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Arnova 7 G2 with Honeycomb?
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Hi, I've just bought a 7 G2 and rooted it with Finless Bobs work (thanks man) but I was wondering why nobody ever talks about putting Honeycomb on the device but there's talk of ICS being used. Is there a reason Honeycomb won't work on a G2? Is it down to Archos or is it just not worth messing for Honeycomb but is for ICS?

 

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I don't see why android 3 hasn't been put on this device. I mean it has the specs, but ICS seems to run a lot faster the android 3, so it looks like ICS is the better bet.

 

But I've heard no more news on the ICS subject so I'm in the dark on that.

Hopefully there will be more news later on :).

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OK so lets be honest here and think about this question.

Arnova is the "cheap tablets" from Arcos.  They are not even under the same architecture!  But with that said the Arnova spec for a "cheap tablet" are really good!  Right?

However lets look into the revenue return for a "cheap tablet".  They are not going to put R&D into products that are out and being sold!  If ICS goes into anything from Arnova I bet it will be a "new product".  Why spend R&D dollars on upgrading existing customer tablets?  There is no money in it for them to do that other than gaining customer loyalty.  I honestly don't see that happening for a $200 tablet.

In the end since Android is open source, it will be up to us and the dedication of others interested in doing it, to upgrade this tablets OS to ICS etc.  Nothing against Arnova here but business is business!  Show Arnova how it benefits them to spend money on current products and maybe we will get that upgrade.

Just stating my .0002 cents on this OS upgrade thing.

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I believe that Honeycomb source code wasn't officially released by Google and only selected manufacturers had access to it. While HC was mainly designed for tablets, ICS adapts well on phones and tablets which may better for small tablets like the 7G2.

Finally, there are echoes of Rockchip porting ICS on RK2918 tablets, so it should be a matter of time before we get it on the G2s, either thru an official upgrade or a custom firmware made by community of developers.

http://www.arctablet.com/blog/featured/android-4-0-ics-on-rockchip-rk2918/

 

Still, I agree with Bob's opinion on the fact that Archos/Archos R&D may not focus on making ICS work on actual RK2918, but rather push it on the next gen. models Confused

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Makes sense what you're saying but would be nice if they did think about their customers a little 😉

If Google never released the code for Honeycomb then that really answers the question I asked. Without that nobody can do much. I've read the news about Rockchip working on ICS but whether we'll see it is another matter I suppose. Hoping you clever fellas can do something when things settle.

 

Cheers for the replies.

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i wouldnt agree on this logic
putting an electronic device on a very dynamic market and leaving the device with no software updates
is like throwing all the investment into development and production of the device in the trash bin

its a very competitive market and the easy way to stay on the front line
is to put out a device with a tad better hardware that could support a tad more complex software (like the arnovas)
and just update the software as much as possible just to keep the device selling

this way with just a bit of code tweaking you can keep selling the same device for a year or two
and in the digital world thats as long as it gets

the other perspective is that people like a freebie every once in a while or they just dont feel appreciated by their merchant
an update bringing new possibilities to a device still in use is just the kind of customer pepping needed to keep your buyers happy and loyal

Finally, there are echoes of Rockchip porting ICS on RK2918 tablets, so it should be a matter of time before we get it on the G2s, either thru an official upgrade or a custom firmware made by community of developers.
http://www.arctablet.com/blog/featured/android-4-0-ics-on-rockchip-rk2918/

that would be fantastic indeed
thats from the end of november
judging by the updates of the arnova devices they come twice a year if im not wrong
so my guess is if we are going to get it - it should happen before july

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register, I am with you Wink

Doing the most with the (sometimes limited) hardware and providing regular firmware updates has been Archos strategy for their G8 and G9 product line. Arnova models were basically rebadged chinese tablets with custom casing a few things, but without the support like on Archos models. Still they are more prone to be "hacked" and the RK2918 CPU running on most Arnova G2s is also widespread on middle range chinese models from other brands, so knowledge can be shared with other community developers.

I recently read that Archos has hired a team of devs. for their Arnova office in Shenzen, so we may see more frequent and better updates.

Still, that does not change Arnova strategy which seems to get new products out every two months or so, quite a waste Frown

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more great news, admin 🙂
i think you should put such interesting news on the front page in the blog 😉
do you by any chance know of any asian twin device of the arnova series?
because we could hunt down their firmware updates and use them on the arnovas Laugh

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more great news, admin 🙂
i think you should put such interesting news on the front page in the blog 😉
do you by any chance know of any asian twin device of the arnova series?
because we could hunt down their firmware updates and use them on the arnovas Laugh

These news will be on the blog when the information has been verified, so far it's mostly on the rumor side Smile 

There are a lot of RK2918 tablet based devices out there, I'll need to check more precisely to find Arnova G2 twin devices, will have a look.

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you do that 🙂
the asians have always been ahead when it comes to firmware
localisation should be an easy task for bob 😉

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