This 4inch smartphone M2 model is using Mediatek MT-6582 chipset. Had a 540×960 px resolution and came with android kitkat 4.4.2 by default. Some friends says that is really pain in the ass to get root on this device, so … here we go I build the cwm and twrp custom recovery so you can get root easily and also playing with custom rom. I’m using latest version 126.96.36.199 for cwm and 188.8.131.52 for twrp, they both had full SELinux support, thus it will work on kitkat roms.
Lets explain first why do we need a custom recovery, … as you may already knew, there are two famous recovery application for android, which is TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) and CWM (Clockworkmod Recovery). They both build by amazing developers and they both do pretty much the same thing, which are : allows you to perform several advanced recovery, restoration, installation and maintenance operations on your Android device that aren’t possible with the stock recovery, and is one of the most common ways used to gain root access, back up device data, install a custom ROMs, kernels, themes, mods and more. Which one is better? I can say both program are very good, but personally, I like TWRP better. CWM seems to be more popular, though, and also works just as well.
Here is I build the two flavour of them, whichever one you prefer, you can have it :
Download : recovery-cwm-m2.img
Download : recovery-twrp-m2.img
HOW TO INSTALL :
To install this cwm or twrp recovery, you need SPFlashTool program which only available on winblows os platform so … really sorry, I cannot support it because I never use and don’t have winblows. You may refer to this tutorial : MT65xx Flashing Tutorial it is very well explained by Bruno Martin.
Please be really careful using SPFlashTool, especially when flashing ROM not for your device, since it may bricked your device forever.
Scatter file you might need : MT6582_m2_Android_scatter_emmc.txt
Of course you also can flash this custom recovery using specific apk such as mobileuncle tool or recovery tool, but I’m not explain this here and now since the purpose I’m creating this custom recovery is to get root from secured stock rom.
all recovery tools writer needs root which you don’t have unless you flash this custom recovery first 🙂 another chicken and eggs problem.
HOW TO REBOOT INTO CWM RECOVERY :
To enter the cwm recovery mode is pretty easy on this model, just power off the device until you feel the device vibrate, indicating it was totally shutdown. Then, hold down Volume + button then press power button, hold them both until you see axioo logo on screen then release it. Wait a sec or two … then you’ll be entering recovery mode. There are also many apk on playstore such as Quickboot, RecoveryTool, … etc, that can do reboot into recovery directly from alive system, use any one you like.
Here is the look if everything goes well :
Some other notes from me :
After installing this custom recovery, you can install root and Superuser as usual, I recommend to use latest chainfire SuperSU or Superuser by clockworkmod that are already prepared for kitkat os. Do Not using superuser and su binaries from jellybean version or you’ll get many trouble with it.
If you have any difficulties installing those root and experiencing problem on some apps cannot get root privilege, you can try to use my custom rom. It was already rooted and debloated.
Happy flashing custom roms for your PICOphone M2 !