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  1. Ryan ODonnell's Avatar
    UPDATE: This method does work, but the official update is now available via Preview for Developers. Just enroll in the program and check for updates!

    The following forum entry is for Huawei Ascend W1-U00 handsets only!!

    Hello all you consumers and developers,
    I took a risk and installed the Russian ROM people were talking about (available here https://onedrive.live.com/pagenotfounderror) at the Microsoft Community here (Windows Phone 8.1 Ascend W1 ->80188309 - Microsoft Community and check the post by FedorMaslak - translation required Russian - English)

    The instructions on how to flash a ROM to the Huawei Ascend W1 are found here http://forums.windowscentral.com/hua...ked-china.html

    Here is how you do it:
    Step one - Flash the ROM using the tools in the forum entry above.
    Step two - Download General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2) OTA via phone update
    Step three - Download Preview for Developers
    Step four - Activate the Preview for Developers and install GDR3.
    Step five - Once installed, you will see Update 1/2 installing on your device, this is for preparation for WP8.1
    Step six - Check for updates and Windows Phone 8.1 will install!

    I have enclosed two screenshots of my home screen, Cortana and my "about your phone" screen, obviously with the various bits removed. I am on O2 UK in the United Kingdom using firmware number 1030.56.01000.05310.

    I will happily make a video for YouTube if people wish to see it run on the W1.

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    Last edited by Ryan ODonnell; 05-29-2014 at 10:03 AM. Reason: Added "About your phone" screenshot to also verify title of thread post
    HeyCori likes this.
    04-16-2014 12:18 PM
  2. davidggg's Avatar
    does everything work fine? all languages available?
    04-16-2014 12:25 PM
  3. Ryan ODonnell's Avatar
    does everything work fine? all languages available?
    English (United States), Russian and German are available!
    04-16-2014 12:27 PM
  4. Ryan ODonnell's Avatar
    does everything work fine? all languages available?
    And yes, everything works superbly!
    04-16-2014 12:27 PM
  5. Ryan ODonnell's Avatar
    Here's a video for proof -
    04-16-2014 01:07 PM
  6. davidggg's Avatar
    sound? headphones? everything fine? i heard there were problems with this
    04-16-2014 01:35 PM
  7. Ryan ODonnell's Avatar
    sound? headphones? everything fine? i heard there were problems with this
    Everything is fine with my handset and WP8.1! No issues what so ever!
    davidggg likes this.
    04-16-2014 01:38 PM
  8. davidggg's Avatar
    nice. keep us informed about bugs if you find any.
    04-16-2014 02:12 PM
  9. Ryan ODonnell's Avatar
    nice. keep us informed about bugs if you find any.
    Sure will! There is very few lags, but they all clear up very quickly, other than that, it is very snappy!
    04-16-2014 02:29 PM
  10. Oscar Alfonzo's Avatar
    What about the huawei U34?
    04-16-2014 02:39 PM
  11. Ryan ODonnell's Avatar
    What about the huawei U34?
    I'm not sure anyone has actually tried that, but you could give it a go at your own risk!!
    04-16-2014 02:45 PM
  12. Antonio Russo93's Avatar
    How much internal free space do you have after you get 8.1 ?
    04-16-2014 03:49 PM
  13. Ryan ODonnell's Avatar
    How much internal free space do you have after you get 8.1 ?
    On W1-U00, I got around 1.4GB free after 8.1 installation
    Antonio Russo93 likes this.
    04-16-2014 04:00 PM
  14. omgitsnick's Avatar
    There's actually a bug with the camera when you take a photo and swipe to the right and delete the photo, the camera would just go black. You have to swipe either to the left or right to go back to the viewfinder.
    04-16-2014 07:35 PM
  15. OLdy123's Avatar
    Can you provide me a link of the official european rom gdr2 for w1-u00 that has support for all the languages? Thanks
    04-17-2014 05:44 AM
  16. darthcircuit's Avatar
    I'm trying to update my phone, but after update to GDR2 then install the Dev Preview App and then update to GDR3, my phone says it is no updates are available for my phone. Anyone else encounter this? Any ideas?
    04-18-2014 02:19 AM
  17. Ryan ODonnell's Avatar
    I'm trying to update my phone, but after update to GDR2 then install the Dev Preview App and then update to GDR3, my phone says it is no updates are available for my phone. Anyone else encounter this? Any ideas?
    What handset do you have? Did you flash the ROM on the first post? Eli A (MSFT) says that he has suspended the WP8.1 download for Huawei devices.

    EDIT - This is the quote from Eli A on the MIcrosoft Community:
    "Hello Folks,
    Just a quick heads up as to where we are at on this specific issue. Until we roll out the next release, we have decided to stop the update notification to the Huawei Ascend devices so that you don't get your hopes up only to have it error again. As soon as we have this fixed, you will see an update and that should help brighten your day.
    Other then that, I don't have anything else to share for the time being. As soon as I have more, I will bring it back here for everyone to hear.
    Thank you,
    Eli A"
    Last edited by Ryan ODonnell; 04-18-2014 at 05:03 AM. Reason: Adding quote from Microsoft Community
    04-18-2014 04:59 AM
  18. Ryan ODonnell's Avatar
    There's actually a bug with the camera when you take a photo and swipe to the right and delete the photo, the camera would just go black. You have to swipe either to the left or right to go back to the viewfinder.
    I don't get that issue on mine! Everything on mine works just like a charm!
    I have noticed that sometimes the Music app won't open though, but it does open most of the time, and when it doesn't, I just use Cortana to play my music!
    04-18-2014 08:23 AM
  19. davidggg's Avatar
    can i use different keyboard or regional settings than english, russian and chinese?
    04-18-2014 08:26 AM
  20. Ryan ODonnell's Avatar
    can i use different keyboard or regional settings than english, russian and chinese?
    Yeah! When the installation for the ROM is complete, at first, select English (United States) and then complete setup. Then go to Settings and then you can change it to whatever you like!
    By the way, it is worth noting, if you are trying the ROM, it is normal for the phone to restart automatically 2-3 times before setup fully loads!
    04-18-2014 08:35 AM
  21. Abovuekt's Avatar
    I flashed today my Huawei according to your instructions and all went fine - so, let me thank you first! :)

    But, due to that:
    What handset do you have? Did you flash the ROM on the first post? Eli A (MSFT) says that he has suspended the WP8.1 download for Huawei devices.

    EDIT - This is the quote from Eli A on the MIcrosoft Community:
    "Hello Folks,
    Just a quick heads up as to where we are at on this specific issue. Until we roll out the next release, we have decided to stop the update notification to the Huawei Ascend devices so that you don't get your hopes up only to have it error again. As soon as we have this fixed, you will see an update and that should help brighten your day.
    Other then that, I don't have anything else to share for the time being. As soon as I have more, I will bring it back here for everyone to hear.
    Thank you,
    Eli A"
    I don't get the update notification anymore and I am not able to do the update on the Phone - to late :(
    Any ideas to install WP 8.1 without notification on my Phone?
    04-18-2014 10:49 AM
  22. Ryan ODonnell's Avatar
    I flashed today my Huawei according to your instructions and all went fine - so, let me thank you first! :)

    But, due to that:


    I don't get the update notification anymore and I am not able to do the update on the Phone - to late :(
    Any ideas to install WP 8.1 without notification on my Phone?
    It's not a problem at all, glad I could help!
    Microsoft temporarily disabled all Huawei Ascend W1 devices to fix the problem and to make sure none of us got our hopes up with getting that error code we've been getting since day one.
    I had upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1 before they took the update down, but I could suggest a fix, but not sure whether or not it will definitely work!

    1) Set everything to English (United States)
    2) Do a hard reset (Settings > about > reset my phone) NB - You will still have GDR3 if you upgraded to this!!
    3) Once reset, reinstall Preview for Developers
    4) Check for updates and see if you get the update notification to update to WP8.1!

    Let me know how you get on! :)
    04-18-2014 10:55 AM
  23. Abovuekt's Avatar
    Thanks for the quick reply ;)

    May I ask, why do you think that there is a chance this will work? I mean, after resetting the phone it is still a Huawei device and according to Eli's post I thought they have added something like:

    If (PhoneAsking == Huawei)
    { return "it's up to date"; }

    to their update service.
    04-18-2014 11:50 AM
  24. Ryan ODonnell's Avatar
    Thanks for the quick reply ;)

    May I ask, why do you think that there is a chance this will work? I mean, after resetting the phone it is still a Huawei device and according to Eli's post I thought they have added something like:

    If (PhoneAsking == Huawei)
    { return "it's up to date"; }

    to their update service.
    There is a small chance that it could work! However, just reading Eli A's post just now, the update notification has stopped for ALL devices except those with the 1ST UPDATE ALREADY INSTALLED.

    Even though still, it may still work for you! Luckily, I got it at just the right time before Microsoft pulled the plug!
    I enclose a screenshot of Eli's reply.
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    04-18-2014 12:37 PM
  25. Abovuekt's Avatar
    Ahh - ok I see.
    I think the first update was successfull on my Phone, but how can I be sure?! The current installed Version is: 8.0.10521.155.
    04-18-2014 12:43 PM
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