Update Lenovo S960 with Android 4.4.2 Latest Version ROW_S211

17 Nov 2014

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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77 comments
  1. 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

    1. 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

    2. 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

  2. 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.

    1. 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

    1. 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 already arrange on scatter file for the ROM, and sometime i brick it and sometime it smooth.
      if i brick the device, stuck on Logo, i just need to flash it again. so no big deal for me check or not check the preloader

  3. 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.

  4. 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… ^_^'

    1. 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

    1. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

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