Android 4.0 Hardware Graphics Acceleration Coming to More Platforms

The Linaro Android Platform Team has just posted a weekly update to their progress.

They are going to release 11.12 very soon with hardware graphics acceleration to 2 of their members development boards: ST Ericsson Nova A9500 Snowball and Samsung Exynos 4212 Origen boards. So if you have any boards or products based on those processors you should be able to get an hardware optimized version very soon. Hardware acceleration is already available on all OMAP4 platform such as Pandaboard, since this was the default Android ICS target.

They also introduced support for the ARM DS-5 debugger, an Eclipse plug-in to help developer create high performance performance  and low power native software by integrating a graphical debugger for code generated for the Android Native Development Kit (NDK) and a basic version of the ARM Streamline performance analysis tool.

Here’s a list of this week achievements:

Key Points for wider discussion

  • Hardware accelerated graphics for Linaro Android Snowball ICS is running.
  • Gator (for DS-5) is running on Snowball, Pandaboard and Virtual Express.

Team Highlights

  • Good progress on Hardware accelerated graphics for Linaro Android Origen ICS.
  • ICS can be built with a gcc 4.6 based toolchain.
  • Good progress on strict-aliasing support for gcc 4.6 toolchain.
  • Progress in updating ffmpeg in ICS to version 0.9.
  • A kernel rebuild script is finished and ready for deployment.
  • A wiki page on how to install DS-5 on 64-bit Ubuntu Oneiric workstations is available.

The team is also preparing for several events that will take place in February 2012 in San Francisco: Linaro Connect, Android Builders Summit and the Embedded Linux Conference.

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