Arnova 10 G2 first custom firmware with Android Market and root


Edit 2012/02/06: This firmware is not maintained anymore. Please check our EZ firmware that is very simple to flash or go with a more advanced Arnova 10 G2 custom firmware with Android Market and root

A custom firmware for the Arnova 10 G2 providing Android Market and root has been built by CyberSoft from Htcmania spanish forum. We have slightly modified this Firmware so it can be used with ArcTools to get the Android Market 3.1.5 installed.

Please note this firmware is valid on the Arnova 10 G2 (second generation, see picture above) and will not work on Arnova 10 or Arnova 10b. It’s unknown yet if the firmware is compatible with Arnova tablets from the bundle or other Arnova 10 G2 OEM devices.

Edit 2011/11/03: User HaroldG on our forum reported a failure on his Philly tablet flashing. We are currently having a closer look at the situation, but we recommend that you don’t flash your tablet for the moment.

Our modified firmware is available for download here:

This firmware has not been deeply tested yet and we recommend that you let the most adventurous or knowledgable users try the firmware and report their success or issues. Please use our forum for feedback on this firmware.

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



Firmware update procedure:

  • 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
  • (if the firmware update dialog does not show up right after the USB unmount, you may need to restart the tablet and the dialog should show right after the device has booted)

    The first boot after flashing may take a few minutes, please be patient. While booting, some garbage lines may be displayed on screen after the Arnova logo, it is a normal, this little glitch comes from Htcmania’s firmware.

    Android Market installation

    After the custom firmware has been installed, please follow ArcTools tutorial to install Android Market.

    After installation, the Market should show most of the applications and the Market fix procedure should not be needed.

    Restoring Arnova 10 G2 default firmware

    In case you want to go back to the default stock firmware:
    • Check our Arnova firmware download page to get the latest firmware for your device

    • Follow the firmware update procedure described earlier in this article

    In case things go really wrong

    Please use Rockchip flashing tool for RK29xx processors to restore your device.

    For reference, you can find the original Arnova 10 G2 firmware and instructions in Spanish on their site


    1. Worked up to the final hurdle connecting to a google account and then;

      “Can’t establish a reliable data connection to server.”

      “This could be a temporary problem or your phone may not be provisioned for data services. If it continues, call customer care.”

      Yeah right!

      Any ideas?

    2. Hi, the modified firmware ( looks great but, in the Firmware update procedure: the sentence – •Copy the img file to the root of your device – has me beat, please, how is this done, your help would be much appreciated,

    3. Hi there, i installed the firmware fine, rebooted fine, i just cant connect to Google servers

      “can’t establish a reliable connection to the server. this could be a temporary problem or your phone may not be provisioned for data services. if it continues call customer care.”

      Does anyone have the same problem? Or indeed a solution, thank-you 🙂

    4. Hi, I have a arnova 10 g2

      i followed all your steps and after downloading the market I tried to access it. when i got to login page I logged in and it came up with a page saying

      “can’t establish a reliable connection to the server. this could be a temporary problem or your phone may not be provisioned for data services. if it continues call customer care.”

      Any ideas how I can fix this and why google thinks I’m using a phone????

    5. I did the rooting and everything went well, I can get root access, but the main purpose I rooted it was to get access to the Android Market, and some how is NOT working, I can not even pass the screen that says to LOGGING or CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT in the Market application.

      For some reason is not connecting the device to the Google Servers by Wi-Fi which is the only connection this tablet has. So I’m Stuck !!!!!!

      Any help would be appreciated, I spent the last 3 days installing apps and today in less than half an hour after rooting it all my worked went up into smoke and now the Market can not connect me with this device to their servers.

      Hope I could fix this problem.
      thanks in advance for any help

    6. I’m a bit intimidated by the comments from people who’ve had trouble with this but I’d give it a go if it provides the thing I most want and can’t get on my Archos 10G2 at present and that’s Skype.

      Can anyone tell me whether this upgrade provides the possibility of installing and running Skype please?

      • Thanks for the rooted firmware, it’s well handy and I’ve now got android and amazon market apps working correctly.

        However is anyone else having partitioning problems. 6GB of the 8GB storage seems to be under a /mnt/storage,/b> mountpoint and it’s causing me no end of problems when I install larger applications as the tablet thinks it’s out of space when it isn’t.

        Is this some compromise to allow the tablet to be accessed from a PC via usb ??

        Any suggestions as to how to address this would be appreciated.

    7. I have buy this little tablet and it’s really great for the price !

      thanks guys for the custom rom, it worked without problem.
      The best way to update is definitively with arctools .
      Follow the procedure, let the tablet reboot and wait.

      install market using “applications & markets” in arctools.
      When using android market, don’t forget to have a lot of space in your internal memory (you will have to move some programs from internal to SD in the application setup menu)

      enjoy !
      thanks again !

    8. Hi,

      I’m trying to update my Lazer 10 (Arnova 10 G2 oem) with this firmware image
      need the market (already try arctools but no way to get it work)

      When unplugging the usb, it’s say: Invalid firmware image found, delete it?

      If anyone get an idea to overcomme this issue…?

      NB: the lazer 10 model number: AN10G2-LZ (build: rk29sdk-eng 2.3.1 GINGERBREAD eng.hwg.20110722.102616 test-keys)

      Thx a lot for your help!

    9. Guys…I’ve installed it and everything’s fine! (no philly)

      Thou…psx player doesn’t work, fpse works but it’s painfully slow, some games like trial x doesn’t works correctly…

      Inotia 3 works, air control lite works but menu is someway splitted (but still playable), gapps fully works, navdroyd works.

      PLZ, KEYLOCK NEEDED! I was able to specify unlock pattern (using 3rd party app) but I wasn’t able to make it working properly! Any Ideas?

      Benchmarking it with antutu vs my hts desire says that hardwarely speaking are pretty the same (10g2 is a little bit more powerfull on 3d hw)

      If u tell me how to dev an image I can help maybe!

      Thx for Your work btw!!!

      • No. First I just installed whit this tut. and it was good, but i was needed to set another google account so I just reset the device, to clear the things. Than there was no market. I try to do the steps as like before, but now doesn’t worked in the same way.

    10. I rooted my G2 a couple of days ago with the method explained on htcmania and i can say that it works very well……BUT!!!

      There are some things you should know:

      Adfree does not work, you have to manually replace the hosts file with a custom one.


      There is no support for A2sd+ on this rom so a ext3 partition has no use……YET!

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