with Vibe UI 2 and working Google apps. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  1. flash tool freeze… for FT,it has to be ready before connect device? follow through the step.. but im stuck there.. has been half an hour but still uncomplete.. any idea? mode at the last row was at first 'searching' than turning to 'usb' but no ready? do i need to redownload the "MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc" file as it failed for the first time? and if i connect the device at the time downloading/start the FT process.. will it corrupt the scatter file? or THE PHONE?

    1. Hello,
      Check is your USB VCOM driver is installed completely, flash tool will not recognize your device when USB VCOM driver not install properly, and flash tool will just idle not show any progress. So check your USB VCOM installation first

  2. Hello I did this firmware update and everything was ok. After I received a notification online that there is a new update which I did it.
    Now I have this firmware S960_ROW_S211 but the problem is that the battery is draining too fast.
    My question is: how can I return to the previous firmware S960_ROW_S210.
    Thank you very much and Happy New Year!

    1. hi,
      The latest firsmware for Lenovo S960 is S211, you can look at this here bit.ly/1xGvKKM. Lenovo have 2 method for update OTA and flash tool, the guide i made is flash tool method but you can also use OTA method that required internet connection while update. Once you update to the latest turn on your automatic system update it will bring you to the latest firmware

  3. Hi Andy, I need your help seriously.

    While flashing the rom to my s960.
    Error Pop out from the Flash tool.

    Common Hint: SP FLASH tool issues:

    Please supply your tool version, GUI screen shot, and tool logs when you encounter trouble with the tool, How to obtain the tool logs:

    1. Run the tool:
    2. Press Ctrl+Alt+t(Tool Title Hint:Runtime Trace Mode):
    3. [Menu]Help-[Submenu]open logs folder

    BROM ERROR ; S_DA_SDMMC_WRITE_FAILED(3149)

    1. hi,
      since Lenovo S960 use non removable battery you must make sure it completely turn off so just wait like 20 seconds before connecting your device to your computer.
      If you wanna remove the battery you must open the back case and then remove all cable that connect to the battery.

  4. i scatter MT6589_android_scatter_emmc then click download then flash the message " Image USRDDATA Checksum failed! checksum reference value (0x704) in the config ini file. Please re-fill correct checksum values in Checksum.INI under tool folder and re-load scatter again.

    1. I think your partition is ruined, i just my prediction but for sure if you already cant fix it then you must go to professional one that understand about the device.
      If you gonne flash it you will flash ot on nand partition

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