We have received many comments from Arnova 10 G2 users on how complex it is for them to flash a custom firmware. While we are working on better documentation and tutorials for the flashing procedure, we decided to make a very simple firmware that is very similar to the default one from Arnova and very easy to install. This article will tell you more about our Kasty EZ firmware, to get you a working Google Play (formerly Android Market) on your Arnova 10 G2 Tablet in less than 10 minutes just from your tablet, without any drivers or computer needed.

This firmware is made for and has been tested only on Arnova 10 G2 tablets with 8 Gb Flash storage. It should not be used on other tablets, especially Philadelphia Inquirer or HSN models that would loose their default software.

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.

Step 1. Flashing the firmware

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.

In Arctools, go to Firmware tab, select “Arnova 10 G2 EZ custom firmware 1.2” (or more recent than 1.2 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.

For Step 1, instead of using Appslib, you can also choose to manually download and install the firmware, we are providing a link for you, together with the official Arnova Flashing procedure

Custom Firmware (codename Kasty EZ) download

kasty-ez_arn10g2-23-12.zip

This firmware is specific to the Arnova 10 G2 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.

Step 2. Download and Install the Market Package
After the device has restarted following the firmware flash, follow the Arnova wizard to configure the tablet again, then setup the WIFI.
Go to Appslib again to download , Arctools like in Step 1, then start/open the application.
Download the Market package, the default selection (Default Apps & Market (Android 2.3)) should be kept, it will install latest Android Market 3.4.4
Press the Install button
Restart the device

Step 3. Android Market setup
Start Android Market and configure your Google Account

Step 4. Optional Market fix
In case the Android Market offers very few applications and a lot of them are missing, you can use the Market fix procedure, then restart the Market application.
This step is optional if no application are missing in the Market.

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

Limitations

This firmware is based on latest official firmware from Arnova, where we have pre-installed root access (if you need it) and Android Market. Being a very standard firmware, it has a limitation of offering only 200 Mb free for your Android applications to install. Most applications are using just a few megabytes, so that should let you install dozens of them.

Root access on the tablet is limited in the sense the system is still read only (cramfs), so you won’t be able to make changes in the system files.

Firmware release history

Version 1.2 (2012/07/23):
Added Bluetooth support for GPS on selected hardware, see our Bluetooth GPS article, thanks fenice57 for the BT kernel modules.
Added Google Calendar application version 2.3.1
Updated Google Play Store to version 3.7.13, GMail to 2.3.6
Update SuperUser application to version 3.1.3

Version 1.12 (2012-06-06) :
Updated Google Play / Market with latest Google files, fixed “incompatible device” error with some applications.
Updated Rockchip Loader to version 2.20

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

74 COMMENTS

  1. Evening guys,

    just a quick cry of help I have before successfully installed the playstore using the ten minute method but for some reason on my sons 10g2 when i click on the firmware tab its blank with no option to use the EZ Firmware. any help much appreciated

  2. Salut les gars / Hi dude !

    J’ai bien su télécharger le market sur la 10b g2 mais celui-ci n’a que très peu d’applications : 4 ou 5. Je ne comprends pas d’où vient le problème ?? merci d’avance !

    I’ve dwl the market on my 10b g2 but this one has only 4 or 5 apps and I don’t know why ?! thx

  3. Hello,
    I have a Arnova 10 G2 8GB with officila 4.0.3 ICS installed.
    I’ve tried the ArcTool 0.8 and I cannot choose the firmaware shown in video (Nothing proposed).
    Could you help me to install Play Store?
    Is it possible to install it without root or changing the firmware?
    If not, could you tell me how to flash the device?

    Thank you very much
    Lou.

  4. Hi folks! I have a arnova 10 g2 and have downloaded arctools. When I click on firmware I get no options at all. It just says select firmware and there is nothing to select! Help please!

      • Please help. I can only install test version sucessfully. The other version gives an error message and says to make sure its not mounted to usb. Secondly with test version all the apps that i install from google play crashes. Has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again.

  5. downloaded it followed all steps carefully and restarted it now the start up screen that just says arnova is all that comes up ive let it stay on that screen for a day hoping somnething would happen … no luck any suggestions

  6. Hi
    I have downloaded the app to my 10 g2 but when I try and download from the firmware section it gives me an error message error 95… something about not being able to access the archive and to check my device is not mounted on a USB – which it is not… can you help?
    thanks

    • hi there i was having the same problem then i figured i was doing it wrong.. so when you open arctool go to firmware. sellect test version 1.2ez let it download files. when finish and this is the tricky bit it will finish unpacking. once finished unpacking just turn of tablet,,, dont press download and get you error message , just turn it of, when it reboots it will as if you wanna install new image say yes and it will reboot again. this time it should (and i was getting same message as you) it should reboot properly and install the files.. hope this helped, and remember after it unpackes the files in arctool do not press anything else just turn tablet of

  7. I have a arnova 10 G2 4gb
    Installed the Kasty firmware. Problem is getting a message like “SDcard full flag …” .
    After erase nand flash etc the message did not disappear.
    After installing a 32GB SDHC SD card nothing changed.
    How can i get rid off that message of a “full SD card” ?
    I hope anybody can give me a solution.
    Thanks
    bob

  8. I just bought a Arnova 10 G2. It is used and I am having trouble getting the wi fii to authenticate when I try to use the wireless (AT&T) at my home…I also have the goodle play.(white bag) but when I go to apps and try to use them…it says that the goodle play is not connected to my email…can someone help me to resolve these issues?

  9. I installed it and restarted my tablet, but when I turned it back on, it says “There is a new update” “Install or cancel” but it doesnt let me press install or cancel so I cant even access my tablet. Help?

  10. Hello Admin,

    I have the Arnova 10b G2 and I tried to get access to google play.

    I followed the instruction from the video. I Installed Arctools 0.67. After that I Download “Default Apps & Market v3.3.4″. That seems to workbut when I hit the “Install apps” button error 28(cannot Create temporary directory) and error 20 (fout bij kopieren bestand) appears.

    I Also tried “Custom Firmware (codename Kasty EZ) download”. But than I receive a pop up with “Invalid firmware do yo want to delete or not”.

    What should I do to get Google play running?

  11. hello I’m Dutch I hope you understand

    I’ve downloaded it was good, but if you are with the market (google play store) gmail you need to fill up it does not very often I’ve tried and I’ve already got a gmail account, I just can not come into the market what should I do
    help me

  12. Geweldig, geweldig, geweldig!! (i`m dutch… Geweldig means Great)

    You see, i`m very thankfull for this firmware. Works super!

    But my browser stops a few seconds after loading a page… That`s a problem… How can i solve this? Have already clear the data.

    Thanks!

    Bart

  13. WARNING WARNING….

    Of course it is my fault and I was stupid doing this, but I only tried the flash because I did see that there was an unbrick tool. In my case and several other cases the unbrick doesn’t work. See the forum notes.

    By the way: The flash went fine, and everything seemed to work. Only after a shutdown, the tablet got bricked.

    Dik

  14. Hi, I’ve just completed stage one and seem to have lost the ability to connect to the internet. It scans for available wifi attempts to authenticate with the network before disabling it.

    help please
    thanks
    andy

  15. All of this is for the Arnova 10G2 4gb tablets….So I used the EZ install with version kasty-ez_arn10g2-23-11 2 weeks ago and had absolutely no issues at all. Play Store worked great with all the apps. Today I am fixing my mothers tablet and I use version kasty-ez_arn10g2-23-111 and it initially bricked my tablet. Needless to say after many forum views and a few hours later, I was able to unbrick it and install kasty-ez_arn10g2-23-111. At first Play Store would only show 3-4 apps. I tried all the Market fix procedures and nothing worked. So I decided to go back to my original tablet that is working and I took the version from 2 weeks ago and substituted it on the tablet, used arctools to reset market and then one reset later…All apps are in the Play Store.

    So to whomever changed the versions thinking it would help, Please Please Please change it back to kasty-ez_arn10g2-23-11 so others don’t run into the same trouble I did. I really appreciate the firmware and all the solutions found on this forum. You all rock!

    • Thanks for your feedback. We are in the process of updating our Kasty firmware to fix the different recent problems encountered with Google Play Store (former Android Market)
      We’ll post an announce when our firmware updates are ready.

  16. Firstly, thanks for doing all of this!

    I’ve followed all of the steps successfully on my Arnova 10 G2, including the fix for missing apps in the Market Place. However, no app in the Market can be installed — every single one displays the message “Your device isn’t compatible with this item”.

    Also, as an aside, a search for YouTube (as shown in the video) does not return any results for the official app.

    Help!

  17. Heya, Was looking to do this, however you locate the Arctools in the Market initially, My tablet has no access to Market at all, Which is what I’m trying to get.

    Any further advice?

    Many thanks, Nate.

  18. I added this update to my new tablet and all worked fine, I had access to android market but there were very few apps in it. I followed the instructions but am now faced with ‘server error’ every time I try to access the market any ideas?

  19. Hi – please help!
    I used the video above to install the market place on my Arnova 10 G2 8GB and it all worked fine.
    However, i bought my son the same tablet and did exactly the same thing BUT at the final stage, the tablet won’t reboot.
    I cannot turn it on now!!!
    PLEASE HELP!!!!

    • It works …. should have watched all the video first lol. The instructions in the market fix link say to clear the cache not the data, but thats wrong as the video shows YOU CLEAR THE DATA … Yippeee all working. Thanx guys …

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