It came loaded with their hideous version of Android 7 Nougat.
Once the phone was up and running, I thought I’d upgrade the software to Android 8, in the hopes that their latest edition is less Blackview and more Android. (Like Huawei, the folks at Blackview seem to think they can improve on near perfection.)
I tried installing an update OTA but it failed, due, says one interneter, to my SD card. Since removing the SD card involves unscrewing a panel on the back of the phone, I thought I’d try a different way, called the Local Update method.
In the words of Brad Roberts: “Let’s begin.”
(Needless to say, you do this at your own risk.)
Get a MEGA account
Create an account with mega.nz.
You don’t have to create a MEGA account, but MEGA hosts the upgrade file.
I tried to download sans account and it got stuck at 95 percent, so I decided to download with an account. MEGA’s free account gives you 50GB of storage, so that’s a great reason to join.
Get the MEGA app
Get the File Commander app
There are alternatives, but this is the app I use on my Blackview.
Sign into the MEGA app
Open the MEGA app on your phone and sign in.
Close the MEGA app.
Click this link from within your Blackview: https://mega.nz/#!JQBRRKpR!0F0jL-2Sp60nvENmiVoLXJFegbvTOe4ka7z8OyEHkh4.
It should ask how you’d like to open the file, with an option to open it in the MEGA app. Open it in the MEGA app.
Your phone’s notification area should show the download’s progress, along with a message: “View Transfers”.
Tap on “View Transfers” and you’ll see a page inside the MEGA app that looks like this…
The MEGA app’s default download location is “/storage/emulated/0/MEGA/MEGA Downloads”.
The file’s name is “black view-bv8000 pro_2018062921_s21v57c2k_jk_
You can close the MEGA app and wait for the download to finish.
Move the downloaded file
- Open File Commander.
- Tap on the Internal storage section.
- Scroll down until you see the “MEGA” folder.
- Tap on the “MEGA” folder.
- Tap on the “MEGA Downloads” folder.
- Tap on the 3-dot menu to the right of the file name.
- Tap on “Move”.
- Tap on the back arrow in the top left-hand corner until you reach the root folder.
- Tap on OK in the bottom right-hand corner.
Your Oreo upgrade file is now moved to root. You may exit File Commander.
Run the upgrade
Now you need to navigate to the Blackview Android upgrade screen:
- Open your settings. This is usually done by tapping on the “Settings” button.
- Scroll down to “System”.
- Tap on “System”.
- Tap on “About phone”.
- Tap on “Wireless Update”.
- This opens a new window.
- If it starts checking for an update, wait for it to finish.
- If you receive a prompt to upgrade, deny or ignore it.
- Tap on the 3-dot menu in the top right-hand corner.
- Tap on Local updates.
- Your phone might ask if it’s OK to access your files and folders. You must agree.
- Tap on “Internal storage”.
- Scroll down to find the update file and tap on it.
- Tap the “INSTALL NOW” button.
- Tap the OK button.
Now hurry up and wait
Now sit back and wait for the update to run its course.
It’s worth mentioning that my phone crashed after the update.
It had a black screen displaying some vague error message about files being corrupt or something and allowed me two options: retry or revert back to Android 7.
I retried the upgrade once and it failed. Then, with a heavy heart, I reverted back to Android 7.
Or so I thought…
But the system didn’t regress.
Once I went through the setup (which I thought was reverting to Android 7), the system was sporting a brand new install of Android Oreo.
Blackview’s version of Oreo looks better than their version of Nougat, but it’s still not vanilla Android.
I ended up installing Nova Launcher to get the look I wanted.
The reason I bought the Blackview was for the 6GB of RAM and 64GB ROM. I wanted a phone with sufficient speed for years to come.
Am I impressed with the Blackview BV8000 Pro? After initially hating it I’ve grown to appreciate the speed. I’m happy with it.