How to add support for MTP in Ubuntu 12.04

While Android is “based” on the Linux kernel, that doesn’t mean it just works “out of the box” with any Linux distro. When connecting a modern Android device to your Ubuntu, it doesn’t show up in the File Manager. In short, you are not able to transfer files into and out from the phone as easy as you are used to in Win 7 (which supports MTP native).


Since Android 2.3, the support for conventional USB mass storage has been replaced by the Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) which has several advantages.

Make it so!
Even if you fairly easy can access (but with very slow transfer times..) a MTP device thru a program called gmtp, it is not as convenient as a conventional USB mass storage. So how do you make it “easy”? Well a guy named Nicolas Bernaerts wrote this great guide that let’s you automount your android device in MTP mode on Ubuntu 12.04 (Works in 12.10 to). The guide is originally is written for Nexus 7 but it has worked with any android device I have tested so far.

If you have problems connecting your device with Ubuntu, check out Nicolas’s guide. (It’s actually the only guide i tried that actually fixed the problem with MTP in Ubuntu 12.04)

Thank you Nicolas for taking the time and sharing it.

New I8700XXKI3 firmware for Omnia 7

If you have a Samsung Omnia 7 you might experianced problems with 3G+ etc.

Problems with Omnia 7 in combination with Telia
In sweden we had serious problems with the Omnia 7 when using it with the operator Telia.
Well, since the Mango update for Wp7 it’s getting a bit better – from beeing a totally useless phone, we now can use the Omnia 7 as a phone – but now we cant sync marketplace or our skydrive on 3G+.

God news!
Seems like a solution is on the way, I just tried the latest fw I8700XXKI3 released by a french operator and things got a whole lot better. Been using this fw for the last 24h and it turned out to be a big improvement. On the downside your language is set to french and you get some operator specific programs installed after the update, but it’s easely fixed and programs can be uninstalled. You even get to keep all your settings and saved content, but i recommend a factory reset just because it’s allways fun with a freshly installed phone 🙂

Nothing to loose
You will however void the warranty on your Omnia. In my case I have been using my HTC Throphy anyway, since the the combination Omnia 7 and Telia is totally useless as is.
So i had nothing to loose really. If you wanna try it out yourself it’s very easy to do even if a you have moderate skills in updating a phone.
remember it’s not the entire OS but only the firmware for your phone that get’s updated so i say go for it!

Download the firmware

download the WPupdate tools

– Unzip the Tools in a folder then unzip the firmware ( in the same folder as the tools (WP7 Update Cab Sender).
– Plug in your device, wait until the Zune client starts and then close it.
– Run the the Updater and press S or B (depending on the size of your balls..)
– your phone will then reboot in download mode and update (don’t unplug it or do stupid
things with your PC during the whole process..)

So far, so good
And so far the result is much better, no calls with robot or modem voice and it seems to use 3g+ as it should for data traffic when needed. However i have a feeling the connectivity to 3g overall is a bit “hazy” and it it switches to Edge in places my HTC has “ok” 3G connectivity.. But overall im happy with the new fw and we can only hope Telia and Samsung (for unbranded) will release the updated firmware later this fall for all of us.