Android 1.6 "Donut" on Zaurus 
Just a quick note to say I managed to get Android 1.6 aka Donut working. I tested it on my Zaurus SL-C860. I had to add support for Android in the (2.6.31-rc9) kernel and fix some small glitches in the code to get it boot. There are still lots of things to fix though. On first impression the keymapping is wrong, the touchscreen doesn't respond and it boots in portrait on default. It took quite a while to find out how to get Alsa (sound) working, but that seems to be fixed finally.

So, there are lots of things to do, meaning I have to spend more hours experimenting, debugging, configuring. -sigh-

First try on getting the htc-hero theme running didn't work. Would by nice to have that working as well...

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Android 1.0-rc1 working on Zaurus SL-C3100 
As you can see, version 1.0 is working already on my Zaurus SL-C3100 (Spitz). I hope to get a full installable image up soon so you can try it for yourself. Please be patient.



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Android 0.9-beta for Zaurus SL-C3x00 (Spitz) 
Sorry for the delay, but I took some time off and spent the last two weeks in beautiful Italy (Tuscany/Umbria).

Now, plans were to combine two ongoing projects of mine, Android and Zubuntu, and make it into one distro. But I'm still having too much problems with Zubuntu (I'm working on the 8.04 release) so I switched, for the time being, to Poky. I read that OpenenedHand was recently acquired by Intel, so we might see some (more) of Poky back in Moblin in one of the next releases.

So what you download and install here is mainly a Poky distro in the first place. It's very stable and pretty complete. Give it a try, I like it better each time I see and use it. It's based on a 2.6.26 kernel patched for Android. Although the Android SDK was based on a 2.6.25, I ported the patches needed to get it working in 2.6.26.

Android is pretty basic I guess. I didn't test all features, and I'm sure that a some things don't work yet. Like the touchscreen for instance.

Installing Poky & Android

Installation on the Zaurus is done in the usual way:

1. Download the following files and copy them to a SD card.
  • zImage.bin
  • updater.sh
  • gnu-tar
  • android-root.tar.gz

  • 2. Remove battery and power adapter cable
    3. Wait for 5 seconds
    4. Replace battery, close and lock battery cover
    5. Attach power adapter cable
    6. Keep OK button pressed while pressing on/off switch
    7. From the Japanese menu, choose option 4 (Update), then 2 (SD) and finally Y

    Flashing starts, and you are asked if you want to flash the kernel, if you want the microdrive to be formatted and if you want the root filesystem to be installed. Accept all questions answering them with y

    After flashing is complete, the machine is rebooted and Poky starts. First boot takes some time because of initial configuration taking place.

    Now, before getting on to Android, play around in Poky and see if you like it. It's really worth a try!

    Starting Android

    You have to exit the Poky interface by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Backspace simultaneously. On the prompt, press Enter and login with user root. No password is needed. Now type:
    chroot /home/android /init

    Android should boot now.

    Exit Android

    I haven't found a better way, so let me know if there is one. Press Fn-Right to see the Android console, and type "reboot" to reboot the machine. Poky will be (re)started.

    Enjoy Android, and hopefully Poky. Thanks again for Speculatrix for sharing some hosting space. Much appreciated!

    By the way, if you like what I'm doing, be so kind to click on as much advertisements (on the left) as you can.
    :-)

    Cheers,
    cortez

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    Anyone in for another Android experiment? 
    It has been quite a while since I last posted here. I'm busy doing all kinds of things at the same time, not able to finish any of the things I started here. I'll spare you the details.

    Anyway, since Google released a Beta of Android for us to play with two days ago, I was just thinking if this would be of any interest.

    See for yourself here. The user interface has been revamped pretty extensively. It looks great!

    So, anyone in for another Android experiment then?

    SDK download can be found here. I dusted off my developer tools already to see if I can make this work on my Zaurus again
    :-)

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    Android patches 
    I already promised a few of you a while back to upload the patches used in the Android image.

    For those of you using the OpenEmbedded build system I made it extra easy. Just download and extract the archive with patches into the OpenEmbedded directory structure, setup your system to use the linux-rp-2.6.23-r32 kernel and (re)build the kernel by issuing the bitbake -c rebuild linux-rp command.

    If you haven't setup your OpenEmbedded build system yet, but would like to, you can checkout the Poky development system by running svn co http://svn.o-hand.com/repos/poky/trunk poky. Setup the system by following the README file. After that, extract the archive with patches into the OpenEmbedded directory structure, and build the kernel.

    I included the kernel configurations I used for both the Zaurus Spitz and Akita devices.

    For those of you adventurers using a different build system (why would you) or for those of you who just need the code for the panning support in the pxa2xx framebuffer code, replace the pxafb.c file from the vanilla kernel with the file here and build your kernel.

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    Android image for Zaurus SL-C1000 (Akita) uploaded 
    I finally uploaded the Akita image for the latest version of Android. For installation instructions see the link in the menu on the left. Unfortunately I had to replace the previous M3-RC37 release because of lack of disk space.

    Please report any problems, and of course any reports on successful installation are welcome as well ;-)


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    Android image for Zaurus SL-C1000 (Akita)... 
    I finally took some time today to build an Android image for the Zaurus SL-C1000 (Akita). But, I hate to bring the news to you, when I was ready to test it, I found out I lost my SD card. I don't know where I left it, but it's gone. Bummer!!

    It's too late now, I have to leave it for later. Sorry to keep you all waiting so long. I'll get me a new card tomorrow, do the testing, and hope to get the image up as soon as possible.

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    New Android image uploaded 
    New Android image is uploaded (android-root.tar.gz). Same installation instructions apply, so please see the instructions in the previous post. Strange thing for me when testing the image was after startup the screen stays black. When pressing any key the boot process continues. I don't know why this is. When time permits I'll try to fix this.

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    New Android image is coming up 
    As mentioned in my previous post, some of you reported having problems using my Android M5-RC14 image. I've looked into it, and although I still don't know what the problem was, I have a working version again.

    I'm currently unable to upload a new version, so it will have to wait until tonight. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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    Android SDK update (M5-RC15) 
    Just after I released the M5-RC14 images for the Zaurus SL-C3x00 Google updates their SDK... I guess that means back to work creating a new image as well
    :-(

    UPDATE: There are problems reported using the M5-RC14 release. I'm currently investigating the issues. More on this later.

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