Ainol Novo 7 Elf II

Blog of an Ainol Elf 2 user :)



New Ainol Elf 2 ROM: “Eleven” released


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.

Continue reading “New Ainol Elf 2 ROM: “Eleven” released”


What’s in my order

Hello guys 🙂 this is just a post to tell you what will come (and what will I review) when the package arrives to Tunisia. Just a reminder: As I told you in an earlier post, the EMS tracking system says that the package left GUANGZHOU to Tunisia or an International HUB (this is my first time getting an EMS package :p). So, here is what I will get (probably in 3/4 days):

First of all, the Ainol Elf 2 tablet itself for 111$
A nice Leather case for Ainol Novo7 Elf 2
An IPhone Tripod I always wanted, because I use my iPhone to shoot & film
2xStylus Pen for both the Ainol Elf 2 and my iPhone
Mini HDMI to HDMI cable for the Ainol Elf II (2)
HDMI to VGA/RCA cable for my old TV
VGA to RCA/S-Video cable for my iPhone (to my old TV)

My Ainol Elf 2 just left GUANGZHOU :D

Updates! Here is a new update on my Ainol Novo7 Elf II (& accessories) package I ordered from McBub: It just left GUANGZHOU, next step is either an International HUB (USA, GB…) or directly to my country Tunisia. says:

2012-08-23  18:18:00 CHANGSHA Posting
2012-08-24  08:46:34 CHANGSHA Arrival at Sorting Center
2012-08-24  11:23:41 CHANGSHA Despatch from Sorting Center
2012-08-25  11:13:00 GUANGZHOU Arrival at Sorting Center
2012-08-26  01:39:00 GUANGZHOU Despatch from Sorting Center

Ainol Novo 7 Elf II & Aurora II Source Code Released!

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. 



A lot of ROMs will be now created by tablet developers and we expect a more stable CM10 (Jelly Bean) port to these two tablets VERY soon.

Source :

[APK] Ainol Novo7 Elf II Game Collection

Really bored from waiting for my Ainol Elf 2 to ship, so I began looking for games that are compatible with that tablet (2xMali 400 GPU, same as the Galaxy S3) and I found this link. I have put the link as a list of games that are compatible with the Ainol Novo7 Elf II, downloading from that website MAY BE ILLEGAL in your country

Jelly Bean on Ainol Novo7 Elf II !

Update: Ainol Elf 2 Source Code Released


Hello awesome blog readers! This blog is just 1 day old and we’ve already got lots of visits. It means only one thing: Ainol Novo7 Elf 2 users/future buyers are numerous and are loving the blog!

One of the most popular questions that people ask today before buying an Android tablet is: will it support Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) ? The short answer is HELL YEAH! The long answer is after the break 🙂

Continue reading “Jelly Bean on Ainol Novo7 Elf II !”

Ainol Novo7 Elf 2 vs Aurora 2 : IPS screen

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.

Updates... updates!

My Elf II just left the CHANGSHA sorting center in its way to Tunisia from China!

2012-08-23  18:18:00 CHANGSHA Posting
2012-08-24  08:46:34 CHANGSHA Arrival at Sorting Center
2012-08-24  11:23:41 CHANGSHA Despatch from Sorting Center

Order shipped by McBub on 23/08/2012

Tracking status

Create a free website or blog at

Up ↑