April 17, 2014

Android Ported onto TI's BeagleBoard

Ever heard of a BeagleBoard?  No?  That’s alright, most people haven’t.  Here’s a quick primer courtesy of the fine folks over at Wikipedia:

The Beagle Board measures approximately 3″ by 3″ and has all the functionality of a basic computer. The OMAP3530 includes an ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, a TMS320C64x+ DSP for accelerated video and audio decoding, and an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX530 GPU to provide accelerated 2D and 3D rendering that supports OpenGL ES 2.0. Video out is provided through separate S-Video and HDMI connections. A single SD/MMC card slot supporting SDIO, a USB On-the-Go port, an RS-232 serial connection, a JTAG connection, and two stereo 3.5mm jacks for audio in/out are provided.

Built-in storage and memory is provided through a PoP chip that includes 256MB of NAND flash memory and 128MB of RAM.

In a nutshell, it’s a tiny motherboard that one is able to get for around $150 or so.  You’ve already read the title of this article and now the body.  You get where we are going with this.  Android is now running on BeagleBoards, thanks to the EMBINUX team.

This porting goes to show the true versatility of Android and and that it’s not going to be caged in as a handset OS for very long.

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