[Update3] Arnova 10b G3 capacitive model ICS custom firmware with Google Play, root and Face Unlock (version 0.42)

The Arnova 10b G3 tablet is a product refresh of the Arnova 10b G2 best seller, updated with latest Android 4.03 Ice Cream Sandwich and 1 Gb of RAM. The lack of Google Play (formerly Android Market) support is one the biggest inconvenience on the device, we are happy to bring you a solution. Here is a custom firmware to add Google Play/Android Market, Google Face Unlock support, full root with write access to /system.

We have published an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean firmware update for the Arnova 10b G3,
don’t forget to check it !

This firmware is for the Arnova 10b G3 capacitive screen model only, don’t flash it if you have a resistive (DT or Dual Touch) model. The compatibility issues have been resolved with the latest firmware dump (thanks J_Weidner) and the custom firmware is reported to work on all old and new Arnova 10b G3 capacitive models.

Arnova 10b G3 custom firmware features

  • Clean installation of latest Google Play Store 3.5.15, no more missing apps (Twitter, Facebook…)
  • Full root support with writable /system partition
  • Root access is controled thru SuperSU.apk v0.89 (free version), a cool upgrade to SuperUser.apk by XDA developer Chainfire
  • Updated Rockchip loader to latest version (2.20)
  • Added Face Unlock feature from XDA dev

  • Face unlock works reasonnably well considering the relatively low camera resolution (0.3 Mpix)

    Quick demo of the Face Unlock feature on an Arnova 9 G2 running a custom ICS firmware.

    Our custom firmware can be installed in two ways. The first method is the easiest and will let you have Google Play running in about 10 minutes. The second method erases all the data stored on the tablet, but uses a safer approach.

    Arnova 10b G3 custom firmware install easy procedure

    Please note that this flashing method is easy to run but includes the same risks as a regular firmware flash. If it goes wrong for some reason and bricks your tablet, the only way to recover it (if the hardware isn’t damaged) will be to use Rockchip Flashing tool.

    Please note this firmware install procedure keeps installed apps and data on the tablet.

    Step 1. Download and install Arctools from Appslib.

    Run Appslib that can be found in the applications on your tablet. While in Appslib, search for “Arctools” application, you should get “ArcTools – Google Play / Android Market & Apps installer” in the list, download, install and run the application.

    If you don’t have Appslib installed, you’ll need to download it from appslib.com servers.

    Step 2. Download firmware

    In Arctools, go to Firmware tab, select “Arnova 10b G3 custom firmware 0.42 EZ” (or more recent than 0.42 if there is one)
    Read the disclaimer in the application and press the checkbox if you agree with the conditions, then press the Download button.
    It should take about two minutes to complete the new firmware download.
    Restart the tablet when the program is inviting you to.

    Step 3. Flashing the firmware
    After rebooting the tablet, a “Firmware updating” dialog will ask for confirmation to install the package (=flash the firmware) click Install button. The tablet will reboot and install the firmware.

    Step 4. Setup Google Play
    After a few minutes, your tablet will be updated with the custom firmware. Setup your Account on Google Play Store and enjoy !

    You will find the 4 steps of the installation procedure in the following video.

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    Arnova 10b G3 custom firmware alternative 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 charged for more than 35% and is still charging via usb.

    Step 1. Arnova 10b G3 custom firmware download


    This firmware is specific to the Arnova 10b G3 model and should not be installed on other devices.




    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.

    Step 3. Arnova 10b G3 flashing and restart

    After Rockchip flasher has transferred the custom firmware to the tablet, the device will restart and install the firmware. Finally, you will be back to Arnova default startup wizard.

    You will find the 3 easy steps of the installation procedure in the following video, see how to get Google Play and root to your Arnova 10b G3 in less than 10 minutes.

    Arnova 10b G3 custom firmware release history

    Version 0.42 (2012-07-07) :
    Custom firmware updated from latest Arnova 10bG3 stock firmware dump, thanks J_Weidner
    The custom firmware should now work on all different models of Arnova 10b G3 capacitive tablets.
    Version 0.41a (2012-06-14) :
    Rebuilt custom firmware from a more recent stock firmware dump, thanks AlleyTrotter and Finless from freaktab.com
    (build dates 20120407.123649 vs 20120330.182730 on the original dump used for version 0.40)
    Version 0.40 (2012-06-08) : Initial release

    EDIT: Here is the Arnova 10b G3 stock firmware dump arranged in an update image for those who want to restore the original firmware on their device: Arnova10bG3_stock_dump_update.zip

    Let us know how it works for you in our Arnova 10b G3 forum.

    Great thanks to dlicence and walden members on our forum for their help on the firmware tests.