Nova Pro V2.2.1 update ruined my experience

  1. The status bar now disappears when I open ANY app. I want to make it stay like before the update.
  2. My icons are all blacked out when I use Nova Launcher. If I restart the device they look fine for a few minutes but shortly after all turn black.
  3. I can no longer turn on or off the backlight by holding down the button under the Boox logo.
  4. I can no longer access the Note Taking program from outside of the content browser.

This update has absolutely ruined my experience with this device. I can’t and don’t want to use this device anymore after the update. Is there a way to go back to firmware V2.1?

I desperately need help.

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Sorry, the firmware cannot be downgraded for now. And there will be a new version that will fix most of the issues described in this group, like the toolbar blocks the notes.

  1. In order to have the status bar showing while in third party apps: Open up the Navigation Ball app from the apps area. For one of the buttons enable the “Full Screen” option. Then when you are in a third party app, press the “Full Screen” button when you want to disable the full screen. Press it again to enable the full screen… However, for some apps, it doesn’t seem possible to disable the full screen. Not sure why. Can be frustrating. However, a double tap on the Navigation Ball will bring you to the Home Screen.

  2. For blacked out icons, try adjusting the Global Contrast function in the status bar. You might also want to try enabling the optimization settings for one of the buttons in the Navigation Ball which you can then use within the app. I found that playing around with the various settings such as enabling or disabling the “Whiten Background” can sometimes make a huge difference.

  3. On my Nova Pro, a long press on the physical back button will turn the light on or off.


To take the status bar, you just need to change the DPI of the app you are using to something android considers it a tablet DPI, around 250, then you can bring back with the button menu the status bar

2- the blacked out icons, are shown when you have the “withen Background” app for some apps, if you untick it, black icons should be normal as always.


When we can expect it?

No exact date about that.

So, what you’re saying is that Boox unnecessarily altered the default DPI settings for apps with the new update, while also removing the normal full-screen option in app-optimizations, making it unnecessarily awkward to use their devices like a normal Android device that just happens to have an epaper screen and a built in ereader/note taking app–which is what most people were likely shopping for when they bought their device?

I did notice, holding the old firmware up to the new firmware, that the content in apps and on menus is generally ‘larger’ with the new firmware. I’m really glad I didn’t update. I’m also glad my wife will be updating hers to any newer firmware before me, so I can see it, test it, and avoid it too, if Boox makes any other serious misjudgements about software changes.

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well, I don’t know why they did it, but I think that must be an android thing not an onyx. Not sure though

What I can tell you that the new firmware for me at least is better than the last one, and for the first time in onyx history, they are not abandoning the “old” devices making them better and better each iteration

I’m pretty happy with the new firmware and I consider it vastly better than the old one

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Hey, that was super helpful, thanks! I can now get the top status bar back in 3rd party apps, and I’m delighted to discover that you can customize the navigation ball.