BeBook Live Android Market Firmware Update
I was fortunate to be able to get a testdrive model of the new BeBook Live tablet. The BeBook Live is, overall, a good entry into the tablet market, and more affordable than most others. I will probably write a fuller review later, but for this post I just want to point out a very useful firmware update.
One of the problems with the standard firmware is that it does not include access to the official Android Market from Google. I noticed this right away when I first started using it.
There is now a firmware upgrade available for the BeBook Live that updates the operating system to include the Android Market. You can download it here:
That download includes the following instructions, which are very simple —
To get the Android app market on your BeBook Live:
* Unzip the file.
* Put all files on a fat32 formatted micro SD card. Keep the folder structure.
* This means: there should be 1 folder in the root of the SD card, all other files should be in that folder. This folder should be named sdfuse.
* Reboot the BeBook Live.
* Installation will automatically start.
The folder structure on your SD card should look like the image to the left.
After you reboot the tablet, it will automatically update the firmware. This takes a few minutes so just let it complete. You’ll see four green bars appear, which is an indication that the update is working. After it’s finished you’ll have full access to the Android Market on your BeBook Live.
Once you’re done, delete the folder on the SD card. Otherwise it will attempt to update your firmware after every reboot.
Other Android tablets can require a lot of complicated work for this type of update, but this process was very easy. It will be simple even for someone who is not experienced with this type of update. The instructions above explain all that you have to do — basically just copying the downloaded files onto your SD card and then rebooting.
I am really pleased to have found this. It’s basically the firmware that you’d want on this device.