Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Archos 80 Cobalt, the third Archos tablet in the Elements range has just being announced. Being slightly bigger than the iPad Mini, it packs a 1.6Ghz dual-core processor from Rockchip, 1GB of RAM and just like the new Apple device, two cameras. The new Cobalt tablet will probably be produced by Yifang, just like the similar-looking yet unannounced Prestigio 5580C and 5880D models(the 5580C is shown on the picture below).

The design for the 80 Cobalt comes from Arnova 8c G3 model which was released half a year ago.

If Archos will stick to their pricing promisses back from March, the Archos 80 Cobalt will land on the shelves for a friendly price of 149€, being 50€ cheaper than the Archos 80xs.

Like always, here is the specs list for those that are interested:

Operating System Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
CPU ARM Cortex A9
Rockchip RK3066 @1.6GHz
Flash Storage Memory Capacity: 8 GB
System Memory 1024 Mb
Additional storage Micro SD slot (SDXC compatible up to 64GB)
Display 1024×768 TFT
Capacitive MultiTouch
Bluetooth No
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
Gravity Sensor Yes
Camera 0.3 MPx front-facing
2.0 MPx back
GPS No
HDMI No
Interfaces MicroSD slot
USB Slave
Android Market / Google Play Yes
Battery capacity 4000 mAh (TBC)
Dimensions No
RRP 149€ (TBC)

The Archos 97 Xenon, the second tablet from the Elements line of products does not seem to be very popular, not much has been said on this 3G tablet since it has been released a few weeks ago. Thanks to the FCC we now have a few pictures of the tablet internals to learn more details about the tablet specifications.

Inside the Archos 97 Xenon

The following pictures show somes details about the Archos 97 Xenon chipset:
Qualcomm PM8058: power management IC
TriQuint TQM7M5013: Quad-Band GSM / GPRS / EDGE-Linear Power Amplifier Module made for use with Qualcomm QTR/RTR8600 WEDGE solutions
Atheros AR6003: Single-chip 802.11b/g/n WiFi
Qualcomm QTR8200: RF Transceiver



The 97 Xenon seems to be sourced from Foxda manufacturer in China, with model Foxda 8933.
The tablet system on a chip (SoC) on this machine is described as a Qualcomm Snapdragon running at 1.4 GHz, probably a processor from the Snapdragon S2 family such as the MSM8255 or similar (MSM7230, MSM7630, APQ8055, MSM8655)

Battery

The FCC page listing the equipment mentions a 3.7 V, 3 000 mAh battery, which we can see in the internals pictures below. There seem to be a second battery on the picture, which would be quite necessary to give a decent battery life due to the IPS screen and the 3G components on this tablet.

Archos 97 Xenon specifications

Operating System Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
CPU 1.4Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU
(probably an ARM Cortex A8 Snapdragon S2, such as the MSM8255 at 1.4 GHz to be confirmed)
Flash Storage Memory Capacity: 4 GB
System Memory 512 Mb
Additional storage Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible up to 32GB)
Display 1024×768 IPS
Capacitive MultiTouch
3G WCDMA/HSPA 850/1900 Mhz
Bluetooth No
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
Gravity Sensor Yes
Camera 0.3 MPx front-facing only
2.0 MPx back
GPS Yes
HDMI No
Interfaces MicroSD slot
USB host
Android Market / Google Play Yes
Kickstand No
Dimensions 248 x 188 x 11,5 mm
Weight 650 g

Our opinion

Specifications wise, the Xenon appears to be quite limited, with 512 Mb of memory and a relatively old processor. The Archos 97 Xenon is available on Archos Store only in some countries and currently sells at €329, a price we are judging quite high for a device of that kind, which does not make the Xenon look very attractive even compared to an older Archos G9 tablet with the internal 3G Stick.

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Pictures by FCC, product filled under reference SOVAC97XEUS
Archos 97 Xenon product manual at FCC
Archos 97 Xenon product page at archos.com

Via Jbmm.fr (in French)

surdu_petru on xda-developers.com has just released a brand new rooted custom firmware for the Archos Gen9. It brings Google Face Unlock, root access and many optimizations to the Gen9 tablets. The installation is mainly targeted for developers and experienced users, it requires Archos Special Developer Edition firmware (SDE) to be installed on your tablet.

Custom firmware release notes

Clean_Slim&Fast V01
android system :
boot animation ;
rom deodexed ;
busybox updated and proper installed ;
zipalign on boot for all apk system/app/* & data/app/* ;
tweak fix permisions ;
optimize database with sqlite3 ;
optimize /system ext4 with new tweaks;
tweaks network;
activated ZRAM ;
replaced Superuser to fix some root issue ! ;
removed update system notification & online registration ;
removed almost all applications you can download for free from PlayStore !
kernel :
enabled init.d to run scripts ;
enabled I/O -> fast /data as in stock firmware 4.0.24 !
increase I/O on kernel with dinamic fsync() ;
enabled CLEANCACHE ;
enabled ZRAM ;

Clean_Slim&Fast V02 :

android system :
add item “Kernel version” on Settings -> About tablet
removed item “Baseband version” on Settings -> About tablet
add Face Unlock !
kernel :
build kernel from Archos source code with my Optimized Toolchains GCC 4.4.7 !

Clean_Slim&Fast custom firmware download

Download Clean_Slim&FastV02.zip or Clean_Slim&FastV02.zip
Local mirror: Clean_Slim_FastV02.zip

Installation instructions

  • Connect USB cable ( PC <-> Tablet ) ;
  • unzip Clean_Slim&FastV02.zip.zip
  • put archos.ext4.update in your device, or > adb push archos.ext4.update mnt/storage/

  • go to recovery SDE and Remove Android kernel if you have already installed any official firmware !
  • go to Flash kernel & Initramfs and copy here zImage and initramfs.cpio.lzo -> in the new driver that appeared !
  • Ok ! … & wait to boot !
  • After complete installation, please restart the device again !
  • Notes:
    In the second boot, ( and only the second boot ) bootanimation may run slightly slowed !
    ( if your device is stuck on boot , please RESET your device ! …all should be OK after !!! )

    The Arnova 8 G2 tablet hasn’t seen a newer system update than Android 2.3 Gingerbread from the manufacturer, there has been some developers efforts such as MorkaMod (thanks Morka!) to improve the device Graphical User Interface but the system was still quite outdated. While we thought the tablet would be forever stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Arnova has started to sell the Arnova 8 G2I a few months ago, this device is nothing more than an old Arnova 8 G2 with the system updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
    We have modified the stock Arnova 8 G2I firmware dump to add Google Play Store/Android Market, full root, write access to /system partition and extended 1.5 Gb space for applications (/data partition).

    Arnova 8 G2 custom firmware features

  • Clean installation of Google Play Store, no more missing apps (Twitter, Facebook…)
  • Full root support with writable /system partition
  • Root access is controled thru SuperSU.apk v0.96 (free version), a cool upgrade to SuperUser.apk by XDA developer Chainfire
  • Extended space for applications (/data) to 1.5 Gb
  • Updated Rockchip bootloader to latest version 2.28
  • The firmware has been tested and is fully compatible on the older Arnova 8 G2, capacitive model with 8 GB storage, it is not compatible with the resistive Dual Touch (DT) model.

    While we find this Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich usable on the Arnova 8 G2, we feel that the interface can be laggy at times, probably due to the limited memory (512 Mb) on the tablet, it won’t be very good at multitasking. If you want to maintain a decent performance, you will probably have to install a task killer or manually stop the apps that you don’t need.

    Install procedure

    Before starting, please make sure you backup all your existing apps, data and files that are on your tablet as they will be erased during the flash process. Also make sure your device is connected to the power.

    Step 1. Download

    Kasty custom firmware download (version 0.44)

    kasty-ez_arn8g2-40-044-1_5G.zip

    This firmware is specific to the Arnova 8 G2 (capacitive model with 8 Gb storage only) and Arnova 8 G2i and should not be installed on other devices.

    WE WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR DEVICE.

    THIS FIRMWARE UPDATE IS USED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

    WE RECOMMEND TO FLASH THIS FIRMWARE ONLY IF YOU ARE ABLE TO RESCUE A BRICKED DEVICE USING ROCKCHIP FLASHING TOOLS.

    Download the file above and extract the custom firmware image (update.img) on your computer hard drive.

    Step 2. Install and run Rockchip Flashing tool

    Please follow the Rockchip Flashing tool procedure: that will explain how to download Rockchip flashing tool, unpack the archive, put your device into flashing mode and flash the custom firmware file that you have unpacked in Step 1. We recommend that you use Restore button rather than Upgrade button in Rockchip flasher to make sure your device gets properly erased.

    Step 3. Arnova 8 G2 flashing and restart

    After Rockchip flasher has transferred the custom firmware to the tablet, you will have to restart the tablet to finish installing the firmware. Finally you will be back to Arnova default startup wizard.

    Support the project!

    If our web site and applications helped you, thanks for supporting us by donating using the Paypal form below or visiting our Donations page. Donations will be used to pay the bills for our server hosting costs, tools and purchase new tablets to support.


    The following video demonstrates the 3 easy steps of the installation procedure to get Google Play Store and root to your Arnova 8 G2 in just a few minutes. The video shows the procedure for the Arnova 9 G2, but it’s very similar for the 8 G2.

    Let us know how this firmware works for you in our Arnova 8 G2 forum.

    Stock firmware dump, for the Arnova 8 G2I who would like to restore their original firmware: Arnova8G2I_stock_firmware_dump.zip

    Thanks to exelletor, globula_neagra and darodi79 members of our forum for their help and the Arnova 8 G2i firmware dump.

    Following the 4.0.25 Firmware update for Archos G9 Tablets, Archos has also pushed the new Archos Remote Control application to the Google Play Store.

    The official changelog is as following:

    Version 2.3.6 (October 25th, 2012)
    – New touchpad with multitouch support (only works if the remote device is an Archos G9 or G10 tablet with firmware version 4.0.24 or above)
    – Allow to change from one tab to the other with swipe gesture
    – Set the bottom keys to Android 4.x keys (back,home,recent,menu,notifications) when controlling an Android 4.x Archos device
    – Fix UI layout on large phones like Samsung SIII or Galaxy Nexus

    Archos Remote Control direct download

    (For those who don’t have Google Play)

    ArchosRemote.apk (1 Mb)

    Archos Remote Control feature tested on an Archos 101 XS, works the same on the Gen9.

    While there is a new Gen8 Firmware on the way, it won’t feature the new Archos Remote changes.

    11

    ARCHOS has just released a firmware update for their Gen9 tablets. It seems to be pretty much a fixed release of the broken 4.0.24 firmware that caused hardware issues on some G9 tablets. The system version actually moves from Android 4.0.3 to latest ICS version 4.0.4. The revision history is quite long, it covers main Media Center fixes, a new Remote Control feature and a more robust Wi-FI driver that should hopefully fix the latest problems.

    According to the release information, the detailed changes are the following:

    Version 4.0.25 – October 25th, 2012

    • Android: IceCream Sandwich 4.0.4 version
    • Media Center: network indexing on network shortcut menu (+), network shortcuts creation is proposed on network share directory long press
    • Media Center: new simplified Movie/TV Shows/All Video views
    • Media Center Video: new video information view with backdrop display and chooser (click on backdrop to change it)
    • Media Center Video: poster can be changed by clicking on it in the video Information view
    • Video Scraper: faster media information retrieval process. Note that in the migration process, all your video scraper information will be lost.
    • Subtitles: ability to download and save subtitles for network shares
    • Media Center: add video search
    • Media Center Music: Album art swipe gesture support
    • Remote control: control your tablet with your TV remote through HDMI on TV compatible hardware (directional pad, multimedia and color TV remote keys)
    • Archos Remote: support of remote touch pad
    • Wi-Fi: new more robust driver
    • Media Center Video: fix audio desync for some MPEG4/AVI files
    • Media Center Video: fix MPEG PS/VOB audio track selection
    • Media Center Video: fix UPNP playback of large files (>4GB)
    • Media Center Video: fix seeking in some TS files
    • Media Center Video: fix playing certain MKV files
    • Media Center Video: fix playing certain H264 files
    • Media Center Video: improve DVD/VOB playback in case there are IFO files present
    • Media Center Video: add support for MPL2 subtitle format
    • Media Center Video: improve playback of H264/AAC TS files

    Archos G9 4.0.25 Firmware download

    firmware_archos_it4.aos (205 Mb)

    Firmware update procedure at Archos.com

    Archos Remote Control feature tested on an Archos 101 XS, works the same on the Gen9.

    Gen8 firmware is coming too, stay tuned. ;)

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    We got our hands on a Cube U9GT5 (also named U9GTV) and we’ll first publish here a first look at this Android tablet equipped with a Retina like display (2048×1536 pixels resolution) This part of the review will focus on the device specifications and the screen test while we’ll take some time to evaluate the device performance before giving you our first imprressions.

    Cube U9GT5 specifications

    Operating System Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
    CPU Dual core Arm Cortex A9 Rockchip 3066 CPU running at 1.6 Ghz max.
    Integrated GPU: Quad Core MALI 400 MP
    Flash Storage Memory Capacity 16 GB
    System Memory 1 GB
    Additional storage Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible, up to 32 GB)
    Display 9.7 inches screen (4/3 ratio)
    Resolution up to 2048×1536 pixels (320 DPI)
    capacitive multitouch 10 points
    Bluetooth Yes
    Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
    Gravity Sensor Yes
    Camera Dual camera: 2 Mpixels Front and back cameras (1600×1200 resolution for still pictures)
    GPS No
    HDMI No
    Interfaces 1 Micro USB OTG port
    MicroSD slot
    Battery 10 000 mAh Li-Po battery
    Google Play and applications Yes
    Kickstand No
    Dimensions 243 x 190 x 9.5 mm
    Weight 650 g


    U9GT5 Package

    The U9GT5 box contains the usual Cube packaging: the tablet, a micro USB cable (to connect to a computer), an USB OTG / HOST cable (to connect USB peripherals) and a microfiber screen cleaning cloth.

    The power supply came with a Cube U9GT2 label, but this is a common model for many Cube tablets, it delivers 12 volts output at 2 A.

    There have been a few warnings in our forum about the quality of the Cube power charger, as well as the USB cable. Based on the existing feedback and our experience, we

    U9GT5 Connectors and buttons

    The Cube U9GT5 connectors are located on the right side of the tablet, you will find, from top to bottom: the micro SD card slot, the USB connector (Host / OTG capable), the power supply connector, a microphone hole and a 3.5mm jack for earphones.

    The top of the tablet hosts the -/+ Volume and an Esc/back button. The power button is located on the right side with all the connectors.

    There are two speakers located on the left and right sides of the tablet.

    Retina-like display (2048×1538 pixels resolution)

    The 9.7 inches screen on the Cube U9GT5 is very high definition display is currently one of the only of it’s kind on Android. The tablet’s display comes in two modes: Normal and the HD:
    Normal: 1600×1200 pixels (260 DPI screen density)

    HD: 2048×1536 pixels (320 DPI screen density)

    Please note that the numbers reported by the “Screen Resolution” application on the screenshots above are actually lower than the actual tablet resolution, as they don’t include the Android status bar which takes 78 pixels height in normal mode and 96 pixels in HD mode.

    Switching from on mode to another is done in Settings / Display / Display mode where you can choose between Normal and HD

    A reboot is necessary after changing the display mode.

    While we are testing here a retail product we believe the software hasn’t yet been adjusted to the new Retina display and the device has a few issues that will hopefully be corrected by a firmware update. We will give us some time to complete the review before giving you our first impressions.

    Please come back soon for the rest of this review, or join our forum to discuss about the U9GT5.

    Computing is evolving with devices always becoming more powerful and efficient but also smaller. The idea of having a complete computer on a size of a memory stick emerged few years ago with small devices running on Linux. With the newest Mini PC, you can just plug a stick in the HDMI port of your TV and convert it to Google Android Internet connected device. We’ll have a quick look at the history of these mini computers, their limitations and see specifications for three current models priced under $80: MK802II, UG802, MK808.

    Short Mini PC history

    The idea of making very small computers isn’t new. Back in 2004, gumstix.com worked on small Linux computer-on-modules based on ARM processors. The name Gumstix actually refers to the first computer being approximately the size of a stick of gum. It was intially running OpenEmbedded Linux system on an Intel/Marvell XScale PXA255 ARMv5 processor. Gumstix later updated the platform using Texas Instruments OMAP and newer XScale CPUs.

    More recently, with the success of the Android platform on phones and tablet devices, manufacturers have started to build MiniPC on this architecture. Cotton Candy from Norwegian company FXI Tech uses a Samsung Exynos 4210 processor (ARM Cortex A9 running at 1.2GHz with Quadcore Mali 400 GPU) to run Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or Ubuntu operating systems. Their system is oriented for Cloud and virtualisation use, FXI Tech describe it as follows:

    The Cotton Candy is a USB stick sized compute device allows users a single, secure point of access to all personal cloud services and apps through their favorite operating system, while delivering a consistent experience on any screen. The device will serve as a companion to smartphones, tablets, and notebook PC and Macs, as well add smart capabilities to existing displays, TVs, set top boxes and other media that supports USB mass storage.

    Always Innovating HDMI Dongle
    Last year, Always Innovating announced a new product in the form of a portable dongle sized HDMI set-top box. This HDMI Dongle is a device of the size of a USB stick that can be plugged into any HDMI port to transform a dumb TV into a smart Internet-connected screen. The HDMI Dongle runs on at a speed up to 1.5 GHz on an ARM Cortex A9 TI OMAP 4 processor and enables Internet browsing, movie watching and games.


    Both Always Innovating HDMI Dongle and FXI Tech Cotton Candy seem to have inspired other companies and there are now dozens of similar dongles produced by Chinese manufacturers for prices under $100. You will find a comparison of the specifications for 3 models at the end of this article.

    Others initiatives such as the Raspberry Pi can also be mentioned as Mini PC, offering a credit card sized computer starting at $25. These are still slightly bigger products than the USB Sticks Mini PC, they come as a circuit board without a case and the device is less user friendly being mainly oriented for developers and education sectors.

    Usage and limitations

    The main usage for these devices is a set-top-box to play music, videos or images on your TV, using local files on the device or from the Cloud. Most of the Android based devices come with Google Play Store giving access to Google Apps and thousands of applications.

    Picture from aliexpress.com (Sun May’s store)

    Mini PCs offers just a basic central unit computer, unlike a tablet, they don’t have a battery, camera, screen or any form of input device. Mini PCs are usually powered thru the supplied mini USB cable, you will also need to connect a keyboard/mouse thru an USB port (an USB hub is recommended) or use a wireless keyboard/mouse combination such as the Logitech K400.


    Onboard storage space is usually limited to 4 or 8 Gb of flash memory, on which almost 2 Gb are reserved for Android system, data and default applications, so you can end up with very limited storage space for your audio, video media files and use of a microSDcard is recommended.

    Audio or Video Chat functions aren’t always available, due to the lack of microphone and video camera on most devices. This can sometimes be added later as we will later see in another article.

    You can also be limited with sound output if you are connecting the MiniPC to a DVI monitor, as DVI cables does carry only the video data and no sound, so you would loose the audio when converting from HDMI to DVI. Some future device should offer a simple jack audio output to solve the problem.

    Finally, it’s worth noting these platforms aren’t specifically designed for gaming, as there are a lot of Android games that rely on a touch screen which isn’t present on Mini PC setup. So you’ll end up using a mouse/keyboard combination or an USB joystick to enjoy your games, if they supports it. In the future, the option of USB Bluetooth controllers such as the WII Remote should be possible.

    HDMI Stick / Mini PC specifications comparing MK802II/UG802/MK808

    We are closing this article with a 3 Mini PC specifications for devices that are currently available at very cheap prices from $45 to $75.

    Device Rikomagic MK802II UG802 MK808
    Operating System Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
    CPU ARM Cortex A8 Boxchip Allwinner A10 1 GHz
    GPU: AMD Z430+AMD Z160
    ARM Cortex A9 Rockchip RK3066 Dual Core 1.2 GHz
    GPU: Quad Core Mali 400
    ARM Cortex A9 Rockchip RK3066 Dual Core 1.2 GHz
    (Sometimes listed as 1.6 GHz, to be confirmed)
    GPU: Quad Core Mali 400
    System Memory 1 Gb 1 Gb 1 Gb
    Flash Storage Memory 4 GB 4 GB 8 GB
    Additional storage Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible) Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible) Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible)
    Bluetooth No No No
    Wi-FI Wi-FI 802.11 b/g/n
    (RAlink8188 chipset)
    Wi-FI 802.11 b/g/n Wi-FI 802.11 b/g/n
    Gravity Sensor ??? ??? ???
    Camera No No No
    Microphone ??? No ???
    HDMI Yes 1080p Yes 1080p Yes 1080p
    Interfaces MicroUSB *2 (1 for power)
    USB 2.0 Host
    MICROSD up to 32 Gb
    MicroUSB 2.0 port
    USB 2.0 Host
    MICROSD
    MicroUSB 2.0 port
    USB 2.0 Host
    MICROSD
    Android Market / Google Play Yes Yes Yes
    Dimensions 97 mm*28 mm*12 mm 89 mm*33 mm*16 mm 87 mm*30 mm*14 mm
    Weight 25 g 38 g 38 g


    Come back soon for more Mini PC reviews and tips.

    The Arnova ChildPad is an children-optimised Android 4.0 ICS Android tablet with great features for an affordable price. It comes with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, featuring a Rockchip RK2918 CPU, 1 GB of RAM and is available with capacitive or resistive screens. In addition to our first custom firmware which brings root and Google Play on the device and second one to provide full Android 4.0.4 experience, we are now happy to provide a Jelly Bean custom firmware. Though we developed this firmware with the ChildPad in mind, it should also work on Arnova 7d G3.

    Main features:

    • Android 4.1.1 built from Oma JB v1.2.2
    • System in ext4 format
    • CWM Touch Recovery built from Prestigio 5080B
    • Firmware files from 20120608 Official FW version
    • Up to 1.5GB for apps partition
    • Full google experience with Google+, Talk, Calendar and more
    • Google Ears&Now included
    • Picture in Picture (PIP) video player

    This firmware also features full Google Play support and read/write access to /system partition.

    Firmware limitations:

    • No USB debugging
    • Camera image mirrored

    Arnova ChildPad custom firmware install procedure

    Before starting, please make sure you backup all your existing apps, data and files that are on your tablet as they will be erased during the flash process. Also make sure your device is connected to the power.

    Step 1. Download

    AN7DG3-CP20121012OMA4.1 | ONLY FOR CAPACITIVE SCREEN MODEL |

    This firmware is specific to the Arnova ChildPad and 7d G3 capacitive screen models and should not be installed on other devices.
    WE WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR DEVICE. THIS FIRMWARE UPDATE IS USED AT YOUR OWN RISK.WE RECOMMEND TO FLASH THIS FIRMWARE ONLY IF YOU ARE ABLE TO RESCUE A BRICKED DEVICE USING ROCKCHIP FLASHING TOOLS.

    Download the file from above and extract the custom firmware files on your computer hard drive.

    Step 2. Installing the driver

    Please follow the Rockchip Flashing tool procedure: that will explain how to download Rockchip flashing tool, put your device into flashing mode and install the driver. Because we are using a different setup here(otherwise we would have to build six different firmwares), you only need to follow steps 1-3 from that tutorial.

    Step 3. Installation

    Run EvolutionRKTool program from the first archive. Check that your tablet is connected by usb and is put in the recovery mode. RKAndroidTool should say “Found RKAndroid Loader Rock Usb”. There are three parameter files in the Loader folder. Select one of the three, corresponding to the size of the Apps partition you want to have(parameter for 512MB, parameter-1G for 1GB and parameter-15G for 1.5GB). Now tick the other boxes as shown on the picture below.

    Now, click on EraseIDB. After the proces is finished(should take around 15 seconds), click on Run. When the CWM Recovery will show up on the device, choose Reboot System now. After a couple of minutes, the Start-up Wizard should appear. Please note that the portrait wizard itself may be a little bit slower than the stock one from Arnova. After start-up, in case “SD Card damaged” message will appear, format it. With Wi-Fi connection established, navigate to SuperSU app and update binary(should go automatically) to gain root access.

    Tips&Tricks

    Improving screen density. 

    The procedure is explained on our forum. After applying, don’t clear cache and/or data of Google Play, as not all the apps will be visible then.

    Kaspersky Mobile Parental Control.

    With this custom firmware, we decided not to install the Mobile Parental Filter app from Profil Technology. If you still want one, we recommend to use the one from Kaspersky, as it is free and has more options than the stock one on the ChildPad.

    Setting up parental filtering on Google Play

    This custom firmware will open your ChildPad thousands of applications in Google Play, but you may want to enable filtering, so your little ones do not see applications they are not supposed to see.

    To achieve this, start Google Play Store, go to the upper right corner menu, click on it, select Settings

    Scroll to “User Controls” section, click on Content filtering item

    Make sure that only “Everyone” rating is checked.
    According to Google, “Everyone” setting should not contain objectionable material, where “Low maturity” setting may include mild cartoon or fantasy violence or other potentially offensive content.

    Let us know how it works for you in our Arnova ChildPad forum.

    Charbax, one of the funniest ARCHOS fan is bringing some videos of the GamePad, the latest Android game tablet currently presented at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair. One unique feature of this console is the button mapping functionality that let the user attribute the console hardware buttons to any controls in the game, each action on the a touchscreen zone can be affected to a button. The mapping configuration is stored for each game, so the tablet remembers the settings you defined. We can probably expect that the tablet will ship with a large database pre-defined mapping for many games and it will hopefully be possible to share yours with other gamers on the Internet.

    ARCHOS GamePad buttons

    The devices comes with many controls buttons, you can see a block of buttons on the left side, another on the right side and two buttons on the top. Each side contains a 4 directions control pad, an analog stick and 2 buttons.

    There are also two extra buttons at the top of the tablet, in the left and right angles.

    Gaming alternatives

    While the GamePad offers a quite nice gaming solution, it is also possible to use your existing Android Tablet with an existing game controller such as the WII Remote connected thue Bluetooth, see a demo here on an Archos 101 G9.

    ARCHOS GamePad demo video

    GamePad pictures and video from ARMDevices.net

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