Android on older devices

by » Fri, 13 Mar 2009 00:19:21 GMT

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 I happen to have android prototype device (the one in ;txt this

I'd like to know if it's possible to run the recent version of android
and if so, how can it be done?

If not, can I use older SDK to make a program to run on that


Android on older devices

by Jean-Baptiste Queru » Fri, 13 Mar 2009 00:33:57 GMT

 I wouldn't count on being able to run a recent Android on that device
(not enough RAM, no current kernel, wrong screen resolution, no

As for developing apps for that device, even if you could find the
right tools, you'd be developing against such an old pre-release that
it'd have little practical value. The emulator in the current SDK
behaves closer to a shipping consumer device than this device would.


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Android on older devices

by mathiastck » Fri, 13 Mar 2009 19:30:19 GMT

 Really?  I had always hoped that device would come out eventually.
It's still being used as the QVGA-L emulator skin.

Trackballs are fun, but I prefer a D-Pad a lot of the time.  It's got
the Nokia E-Series form factor I like too.


Android on older devices

by Dianne Hackborn » Fri, 13 Mar 2009 20:02:33 GMT

 That particular hardware is ~3 years old.  It is obsolete, and there is
nobody supporting drivers or other software for it.  I wouldn't be surprised
if in the future there is a device with that form factor, but it won't be
that exact hardware.

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Android framework engineer

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