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We recently reported the existence of the Arnova 9 G2i, which is basically an Arnova 9 G2 sold with Android 4.0 ICS. By chance, the great guys from androidiani.com Italian forum have published a firmware dump of their device that is confirmed to work on the regular Arnova 9 G2. We have modified that firmware dump to add Google Play/Android Market, Face Unlock, full root and write access to /system partition.

Arnova 9 G2 custom firmware features

  • Clean installation of latest Google Play Store 3.5.15, no more missing apps (Twitter, Facebook…)
  • Full root support with writable /system partition
  • Root access is controled thru SuperSU.apk v0.89 (free version), a cool upgrade to SuperUser.apk by XDA developer Chainfire
  • Added Face Unlock feature from XDA dev

  • Face unlock works reasonnably well considering the relatively low camera resolution (0.3 Mpix)

    Quick demo of the Face Unlock feature on an Arnova 9 G2 running a custom ICS firmware.

    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. Download

    Kasty custom firmware download (version 0.4)

    kasty-arn9g2-40-04.zip

    This firmware is specific to the Arnova 9 G2 and Arnova 9 G2i 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.

    Download the file above 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 9 G2 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 9 G2 in less than 10 minutes.

    Firmware release history


    Version 0.4 (2012-06-06) :
    Updated Google Play, no more missing apps (Twitter, Facebook…)
    Updated SuperUser.apk to SuperSU.apk v0.89 (free version) to control root access
    Updated writable /system partition
    Updated firmware package, the firmware is now flashed using Rockchip Batch Tool.
    Added Google Face Unlock feature from XDA dev

    Version 0.3 : Unreleased

    Version 0.2 (2012-05-21) : Fixed internal storage not formatted issue
    (included misc.img from Arnova 9G2 Gingerbread with recovery.img from androidiani.com dump)

    Version 0.1 (2012-05-16) :
    - Arnova Android 4.0.3 firmware (2012-04-19) with all stock apps from the Arnova 9 G2i model and Google Play Store 3.5.15
    - partial root support, the system partition (/system) is still read only
    - Google Play is missing some apps (ex. Youtube)
    - with the limited memory on the Arnova 9 G2 (512 Mb) the tablet can get a little unresponsive when many applications are running

    Let us know how this firmware works for you in our Arnova 9 G2 forum.

    Thanks to androidiani.com Italian forum for the Arnova 9 G2 firmware dump.

    Arnova 9 G2 8 Gb

    9.7 inches capacitive IPS 5 points screen, Rockchip 2918 CPU, 512 MB RAM, Android 2.3
    PIXMANIA UK£ 163
    Dixons UK“1 to 3 days”£ 169.99
    AMAZON USAUsually ships in 1-2 business days$ 214.99
    AMAZON UKUsually dispatched within 24 hours£ 169.99
    AMAZON DEGewöhnlich versandfertig in 24 Stunden172.36 EUR
    AMAZON FR183 EUR

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