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iamkenIT (OP)

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Android OS port, possible? useless?
« on: November 13, 2011, 10:07:51 am »
I read that theres a MIPS port of Dingoo, is it any way possible to port it, and could it bring more potential features to the Dingoo, or is it just useless?
http://www.mips.com/android/

« Last Edit: November 13, 2011, 10:10:21 am by iamkenIT »
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Re: Android OS port, possible? useless?
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2011, 11:00:48 am »
In my opinion this is interesting but there is an OpenDingux on the table and starting now with new OS now will be a big pain for devs. But let them talk for ourselves :D

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Re: Android OS port, possible? useless?
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2011, 03:01:33 pm »
That's impossible. Android requires a touchscreen at least.

jagotu

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Re: Android OS port, possible? useless?
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2011, 03:41:43 pm »
No it doesn't. There are non-touch laptops with android.
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Re: Android OS port, possible? useless?
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2011, 03:46:05 pm »
Yes, but they do have a mouse or a touchpad. What I meant is that you can't control an Android device only with a keyboard or in our case only with buttons.

jagotu

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Re: Android OS port, possible? useless?
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2011, 03:48:25 pm »
If you just want to start apps or so buttons are enough. Of course touch screen gems won't work, but some emulators can just use the buttons.

EDIT: I don't mean it's useful anyway. :)
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Re: Android OS port, possible? useless?
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2011, 03:51:37 pm »
That's worse than that, you can't even launch an app without a pointing device...

jagotu

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Re: Android OS port, possible? useless?
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2011, 03:56:54 pm »
I still think you can launch apps with buttons (on my android tablet when I connect USB keyboard I can control it), but even if you can't you could use virtual mouse driver for launching apps.
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Poligrafowicz

Re: Android OS port, possible? useless?
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2011, 09:12:36 pm »
I think you're arguing over wrong thing. The questions here would be (in this order):
Does it work with MIPSel CPUs?
Would it work under JZ SoC?
Is there enough RAM on Dingoo to run this?
Would any of the applications run at a decent speed?

Even if the answer to the above was true (somehow), I bet it would still require some work to make it run on Dingoo.

darth_llamah

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Re: Android OS port, possible? useless?
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2011, 08:50:01 pm »
AFAIK there is no way to port Android:
-it requires ARM cpu with (at least) Thumb instruction set (Dalvik VM uses Thumb heavily)
-too little ram- first Android device (Google G1 aka t-mobile g1) had 128 MB
-CPU speed after overclocking possibly could be enough for OS itself but rather not for any more complicated (eg. games) apps
-UI was designed for touchscreens

Maybe ARM/Thumb requirement was changed -I see that there is MIPS Dalvik source available but why they demo it on HTC hardware?
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SittButt

Re: Android OS port, possible? useless?
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2011, 01:27:36 pm »
Can I dream of a Android on my GA330  :D

darth_llamah

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Re: Android OS port, possible? useless?
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2011, 09:10:47 pm »
Can I dream of a Android on my GA330  :D
It's more likely but:
-only 64 MB ram
-most likely graphic drivers that Android could use would have to be written from scratch- framebuffer alone is not enough for Android (if cpu has 2d/3d gpu/core/subsystem)

Before you ask- yes, I do have some knowledge of Android
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