Monthly Archives: November 2012

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Latest Nexus 10 tablet built by Samsung offers a very fine software integration by Google together with impressive specs, above all else (10.1″ display with 2560×1600 display, Exynos 5 Cortex-A15 processor running at 1.7 GHz and 2GB of RAM).
We thought it would be interesting to measure the tablet boot time, on a stock setup with latest firmware the timer stops before 16 seconds for a cold boot, pretty good !

Test conditions:
Latest Android 4.2 firmware build JOP40C from Sat Nov 10 2012
Stock system from a factory reset, no Apps installed
Wi-FI ON, Bluetooth & NFC OFF

Just as a comparison, knowing the following run on older hardware and architecture, our favorite ARCHOS tablets cold boot are taking

  • about 28 seconds on the ARCHOS 101 XS
  • about 30 seconds on the ARCHOS 101 G9 1.5 GHz model
  • Latest products releases with the ARCHOS GamePad, ARCHOS 80 XS (Gen10), Arnova 7h G3 and Arnova FamilyPad haven’t yet appeared in stores. Some offers for these tablets are showing as pre-orders, let’s hope they’ll hit the shelves before Christmas.

    ARCHOS GamePad price and availability

    The ARCHOS GamePad is a 7″ console Android tablet, currently selling (pre-order) at 149.90 euros at Pixmania France.

    ARCHOS 80XS price and availability

    The ARCHOS 80 XS is a Gen10 tablet with a 8″ screen, it is powered by a Rockchip RK3066 processor and will feature a magnetic keyboard cover like the Archos 101 XS.
    Currently selling (pre-order) at 249.90 euros at Pixmania France.

    Arnova Family Pad price and availability

    The Arnova FamilyPad is 13.3″ Android tablet, currently selling (pre-order) at 299.90 euros at Pixmania France.

    Arnova 7h G3 price and availability

    The Arnova 7h G3 is an entry level 7″ Android tablet, currently selling (pre-order) under 80 euros at topachat.com in France.

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    The Cube U30GT-MINI is a cheap and powerful 7 inches Android tablet based on the Rockchip RK3066 processor. After many weeks if wait, the manufacturer has finally released their 1.04 firmware update on November 10th, 2012, a plain Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean firmware that doesn’t rely on their Win8 Metro like User Interface. We have added root support, extended space storage for applications and cleaned the unnecessary and Chinese apps in the stock 1.04 firmware.

    Don’t forget to check our Cube U30GT (Cube U30 GT-H, Cube U30 GT-W, Cube U30 GT-MINI) forum for latest Cube news, firmwares and discussions

    Firmware release dates information

    Linux Kernel version: Linux version 3.0.8+ (eyes#0001@eyes) (gcc version 4.4.3 (GCC) ) #220 SMP PREEMPT 2012-11-03 19:45:41 6:44
    Android 4.1.1 build: rk30sdk/rk30sdk/rk30sdk:4.1.1/JRO03H/eng.cb.20121024.184517:eng/test-keys

    Cube U30GT-MINI rooted custom firmware features (based on stock 1.04 firmware)

  • root with SuperSU 0.96 (free version)
  • writable /system partition
  • removed most Chinese and unnecessary applications
  • increased space for application (/data partition) to 2 Gb
  • Cube U30GT-MINI rooted firmware download

    kasty-cube_u30gt_mini-41-104-rooted.zip

    This firmware is specific to the Cube U30GT-MINI (aka U30GT-M) 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 TOOL 1.5.

    You will need Rockchip flasher 1.5 (for RK3066 tablets) to install the firmware, push Power and Volume Up buttons at the same time to put the Cube tablet in flash mode.

    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.

    Picture in Picture (PIP) Video Player feature

    This firmware offers a great new Picture in Picture (PIP) feature on the Video Player that let you put the playing video in a resizable and movable window, so you can watch a movie while you continue to use the Android tablet for other things.

    (Video demonstration on the Cube U30GT-H)

    Other Android firmware for the CUBE U30GT-MINI firmwares

    rooted Cube U30GT-MINI version 1.03 with Win8 Metro interface

    Please post in our forum if you have any questions.

    Android devices are powerful enough to enjoy some 3D and actions games, they are just missing some cool joysticks for maximal control. Thanks to sleepless ninja on xda-developers.com and deadhp1 on armtvtech.com forum we now have a kernel module to support the XBOX 360 controller for Android and RK3066 based devices.

    We have made an ArcTools package with this module for easy installation. This first version is built to work on RK3066 based devices, we should also add support for other devices such as RK2918 based tablets in the near future. The instructions shown in this article were successfully tested on the MK808 Mini PC and the Cube U30GT-MINI 7″ tablet.

    XBOX 360 wireless controller on a MK808 Mini PC video demo

    The video below demonstrates the XBOX 360 Wireless Controller running on a MK808 Mini PC (also known as HDMI Stick) device powered by a Rockchip RK3066 based processor.

    Required hardware

    A tablet or Mini PC equipped with a RK3066 processor, with a rooted firmware.
    We tested the following firmwares: MK808 Mini PC rooted firmware and Cube U30GT-MINI rooted firmware

    As a game controller, you will need an XBOX 360 controller wireless model.

    Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller

    AMAZON USAUsually ships in 24 hours$ 35.99
    AMAZON UKUsually dispatched within 24 hours£ 22.99
    AMAZON DEGewöhnlich versandfertig in 24 Stunden39.99 EUR
    AMAZON FRHabituellement expédié sous 24 h35 EUR

    and the XBOX 360 Wireless receiver dongle to connect to your Android device.

    Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless receiver

    AMAZON USA$ 63.23
    AMAZON UKUsually dispatched within 1-2 business days£ 13.99
    AMAZON DEGewöhnlich versandfertig in 24 Stunden19.45 EUR
    AMAZON FRHabituellement expédié sous 24 h19.9 EUR

    You may need an USB Host / OTG cable to connect the dongle to your Android device if it does not provide a full size USB Host connector.

    Setup in Arctools

  • Step 1: Download ArcTools APK and install the application on your Android device.
  • Step 2: Start ArcTools.
  • Select the package “XBOX 360 wireless controller support for RK3066 devices (xpad module)

  • Step 3: Download, Install the package
  • Step 4: Select “Grant” button to allow SuperUser when prompted to give root access.
  • The install is now complete and you should have a screen like the one below. On some devices, it may necessary to run step 2. to step 4 a second time for the configuration to be properly done.

  • Step 5: Go to Tools tab, select the “Xbox 360” service, click on it

  • That’s it, connect and pair your Xbox 360 controller with the wireless dongle and you should be ready to play games.
  • Other options, with a WII Remote Controller

    If you own a WII Remote controller, don’t forget to check the following video.

    We hope you’ll enjoy gaming with your Android device, don’t hesitate to leave comments in our forum.



    This page lists the firmwares made available by Arnova for their products thru the Support/Downloads section on their website. If you are looking to get Google Play (formerly Android Market) on your tablet, please refer to our custom firmware section.

    Latest firmware updates

    - 2012/09/26: Arnova Childpad (capacitive model with Alvin UI) firmware now available on Arnova website
    – 2012/11/07: Arnova 10d G3 firmwares now available on Arnova website
    – 2012/07/12: Arnova 7b G3 and Arnova 8 G3 firmwares now available on Arnova website
    – 2012/06/22: Arnova Childpad (resistive model) firmware now available on Arnova website
    This release is the first public firmware made available for an Arnova G3 device. It will hopefully fix some problems we reported with the parent control software.
    – 2012/05/02: Arnova 7b G2 firmware (capacitive model) now available on Arnova website
    Arnova did not even mention which model (resistive or capacitive) tablet was concerned by this update, we have verified it’s for the capacitive model, don’t use it on a resistive Dual Touch (7b G2 DT).
    Arnova 7e G2 DT (Dual Touch) firmware now available on Arnova website
    – 2012/05/02: Arnova 8 G2 and Arnova 8 G2 DT firmwares now available on Arnova website

    Available firmwares for Arnova tablets

    Arnova G3 and Arnova Childpad firmwares

    Device
    Release dateFirmware fileVersion info
    Release notes
    Arnova 10d G3

    November 7, 2012ARNOVA_10d_G3_20121031.zip 
    Arnova ChildPad capacitive model (with Alvin UI)

    September 26, 2012update.img 
    Arnova ChildPad resistive model

    June 21, 2012update.img 
    Arnova 8 G3

    July 12, 2012update.img 
    Arnova 7b G3

    July 12, 2012update.img 

    Arnova G2 firmware updates

    Device
    Release dateFirmware fileVersion info
    Release notes
    Arnova 10 G2

    October 10, 2011update.img 
    Arnova 10 G2 (Philadelphia Inquirer edition)

    February 10, 2012update.img 
    Arnova 7 G2

    January 4, 2012update.imgVersion 2011.12.13
    Support for ARCHOS G9 3G Stick (via USB host cable)
    Flash™ 11.1 compatible
    Minor bugs fixed
    Arnova 7b G2 (capacitive model)

    December 29, 2011update.imgVersion 2011.12.29
    Initial firmware release
    A70HT3 V1.0.9 eng.root.20111229.084305
    Arnova 7e G2 DT (Dual Touch)

    December 22, 2011update.imgVersion 2011.12.22
    Initial firmware release
    Arnova 8 G2 (capacitive model)

    December 13, 2011update.imgVersion 2011.12.13
    Initial firmware release
    Arnova 8 G2 DT (resistive)

    December 26, 2011update.imgVersion 2011.12.26
    Initial firmware release

    Older Arnova (Gen1) firmware updates


    Device
    Release dateFirmware fileVersion info
    Release notes
    Arnova 7

    July 18, 2011update.img 
    Arnova 8

    November 23, 2011update.imgFirmware version 1.0.3
    Build number V0.18.ECLAIR.eng.root.20110920.174256
    Arnova 84

    July 18, 2011update.img 
    Arnova 10

    November 17, 2011update.img 
    Arnova 10b

    July 18, 2011update.img 

    To update your firmware, you can use the procedure, as detailed on Arnova’s website or using Rockchip flashing tools.

     

    Custom firmware with Google Play for your Arnova G1, Arnova G2, Arnova G3 tablet

    If you are looking for a custom firmware to install Google Play (formerly Android Market) on your Arnova G1, Arnova G2 or Arnova G3 tablet, please refer to the “Tablets” menu above to find your device in the list, so you will access the custom firmware.

    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.

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