Wednesday, June 12, 2013

MyPhone A919i Duo Android 4.2.1 Update Review

The MyPhone competitors released their high-end phones with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 out of the box. As expected MyPhone roll out the latest software updates of their flagship phone, the A919i Duo. The upgrade is from Android 4.1.2 to Android 4.2.1.

Below are the lists of the goodies that the Android 4.2.1 update brings to the A919i Duo:

Key Features:

  • Enhanced Lock Screen
  • Panorama and Photo-Sphere
  • Photo Editor
  • Movie Studio
  • Expandable Shortcut in the Notification Panel
  • USB Internet
  • Scene (Two different home screen)
  • Day Dream
  • Wireless Display
  • System Updates Option in the About Phone

Main Disadvantage:

  • Applications cannot be moved to SD card
  • Smart dialing is missing at the Email and Messaging apps

Lock Screen:

The lock screen is basically the same of the previous iteration; the main addition is that you can swipe it to the right for the camera shortcut, swiping it left will reveal a vacant shortcut/widget which you can customize with calendar, clock, Gmail, Google Now and message. This option comes very handy if you want to take a glance on your messages or Gmail without unlocking the screen.

MyPhone A919i Duo Lock Screen
Lock Screen


The notification panel can be accessed by swiping from the top of the screen going down. The usual shortcuts are hidden and can be accessed after click an icon at the upper rightmost corner. Once you click it, the available shortcuts will be revealed such as Owner, Airplane mode, Battery, Wi-Fi, BT, GPS, Data Connection, Data Usage, Audio Profile, Brightness, Timeout and Auto Rotation. The system setting shortcut is also available here.

MyPhone A919i Duo Notification


The scene is basically a home screen wherein you can choose between two categories, default and work. Supposedly you can create and save your own arrangement of icons or widgets on each scene, however when I tried it did not.
MyPhone A919i Duo Scene
Day Dream:

The Day Dream is essentially like a screen saver on your PC though you can only activate in when charging.
MyPhone A919i Duo Day Dream
Day Dream
Panorama and Photo Sphere:

Perhaps, the biggest improvement in the update is the inclusion of the Panorama and Photo Sphere on the camera section. Panorama stitches several pictures either vertically or horizontally into one scenic photo. The Photo Sphere on the other hand, can capture and stitch photo on different angles.

MyPhone A919i Duo Panorama
MyPhone A919i Duo Photo-Sphere

Photo Editor:

The Android 4.2.1 novelties also include a photo editor which is both accessible on the gallery or on the camera interface.
MyPhone A919i Duo Photo Editor
Photo Editor

Movie Studio:

The update also includes a video maker/editor with the application called Movie Studio. You can create or edit a video by using several video clips or photo.
MyPhone A919i Duo Movie Studio
Movie Studio
USB Internet:

Have you ever wondered to share your computer internet connection to your mobile phone? This option can do that, it is basically a reverse tethering application wherein you can connect thru the internet on your phone via the connection from your computer.

MyPhone A919i Duo USB Internet
USB Internet

Wireless Display:

The Android 4.2 in general supports wireless mirroring using Mira cast standard created by the WiFi Alliance. You can share your mobile phone content on a wireless display that supports this standard.

MyPhone A919i Duo Wireless Display
Wireless Display

System Updates:

The MyPhone 4.2.1 update brings the OTA option which is missing on the 4.1.2.

MyPhone A919i Duo System Updates
System Updates

Updated Benchmarks:

The Android 4.2.1 update also brings performance boost, although it is quite hard to distinguish. The synthetic benchmarks below shows enhance performance (4.2.1 at the left, 4.1.2 at the right).
MyPhone A919i Duo Antutu
MyPhone A919i Duo Quadrant
MyPhone A919i Duo Vellamo
MyPhone A919i Duo NenaMark


The Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean updates of MyPhone A919i Duo bring several novelties such as performance enhancements and software goodies. This is a good step from MyPhone ensuring that they give support to their flagship phone. Yet, MyPhone left many users are hoping for, the ability to move applications on the external Micro SD card especially that it has a limited storage.

For full review please visit MyPhone A919i Duo Review: Overall Performer


  1. Hi,

    Do I need to bring my unit to the service center for the update? I was hoping to do it myself - any suggestions?

    1. If you want to do it yourself you can head to Facebook Group at

  2. Im from pampanga any idea where can i update it here?

    1. no idea po... check mo na website ng myphone. or visit the fb group, yung link na comment ko sa taas.

  3. hhmm. pwede po kaya yan sa a919 duo lang ?

  4. Ang alam ko po wala pang 4.2.1 official update for A919. Maybe sa mga forum meron silang hacked version..



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