Android-based 10.1" fz-a2 tablet seems to have been discontinued?

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  1. sunrk

    sunrk Notebook Evangelist

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    Seems Panasonic have now discontinued the Android-based FZ-A2 tablet? Anyone know if that's the case?

    They still sell new for around A$2k here to buy the base model, and up to about $3k for the top model.

    Has Panasonic crippled the things in the same way they did with the FZ-A1 and never offered an Android OS upgrade to a newer version?

    Is there going to be a new 10.1" screen Android-based model (FZ-A3 maybe)?

    All the FZ-A2's available here are said to be Mk 1's. Is (or was) there a Mk 2 or later?
     
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  2. Rob

    Rob Toughbook Aficionado

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    Correct. Last buy date was 12/31/18
     
  3. interestingfellow

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    I wonder if a diy port of a newer Android version could be managed?

    Like CyanogenMod used to be, now LineageOS.

    There is an entire community of programmers porting new and custom versions of Android to older/existing phones. XDA Developers used to be my jam.
     
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    towelie Notebook Geek

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    Your best bet would be to get a Cf-20 convertible tablet instead, you could install android on it if you wanted to. If there is enough interest i can try to install it on mine.
     
  5. sunrk

    sunrk Notebook Evangelist

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    With the FZ-A1, the firmware was very 'locked down' and Panasonic seemed to impose a lot of restrictions on the 'core' configuration of the underlying Linux OS which limited what the Android overlay was able to do.

    I've seen a FZ-A2 recently and there seem to be a lot less limitations with the Android 6.x offered on that model.

    There weren't any overly successful attempts to 'root' the FZ-A1 and get it loaded with a 'generic' Android release later than 4.0.3 unfortunately.

    The 6.x 'factory' release on the FZ-A2's is definitely a lot better.

    Is there going to be an FZ-A3 model? :cool:
     
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    kode-niner Notebook Consultant

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    Yeah but this community never works on the devices I've owned. The price I pay for enjoying unsupported but obscure yet supercool Android phones and tablets. :p
     
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    Any chance I can boot this to windows 10?

    I am eager to put this to windows 10 instead... android sucks!!!

    I got a cheap FZ-A2 bargain won in auction and loved my Toughbook CF20
     
  8. theoak2

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    Windows 10 should run on Atom processor. Maybe non-Android Linux of some sort too. Might just try booting from live Linux USB and see if it works. If Linux detects and runs most hardware, likely Windows will too.
     
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    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    Remember that “rooting” is not for the faint of heart...
     
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