Arnova ChildPad capacitive and resistive models ICS custom firmware with Google Play and root

The Arnova ChildPad is an children-optimised Android 4.0 ICS Android tablet with great features for an affordable price. It comes with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, featuring a Rockchip RK2918 CPU, 1 Gb of RAM and is available with capacitive or resistive screens. 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. We built a custom firmware to add Google Play/Android Market and full root with read-write access to /system partition. The firmware is available in two versions – one for the capacitive ChildPad and another one for the resistive.

Arnova ChildPad custom firmware features

  • Clean installation of latest Google Play Store 3.5.15, no more missing apps (Twitter, Facebook…)
  • Installation of other Google Apps (Gmail, Play Music, Google Search)
  • Full root support with writable /system partition
  • Root access is controlled thru SuperSU.apk  0.89 (free version), a cool upgrade to SuperUser.apk by XDA developer Chainfire
  • Updated Rockchip loader to latest version (2.20)
  • Arctablet bootanimation

[UPDATE 28/09]

Check our Android 4.0.4 Custom Firmware which brings even more awesome features.

http://www.arctablet.com/blog/featured/arnova-childpad7d-g3-android-4-0-4-cwm-recovery-custom-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 ChildPad

AMAZON USAUsually ships in 1-2 business days$ 89.99
AMAZON UK£ 12.08
AMAZON DE135 EUR
AMAZON FRExpédition sous 1 à 2 jours ouvrés125 EUR

Arnova ChildPad 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.

It keeps the data and installed programs.

Step 1. Download Firmware
Choose one of the two firmwares from the custom firmware download section below, depending on what type of touchscreen your ChildPad has.

Please note that the firmwares are also available through our Arctools application, but you would need to side-load Arctools, because it is filtered out in Kids Store of Appslib.

Step 2. Transfer firmware to the tablet

Extract the zip file, so you get an update.img file on your pc. Copy the file to the root of your tablet(the main folder when you connect the ChildPad to your pc)

Step 3. Flashing the firmware

Ater disconnecting the usb cable, “Firmware updating” dialog will be asked 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 !

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. Download Firmware
Choose one of the two firmwares from the custom firmware download section below, depending on what type of touchscreen your ChildPad has 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.

Step 3. Arnova ChildPad 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 ChildPad in less than 10 minutes(video shows flashing an Arnova 10b G3, the flashing method for the ChildPad is the same) .

Arnova ChildPad custom firmware download

Choose one of the two firmwares from the custom firmware download section below, depending on what type of touchscreen (capacitive or resistive) your ChildPad has.

kasty-arnchilpadr-40-041.zip | ONLY FOR RESISTIVE SCREEN MODEL |

This firmware is specific to the Arnova ChildPad resistive screen 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.

kasty-arnchildpadc-40-04.zip | ONLY FOR CAPACITIVE SCREEN MODEL |

This firmware is specific to the Arnova ChildPad capacitive screen 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.

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Setting up parental filtering on Google Play

This custom firmware will open your ChildPad thousands of applications in Google Play, but you may want to enable filtering, so your little ones do not see applications they are not supposed to see.

To achieve this, start Google Play Store, go to the upper right corner menu, click on it, select Settings

Scroll to “User Controls” section, click on Content filtering item

Make sure that only “Everyone” rating is checked.
According to Google, “Everyone” setting should not contain objectionable material, where “Low maturity” setting may include mild cartoon or fantasy violence or other potentially offensive content.

Let us know how it works for you in our Arnova ChildPad forum.


Arnova ChildPad

AMAZON USAUsually ships in 1-2 business days$ 89.99
AMAZON UK£ 12.08
AMAZON DE135 EUR
AMAZON FRExpédition sous 1 à 2 jours ouvrés125 EUR

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Joined Arctablet in 2012, exelletor is very fund of  Android but doesn't eat apples. For arctablet blog he provides the rumours about the coming products and sometimes also reviews them.