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LeWa OS

LeWa OS (Chinese: 乐蛙), also called Music Frogs[1] or жабка,[2] is a third-party Android ROM produced by the Chinese company Lewa Technology. It mainly focuses on developing ROMs for 1000-renminbi (around US$126) phones .[3] As of April 2013, they have more than 2 million users,[4] and as of July 2012, they are among the Top 3 custom Android ROMs in China, together with MIUI and DianXin OS (also known as Tapas OS).[5] Lewa is also the first-ever custom Android ROM in the world that supports dual-SIM standby feature.[6] The ROM includes its own LeWa market,[7] a power save mode,[8] adjustable switches in notification bar,[9] and some other modifications that are "optimized and localized" for Chinese users. It releases new version via OTA update once a week every Friday.[10][11][12] Other than models that are officially supported, phones can also use lewa by using ROMs that are ported by others or by users themselves.[13] Some believe that it provides a user experience and design that's similar or better than iOS[14] or MIUI,[15] some commentators also point out that the ROM is simple and energy-saving.[16] However, some Chinese commentators believe that this LeWa OS consumes more battery than stock Android.[17]

History

LeWa's team started producing ROMs for Android (since August 2009 for Android 1.5 Cupcake) even before the LeWa company was established.[18]

Soon after LeWa's technology was established in Shanghai at April 2011, by June 2011 it had received 20 million Reminbi angel investment from Green Pine Capital Partners (also the Round A investor of fanfou.com, coship and some other companies)[19] and released its first official release in October 2011, and it released its first Open Build version that publicized some of its source code and provided compile tool for the public in June 2012.[20]

During early July 2012, it received 50 million renminbi (~7/9 million USD) funding from Tencent,[5][21] and LeWa started deeply integrating Tencent's mobile manager into their ROM since a month before that and provided a SDK to block spam messages base on that program in the system level.[22] Observers believe this investment is part of Tencent's strategy to enter the ROM-flashing market.[23]

By Late July 2012, it announced the release of M+ Platform and become the first team ever to specifically made ROM for MediaTeK platform[24] Some forecasted that if this solution become mature, then people could directly get MTK's hardware and install lewa's software into it to DIY own phone.[25]

The Chinese version of Nokia X had been found to ship with LeWa OS 5 by default in early 2014.[26]

Operation mode

Unlike most other ROMs in mainland China that want to profit from their user base by embedding software or services, LeWa's major profit source is by aiding mobile phone manufacturers such as ZTE, Huawei, TCL, THL or Zopo to customize their OS.[27] And they're targeting at become the "CyanogenMod of China" or "CyanogenMod of MTK" by providing these phones with more special features and UI that match Chinese user habits.[2][20]

See also

References

  1. "LeWa Music Frogs Releases New Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROM!". GizBeat. 2012-09-03. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "LeWa OS - "лягушенок", заточенный под MediaTek девайсы | Электроника из Китая" (in русский). TechnoChina. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  3. "Lewa, An Android Smartphone Custom ROM Developer, Released OS5". Technode.com. 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  4. "乐蛙 OS 5,让千元智能机更好用更好看 - 爱范儿 · Beats of Bits". Ifanr.com. 2013-09-29. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "腾讯5000万投资乐蛙科技 抢夺刷机渠道_业界资讯_太平洋电脑网PConline". Pcedu.pconline.com.cn. 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  6. "乐蛙OS发布全球首款双卡双待第三方ROM_科技频道_凤凰网". Tech.ifeng.com. 2012-06-24. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  7. January 27, 2013 anexonel (2013-01-27). "Goophone I5 running LeWa OS". Gizchina.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  8. "LEWA OS – BEST EVER CUSTOM ROM FOR MICROMAX A110". DroidSimplified. 2013-08-08. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  9. "Lewa OS - больше, чем просто Android! » China Review - обзоры китайских телефонов, смартфонов и планшетных ПК". China Review. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  10. "乐蛙:押宝千元安卓手机的刷机市场_网易科技". Tech.163.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  11. 小杰 (2012-02-04). "LeWa 乐蛙OS 官方下载—专为千元Android手机深度定制开发的Android ROM | 爱玩电脑". Iwanpc.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  12. "乐蛙科技 | 创业谱". Chuangyepu.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  13. "Портируем прошивку LeWa OS на свое Android-устройство | Прошивки | Фан клуб android". Fans-android.com. 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  14. "Lewa OS5 Coming Soon better than IOS | PinoyscreencastPinoyscreencast". Pinoyscreencast.net. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  15. "LewaOS сделает ваш Android удобнее и красивее | Лайфхакер". Lifehacker.ru. 2013-09-15. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  16. "乐蛙OS怎么样?乐蛙ROM实际使用评测_巴士HTC". Htc.tgbus.com. 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  17. 2013年04月15日06:10 (2011-09-21). "乐蛙VS原生Android 纽曼K1两版ROM对比-搜狐滚动". Roll.sohu.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  18. "ifanr 访谈:乐蛙的"千元 Android 智能手机"之路 - 爱范儿 · Beats of Bits". Ifanr.com. 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  19. "松禾资本2000万投Android团队上海乐蛙 - 国内 - 中国网络游戏产业频道-(UUU9)游久网". Chanye.uuu9.com. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  20. 20.0 20.1 "CTimes - :樂蛙OS,Android ROM,阿里雲OS,中國千元手機,樂蛙,MTK". Hope.com.tw. 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  21. "Tencent(騰訊)がAndroid ROMメーカーに投資、QQスマートフォンの可能性をほのめかす - THE BRIDGE". Thebridge.jp. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  22. "腾讯手机管家携乐蛙OS打造手机底层安全保护". 比特网. 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  23. (作者:佚名 编辑:szmia). "巨头渠道争夺升级!腾讯战略投资乐蛙-专家观点-深圳移动互联网产学研资联盟". Szmia.org. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  24. "乐蛙与联发科达成合作 将为MTK平台定制ROM_科技频道_凤凰网". Tech.ifeng.com. 2012-06-24. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  25. "乐蛙专为MTK千元机Android推M+计划|南昌网络公司报道—网络营销-珠峰科技". Jxbgw.net. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  26. http://www.3533.com/news/1/201402/99177/1.htm
  27. "為MTK而生的Android ROM:樂蛙OS". CTIMES. Retrieved 2013-10-08.