My Ace Liquid E crashed on Oct. 11th, 2011 – the internal ROM storage space was running low with only few KBytes left and I was being lazy and didn’t reboot because it was running stock Acer Android 2.2 (Froyo) un-rooted ROM so even just shutting down takes a bit of time. After the crash it got stuck during boot up at the shiny Android splash screen and just loops there.
I had no choice but to reset to factory settings first (done by holding down volume + and – when Acer splash screen is shown when first powered up). That worked fine and I lost my phone settings (phone numbers mainly, this time i’m saving to my google profile and have it on auto sync) but at least the rest of my stuff on the sd are all intact.
I started to research for how to root for my device. There are like 2 years of stuff to wade through, and many hacks and ways to go about it but generally pain in the butt to do so. In the end, I will save you the time. If you are running stock Acer ROM (you should at least run the Acer Android 2.2 Froyo ROM), all you need is a program call z4root http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=833953 you can find it on the Android Market and it will root the Acer Liquid E easily. Nothing to configure it works like magic. Now you can remove the unwanted bloatwares. I simply reset my Liquid, rooted with z4root and played around with it a bit. But I decided to use this crash to go all out and find the best update I can install on the aging Liquid E. After hours of searching it turns out are there are about a dozen of ROM images available for the Liquid. Including several modified Android 2.2 Froyo variations. I don’t feel like typing up and compare the differences. After surfing along for a while I came across this series of videos by karl9652 on youtube. This made me aware that it is possible to run Android 2.3+ on Liquid E!
I decided to go for the latest which is LiquidNext 1.9 ROM image which is Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread so here is what to do.
- Backup the stuff you really need.
- install Malez Recover 0.6.1 or later use it to wipe your phone and sd, partition it (i have 8gb sd so I used 128mb for swap, 1gb for sd-ext and rest as one.
- download Liquid Next 1.9.2 or later (1.9.2 fixed the Metal Camera, low sound recording volume, and couple other little bugs), put it on the root folder of you sd card, and use malez to install it. reboot, and few minutes later, viola!
Congratulations, you are now running the latest and greatest Android 2.3.7+ Gingerbread that is highly optimized. For me, 100% of the hardware are fully functional! LN 1.9.2 incorporates CM7 mods (kernal optimization) includes overclocking. Now instead of stock 768mhz limitation I have performed AnTuTu Bench Mark 2.3.1 test at 998mhz, 1036mhz, 1075mhz and 1113mhz. it did pass them.. However it seems to lock up randomly. It’s been a week and I also tried 998mhz and 960 mhz but it seems to be the more stable at 921mhz.
LN1.9.2 also have a app2sd function call sdman, it will do that automagically requiring only a reboot. Now I can practically install unlimited numbers of apps.
I’ve been using LiquidNext ROM for two months now and LN1.9.2 is faster and more efficient than the factory Acer ROM. A user on MoDaCo reported his experience to get extended battery service life per charge: “I use undervolted kernel, with CPU at 883Mhz max / 128Mhz min, and governor SmartassV2… my phone now gets through 48 hours without recharging with normal use. It drains less than 1% per hour when in standby. Also check to see your energy management is set to use only Wifi OR 3G never both at once.” I’ve been trying out the SMARTASSV2 governor setting and it seems to be at the least slightly better than ONDEMAND governor.
As of late 2011 this phone’s hardware is over two years old. But with this update I think it will easily keep me happy for another year, maybe longer!! You can find this phone used for about $200 in the USA and Canada, it is worth looking into.
Here are some updated Liquid’s photo/video to show Liquid’s quality:
Readers might be interested in my original Acer Liquid E review earlier this year.
- my Acer Liquid E update Oct. 2011 – now running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) review!! (ghettoracer.wordpress.com)