I finally retired mine today. Used the toolkit a few times to rewrite the ROM but still get settings quit working and Spark has stopped responding, along with the occasional lockups witch reverts it back to European. In the closet for now it goes. I have the Micro HD sitting in its spot. Look soon in the classifieds for a A3 and a A2.
How does one obtain a newer version of the Android operating system. I mean where can the Andriod operating system be downloaded for free?Well, I guess that kills that theory.
Would be nice if we could upgrade to a newer version of Android to see if that would fix anything -- although I have an Android 4.4 tablet whose manufacturer refuses to update it and it's never flaked out on me...
It happened again! This is now a cyclical occurrence... It now happens every 2 months or there about!Less than 2 months after the last Recovery, the A3 is back at it again. It seems to me it does matter what Version is installed the issue will still arise. I'm upgrading to Ver.78 This is really sad!!
Sometimes I feel as if they had a time bomb in them. All was well then all of a sudden everyone is having the same problem and Joe bailed out. Oh well it is one of my more expensive paperweights now.
Did you install LibreELEC on the Cheap Chinese Android Media Player or something else? Is it possible to apply the same measure to the Amiko A3?So much for Joe working directly with Amiko to make sure the product was good...
And the whole "I can't offer a money-back warranty, only an exchange, because it's hobbyist equipment" story is one of the most outrageous policies I've ever heard, and I don't even think it should be legal! I've never, ever, heard the "hobbyist" excuse from, say, a radio vendor, or a camera vendor, or a telescope vendor... If your product is manifestly unfit for use, you don't blame the user!
Now, as to the cause of the problem, I think there are two parts. First, I don't think Amiko is capable of writing software without race conditions or memory leaks, because my Alien2 also had unexplained random lockups that were never fixed in any firmware update. (Another $150 down the drain!) Second, I don't think Android is fit for real-time applications (how the cell phone people have gotten away with it, I have no idea...) To replace my A3, I bought the cheapest Chinese satellite receiver I could find (it works fine) and the cheapest Chinese Android media player I could find. This latter was a real piece of work. It didn't crash back to the boot loader the way the A3 did, but it did lock up at random. I deleted all the pirate streaming addons that were installed in Kodi and it behaved a lot better, but would still get sluggish or even stall for minutes at a time responding to the remote at times -- very unexpected for a quad-core CPU! So I grabbed an SD card, downloaded LibreELEC, and it works BEAUTIFULLY! Super-fast and bug-free!