Saturday, 5 November 2011

Ainol Novo 8 Advanced Custom Rom

Update March 2021: 

Fixed the download links at the bottom of the page. All versions can also be found here:

Ainol NOVO8 Firmware links



Well as a first proper post goes this is not a bad way to start.

I bought one of these great tablets off ebay a few months back from a UK company called Gadgetfreakz, actually it's my second the first was a semi dead unit I bought 2nd hand from someone else and it refuses to be fully fixed . . . for now.

Aside from some minor issues such as screen viewing angles and a bit of back light bleed these things are a cracking buy for the money with a high res 1280x768 Screen, pretty good GPU that can play some Tegra games, HDMI out and USB input among other things.

However the firmware on them left a lot to be desired and is in Chinese by default, thankfully the latter was easy to deal with to an extent, the former not so easy. Recently a 2.3.4 beta Rom appeared on the Chinese speaking boards and was a major improvement over the 2.2 releases however as always they were in Chinese as a first language and contained stuff that was no use to us English speaking types. So I decided it was time to apply a bit of magic and make my own Rom. Download link at the bottom of the post.

This has also been posted up on MP4Nation and XDA Developers

(screenshot app not included)

Links to the firmware (if you want to mirror please let me know so i can add links here)
Novo 8 2.3.4a Firmware UK Edition (
Gadgetfreakz Mirror (Thanks to GFZ @ XDA for the mirror)


  1. Hi! Thanx in advanced for the work you have put in on this. Seams wondersful to have a english based rom working now!!

    Qs:Can you make a small tour video?
    What's your battery version and does it last longer now?
    The power up button issues have hapened to you with rom version?

    My Ainol 8gb is on his way from China and first thing to do after battery charge will be to change his rom...


  2. Hi thanks for the feedback, I might take a go at making a video never done one before. Anything suggestions for what you would want to see? I would imagine a quick demo of some games and playing back various video footage would be the main things.

    My unit is the later black one so I have the better batteries and the power button issue is purely down to a bug in the rom as it was fine on the 2.2 ones.

  3. Hi, thanks for your excellent work. Another feedback, i noticed that i can no longer change the diaplay (i.e. normal/medium). The previous Rom was ok. I need it to make the fonts/icons, etc to be bigger. Any feedback is very much appreciated.

  4. Hi,

    Thank you for the great effort.

    I tried installing your rom on my novo8. But, system was not able to detect the file. I am not getting any problem installing 0719 or 0826 roms, but i am not being able to install your rom. Any suggestions?

  5. Hi folks,

    Sorry not been able to get back quickly Real Life™ matters needed attention.

    Jon: Regarding the screen resize, I know it was present on the previous roms but it's not present in this current rom. I shall have to add it to my notes for things to fix and add. I have got something in the pipeline that may resolve a lot of the bugs that have been fed back.

    cool_laks: When you download the file you should get 3 files and the readme, one will be named try naming it to just and see how that goes. If you have copied both the uimage files and the zip to your SD and there are no other recovery files you should get the new recovery menu which allows you to pick which file to install rather than just force you to call everything

    I have not had any other installation errors reported. Let me know if you still have any further problems and I shall try and help.

  6. Huawei E173u-2 3G USB Dongle working. Well done! Waiting for the next version :)

  7. Hi..I finally managed to install the firmware. It quite fast as compared to 2.2 OS. When can we expect your next full proof version....:) Thank you for your effort.

  8. The best rom for novo 8. thanks man.

  9. Hello, I have a Spanish-language version 2.3.4 novo 8 but this without root.

    Is there a way to root?

    Thank you.

  10. New release today lots of new things including Multi Language so Fran you can give this a try and have a Rooted Spanish Novo 8 :)

  11. Hey guy good job with this rom, but i think you should try to make a USB Bluetooth dongle works in your rom ok


  12. Hi
    Its super ROM but the power button is not super.

  13. Hi,

    First of all, thank you very much for your work.

    I've a problem and you probably can help me. The stock video player, plays really nice the movies and with subtitle, the problem is that with Portuguese special characters, p.e., á or ç, the subtitles show a Chinese character. Do you know how we can fix this?

    Looking forward for your next release.

    Best regards.


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