Sunday, 29 April 2012

Ainol Novo 8 Advanced 2.3.4 Rooted UK Rom V4.1

A very quick update this time round, release 4.1 was intended to be a patch but after cheeyee's release of patch9 which required a full reflash I quickly dropped the patch and started on this full update. Although only a small change of version number this is a big change in abilities. The big one Tegra game support in the market, follow this guide Tegra Games on the Novo 8 and you can make your 4.1 installation able to see and download Tegra games. I can't include the required software as it's a paid app (but cheap for what you get) and it would still require things to be done after.

Also I have setup a Twitter account for the site check out the box on the right hand side of the page, I shall post updates and all sorts, there might be some randomness as my friends have already latched onto it :)

To keep things short and sweet the Readme will now be kept on a separate page Click Here and a plain text copy is in the download. Check out the Change log/What's New below then get your download and enjoy. No screen shots this time round not really anything different to see.
Change log/What's New:
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Key:
New
Updated
Information
Important
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29/04/2012 Version 4.1

Newer base firmware based on cheeyee patch9 release.
Jitter fix now part of the kernel.
Multi Langauge support (thanks to cheeyee)
New build.prop mods allows installation of Tegra Games (see guide)
New guide on website for getting the best out of the Tegra support.
Wiimote contoller support. (not tested as I don't have a Wiimote)
Titanium Backup added (Thanks MrRimmer for suggesting it)
Play Store must not be updated, auto updater removed to prevent this. Any updates will remove the modded version.
Lot's of little extra's here and there.
Latest Facebook, Dolphin, Google Maps, Google+ (Google Maps need a data connection to work)
Different status bar icons.
Trackball work in both portrait and landscape correctly, it did on 4.0 but overlooked it.
Manual Headphone volume tweaks, use USB Device Manager app to adjust to your own tastes.


Downloads:
If you mirror the file please let me know so I can add it here.
Ainol Novo 8 2.3.4 UK Rom V4.1 @ Rapidshare

Ainol Novo 8 2.3.4 UK Rom V4.1 @ My FTP

Ainol Novo 8 2.3.4 UK Rom V4.1 @ Dropbox
(Dropbox complained about bandwidth.)
Ainol Novo 8 2.3.4 UK Rom V4.1 @ Pogoplug Cloud


Forum Thread Links:
This firmware is also posted on the following forums, click the logo to head there
(links open in new window)

Monday, 9 April 2012

Ainol Novo 8 Advanced 2.3.4 Rooted UK Rom V4.0

A long time coming I know but here it is the new shiny super duper V4.0 release of my firmware. The main reason for the delay was waiting to find a firmware to base it on that offered something more than just a minor update.

To keep things short and sweet the Readme will now be kept on a separate page Click Here and a plain text copy is in the download. Check out the Change log/What's New below then get your download and enjoy. Screen shots after the download links.
Change log/What's New:
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Key:
New
Updated
Information
Important
Removed

07/04/2012 Version 4.0

Newer base firmware based on cheeyee and tomx2h releases.
English only release, Multi Language may follow
Google Maps will Force Close if you have no active Wifi or Data connection, this is the way the app works and not a bug.
Flash and Skype removed as they only semi worked. You can install these from the market.
Modified Google Play Store gives the best results yet. Still not perfect but improves on last firmware.
Play Store must not be updated, auto updater removed to prevent this. Any updates will remove the modded version.
build.prop altered with HTC Flyer data (closest match to our tablet) again results have improved in the Market.
All included Google Apps, Facebook and Dolphin are latest versions as of compliling the Firmware
Root explorer because it would still give Chinese menus, ES File Manager is just as good when given root access rights.
New Statusbar icons for Home, Menu, Up, Down and Back (See screenshots)
The wallpaper app that was in Chinese I have converted to English, look for 'ICS Wallpapers'
Separate Latitude.apk (now comes with Maps) and Car Home (Too small for our screens)
For UK users iPlayer and latest Flash seem to play Medium quality streams without any problems, High quality is broken in iPlayer by the looks of it as setting it makes no difference over Medium.

Downloads:
If you mirror the file please let me know so I can add it here.
Ainol Novo 8 2.3.4 UK Rom V4.0 @ Rapidshare

Ainol Novo 8 2.3.4 UK Rom V4.0 @ My FTP

Ainol Novo 8 2.3.4 UK Rom V4.0 @ Dropbox
(Dropbox bandwidth complaint)
Ainol Novo 8 2.3.4 UK Rom V4.0 @ Pogoplug Cloud


Screenshots:
Click for full size images.  Apps that have been pixelised are not included.

New Status Bar Icons
All the apps you need to get you started

And then a few more
Angry Birds is installable, Google prevents it on uncertified devices

Skype is installable, Google blocks this if the tablet does not have certain abilities.
Google Play Music, has a nice coverflow feature


Forum Thread Links:
This firmware is also posted on the following forums, click the logo to head there
(links open in new window)