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Be sure to update your Kobo Arc by 2019-02-28 or else
#1  slate 01-30-2019, 04:50 PM
We have important news for you regarding your Kobo Arc tablet.

Your Kobo Arc tablet requires a mandatory software update by February 28, 2019. To stay aligned with global internet security standards, we are releasing a mandatory software update for all Kobo Arc tablet models. Without this update, your Kobo Arc tablet will no longer be able to exit the setup process after a factory reset is performed.

Rest assured that no items in your Kobo library will be affected; you will continue to have access to all reading material you have purchased or downloaded from Rakuten Kobo.

How to update your tablet's software
Follow the prompts on your Kobo Arc to install the update before February 28. If you are unable to do this before February 28, you will need to install it manually by following these steps:

1.Open the Settings app.
2.Tap 'About Kobo Arc' at the bottom of the Settings list.
3.Tap 'System updates'.
4.You should see a 'Check for updates' message.
5.Tap 'Check Now' and follow further instructions.


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Last update was over 4 years ago. They couldn't even be bothered to update the revision number on this one.

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TIMESTAMP: Mon, 01 Oct 2018 14:59:40 GMT
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#2  teija 01-30-2019, 10:44 PM
Does anyone have any info on what this is actually going to change on the Arc? I am running Apex Launcher on mine and don't want to find out it will block or change that. :-/
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#3  DNSB 01-30-2019, 11:00 PM
Quote teija
Does anyone have any info on what this is actually going to change on the Arc? I am running Apex Launcher on mine and don't want to find out it will block or change that. :-/
The only change needed is to update the security protocols to use TLS 1.2 (possibly even TLS 1.3). SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0 are not considered secure and TLS 1.1 is marginally secure and should be gone by the end of the year.
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#4  teija 02-12-2019, 11:23 PM
Quote DNSB
The only change needed is to update the security protocols to use TLS 1.2 (possibly even TLS 1.3). SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.0 are not considered secure and TLS 1.1 is marginally secure and should be gone by the end of the year.
Thanks David! I took the plunge and updated it and no issue with Apex launcher. As you said, it is mainly a security update and doesn't seem to have changed anything else.
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#5  ilovereading.com 03-15-2019, 12:32 PM
Hi. I'm thinking of buying (for budget reasons as I now need to get a new laptop) a used or refurbished Arc (original gen with front speakers) as a back up for my Glo and as a very occasional tablet for when my laptop is out of reach. Is it worth it? Or would it be better to get a 7HD model (the screen res on the Arc 7 is not good from what I've seen but is much better on the HD version)?

Also, what if I get one and it hasn't been updated? The info in the OP says that if it hasn't been done it will need to be done manually via settings, but if the device is stuck on the setup process because it's been factory reset how is that possible?

Any thoughts or opinions on this? Or would I be better off getting another brand of used tablet that has proper e-reader capabilities (NOT Amazon)?

TIA
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#6  teija 03-19-2019, 03:01 AM
Quote ilovereading.com
Also, what if I get one and it hasn't been updated? The info in the OP says that if it hasn't been done it will need to be done manually via settings, but if the device is stuck on the setup process because it's been factory reset how is that possible?
I don't think it should be an issue, I think what it means is just that you will have to do an update or setup via a computer connection rather than wirelessley as you used to be able to do on them.

I have seen a couple of Kobo Arc's listed locally to myself as recently as last month for around $40 CAD, which I think is a great price for them - mainly because I am sentimental about mine... but they ARE old tablets now, and if you want to install regular Android and run apps on it, you will find that a lot are no longer supported (i.e. you can't actually use them).

For what it is worth, I have never had any complaints about the screen on mine - in fact I thought it was quite a nice screen! Yes, if you hold it up against an iPad with retina display you will see that it is inferior, but (pardon the pun) that is not exactly comparing Apples to Apples...

I think if I were to be honest though, I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to buy one of these as there are other newer and similarly priced devices out there that will do what you want it for, with a further-away "expiry" date.
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#7  ilovereading.com 03-20-2019, 10:27 PM
Thanks very much, @teija. I've seen one for £20 incl P&P on ebay so I'm going for that. Funnily enough, all the Glo's are at least twice that (used) and many are even still being sold for almost as much as they were new or even more!

If I wanted a full-on tablet experience I would get a different one and pay more for it, but really (if I'm completely honest it's also just to satisfy some curiosity in me!) I'm not too bothered by that right now. I'll probably have to replace my Glo in the next year I would imagine and so I'd rather not spend out too much right now and save it for then, esp given my laptop has all but died on me and so that is the priority right now.

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#8  teija 03-24-2019, 02:59 AM
Quote ilovereading.com
Thanks very much, @teija. I've seen one for £20 incl P&P on ebay so I'm going for that.
Sounds like a decent deal! If you are curious to use one, you can't really go wrong for that price.

Quote ilovereading.com
Funnily enough, all the Glo's are at least twice that (used) and many are even still being sold for almost as much as they were new or even more!
I've been noticing in general that a lot of used eReaders seem to sell for a fair bit more than you would think they do. I guess it is a bit of a "niche market."

Good luck with your new Arc!
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#9  ilovereading.com 03-30-2019, 02:45 PM
Quote teija
Sounds like a decent deal! If you are curious to use one, you can't really go wrong for that price... Good luck with your new Arc!
Thanks.

Am liking it so far. After playing just a short time with it, I realized I didn't like the Tapestries ( AT ALL!) so I DL the Apex Launcher and can now make it look like I want.

I even like the Kobo Library system, but don't like how it only shows the total number of pages per chapter (it really bugs me no end) or section so have also DL Moon Plus Reader. Also, although I managed to import loads of my books into the Library, not all of them would go over, so again Moon Plus is necessary for me for reading.

It is also true that some apps aren't compatible with the much older version of Android, but mostly that isn't a problem, I have my phone for all of that!

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#10  DevinJ 04-15-2019, 09:16 AM
Dang. I just fired up the arc 7 and decided to do a factory reset without seeing the update. I'm stuck in the setup stage and can't get out.

I have attempted to update via USB with not much success as the drivers that allow the Kobo to be seen seem to be missing.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I'd hate to have to pitch the tablet because of this.
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