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Android on a TI-Nspire CX?

Started by DJ Omnimaga, June 22, 2015, 06:48:58 am

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DJ Omnimaga

June 22, 2015, 06:48:58 am Last Edit: June 22, 2015, 04:30:31 pm by DJ Omnimaga
I am unsure if this is legit or not, but if it is, then it's kinda cool :O

https://www.omnimaga.org/ti-nspire-projects/calling-all-linux-kernel-developers!/1170/?topicseen
https://github.com/nDroidProject

I bet it must run extremely slow, though, seeing how slow my Samsung i5510 was. Unless of course this runs a really ancient version of Android, but then it won't be very practical since most people develop for recent versions of Android only.

Update: It is confirmed to be legit and Android 1.6 appears to run at somewhat useable speed. :)

Duke "Tape" Eiyeron

Well, Android requites at least 256 MB (or more, I don't remember). I don't know if that's possible.

Snektron

The absolute minimum is 200 Mhz cpu, 32 MB ram and 32 MB storage.
Since the nSpire is an arm based calc it could indeed work :P
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Ivoah

Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on June 22, 2015, 06:48:58 am
I am unsure if this is legit or not, but if it is, then it's kinda cool :O

https://www.omnimaga.org/ti-nspire-projects/calling-all-linux-kernel-developers!/1170/?topicseen
https://github.com/nDroidProject

I bet it must run extremely slow, though, seeing how slow my Samsung i5510 was. Unless of course this runs a really ancient version of Android, but then it won't be very practical since most people develop for recent versions of Android only.


It is indeed legit, and apparently it doesn't run too slowly, according to the author.

Snektron

It can't be slower than the official android sdk emulator though :trollface:
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Streetwalrus

Quote from: Duke "Tape" Eiyeron on June 22, 2015, 03:11:10 pm
Well, Android requites at least 256 MB (or more, I don't remember). I don't know if that's possible.

HTC Dream/G1 had 192MB of ram. With some optimizations it's surely doable.

Also lol cumred, that's because that emulator is an actual emulator. :P

Ivoah

He says it runs at about half the speed of the HTC Dream

Streetwalrus

Indeed, but that has a 528MHz arm11 which is much faster than the 130MHz arm9 in the cx (even though it's overclockable to almost double that).

Oh, also swap can compensate a bit for the lack of ram.

Vogtinator

AFAIK it's Android 1.6, so pretty useless except for the built-in stuff  <_<

Streetwalrus

Yeah but who said we couldn't write apps ? :P

DJ Omnimaga

It would definitively be a decent alternative if it's possible to make a game run on both Android 1.6 and lollipop simultaneously, though. It's not like a 2D game necessarily needs much power, anyway. Just look at Pac Man and Portal for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition.

Snektron

It is possible, though android 1.6 contains a LOT of deprecated methods
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Unicorn

Now thats cool. I bet it won't get much use though.



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alexgt

Friends be like: bet you can't get android on your calculator

I be like: http://codewalr.us/index.php?topic=556.0

DarkestEx

Android is nice, but it is probably not the best framework for writing games on such a memory and processor constrained platform.
It's nice to see it running, but I guess, running bare Linux with X11 could be more useful. Android is just a big Java VM and a UI made mainly for phones.
That doesn't mean that I dislike Android on phones, tablets, or smartwatches, but it certainly doesn't need to run on anything it is not made for ;)
It would be more awesome to see the community bring up their own UI and framework. I would certainly want to see that. If that happens, I might maybe one day buy me a CX (it is quite pricey for only being able to use it at home though).

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