How I Made My Own Android Phone – in China

Uh-Oh Did I buy a locked board? The problem here is that I haven't used Android so long. I don't really know what to do about this. I set out to build my own iPhone a couple of years ago and it took me down this crazy rabbit hole into the Chinese cellphone markets and ever since people have been asking me "Okay, when are you gonna build your own Android?" and I kept saying I didn't want to make that same video again Just building a different phone But I keep thinking about it and I realized that I learned so much building that first iPhone and there's entire sections of the cellphone markets I haven't even explored yet, and I know almost nothing about Androids but I'd like to learn more because I think that I could do a lot more interesting modifications to 'em than what I've been doing on iPhone and I'm curious "Are Android phones built the same way? Is it gonna be easy for me to find parts?" I think I *can* figure out how to put it together as long as I can actually find the parts and I'm hoping that part is gonna be a bit, bit easier this time given that I've had two years of exploring the markets and I speak a bit more Mandarin I've also been thinking a lot about what phone do I want to build and At first I was thinking a Google Pixel But honestly almost nobody here has even heard of a Pixel and so I think it's gonna be really hard to find parts And then I was thinking Huawei given that they've been in the news recently but uh, honestly, I think at this point that's just asking for trouble and so I've settled on a Samsung Galaxy S10 Relatively new flagship phone, seems to be getting good reviews And I've seen a lot of Samsung parts available in the markets. So come down the rabbit hole with me once again Let's go buy some parts Honestly filming in here scares the shit out of me nobody wants to be on camera And so sometimes I have to be pretty careful about it There are some places in here where I wonder what would happen if somebody found out that I was filming I'm getting my ass kicked By a bunch of angry Chinese market sellers and not high on my bucket list the same time I know a lot of people that are okay with it or at least Indifferent and they just don't want me to show their face or their brief location and for their own safety I'm going to look for the launch board first I know from past experience that stuff from the hardest part to find I Just don't know if I'm gonna bolt flying past any boards yet As long as I complying that part I'll be able to find everything else. No problem You feel like a total beginner again What the heck is June 1935 These reports Even in the great part of Marquette building You know Yomi OS f sure that's that's Mayo okay, shake it market sellers here tend to cluster together not just based on what they're selling. But also their home It's super confusing controller. Yeah, Yo Ma you're should Stand budget work. No. Okay. No one has. Okay. Thank you I realized I need to recruit I need to look up with Bobby's Samsung parts and look likes that I know what I'm looking for and that place that I go for this sort of thing is the Teardown guides that I fix it puts together and I want to thank them for sponsoring this video You know, they would still be my go-to resource sponsorship or not But I am happy that they're making it possible for me to spend so much time on this and to buy all these parts Okay, so here is the teardown guide for a Samsung Galaxy S10 I just wanted to see what the logic boards look like so that I know what to look for in the cases All right now all the turquoise logic for its and look at the sand I also want to look up some up part numbers that I was seeing. A G935 is.. an S7, and an S10 is G973? 973 Hello There don't seem to be any s10 boards and there's hardly any sellers selling Samsung logic boards at all Nothing compared to iPhone a lot of fun parts come from places like this I call this place the underground underground chip market both because it's physically underground but also there's a lot of like a secondhand and Back-channel goods that flow through here people take phones apart and then separate all the parts clean them up test them and then sell them for repair or Refurbishing this sort of thing happens all throughout the neighborhood There used to be ladies that would sit on the sidewalk outside. My old apartment shucking cell phones like oysters and on little stools I suspect a lot of the parts also come from waste in the manufacturing process Either stuff that was marked defective by the manufacturer or prototypes or things like that I'm not I'm not sure the big manufacturers are super pleased to know that their parts end up in places like this, but honestly, It's far far better for the planet than grinding them up for scrap there need to be way way more Places in the world like this, but the one problem with places like this is is if you want to buy parts You've gotta wait for enough broken bones to come through to be disassembled to create the supply of parts I think I'm gonna have to give up on an s10 for now and wait for more people that drop their phones I guess I'll try for s9 instead s job No, no plus what we are plus Joad I know AB. All right, no have okay only plus S nine boards are hard to come by There's tons of s 8o Do die male Okay, okay Etienne to go check out how cool how on the outer took a mayo ID. Yeah. No, okay Yes, or what? I saw yeah. Yeah. Okay. Yeah you Okay, yeah Waiting Well success. I got an asinine Clausen instead of an s9, but I think that's okay I just hope it works and that it wasn't locked or a reported stolen or anything like that I guess now all I need is the other main components battery screen and The case now, this shouldn't be too hard to find Yeah, well sing oh you sto plus a few peek Says it all the – parts have this distinctive look Samson participant so much. It's anonymous hard to tell fun even at the right booth Yeah Spop thank you Okay, okay Now to get all the smaller bits though, the cameras and screws most importantly the headphone jack. I'm pretty excited about that No, yo meal as yo Pete How much for these two okay Oh, yeah Finding those last few parts is always such a slog. I'm still looking for adhesive and screws and a wireless typing coil Now you may all lose Something thank you so go to SSG Okay, okay, okay. Yeah you Know if you're enjoying this adventure so far and you want to see more like it be sure to hit that subscribe button down below All right I think Is everything now comes the moment of truth? I gotta put this together and get to work Let's just start looking at some major parts here Now there's a lot of stuff that was already in here. I think it's all used pieces. Let me pull up the I fix it tear down over here doesn't seem like I fix it has a repair guide for like the logic board you try and what I try and do is I find try and find the repair guide that Goes the deepest that requires taking out the most parts. I think it's the screen for this phone Let's start with the motherboard then you start at the bottom and work the way up Let's just start fitting some stuff in and see the stuff you Know the d40 goes up There and this I think it sent me some screwdrivers to try out Poke the prying tool tweezers It looks like I am missing two wires, ah, there's a blue wire and a white wire That should be in here and I think there are the antenna wires. Um, I just forgot to get him I'm napping back to the markets Give me no sunshine The Sto. + ah, there we go Seis any Two little wires, but they're necessary Alright the cables are in I've just got a couple last pieces to put in and we'll see if this works Moment of truth. I haven't put the back on yet because I want to make sure it works. Let's give this a shot First try baby Awesome That feeling never gets old I've not actually held one of these phones before this is the first Samsung Galaxy I've held at least in a long time Locked Oh Cameras work both cameras work locked board the problem here is that I Haven't used the Android so long. I don't really know what to do about this Can I just actually reset it or is there like some equivalent of iCloud locking and like cloud activation? I don't know not gonna close this phone up until I get it unlocked All right. I did a little bit of googling and I think I just need to factory reset it. Let's hope that works Okay, that worked wipe data/factory Reset' Let's get started Sweet that was all I needed to do now that I've got it unlocked and fully working time to put the back on this once and for all Well, there it is a one finished Samsung Galaxy S nine plus It seems to fully work by the iris scan. The fingerprint scan the face scan. I'll work cameras work As far as I can tell it looks exactly like a store-bought S9 plus wood, but to be honest, this is the first one I've ever seen in person Including in a store. I've just been working off photos online. This video is sponsored by I fix it ever since the very beginning They've been a partner in my crazy phone adventures even before they knew it I've always had a laptop just off camera with one of their teardown guides or repair guides as my reference for how to put the phone together the key is to start with one of their guides on how to take a phone apart and work from the bottom up and Despite having a name that starts with a lowercase. I they're way more than iPhone they have Repair guides and tear downs and tools and parts for everything from Android phones to drones to televisions I've been using one of their pro tech screwdriver sets in this project But they also sent me one of their pro tech tool kits which is come in handy a number of times for things like repairing Cameras where I don't always have the right tool if you'd like a tool kit of your own Click the link down in the description and let them know I sent you wanted to add a few thoughts here at the end Just about how this compares with the process of building an iPhone Honestly, this went way easier than building an iPhone. I was quite surprised Maybe it's just because I'm more experienced but it felt like I don't know There are a lot fewer parts or a lot less like sheet metal brackets and things there's only one size screw, which is amazing and those mid frame pieces of plastic the black plastic with all the screws Those act as a replacement for all the the sheet metal clips that iPhone uses and there's only three of them instead of like ten or I don't know 15 Apple has a Ton of random clips that are really hard to figure out where they all go and how they fit in and whatnot I was super surprised it even worked the first time. I tried turning it on I didn't have any issues with like weirdly cryptographically paired components like the touch ID buttons in iphone or the face ID cameras There was none of that it was a plug it all in put in a cup You know the cover and a few screws and good to go. The challenging part was really just finding the parts There are far fewer Samsung parts in the markets, and it's just way more confusing I don't know iPhone parts look very distinct And my theory at least was that there are more iPhones per model in the world Like there are more units in the world than there are with Samsung But I did some research and as far as I can tell that's not actually true So, I don't know. I it just seems like there are more iPhone parts here inch engine at least it feels anecdotally like 50 to 75% of the market is iPhone in terms of number of parts and That all of the rest of the phones Samsung and Huawei and vivo and Oppo and all of the rest Make up the other, you know, 25 to 50 percent And so it's just they're far fewer booths selling the same part And so you have to hunt around a lot more This could be a result of the fact that iPhones are manufactured here in China, but Samsung phones alright but you would think then that there would be a ton of like vivo and oboe parts available and There are a fair amount, but not anything close to iPhone, so, I don't know I don't I don't really fully understand it yet that about does it for this time? I'm Scottie from strange parts if you want to see more videos like this one Be sure to let YouTube know by hitting that subscribe button down below. I'll see you again soon

36 thoughts on “How I Made My Own Android Phone – in China

  1. I guess you could buy all the parts in Taobao with cheaper price (even you could find S10 parts in Taobao I guess)

  2. Challenge:
    Why don't you make a custom, top performance, android phone with best parts from every manufacturer?
    If it's even possible to do

  3. Video title should have been:
    "I assembled myself a phone"
    Argg click bait these days, video's already at 1m in under a day cuz of clickbait

    Ima ask it now 😅
    Like if you agree
    Seriously do it

  4. They have been asking this but for sake of all who asked this million dollar question already, I'll ask it again:
    I hope you can give us the answer or at the least, mention it on your video because we are sooooo intrigue.

  5. It kinda annoys me if people call an Android phone an "android". An android is a human-like robot, it's already a thing. A phone with Android OS on it is called an Android phone.
    Also, don't call an iPhone just "iPhone". It's not a person and even if it were it shared that name with millions of other phones.

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