Finless ROM 1.4 for the UG802 mini PC: Root access, more app storage space

The UG802 is a tiny, inexpensive mini PC with a Rockchip RK3066 dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor. It looks like a USB flash drive, but it’s a fully functional little computer with an HDMI connector at one end and a USB port at the other.

That lets you plug it right into a TV or monitor, while hooking up a keyboard and/or mouse for input.

Out of the box, the UG802 runs Google Android 4.0. But if you’re not happy with the default software, FreakTab’s Finless has put together a custom version of Android with a number of enhancements.

UG802

Finless ROM 1.4 for the UG802 is pre-rooted, and allows you to run apps that require root access or alter files and folders that would otherwise be protected.

It also includes:

  • A Google Play Store fix that lets you view most apps in Google’s store
  • A stock Android 4.0 app launcher (which you can use instead of the UG802′s custom launcher if you want)
  • A reboot app that lets you reboot the UG802 without pulling the plug (since there’s no power button)
  • Option to repartition the storage space to provide 1GB of app storage (which is nearly twice what the UG802 ships with)

Finless has also removed some apps to save space. You can always download them from the Play Store if you really need them.

There are two ways to install Finless ROM. You can just download the .img file, copy it to a microSD card, insert it in the UG802 and reboot the device. But that won’t let you modify the app storage partition.

To do that, you’ll need to run a PC utility to reformat the internal storage and flash the new ROM. It’s a little more complicated, but if you run into any trouble you can find troubleshooting tips (or post questions) and the FreakTab forum.

Also make sure to read the README FIRST text file included in the ROM download before you get started. It contains a lot of useful information.

Finless ROM flash installer

It should probably go without saying that installing a custom ROM like this will probably void your warranty… if you managed to get a warranty at all.

But with UG802 mini computers selling for as little as $65, it’s probably not the end of the world if you break something and can’t figure out how to recover your device.

via Rikomagic forum

  • http://www.facebook.com/rfieldhouse1 Richard Fieldhouse

    Link seems to be missing. Any ideas, guys. Thanks.

    • http://www.liliputing.com/ Brad Linder

      If you click the “custom version of Android with a number of enhancements” text or the “FreakTab forum,” either will take you to the page with more details and download info.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rfieldhouse1 Richard Fieldhouse

        It’s back now, thanks. The whole of Freaktab was down for a few hours.