Samsung Galaxy A5 2015 (samsung-a5ulte)

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Samsung Galaxy A5 (2015)
Samsung Galaxy A5
Samsung Galaxy A5
Manufacturer Samsung
Name Galaxy A5 (2015)
Codename samsung-a5ulte
Released 2014
Original software Android 4.4.4
postmarketOS kernel Mainline
Hardware
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
CPU 4x ARM Cortex A53 @ 1.2 GHz
GPU Adreno 306
Display 5 inch 16:9, 720 x 1280 AMOLED
Storage 16 GB
Memory 2 GB
Architecture aarch64
Unixbench Whet/Dhry score 912.7
Features
USB Networking
Works
Flashing
Works
Touchscreen
Works
Display
Partial
WiFi
Works
Xwayland
Works
FDE
Mainline
Works
Battery
Works
3D Acceleration
Works
Accelerometer
Works
Audio
Partial
Bluetooth
Works
Camera
Broken
GPS
Mobile data
SMS
Calls
USB OTG



Contributors

Users owning this device


Installation

  1. Install lk2nd (alternative bootloader that provides a standard fastboot interface)
  2. Follow the Installation guide
  3. If you don't install wifi firmware, display won't work
Note: Enter lk2nd fastboot mode by pressing only Volume Down + Power (not the Home button). Pressing the Home button additionally will bring you to the Samsung Download mode.

Audio

Everything is muted by default and must be enabled through alsaucm. Unfortunately, the tool is not very user-friendly.

$ alsaucm -i -c msm8916-samsung-a2015
set _verb HiFi
set _enadev <device>

where <device> is one of Earpiece, Headphones, PrimaryMic, HeadsetMic or SecondaryMic. (Speaker not supported yet...) alsaucm does not track which devices are already enabled, therefore it is possible to produce combinations that won't work properly (e.g. Headphones+Earpiece). To switch between devices, the old device first needs to be re-enabled and then disabled:

$ alsaucm -i -c msm8916-samsung-a2015
set _verb HiFi
set _enadev OLD
set _disdev OLD
set _enadev NEW
Warning: alsaucm sets the volume to maximum by default. It is possible to increase the volume even further, however, this may lead to permanent damage to your speaker!

Screen

Screen works partially. While displaying the UI works fine, adjusting the brightness doesn't work.

Plasma Mobile

Plasma mobile currently works on A5 2015, but you should set custom scaling factor to 2.

kscreen-doctor output.1.scale.2 should work

Plasma works smoothly, but there are some graphical glitches like choppy text

Hildon

Kinda works, it has to be rotated 90 degrees, and crashes when touched