Here is an easy way to install Google Play Store (formerly Android Market), root and Bluetooth GPS support for on the Arnova 10b G2 (capacitive and resistive DT Dual Touch models)

This custom firmware is based on firmware dumps from Arnova 10b G2 users, as Arnova hasn’t yet published any any official firmware for these models With our custom firmware, you will get Google Play (formerly Android Market) and root on your Arnova 10b G2 Tablet in less than 10 minutes just from your tablet, without any drivers or computer needed.

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 10b 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

Kasty EZ custom firmware download (version 1.2)

Arnova 10b DT
(Dual Touch resistive model)

kasty-ez_arn10bg2r-23-12.zip

Arnova 10b
(capacitive model)

kasty-ez_arn10bg2c-23-12.zip

Theses firmware are specific to the Arnova 10b G2 (capacitive and resistive Dual Touch models only) and should not be installed on other devices. Please make sure you install the right firmware for your device type (Dual Touch resistive OR capacitive)

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. Reconfigure your device on the newly installed firmware
After the device has restarted following the firmware flash, follow the Arnova wizard to configure the tablet again, then setup the WIFI.

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.

You will find the 4 easy steps of the installation procedure in the following video (here on an Arnova 7b G2 DT), see how to get Android Market and root in less than 10 minutes.

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Root access

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.
Here is Root Explorer application, requesting SuperUser access.
   

Firmware revision 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
Updated Rockchip loader to version 2.20

Limitations

This firmware is based on a dump from latest Arnova firmware, 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 about 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.

Please use our Arnova 10b G2 forum to discuss about this firmware.

Thanks to Miklaus for the Arnova 10b G2 capacitive firmware dump, and BvdW for the Google Play picture ;)

12 COMMENTS

  1. My Arnova 10bG2 works fine with this 1.20 firmware
    Is there any possibility to upgrade to Android 4.x?
    How can I make more spacve available for apps?

    Hope to get some help here. Would be great!

  2. Thanks a lot. The device gets stucked with at a firmware updating screen that prompts for installing a image file with firmware 3.6.9. However the touch screen doesn’t react on Install or Cancel option. Have I broken the Arnova 10b G2 ?

  3. Is there any possibility for us who have a 10b g3 dt to be able to use play store?….there is a firmware for g2 dt for g3 capacitive but not yet for dual touch g3 10″ arnova… please guys don’t leave us without playstore….

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