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[ ROM ] Arnova 8 G3 custom firmware with Google Play, Apps and root
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The Arnova 8 G3 is a product refresh of the 8 inches (4/3 screen ratio) Arnova 8 G2 tablet upgraded to Android 4 ICS with 1 Gb memory. Unfortunately, as other Arnova G3 tablets, the 8 G3 isn't Google certified and cannot offer Google Play and Apps. We have built a custom firmware based on Arnova's latest firmware release from the July, 12 adding Google Play/Android Market and full root with read-write access to /system partition. The firmware build is dated 20120613.180630 and has been reported by our forum members to correct some serious calibration issues the device had on startup.

Arnova 8 G3 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)

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 8 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 first firmware install method 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 8 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.

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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 (demonstrated on the Arnova 7f G3, but it works exactly the same on the Arnova 8 G3).

Arnova 8 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 8 G3 custom firmware download

kasty-arn8g3-40-042.zip

This firmware is specific to the Arnova 8 G3 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.

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 8 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 7f G3 in less than 10 minutes(video shows flashing an Arnova 10b G3, the flashing method for the Arnova 8 G3 is the same) .

Let us know how it works for you in our Arnova 8 G3 forum.

We would like to thank our forum member SupArnova for his help with testing this firmware.

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Works great great job on this one


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Could this be run on the 8 G2 or are the specs too far behind? (I'm guessing RAM in particular - I'm afraid I haven't tracked the G3 lineup changes)

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i think ics requires 1 gb of ram and the g2 only offers 512mb


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james said
Could this be run on the 8 G2 or are the specs too far behind? (I'm guessing RAM in particular - I'm afraid I haven't tracked the G3 lineup changes)

Technically it could work if the hardware is compatible, I haven't tried yet but will have a look.

For instance Arnova is selling the 9 G2i which is nothing else than a 9 G2 with ICS. This device's firmware has been extracted and runs nicely on existing 9 G2...

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Can you confirm that this is not suitable for the 8b G3?

 

I have read other threads that seemed to suggest that you were waiting on a dump of the 8b before a specific firmware could be built and wondered whether this was in progress or whether you were still waiting.

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This is for the Arnova 8 G3 and not any other device as the blog article clearly states, it won't work on the 8b G3.

There has been some progress on the 8b G3 firmware but it's not ready yet.

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Hi

Is there any update on the firmware for the 8b G3, I am not very up on tech but my kids bought me this model and I am so lost without the googleplay etc and I don't want to upset them by letting them know this.

Thanks for any help

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There's still no word on new firmware, but I have found a workaround posted on another forum (Archos Fans). I'm not sure about the etiquette of cross-posting on here, but in essence it involves downloading a .rar archive of APK files, unzipping and then installing them.The original page was missing just now when I went to look at it for you, but it was in the google archive.

 

With acknowledgement to the original poster, here's what was said:

 

With this procedure you can install market v3.4.4 in your Arnova 7 G2 running the official stock ROM from Arnova. Just follow the steps above.

DOWNLOAD FILES HERE: ‚Üďhttp://www.mediafire.com/?cj4yi2o9392522i

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Market.3.4.4.rar

*  extract the files you downloaded;
* connect the tablet to the pc or use your preffered method to transfer files;
*  transfer the files to the internal storage or SD card on the tablet;
*  put all files in a folder ie (Market.3.4.4);
*  disconnect the tablet from pc;
*  using the pre installed file browser in the tablet, browse to the folder you just transfered;
*  install the files in the following order:

1. GoogleServicesFramework.apk
2. OneTimeInitializer.apk
3. SetupWizard.apk
4. Gmail.apk
5. Vending-3.4.4-signed.apk
6. Talk-signed.apk (optional install)
7. Maps.apk (optional install)

After installing all the apps, you will probably get an error. If it happens folow the above steps:
1. go into settings/manage apps;
2. Click on Google framework and Clear the cache files (if you have no cache files delete the data files);
3. Do the same thing (clear cache files and/or delete the data files) for Gmail and Market apps;
4. Now power down and up again (reboot);
5. DONT LAUNCH THE MARKET YET, but launch Gmail first and login (It should work);
6. Now you can launch the Market and Enjoy.

 

 

I tried this last week and now I have a fully functioning google play/marketplace. I still haven't got a calendar that syncs with my phone and other google calendars, but I can wait.

Hope this helps you and your kids will see a happy parent and be none the wiser Wink

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Thanks you very much ...It works fine on my Arnova 8b G3

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__chris__ said
Thank you so much now I just have to find someone who understands all that, but I really appeciate your help thank you again

There's still no word on new firmware, but I have found a workaround posted on another forum (Archos Fans). I'm not sure about the etiquette of cross-posting on here, but in essence it involves downloading a .rar archive of APK files, unzipping and then installing them.The original page was missing just now when I went to look at it for you, but it was in the google archive.

 

With acknowledgement to the original poster, here's what was said:

 

With this procedure you can install market v3.4.4 in your Arnova 7 G2 running the official stock ROM from Arnova. Just follow the steps above.

DOWNLOAD FILES HERE: ‚Üďhttp://www.mediafire.com/?cj4yi2o9392522i

MediaFire
Market.3.4.4.rar

*  extract the files you downloaded;
* connect the tablet to the pc or use your preffered method to transfer files;
*  transfer the files to the internal storage or SD card on the tablet;
*  put all files in a folder ie (Market.3.4.4);
*  disconnect the tablet from pc;
*  using the pre installed file browser in the tablet, browse to the folder you just transfered;
*  install the files in the following order:
1. GoogleServicesFramework.apk
2. OneTimeInitializer.apk
3. SetupWizard.apk
4. Gmail.apk
5. Vending-3.4.4-signed.apk
6. Talk-signed.apk (optional install)
7. Maps.apk (optional install)

After installing all the apps, you will probably get an error. If it happens folow the above steps:
1. go into settings/manage apps;
2. Click on Google framework and Clear the cache files (if you have no cache files delete the data files);
3. Do the same thing (clear cache files and/or delete the data files) for Gmail and Market apps;
4. Now power down and up again (reboot);
5. DONT LAUNCH THE MARKET YET, but launch Gmail first and login (It should work);
6. Now you can launch the Market and Enjoy.

 

 

I tried this last week and now I have a fully functioning google play/marketplace. I still haven't got a calendar that syncs with my phone and other google calendars, but I can wait.

Hope this helps you and your kids will see a happy parent and be none the wiser Wink

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Tyrangle:

In simple terms, if you click on the link you will download a file. The file type is a RAR file.

It's a bit like a ZIP file as it contains lots of others inside it. Instead of opening it with WinZip you'll have to use a program that can open RAR.

When you unpack the file you'll find a load of small files which are APK files. These are the files used by your Android to set up apps.

If you follow the step by step instructions you'll have full access to the Google Play Marketplace.

Hope this helps.

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Hi Chris

Thanks again did as you said (although that is the first time I have ever done anything like that) and it seems to have worked.

Tried bbc iplayer and that wouldn't work at first so downloaded flash player and it works now although it buffers a bit.

But I truly appreciate your help and if I have any other problems do you mind if I ask for help again.

Cheers

Angie Laugh

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You're welcome Angie; that's what a forum is about - sharing knowlledge and helping so that we're all better off.Cool

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I recently purchased the Arnova 8 G3 and I installed the custom firmware from this site, unfortunately since then I am unable to access the internet at all, (my router is fine also I could access the internet previous to the install) when i tap appslib I get a message "connection failed" If I tap Arctools the install page comes up "install Apps" is highlighted but if I tap it a message comes up Copying applications followed by Error 28 Cannot create temporary directory. If anyone knows how to restore my device back to the factory installed hardware and start again I would be very greatfull.

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