Monthly Archives: January 2013

The great guys from xda-developers.com have managed to enable Special Developer Edition (SDE) on the ARCHOS 101 XS, opening the tablet to custom firmware, root access and other goodies. XDA’s procedure requires a few downloads and manipulations, globula_neagra has made the job easier with just a batch file and instructions to get your ARCHOS 101 XS rooted in a few minutes and just a few clicks.

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This procedure requires that your Archos 101 XS to run on Android 4.0 ICS firmware, it will not work with latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. If you are running an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean firmware, you will need to downgrade: Get firmware_archos_it4x.aos (firmware 4.0.26 for ARCHOS 101 XS)

Download Easy root package for the ARCHOS 101 XS

ARCHOS_101XS_root_v01.zip

This package is specific to the ARCHOS 101 XS tablet 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.

Execute run_me.bat batch file and follow the instructions on your screen console.

Please note that enabling SDE and flashing a non officicial firmware may void your warranty.

Feel free to use our ARCHOS 101 XS forum if you have any comments or questions.

Thanks to scholbert, letama, surdu_petru, Paul O’Brien and cajl for their work on rooting the 101 XS

A few days before CES 2013 tradeshow in Las Vegas (January 8th to 11th 2013) , ARCHOS is just announcing new products. The first device is the ARCHOS TV connect, an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean set-top box for SmartTVs. According to the press release, the TV Connect is Google™ Certified with Full Access Google Play Store and will be available starting in February, 2013 for £99 (that is ~ €129 or $129)
The second announce in the press release is the ARCHOS Elements Platinium device, a new Android quad-core Android tablet with HD retina like resolution (2048×1536) IPS screen.

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ARCHOS TV connect

The TV connect is a small device targeting home entertainment on the TV. Henri Crohas, ARCHOS founder and CEO already mentioned such a device as one of ARCHOS 2012 projects in an interview late 2011. In the press release he’s now saying:
“As a pioneer in multimedia Android devices, we wanted to create a bigger, better way to enjoy Android [...] The ARCHOS TV connect provides users with a multi‐touch, multi‐media Smart TV experience powered by Android.”

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The idea is similar to Android MINI PC (also known as HDMI Stick) which are devices made to connect to a TV, as they don’t have have a screen or internal battery like in a tablet / phone. The TV Connect comes in two parts: the Android device itself that is connected to the TV with an HDMI cable and a TV Touch keyboard/remote control.

The Android device is designed to be clipped on top of a TV, it is the “computer” part of the TV connect, it offers a full USB host connector, an Ethernet port, a micro SD slot, a HD webcam and a LED notification system (that should help to warn you for incoming calls while watching TV) The webcam is announced to be compatible with all popular video calling apps ‐ Video chatting with Skype or Google Talk.

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The press release does not mention the processor specification, but we can expect a middle range SoC such as the Rockchip RK3066 or the TI OMAP 4470 like the ARCHOS 101 XS. ARCHOS has confirmed on their Facebook page that the TV Connect is powered by a TI OMAP 4470.

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TV Touch remote

The remote controller offers a full keyboard with Android shortcut keys including a key for voice controls and voice typing. There are also controls dedicated to gaming which are similar to ARCHOS GamePad offering analog pads, a direction pad and left/right buttons (L2/R2 are shown, we can expect L1/R1 triggers on the back of the TV Touch)

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Games on ARCHOS TV Connect
The TV Connect includes ARCHOS Mapping tool, an exclusive application to ARCHOS devices that is already present on the GamePad and 101 XS. This application maps touchscreen game controls to a physical joysticks, it comes configured for over 200 games.

Here is a quick video demonstrating ARCHOS Game Mapping tool and PS3 Sixaxis controller on an ARCHOS 101 XS:


ARCHOS Elements tablets Titanium (dual-core) and Platinum (quad-core) with HD display

The CES 2013 press release also unveils a new model in the Elements product line with a quad‐core tablet named Platinum offering HD retina like IPS display (2048×1536 resolution) The Platinum may be an upgraded variant of the existing Titanium model that has been released a few days ago. No details have been given about the quad-core processor reference, availability and price for tha ARCHOS Platinum.

ARCHOS at CES 2013 – Come and experience the ARCHOS TV connect first hand during CES 2013 in Las
Vegas, NV from January 8‐11. In addition to the TV connect, ARCHOS will be showing off its new line up
of tablets which include the recently announced GamePad and new entrants to the ARCHOS Elements
line ‐ the dual‐core Titanium range and the quad‐core Platinum range, both of which feature tablets
with stunning 2048×1536 resolution IPS screens. The ARCHOS booth is located in Central Hall (15322) of
the Las Vegas Convention Center.

ARCHOS CES 2013 PRESS Release

The ARCHOS Cobalt is one of the most affordable devices from the market at this moment featuring a Rockchip 3066 Dual Core CPU at 1.6 GHz, 1Gb RAM, 8″ capacitive screen, dual camera 0.3/2 Megapixels makes this tablet a serious option when you consider buy an Android device. We have built a custom firmware based on the stock firmware (dated 2012.10.12) providing root with read-write access to /system partition.

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Archos Cobalt custom firmware features:
Full root support with writable /system partition
Root access is controlled thru SuperSU.apk v0.95 (free version), by XDA developer Chainfire

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Archos Cobalt root firmware install procedure

Please be aware that all the existing apps and data will be erased in the flashing procedure, if you have something to backup, this is the moment.

Step 1. Download and unpack the firmware

Custom ARCHOS 80 Cobalt firmware download

kasty-cobalt80-40-045-2G.zip

This firmware is specific to the ARCHOS 80 Cobalt model 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.

Step 2. Download and run Rockchip Flashing tool

Download and unpack Rockchip tools and run the application.

Step 3. Get your tablet in flashing mode

There are 2 ways to get in the flashing mode:
A) Using the Hard Keys
-Shut down your tablet and disconnect if from the pc.
-Press the volume key – (the one that lowers the volume)
-Insert the usb cable in the tablet while keeping pressed the volume button –
-Release the volume key

B) Using ADB
-Install android sdk
-Enable usb debugging
-Issue in adb “adb reboot bootloader”
You may want to refer to our article about ADB installation.

Install the RK30 drivers from the Rockchip tools folder

Step 4. Installing the firmware

-Select the firmware image (update.img) with Rockchip Tool
-Select RESTORE
-Wait till your tablet is flashed

Step 5. ENJOY root on your ARCHOS 80 Cobalt :)

Thanks to Admin for making this possible.

Most recent tablets from Cube Chinese manufacturer are powered by a Rockchip RK3066 processor and offer good value for the price. Cube provides a decent support, publishing regular firmware updates for their machines to upgrade the older Android 4.0 systems to 4.1, fix bugs and add new features. We are providing here custom firmwares adding root to the system, more storage space for applications to be installed and removing the unnecessary and Chinese applications.

Cube rooted custom firmware common features

root with latest SuperSU 0.99 or more recent (free version)
increased space for applications (/data partition) to 2 GB
removed most Chinese and unnecessary applications
writable /system partition

Flashing a firmware

  • Find and download the firmware for your tablet model below
  • Extract the update.img file from the zip archive
  • Follow Rockchip flasher guide to install the firmware on your tablet
  • (From a shutdown tablet, push Power and Volume Up buttons at the same time to put the Cube tablet in flash mode)

    Please note that each firmware is specific to a tablet model, it 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.

    Cube U30GT2 version 1.03 rooted firmware / ROM

    Cube U30GT2

    Firmware update 1.03 dated 2013/03/20Download: kasty-cube_u30gt2-411-103-rooted.zip
    Check our Cube U30GT2 forum for latest rooted custom firmware for the Cube U30GT2

    Cube U30GT-H version 1.10 rooted firmware / ROM – 1.05 Win8 Metro like UI

    Cube U30GT-H

    Firmware update 1.11 dated 2012/12/31Download: kasty-cube_u30gt_h-41-111-rooted2.zip
    Firmware update 1.05 (Win8 Metro like UI) dated 2012/12/30Download: kasty-cube_u30gt_h-41-105_win8_metro_ui-rooted.zip
    Check our Cube U30GT forum for latest rooted custom firmware for the Cube U30GT-H

    Cube U30GT-MINI rooted firmware / ROM

    Cube U30GT-H

    Firmware update 1.05 dated 2012/12/14Download: kasty-cube_u30gt_mini-41-105-rooted.zip
    Check our Cube U30GT forum for latest rooted custom firmware for the Cube U30GT-MINI

    Cube U23GT rooted firmware / ROM

    Cube U20GT

    Firmware update 1.06 dated 2012/12/14Download: kasty-cube_u23gt-41-106-rooted.zip
    Check our Cube U23GT forum for latest rooted custom firmware for the Cube U23GT

    Cube U20GT rooted firmware / ROM

    Cube U20GT

    Firmware update 2.00 dated 2012/11/24Download: kasty-cube_u20gt-41-200-rooted.zip
    Check our Cube U20GT forum for latest rooted custom firmware for the Cube U20GT

    Cube U19GT-W rooted firmware / ROM

    Cube U19GT-W

    Firmware update 1.09 dated 2012/08/29Download: kasty-cube_u19gt_w-40-109-rooted2.zip
    Check our Cube U19GT forum for latest rooted custom firmware for the Cube U19GT

    Cube U18GT2 rooted firmware / ROM

    Cube U20GT

    Firmware update 1.03 dated 2012/11/Download: kasty-cube_u18gt2-41-103-rooted.zip
    Check our Cube U18GT-U18GT2 forum for latest rooted custom firmware for the Cube U18GT

    Cube U9GT5 rooted firmware / ROM

    Cube U9GT5

    Firmware update 1.0 dated 2012/10/09Download: kasty-cube_u9gt5-41-10-rooted2.zip
    Check our Cube U9GT5-U9GTV forum for latest rooted custom firmware for the Cube U9GT5

    Cube U9GT4 version 1.03 rooted firmware / ROM

    Cube U9GT4

    Firmware update 1.03 dated 2012/11/30Download: kasty-cube_u9gt4-41-103-rooted.zip
    Check our Cube U9GT4 forum for latest rooted custom firmware for the Cube U9GT4

    Cube U9GT3 rooted firmware / ROM

    Cube U9GT3

    Firmware update 1.03 dated 2012/11/20Download: kasty-cube_u9gt3-404-103-rooted.zip
    Check our Cube U9GT3 forum for latest rooted custom firmware for the Cube U9GT3

    Picture in Picture (PIP) Video Player feature

    Latest firmwares offer 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)

    Please post in the right Cube section of our forum if you have any questions.

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