Update Lenovo S960 with Android 4.4.2 Latest Version ROW_S211

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November 17, 2014 4:50 am

Update Lenovo S960 with Android 4.4.2 Latest Version ROW_S211 – International version firmware for Lenovo S960 already launched, now it can be obtain with OTA or by manual installation. For OTA update it required firmware with Build Number ROW_S210 for current firmware and with Lenovo Standard Recovery. But today guide is how to update Lenovo S960 manually, this guide need computer to run the update. This guide can be use for Lenovo S960 only, don’t attempt to try this on other devices. This guide has possibility to brick your device and make you lost your IMEI so please do backup preparations before following the step in this guide.

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

Update Lenovo S960 with Android 4.4.2 Latest Version ROW_S211

ROM Descriptions :

  • Build Number : S960_ROW_S211_140702
  • Date : 02-07-2014
  • OS : Android 4.4.2 KitKat + Vibe UI 1.5
  • Languages : Russian , Ukrainian, English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai
  • Google Applications : Yes
  • ROOT : No
Downloads :
  • S960_ROW_S211_140702 1.3 Gb, contains all required files to upgrade your device to the latest Android 4.4.2 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.
    Update Lenovo S960 with Android 4.4.2 Latest Version ROW_S211
  • SP Flash Tool v3.1320 ↦ Flash tool for flashing ROM images to your device, this already include on ROM download but in case there problem you can download on this link.
Update Lenovo S960 with Android 4.4.2 Latest Version ROW_S211
  1. Download all required files above, and store it on your computer. This is using flash tool method so please make sure that USB VCOM driver already successful installed before continued to the next step.
  2. Extract S960_ROW_S211_140702 ROM download and you will found 4 folders, in this guide we will only use target_bin folder and  flash_tool folder, ignore the other 2 folders. 
  3. Go to flash_tool folder and run flash_tool.exe if you are running windows 7 or above please run this program using administrator privilege to avoid any permission error while flashing.
  4. On the flash tool please check DA DL All with Checksum option, this is the first option that need to be change and don’t forget to check this option. Click on Scatter-Loading button and point it to target_bin and select MT6589_Android_scatter_emmc.txt this action will automatically load all images files to flash tool.
    Update Lenovo S960 with Android 4.4.2 Latest Version ROW_S211
  5. When everything set up, now you can click Download button or hit F9. Flash tool will initialize the ROM file and after a few minutes it become stand by and ready to make connection with your device. (When you got flash tool error 8038 when connect your device, then please try click firmwareupgrade button)
  6. Turn off your device, because Lenovo S960 using non-removable battery then you must wait until your device is completely turn off, When you sure it already completely turn off connect your device to computer using USB cable.
  7. Flash tool will recognize your device and begin to start flashing process, the process will take 5-6 minutes, it will show progress bar on the bottom of flash tool. When finish it will show GREEN CIRCLE on the middle of flash tool.
    Update Lenovo S960 with Android 4.4.2 Latest Version ROW_S211
  8. Done, now you can disconnect your device. Turn on your device, first booting will take 3-4 minutes to finish so please be patient. When on the home screen go to Dialer and dial ####682# this will show country option, select your country code and press submit. Device will reboot to recovery mode to apply country code.
  9. When boot and on home screen, go to Dialer and dial ####8888#, this is will do factory reset on your device. (will remove all data on device, built in storage)
  10. Done, Just boot to your home screen and confirm firmware Build Number and make sure is same as ROM downloaded S960_ROW_S211_140702
    Update Lenovo S960 with Android 4.4.2 Latest Version ROW_S211
Congratulations, you have successfully update your Lenovo S960 Vibe X to the latest Android 4.4.2 ROW version, this is official release from Lenovo so don’t afraid about hardware bugs, all functions is working great with improvement on battery performance, So please enjoy your new firmware and Thank You
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Eric Lim
5 years ago

Got my update via OTA after installing ROW_S210 firmware from your previous post. 🙂

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Eric Lim

Yup, it will result the same with this guide. Now you can freely update with OTA and not afraid losing google applications

drakexr
5 years ago
Reply to  Eric Lim

Thank you. It is working.

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Eric Lim

Hi drakexr,
Nice and good job.
Happy that this guide can help you solve your problems.

Ahmad Hammouri
5 years ago
Reply to  Eric Lim

is there any problem with this update like nptification not showing slowness or something like that ?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Eric Lim

@ahmad i think not, with benchmark on 17k i think this update is faster that the old one. but i will let another user to answer your question.

Ahmad Hammouri
5 years ago
Reply to  Eric Lim

thank you please make sure that the update doesnot have problems because iam afraid of that since i saw some posts saying no notifcations or contact managwr crashes

misternas noor muhamad

Hey Andy,I updated android kitkat via OTA and my ROW version is exactly the same from the above but the problem is i can't find any rooting methods for my international version its all about chinese version so can you help me or give me links on how to root my device and btw my phone is s960 Vibe X very appreciated if you could help thanks

androidrookies
5 years ago

hi,
try to refer to this guide http://bit.ly/1wlTaEZ, this is the easiest way to root your device, and i hope it work.

Unknown
5 years ago

hi Andy,

Can you please upload the latest firmware S960_ROW_S215_141111

Thanks

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

hi,
S960_S215 still not available for flash tool flashing, so we need wait more time. now the latest version available on the net for flash tool installation method is S960_S211 so sorry cannot do you request but soon it release i will update it.
Do OTA Update from S211 is another way to obtain S215

Unknown
5 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

I went to Software Update, but it says that my system is latest version.
I'm on S960_S211.

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

then it is the latest version, where did you get info for S215 ?
because i see at my source there is still no update for Lenovo S960, like you say. Don't believe on unknown source installing wrong ROM will just brick your device

Unknown
5 years ago

Hi Andy,

I read about the new firmware at Lenovo Forum, the lenovo guys mentioned that there is new firmware.
See this http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/K-S-and-Vibe-Series/lenovo-s960-vibex-unfortunately-maps-has-stopped/td-p/1856121

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

no the latest is S211, not released yet maybe. Look at the end the staff never show up again. i think he give bad information.

Siamak Mirzaei
5 years ago

Hi,
When I am in step 5(my phone is not still connected, and I have also clicked download), the flash tool stays at 0% and the only button which is active is stop button(The files are loaded as their appear in the area they should). What should I do? Should I click on stop? Cuz in the instructions it says wait until an error occurs and then connect you phone. But nothing happens in my case!
Thanks for the help in advance.

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Siamak Mirzaei

Hi,
That mean yor flash tool cannot detect your device, need usb vcom driver to install properly, follow the step on the download section and redo the step.

Siamak Mirzaei
5 years ago
Reply to  Siamak Mirzaei

Thanks Andy, I exactly follow the steps, I am using windows 8, could it be the problem?
Another question, S960 is with non-removable battery, how can I remove it?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Siamak Mirzaei

Windows 8 must be setting disable the unsign driver installation, without this you could not install the USB VCOM driver, search at google how to do it. Look at step 6 i mention that Lenovo S960 use non removable battery and i am not tell to remove it

Rommel Castro
5 years ago

Hi Andy, I have not could to install the drivers from USB VCOM Driver , when i tray to install to finish i show me ¨mediatek preloader usb vcom port error code 10 ¨, how can i do??,, my PC is win7 in 64b,

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Rommel Castro

hi,
maybe because you using 64bit, that driver as i know it for 32bit, i am also use windows 7 but 32bit don't have any problem when install it, it install smooth

Rommel Castro
5 years ago
Reply to  Rommel Castro

Ok , i'll going to tray it,, with another pc in 32 bit
Thnks

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Rommel Castro

ok, just write comments if you have any problems
and thank you for visit

olsi xhaxha
5 years ago

Hi Andy after flash my device lenovo vibe x with this row version everytime i plug in it autoreboot first and than continue charging normaly why?

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  olsi xhaxha

Hi,
Try to factory reset your device first, if the factory reset not working then try to reflash again, sorry for late answer

olsi xhaxha
5 years ago
Reply to  olsi xhaxha

Tried to do both things you suggest but nothing happens, the problem is the same

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  olsi xhaxha

then you got hardware failure maybe, your battery already low and need to replace. because if you already fix the software and the problem still come then i think it hardware failure.

Rommel Castro
5 years ago

Hi Andy,,in many tutorial of flash roms advise do not check the preloader, because it may damage the equipmet, and leave like brick,, what do you think??

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Rommel Castro

hi,if you lot flashing new ROM on your device and like to try a new ROM i think soft brick is not a problem to you. and If you have full backup for your stock ROM i think you can also restore the preloader too. every ROM use it own preloader i think, so if the ROM provide the preloader and when you load scatter file the preloader is automatic check i think is ok to check the preloader. but as i flash ROM on Lenovo device i never edit the check list on the flash tool, because it all… Read more »

Rommel Castro
5 years ago
Reply to  Rommel Castro

ok thnks

Junior kids
5 years ago

helo, how to install vscom on windows 8? and im using 64 bit. please help me

androidrookies
5 years ago
Reply to  Junior kids

Hi,
I don't know about 64bit but i know when you install vcom driver on windows 8 you must first disable sign verification on windows 8 firat before you can install vcom driver

Retezan Karol
4 years ago

Hello Andy! After I flash with this ROM, do I still have di modify modem firmware? like in this post: http://www.androidrookies.com/2015/04/modem-file-for-lenovo-s960-vibe-x.html
Thanks

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Retezan Karol

Hi,
Only change modem if you feel you have bad signal reception. If not no bother to change the modem file

Javier Álvarez
4 years ago

hi, When i had the Android 4.2.2 in the phone, I didn't have signal problems, but now with this android version, I have problems to get good signal. Do you have any solution?

androidrookies
4 years ago

hi,
this happen because your device is china and use international firmware so you need to fix the modem file, or change the modem file to china modem or if you have backup old modem file you can use it.
to fix signal problem follow this guide http://bit.ly/1CcQZnU, i hope this can help you fix the signal problem

Unknown
4 years ago

Will I be able to update it to srow 211 by skipping other srow#?

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

Yes you can,
It using flash tool will remove your prev firmware than install new firmware, so yes you can

Ιωάννης Αλεξανδρής

hey andy. i have a little problem. i installed the rom succesfully. when i have open the phone i have the bad idea to root it with kingoroot for android app because the cant find the phone. when i rooted and restart it it saying me every 10 minuits that cant do ota updates. i have tried a lot of ways to unroot it and i cant. i dont want to reflash it. i just want to full unroot it and i want to get ota updates. please help me.

androidrookies
4 years ago

Root is install su binary on /system/xbin so if you have root explorer then just browse /system/xbin and delete all file on that folder then uninstall king root from system setting, done you already full unroot

Ermal Balli
4 years ago

100000 Thanks!!

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Ermal Balli

Thank you for visit and leave positive comment

TEJAS KULKARNI
4 years ago

Thank you very much ….

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  TEJAS KULKARNI

Your welcome, thank you for visit and leave positive comment

Ahmad شوقي
4 years ago

Are ROW S211 same skins as vibe ui 2.0 ?? VIBE UI skins is awesome.. I love it.. While , S210 it is ugly.. Sorry to say..

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Ahmad شوقي

No, ROW version still using vibe ui 1.5. Only china version that use VIBE UI 2.0

Unknown
4 years ago

hyer..my s960 keep showing error emmc failed to write..can u help me?

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

this error is because your emmc is corrupt, emmc is like internal storage on your device the solution is to reformat the emmc. but it to difficult the easy way is just reflash the ROM again so it will also format the emmc

Seth Astral
4 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

how to reflash?

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

follow above guide, the guide i about to install S211 on your Lenovo S960

Seth Astral
4 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

also the same problem..emmc cannot write..help me please..

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Unknown

give me detail, when you flash show error or already finish flash and the error show on device.
or still flashing then in the middle it show error or what.
give me more detail

Firman Indra Andika
4 years ago

Mas, saya mau re-flash atau balikin ke Jelly Bean (because my phone becomes laggy after installing this, LOL)

Bagaimana cara saya melakukannya?

androidrookies
4 years ago

for installing or re flash the jelly bean international version, just follow this guide http://bit.ly/1uzenIL

francis ronn dacumos
4 years ago

Sir Andy Suwito, I update my Vibe X/S960 online via WIFI internet connection and it successfully finish the update ROW_S211_140702 just the same version of the downloadable file here on your thread, but why still I can not use my OTG. Help please… ^_^'

androidrookies
4 years ago

there is no OTG support for Lenovo S960, sorry

griseld llupi
4 years ago

hello
after all this, how can look my phone?

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  griseld llupi

Go to system setting and search about phone, sele t software veesion. It will tell you your phone

TAMIZH SELVAN
4 years ago

Thank You So Much…

It is Very Helpful, Finally i did myself and i saved Some Money.

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  TAMIZH SELVAN

Your welcome, thank for visit and leave comment

Ahmad شوقي
4 years ago

Hi, I cant find Mediatek Preloader USB VCOM PoRT.. How can I found that ? i had restart and found the MT659xx ,but not the Mediatek… Pls help me.. 🙁

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Ahmad شوقي

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.

recommended windows 7 or windows xp. Not recommended windows 8 and windows 10

宏川佛行
4 years ago

bro i done flash tools everystep, after i hit the download button the flash tools it dint show the green circle and stuck

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  宏川佛行

Check your usb vcom driver. It not installet properly. Just install again and reflash

Abraham Ehmad
4 years ago

Hi Andy,
i tried more than 20 times using SPFlastool v3.xxx and v5.xxx..
always stuck in the 17%.. giving BROM ERROR (3149) in v3.xx and ERROR (4008) in v5.xxx…
Try using differnt version for vibex stock rom, differnt usb cables, SP flash tools, diffrent laptop (Win 7)..
still cant.. please help 🙁

specific detail of errors as one exactly like this thread:
https://forum.hovatek.com/thread-5380.html?highlight=vibe+x

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  Abraham Ehmad

how about if you install just custom recovery on your device, the plan is if you success install custom recovery do format from it and then try to search ROM that in zip, install ROM from custom recovery if you cannot search the STOCK ROM in zip try using custom ROM first to fix the partition in your device then after success all you can install stock ROM using flash tool, give me word

kapcai_kemek
4 years ago

Same situation here, but I'll give a try, already flash TWRP recovery before.. It succeed, but how do i put a zip rom into the phone?
Ps:i already formatted the phone using flashtool before.. Except the bootloader

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  kapcai_kemek

On recovery mode try search mount sd card on custom recovery menus, it will mount your device like removeable drive and you can copy zip rom to it.

Irfan Risyadien
4 years ago

dial ####682# this will show country option, select your country code and press submit. Device will reboot to recovery mode to apply country code. Its not working. its said ERROR : Could not read factory ota patch from SD card, or the patch is not correct

androidrookies
4 years ago

Ignore it, code is for use factory reset and select country code but if it error just ignore it and if you want do factory reset just go to setting and select factory reset

MyZone Hotspot
4 years ago

Its Work..!!
Thanks bro..

androidrookies
4 years ago
Reply to  MyZone Hotspot

thank you for visit and leave comment bro

Manoj Kanna
3 years ago

hi i have flash the rom but currently there is no network on my phone and the IMEI is invalid…

androidrookies
3 years ago
Reply to  Manoj Kanna

follow this guide to restore or fix your IMEI http://bit.ly/1teLvmQ

Sytek Computers
3 years ago

Good stuff!! It really helped me revive my lenovo. Keep up with the good work.