Arnova 8 custom Android 2.2 Froyo firmware with Android Market and root – kasty-arn8-22

Here is a custom firmware for the Arnova 8 tablet, it brings an Android 2.2 Froyo along with Android Market and root access to the Arnova 8 tablet.










Firmware download: kasty-arn8-22-01b1.zip



This firmware is specific to the Arnova 8 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.


Important release notes:

  • this firmware is an unofficial custom firmware not supported by Archos/Arnova
  • this firmware is assembled with binaries from various devices, it is not built from source code, which leaves limited possibilities to fix important problems and full compatibility with the Arnova 8 is not garanteed.
  • Android Market support is partial and not all Market applications can currently be currently found
  • We are testing our custom firmwares before making them public, and we are only releasing it when it is stable enough (unless noted otherwise)
  • In case the firmware does not suit your expectations, you should always be able to
    restore another firmware. Use Rockchip flashing tools in case things have really gone wrong and your device appears “bricked“.


Firmware update procedure:

Step 1 – Install firmware


The first part of the procedure is similar to the one on the Arnova 10

  • Connect your device to the electricity socket, fully charge it and leave the socket connected
  • Unzip the update.img file out of the zip archive
  • Copy the img file to the root of your device
  • Unmount USB on your device, it should give a prompt similar to this one:
  • Push the Install button and follow the update procedure
  • You can also refer to our flashing procedure page for more details.

  • The first boot after flashing may take some time (few minutes), please be patient.
  • This first part of the procedure is similar to the one on the Arnova 10, that you can see on this video:

    Step 2 – Install Market


    When your Arnova 8 has started on the new Android 2.2 operating system, please configure the WIFI network to access the Internet. The tablet comes loaded with latest ArcTools release, please follow the Market installation procedure for the Android Market.:
    - Start ArcTools
    - Make sure “Default Apps & Market v2.2.7 (Android 2.2 Froyo)” is selected in the list
    - Press Download button, wait for the download to finish
    - Press Install Apps button
    - Reboot the device
    - Configure your Android Market
    (this procedure is detailled on the Market installation with ArcTools page, please starting at Step 3.)

    Mounting your Arnova 8 tablet on your PC / turning ON USB Storage


    This Android 2.2 Froyo firmware does not automatically mount your tablet to your computer when connected on USB. You need to manually turn ON USB storage thru 3 simple steps:

  • Plug your Arnova 8 to the USB device you want to connect to

  • Grab the notification area from the top of the screen, click on the USB connected line


  • Click on the Turn on USB Storage button to mount your device to your computer


  • You should get the following screen.


  • Click Turn off USB Storage button to unmount your Tablet on your computer.


    Restoring Arnova 8 default firmware


    If case you don’t like this firmware or if you just want to go back to the default stock firmware:



    Changelog:
    0.1 (2011/09/15) Initial beta test release – Root access not working.

    Please report any bug in the comments below.

    Edit 10/17/2011: Please note that the final release for this firmware is currently delayed. We currently have a lot of work with custom firmwares for other Archos and Arnova machines as well. If anyone want to jump in and help on custom firmwares, don’t hesitate to give us a hand.