Update September 9, 2020: I have added a video of the update process to the bottom of this post.
Update October 18, 2020: The link to the official Cubot site for downloading the new firmware is broken, because Cubot has removed V14 from their website.
Update November 2, 2020: Cubot has published the firmware V14 to their official site again, so I have corrected the link.
I was really surprised this morning to see a notification on my Cubot Quest phone that I have never seen before – a notification for a “Wireless update” or better known as an OTA update. OTA updates bring new version of firmware to the phones regularly, fixing bugs, bringing new security patches and even new features. So why was I surprised? Well, the thing is that Cubot Quest has (until now) never received a push firmware update. This was the first one.
More than that, since the phone was released in May 2019 it received only one firmware update and it was in August 2019. It wasn’t over-the-air update, it was just dropped on the official website to install manually (or “flash”). There were instructions on the site to install all the drivers and support software on the computer and install by cable. Then, the version was updated from V11 (CUBOT_QUEST_V11_20190529) to version V13 (CUBOT_QUEST_V13_20190806). it did fix some errors, so the update was very welcome.
What about the new V14 update?
The update that I have received today is named V14 or with the long name CUBOT_QUEST_V14_20200820_20200820-1512. I guess the short name on the official Cubot download center website (Edit: link corrected, because it was broken since Cubot removed the option to download V14 firmware from their site; another Edit: link corrected when the option to V14 again appeared on the website) will be CUBOT_QUEST_V14_20200820, but currently it’s not published yet.
Whats new in CUBOT_QUEST_V14_20200820?
According to the update information provided by the update itself, there’s not much new. The only item on the list is very vague:
1. Minor bug fixes
So this is not much help at all. If they have pushed this update after a year, I guess it must have been important. Maybe they have even updated the Android security patch level which was stuck at 5 July 2019.
The size of the update is pretty small (only 57.7 MB), so I don’t expect any new features or an upgrade to Android 10. I’m pretty sure it will stay on Android 9 and maybe anything new won’t be even noticeable (except from the updated build number).
Apart from that guesses, I’ll have to install the V14 and see any changes for myself.
How to update firmware to V14?
Well, the process is very easy. Make sure that the battery is charged over 30%, and click the “Download” button. The download should be pretty quick as it’s small. You could even do it with mobile data, but over WiFi it’s probably faster.
Let’s click Download and here we go!
After the download is complete there’s a choice to “Install now” or “Install later”. I chose Install now and a nice screen with an updating circle and progress bar is shown. The process was quite slow on my phone, it took several minutes to finish.
When it finishes, the phone restarts, and after the OS is fully loaded you’ll see the usually home screen that you’re used to. There’s even a notification telling you that the installation is complete.
Will the update V14 delete any of the data on the phone (apps, photos,…)?
The update shouldn’t delete anything from the phone. It’s a small update and all it does is replace some system files.
After I have installed the update my apps are still there, and so are all the photos and the home screen.