[Advanced users only] Install Android 10 Generic System Image (GSI)

Warning : Please note that this is Alpha stage software and may not work for everyone.

While we are working on an official Android 10 release, we did install and play with GSIs. In particular phh GSI boot and work fine. I have been using it on my phone for almost a month. Surprisingly it is very stable and almost everything works (Wifi, Bluetooth, Sound, LTE, etc).
What doesn’t work:

  • VoLTE or VoWifi is not available. Calls work over 3G.
  • Occasional app crashes.

Repeat warning : This is alpha level software. Please be aware that you are warned.

How to install

  1. Backup your data.
  2. Download phh GSI image OR any other GSI - arm64, ab, opengapps
  3. Unlock bootloader and stay in Fastboot mode.
  4. Use platform tools to flash GSI image

fastboot flash system <GSI filename>

For example

fastboot flash system gsi.img

Reboot and set it up.

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I’ve been running a GSI of Pixel Experience aside from the VoLTE & VoWifi issues (as expected with GSIs) it is reliably stable.

I should note, I have two At&t Sim cards installed (work&personal) and the phone works with either sim flawlessly.

I do have a suggestion to include or create a guide to return to the Stock ROM the teracube came with. Of course, since we are altering the software and opening the bootloader; if we brick it it is only ourselves we can blame :slight_smile: Its awesome you are providing us the tools to customize (or brick) our phones , please keep it up.

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Great to hear. Do you get any app crashes at all or is everything smooth?

Thanks for the suggestion - that makes sense. @robert should be able to write something up. Just to get our timelines right, do you need these instructions right away?

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The only app crashes are the same app crashes when using other devices (Amazfit only likes to work after clearing all other apps from history)

Not particularly. I bounce between devices as my work demands. So I always have a few phones in case I brick my daily driver. When I need to monitor my work number closely I like to use a dual sim phone; and the teracube fits the bill.

When I ran it (almost 1-2 months back), I was getting these 1-2 app crashes a day where a system app would crash. Good to know that it is much more stable for you. I’m thinking someday we could potentially move fully to a GSI based code.

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Would that give us Seamless Upgrades? That seems to be the only thing really lacking that Treble Info pulled from the TeraCube ROM.

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My understanding is that seamless upgrades work only for phones that ship with Android 10. Our phone shipped with Android 9 and hence may not be possible. However I could be mistaken.

I’m not sure. It seems like we have A/B partitions, which are required by seamless.

https://source.android.com/devices/tech/ota/ab/

Something to ask MediaTek and/or ODM?

You are right - we have A/B partitions. I was confusing Seamless upgrades with the new Project Mainline :slight_smile:.

Should have details soon.

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Looks like Mainline requires 10/Q, but I’m seeing reports that even devices like the Pixel2 support Mainline once on 10, so that might be another follow-up question for MediaTek/ODM once you get to Android 10 ROM time :slight_smile:

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Just to add to this, I’m running wild and am currently running the Lineage OS 17 GSI as my daily driver. Haven’t been using it too long, but it’s been working fine for me so far!

I echo that a guide to go back to the stock ROM would be nice, just in case something does go sideways :slight_smile:

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