The Kyobo Mirasol e-reader is one of the first digital readers in the world that uses the new color e-paper by Mirasol. It is only available in South Korea and many people are buying them on eBay or other markets and getting them shipped to Europe or North America. One of the drawbacks is that the default firmware comes shipped only in Korean and people are finding it next to impossible to install 3rd party applications on it.
We are lucky enough to get our hands on the firmware that was sent to us in our tester unit that gives you a fully English GUI and gives you root access for your Kyobo. This will allow you to install apps from the Amazon App Store and give you a ton of default e-reading applications.
The first thing you want to do is download the firmware to your PC from HERE. Next you want to copy the file you downloaded directly to your SD Card. You don’t want to UNZIP it or anything like that. Once it’s on your SD Card, go to Setting > Privacy > software update >update.
It should reboot your Kyobo e-Reader and you should have full root and super user access to the device. It will not augment the default menus or animations found on the device and instead will give you a full menu at the bottom of the screen that will show your carasal of installed applications. I recommend getting all of your android apps from our own app store HERE.
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