There was a lot of excitement in the hardware hacker community back in May 2012 when VIA announced APC.IO – a $49 all in one Android PC. I was excited too, but my excitement quickly faded away when I received my two APC’s a few weeks ago and booted them up…
So I got myself this neat little tablet and as you would expect from a budget device, the stock ROM is a complete rubbish. Custom ICS ROM fixes the following issues:
- Gets rid of all the Chinese apps, folders and media files
- Allows installation of any app from the Google Play store
- Sorts out touch screen edges, because it was acting weird with stock ROM when I was putting fingers close to any edge
The installation is a lot easier compared to the Xoom ICS upgrade that I wrote about a while back. Essentially you need 4 things:
- Custom ROM
- LiveSuitPack v1.09 (it has English language support)
- Windows computer (I did this on a Windows 7 x64)
- LY-F1 tablet that has 1GB RAM
It should take you about 15-30 minutes so take a cup of your favourite beverage (coffee, tea or bear?) and lets begin.
The first thing I did when I got my Motorola Xoom is to upgrade from Honeycomb to ICS. It’s not very easy for a newbie and the information is a bit scattered among forums, but it was very much worth the effort. I don’t take any credit for the information here as I just updated information that I found in forums. I added a few more details that didn’t seem that obvious and simplified this guide.
Installation of ICS depends on 2 main tasks: flashing custom recovery and installation of ICS. Please note that doing this can and probably will void your warranty.