Arnova 10 G2 Android 4.03 ICS custom firmware update with root and Google Play Store released

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on the Arnova 10 G2, it’s there, finally !
We have a improved an existing ICS firmware to add root, Google Play Store support, CWR Recovery, init.d like scripts, 2 GB storage space for apps and few bugs fixes to the Arnova 10 G2

Due to popular demand, even if work on this firmware is not completely finished we are now publishing a first release. Keep in mind that the Arnova 10 G2 has limited resources, 512 MB of RAM is a bit too low to offer perfectly smooth ICS operation, we recommend killing tasks frequently or using a task killer to help with slowdown situations.

Arnova 10 G2 ICS custom firmware features

  • clean installation of Google Play Store with additionnal fixes so more application are visible/compatible
  • root access with SuperSU 1.25 (free version) by XDA developer Chainfire
  • extended space for applications (/data) to 2 GB
  • updated busybox v1.21.0.git (2012-11-29)
  • Unix like init.d boot scripts support, more details on init.d scripts here
  • optional Clockworkmod Recovery (CWM) support, courtesy of fenice57, thank you !
  • Built-in ArcTools application for optional packages installation and Recovery reboot
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    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.

    We are publishing two versions of the custom firmware. The default one comes with stock recovery, there is another build with CWM Recovery (thanks fenice57)
    If you don’t know what CWM is or don’t need it, just use the stock version, which should fit most users.

    Step 1. Download

    Kasty custom firmware download (version 0.463)

    (stock recovery version)

    (CWM recovery version)

    This firmware is specific to the Arnova 10 G2 and should not be installed on other devices.



    This firmware should be installed 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. Use Restore button in Rockchip flasher to make sure your device gets properly erased.

    Step 3. Arnova 10 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.

    Notes for Clockworkmod Recovery (CWM) users

    Don’t worry about the messages saying "E:Can't mount /cache/recovery..." on the CWM screen at first boot.
    Choose ">Wipe data/factory reset" by pushing the hardware Vol- / Vol+ button on your tablet to move the cursor down/up, use Power button to select.
    On the second screen, use again the tablet hardware buttons to select "> Yes -- delete all user data".
    Let the tablet format the /data and /cache partitions.
    Once "Data wipe complete." message appears, scroll to "> Reboot system now" option.
    From a running Android system, you can use ArcTools to reboot into Recovery, start ArcTools application, select “Reboot” button in the upper toolbar, choose “Reboot Recovery”, then click on “Select Reboot” button. If SuperSU access request window shows, click on “Grant” button to allow ArcTools to reboot your system.

    Firmware installation video

    The following video demonstrates the 3 easy steps of the installation procedure to get Android 4 ICS with Google Play Store and root to your Arnova 10 G2 in just a few minutes. The video shows the procedure for the Arnova 9 G2, but it’s very similar for the 10 G2.

    Kernel and system build information

    Android system: Android/rk29sdk/rk29sdk:4.0.3/IML74K/eng.root.20121121.161120:eng/test-keys
    Linux kernel: Linux version 3.0.8+ (root@sc-development-android) (gcc version 4.4.0 (GCC) ) #329 PREEMPT Wed Nov 21 11:51:41 CST 2012

    Let us know how this firmware works for you in our Arnova 10 G2 forum.

    Thanks to lolloarnova member of our forum for his help in testing and improving this firmware.