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KOReader Latest Version Compatible with Boyue Likebook Mars
#1  Incanus 04-13-2020, 12:54 PM
Hello:

Which is the latest version of KOReader compatible with Boyue Likebook Mars?

Awaiting your kind reply,

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#2  ottischwenk 04-13-2020, 12:56 PM
Quote Incanus
Hello:

Which is the latest version of KOReader compatible with Boyue Likebook Mars?

Awaiting your kind reply,

[INCANUS]
Why are you interessted in such buggy software?
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#3  Incanus 04-13-2020, 01:17 PM
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Why are you interessted in such buggy software?
I'm trying to replace the Boyue Reader native software with some Android alternative. CoolReader it's rather cumbersome and has poor dictionary integration; I don't like MoonReader+; hence KOReader.

Can you help me?

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#4  pazos 04-13-2020, 01:58 PM
Hi Incanus. The latest version is 2020.03.2. The version in the likebook store is rather old and we can't check if it was modified somehow.

We got reports of recent KO versions working on different Likebook devices, so it is probably the new FW which broke something but we need logs to confirm (and hopefully solve) that.

Copying from github:

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Android won't have a crash.log file because Google restricts what apps can log, so you'll need to obtain logs using
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adb logcat KOReader:I ActivityManager:* AndroidRuntime:* *:F
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#5  pazos 04-13-2020, 02:04 PM
To see how a vendor can implement crappy changes on top of crappy firmware please look at https://github.com/koreader/koreader/issues/5075.

Of course the Likebook Mimas I played with (fw 1.x) was pretty ok and KO worked as nice as it worked on other platforms, albeit slower than kobos, kindles, etc
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#6  Incanus 04-13-2020, 02:53 PM
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Of course the Likebook Mimas I played with (fw 1.x) was pretty ok and KO worked as nice as it worked on other platforms, albeit slower than kobos, kindles, etc
First of all, pazos: thank you for your prompt reply and attention.

With that (and both your previous posts) being said, considering the Boyue Likebook Mars a clearly "special" version of Android 6.0.1, what is the most (hmm) stable version of KOReader that you would recommend for this device?

Of course, I can always download each and every version, install them and see what happens... but I'd rather have your (I daresay) educated opinion first.

I do realize that the baseline version of Android compatible with KOReader may well be below 6.0... but there you have it: I need your advice.

Awaiting your kind reply,

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#7  pazos 04-13-2020, 03:03 PM
Hi Incanus. On Likebook Mimas, Ares, Mars and Muses *with* firmware 1.x *any* recent version of KOReader should work. I would recommend stay with latest release version, which you can obtain from https://github.com/koreader/koreader/releases

On recent FW like yours I don't know. Nothing changed in (our) platform code that could explain why is not working. Hence I would suggest to attach logs here and lets us know.

If you installed the version from Likebook store first and updated to a recent version *without* issues during installation that would mean that the old version wasn't modified and is signed with the same key. If that was your case I would suggest to uninstall the program, remove the folder /sdcard/koreader and install the latest version directly from github (or any version hosted by f-droid) and see if that works. If that's not your case then please logs


KOReader works from 4.0 onwards, but 4.2 is recommended because older android versions are a pain to maintain.
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#8  Incanus 04-13-2020, 03:18 PM
Quote pazos
If you installed the version from Likebook store first and updated to a recent version *without* issues during installation that would mean that the old version wasn't modified and is signed with the same key. If that was your case I would suggest to uninstall the program, remove the folder /sdcard/koreader and install the latest version directly from github (or any version hosted by f-droid) and see if that works. If that's not your case then please logs
I've haven't tried that approach, yet. So far:


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KOReader works from 4.0 onwards, but 4.2 is recommended because older android versions are a pain to maintain.
As the matters stands, I' think I'll try installing (either from scratch or on top of etc.) versions backwards or earlier than from v2020.02, that is to say, prior to the latest Boyue Likebook Mars firmware update. Oh, joy.



I'll report on my results, if and when I have them.

I remain gratefully yours,

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#9  ottischwenk 04-13-2020, 04:02 PM
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I'm trying to replace the Boyue Reader native software with some Android alternative. CoolReader it's rather cumbersome and has poor dictionary integration; I don't like MoonReader+; hence KOReader.
Im using AlReader with Golden Dict.
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#10  Incanus 04-13-2020, 04:07 PM
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Im using AlReader with Golden Dict.
I tried Golden Dict + CoolReader and I much more like the interface of KOReader and it's own StarDict dictionary use.

If I could work out the use of side load of fonts with multiple styles on Boyue Reader software, I probably would use just that and wouldn't bother to check KOReader, CoolReader or whatever else.

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