Category Archives: Android

Solved: Updating partition details… Unable to open zip file. Error flashing zip

When trying to flash my old Motorola Xoom using this excellent guide I was unable to flash the system and google apps zips from TWRP and received the following error:

Updating partition details...
Unable to open zip file.
Error flashing zip '/sdcard/

The error wasn’t quite verbose enough. I found when I tried to have another stab at flashing the recovery partition Android was more helpful and told me that the battery level was too low.

Plugging the device in I was able to flash the device straight away and bring my Xoom back to life and make use of an old tablet again!

OnePlus X vs. OnePlus One vs OnePlus 2 Specification Comparision

For full Google Sheet version go here OnePlus X vs. OnePlus One vs OnePlus 2 Specification Comparision

OnePlus One OnePlus 2 OnePlus X
Height in Inches 6.02 5.98 5.51
Width in Inches 2.99 2.95 2.72
Depth in Inches 0.35 0.39 0.27
Available Materials Sandstone Black Sandstone Black Or Silk White Onyx Black Glass or Ceramic
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920.108
Display PPI (Pixels Per Inch) 401 401 441
Display Size (in Inches) 5.5 5.5 5
Camera Resolution (in Megapixels) 13 13 13
Camera Aperture (lower number bigger aperture) f/2.0 f/2.0 f/2.2
Auto Focus Time in Seconds 0.2 0.2
Front Camera Resolution (in Megapixels) 5 5 8
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
RAM (GB) 3 3 3 or 4
Storage Options Available (in GB) 16/64 32/64 16 (SD card upto 128GB for expansion)
Default Software CyanogenMod Oxygen 2 Oxygen 2
Price (in Dollars) 299 for 64GB 389 for 64GB 250 Onyx / 370 Ceramic

Google Hangouts Firewall Ports

Our firewall was configured as per Google’s documentation to allow the Google Hangouts nee Talk client and the Android Google Hangouts app to connect. but to no avail.
With a little bit of troubleshooting I found that an additional port needed to be opened too. So here’s the firewall ports you need to open for Google Talk:

  • 80 TCP
  • 443 TCP
  • 19302 – 19309 TCP and UDP
  • Additional Ports for various clients
    Ports Clients
    5222, 5223, 5224 XMPP clients
    5228 and 5229 Android phones
    5269 XMPP federation

This information was taken from  Optimize your network for Hangouts

I hope that helps some of you out there.



Android Sending an SMS to multiple recipients sends as an MMS

Happy New Year SMS not MMS

Sending out a few new years eve sms message I found that if I added more than one recipient my SMS became an MMS
A little looking around on New Years Day and I found this setting was checked by default on my Nexus 4 with ICS


Changing Android Multiple Recipients to SMS

Unchecking Group Messaging fixes this issue.
Hope that helps some of you out there.