So I installed the latest update available from Dragon Touch, for the X10 Tablet the other night. The install went fine and most applications ran okay. There were some disturbing things that I did find and that is why I am now back on Kit-Kat 4.4.4.
First of all, the device identified itself to Google, during my first login, as a Sony Ericsson X10. That was enough to set off a few bells for me. My first thought was, what the hell? Then I noticed a disturbing item in that the MAC address kept changing. Folks the MAC address should be coded into the WiFi chip, not randomly adjusted during reboots by software!
Lastly the server software (KSWeb) that runs this web site when the Dragon Touch is turned on and running would crash if ANY other application that used the WiFi was run. This wasn’t an occasional thing, it was every damned time.
My conclusion was that for most folks this might be an okay update, but for me, using an obviously half-assed version of Android 5.1.1 that was meant for a different device, simply wasn’t the way to go.
Thankfully I was able to go back to the 4.4.4 Android version and all seems well again. I recommend downloading both versions before doing any upgrades.
Below you can view another stunningly crappy video explaining the details of my woes with the update. By no means is the update terrible, it just has some issues one should be aware of and prepared for.
This week’s topic, an update to Android 5.1.1! Yes, finally I have updated my tablet to Android 5.1.1 and overall I am pleased with the results. However there are some minor issues that I am still ironing out.
Those issues won’t affect virtually anyone buying this tablet to use as a basic tablet, they only affect lunatics who insist on using one as a web server. But here is the list of the downsides from the update first, before I list all the great things about being on a newer system.
The WiFi still does not stay awake, when set to “always on”.
The MAC address changes whenever you reboot or turn off and back on. A bad thing if you reserve IP addresses.
KSWeb, my web server app appears to be extremely unstable under the new Android version. Anytime I use another internet app, the KSWeb just quits responding.
Now onto the upsides. The performance seems to be a bit faster, battery life appears to be much better and it is nice to see a new interface for my settings.
Overall I am 99.8% happy to have upgraded and if you have one of these tablets I highly suggest upgrading it. You can read my previous post on the upgrade here, which has some tips and a link to a must see video on how to actually do the update.
So tonight’s project was to update the DTX10 to Android 5.1.1 and the update went great and all has been returned to functional, including the server, on the tablet.
At first glance, no one would know that the system was updated. But it is a bit different in how the menus work and the dropdown for the notifications and settings are now in the center.
Overall I would rate this as a worthwhile update, but it does have one minor glitch that probably won’t affect 99% of those using this tablet. But…the glitch involves the MAC address changing after every restart. No big deal for most people, but I am used to reserved IP addresses on my router and those are based on the MAC address of the device. That means extra work every time I either reboot or turn the tablet off.
Other than that and since very few folks will ever run a server on their tablet, the glitch is simply a non-issue. So if you have one of the older versions with Android 4.4.4, go ahead and do the upgrade!
The real irony here is that my flagship Asus Z580CA is still on Android 5.0. That is indeed a sad commentary on a company that used to value customer support.
Before you run this update, watch this video at least twice before running the update! It isn’t difficult, but it sure pays to know what you are going to do before you start! Not all the info is up to date, get the latest version when downloading. (X10-HT-PW-V2-AL-5.1-20150115)
Both my BLU Studio Energy 2 smartphone and Asus Z580CA Tablet are running Android 5.0 (I know, why?), but they both have similar issues to my Dragon Touch X10 Tablet with Android 4.4.4 Kit-Kat in that they die WiFi-wise when the display goes to sleep.
I have tried every combination in the book until tonite, where I found that if I turn off the data connection (cell), on the BLU Studio Energy2 and set the WiFi to never sleep, it actually appears to never sleep!
Now in the case of the Asus Z580CA Tablet, which is for sale incidentally, but that is neither here nor there, the cure was a complete surprise. No matter what I did with the settings the damned WiFi would go into dreamland shortly after the display shut down, even when plugged in.
However, after playing about with my wireless mouse attached with the super nifty USB C-Full USB adapter, the tablet appears to remain awake. Considering the fact that I am writing this on my PC and posting it on the Asus Tablet right now, which has been “asleep” for roughly 10 minutes, I believe that I have reached a viable alternative to leaving the screen on at minimum brightness.
This however is no excuse for an operating system to have a setting that is labeled “always on” and yet does not work in more than a few cases.
But it does show that if you test enough, you WILL find a workaround, not necessarily the obvious one, but one you might never expect.
I have yet to test this out on the Dragon Touch X10, since it to can use a wireless mouse as well and usually has one attached (when in use as my LogiTab), but I am still hoping for that elusive Android 5.1 upgrade.