Hello guys and welcome to our new blog followers and readers! Today I want to talk about the choice of custom firmwares (alternative ROMs) for the Ainol Elf II.
If you were following the blog, you should already know that I got my Ainol Elf 2 tablet delivered from china using EMS about a two weeks ago, and during these two weeks I was testing all of the available official firmwares and custom ROMs to get the best out of my tablet especially that chinese tablets aren’t very good at performance. However this tablet seemed to be the best 7″ tablet when it comes to performance/price, and it did a very good job with all of the firmwares I tried, but there are always some advantages and disadvantages for each ROM.
I won’t be talking alot about performance in this post, benchmarks will arrive in another one. This post will talk about the tablet in the user’s perspective (do games work? is there a lag? are there some features missing?)
My Ainol Elf II arrived today by EMS (8 days after I bought it from McBub). McBub included an English Manual and a USB wall charger (US one even if I live in a EU area, better than nothing). Here are the pictures of the unboxing:
Hello awesome blog followers, today I want to talk about a new custom (non official) ROM called “Eleven”. For those who don’t know what a ROM is, here is what the folks at Lifehacker say about it:
What’s a ROM?
One of the best things about the openness of the Android platform is that if you’re unhappy with the stock OS, you can install one of many modified versions of Android (called ROMs) on your device. The downside is that there are so many developers and different Android devices out there that the custom ROM scene can be very difficult to navigate.
Today is a big day in the Ainol Elf 2 and Aurora 2 life! Ainol just announced in a fairly long message the source code for these two awesome tablets. Developers, like me are very happy and very excited. If you’re just a user and you don’t know what this is, let me explain it to you: Ainol and other tablet manufacturers use Android OS (wich is open source and every one can modify it) BUT they use their own drivers and other tweaks to the system to make it compatible with the tablets they make. Developer need to know what changes Ainol made to their tablets to make their own custom ROMs and port the newest Android releases to our tablets. So, today, and after a lot of requests and even threats of legal suits (because Ainol promises that it will keep its software open source), the chinese company just released the source code for both Novo7 Elf 2 (II) and Aurora 2 (II) ! Here is the complete message from the official Ainol forum:
Long-term users all know that Ainol promoted the open-sourcing of Novo7 Basic /Honeycomb using JZ4770 chips of Ingenic and Novo7 Advanced Ⅰusing A10 chip of Allwinner last year, and then open source (non-public) of Novo AuroraⅠto the player group. DIYers from all over the world made plenty of DIY firmwares or transplanted CM7、CM9、CM10、 2.3.7 to Novo8 and Novo7 AdvancedⅠ,etc, and some modules and firmwares were transplanted and applied to other brands even other pads with different schemes, which boost the DIY firmwares of whole homemade pads to some extent.
Now Ainol establish the new cooperation with AML. Early before launching the new pads, Ainol and AML agreed to open source and reached agreement on framework of open-sourcing cooperation, so the source code(non-public) of Ainol Tornado and Mars using M3 chips with old core were released one month ago, and the DIY 4.04 firmware made by player group has been released for testing. The source code of Elf Ⅱand AuroraⅡusing MX chips were released early this month, and soon the first DIY core of Elf Ⅱ and AuroraⅡmade by lifeiyu was released. Many problems which confused the users for quite a long time have been solved, such as the video deformation caused by the forced Scale and wifi connection problems. The DIY firmware also add some new functions such as cifs and expand the usage of usb interface such as external usb adapter network card and external serial card and so on, which reappear the charming of open-sourcing.
The source code of Elf Ⅱ and AuroraⅡ will be released first. Since the source code of Fire, Tornado and Mars have to be organized and uploaded to new network backups (115 can’t share openly) , they will be released a week later or so. DIYers from both home and abroad are warmly welcome to develop and transplant more firmwares, and the post and communication of DIY firmwares on Ainol BBS will also be appreciated. If there’s any technical assistance demand, pls contact us player group or Ainol, we will do our best to meet your demands.
Just a little comparison video that shows the difference between the normal screen of the Elf 2 and the IPS screen of the Aurora 2. I really didn’t wanted the IPS screen because I don’t think it is worth the additionnal 20$ but you might want to consider that if you are a hardcore gamer, or an internet addict.