Firmware Update v2.0 Now Available for Onyx Boox Note and Max2


Onyx has officially released a new fairly major software update for the Onyx Boox Note models (Note 10.3, Note S, Note+) and the Onyx Boox Max2.

The new 2.0 software version adds a new user interface and some new features, including a number of new options with the notes app and they finally added two-page landscape view.

You can find the update files on Onyx’s website, or you can auto update from the settings menu on your device.

I installed the update on my Onyx Boox Note over the weekend and so far I absolutely hate it.

The text seems thinner and more washed out, for one. The new shop section is just pointless nonsense to anyone who doesn’t read Chinese.

The Kindle app no longer works. It loads fine but page turns don’t register anymore, rendering the app useless.

Google Play is gone and you have to go through the hassle of setting it up again. Dropbox was removed from Note syncing so I had to set that up again too. There are some other minor annoyances as well that makes the new software seem rather amateurish, but I’ll give it a week or two before deciding to go back to the older software or not.

If you missed the earlier post, it includes a short video showing off some of the new features.

Here’s the list of changes with the 2.0 update, weird formatting and all:

New UI, easier to switch the tabs to content area;
Add JDRead Shop, provides authorized e-books ;
More app optimization options including font, contrast, animation filter, refresh mode,etc;
Third party apps freezing(closed by default, need to turn it on) makes device more fluent, stable and powersaving;
Wifi Transfer, wireless books transfer from PC and mobile to device without limit of format and size;
Power percentage display on notification bar;

Neo Reader 2.0
Add double page spreading function(only for Max2 and Note series);
Fix the bugs of pressure deficiency and jag problem after exporting PDF file with annotation. Printing supported;
Optimize file default font, spacing and others(custom setting not included)
Fix the bug of cannot opening files in CBR\PNG\JPG format;
Fix screen blink when using TTS;

Add handwriting searching function(corresponding language package required);
Add note text reflow function, cancel vector writing(the original vector is saved but not editable);
Handwriting can be selected, zoomed, moved, rotated, copied;
More note management options. Note file can be moved, copied, PDF combined export;
Fix the bugs of notes losing after auto sleep and auto power off.

8 Responses to “Firmware Update v2.0 Now Available for Onyx Boox Note and Max2”

  1. Please don’t install it, it would break Google Play and all other Google products.
    After installing the latest update on Onyx Boox Note 10.3 (Build Number: 2018-11-30_15-14_2.0_babe727), the Google Play Store is not working. Even other Google Apps are not working, including Gmail. Even after I installed the App ‘Play Store Login Patcher’ from ‘App Store’, it does not work. It was working fine earlier. I have tried ‘Enable Google Play’, but does not help. Can you please provide some help? Is there any way to uninstall the latest firmware update?

  2. Kindle, Play Store, Dropbox integration… All show stoppers for me. If this is not corrected any time soon (i.e. those items become “feature” not bug) I am not going to update any time soon. Also, for sure I am not going to recommend it to anybody (au contraire). Is there any explanation from vendor side about these “decisions”?

  3. I had none of the issues everyone is experiencing here. To enable google play, go to the apps menu in settings. You don’t need the patch app from onyx app store. In fact, Onyx advises to do so.

    I have a Note+, every default app is smoother and faster than before. The Android apps can be optimized as well. The Amazon app works flawless and libby too, playing a bit with the optimization settings.

    I only miss the AI handwriting recognition, which was promoted in the video of the 2.0 update. But Onyx says they’re still working on it.

    • I have gone to apps menu and enabled Play Store, yet it doesn’t work. The method, you are suggesting worked at the time of last update. However this time, nothing works. Any ideas on how to make it work.

  4. I managed to get my Kindle app working again by doing the following. On the Boox home screen select “Apps”. Find your Amazon Kindle app and press and hold until a menu opens. Select “Optimize” on the menu. On the page that opens select the checkbox next to “Use Regal Refresh Mode”.Tap the back arrow next to Amazon Kindle and you will return to the Boox Apps page. At this point my Kindle app would turn book pages when I swipe from right to left or left to right. I have not tried the other optimization settings.

    • Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to give it a try. I tried one of the other Kindle apps in the appstore (there’s like 3 for some reason) and it was the same problem.

      It wouldn’t be as bad if Onyx bothered to mention this stuff in the changelog before updating.

  5. Nathan, can you do a video on the onyx max 2 HDMI display speed difference with the update, or have you seen a video with it?


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