Rockchip RK3288 Beta Firmware Release for Unnamed Android TV Box

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The whole activity around the upcoming media players based on Rockchip RK3288 is pretty interesting, or some would say amusing. First, many companies started to release pictures of their boards a few months before their products are actually ready, and now we’ve got a beta Android 4.4 firmware for Rockchip RK3288 for an unknown TV box released via Geekbuying Blog. I’ve read rumors about a Tronsmart Orion R28, so it might be that one, but who knows.

Android_Kitkat_Firmware_RK3288Before investigating the content of the firmware, here are the features that we know about the hardware:

  • Based on Rockchip RK3288 quad core Cortex A17 processor
  • System Memory – 2GB RAM (Samsung)
  • Storage – 8GB flash (Kingston)
  • Wi-Fi –  AP6330 Wi-fi module

The firmware is based on Linux 3.10, the build number is rk3288-eng 4.4.2 KOT49H eng.ant.20140721.164453 test-keys, and the software version RK3288_R_BOX_Android 4.4.2-SDK_v1.0.0_140613.

Most people won’t need this, but if developers want to checkout the content of the firmware, go ahead and download Geekbuying_RK3288 BETA__AP6330_20140721.zip.

After you unzip it, you’ll get a single Geekbuying_RK3288 BETA__AP6330_20140721.img file, which you might be able to extract with img_unpack and afptool utilities for RK3188 (TBC, I haven’t tried yet).

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Would be more excited if Rockchip announced they were part of Google’s own AndroidTV platform with the chance of seeing real RK3288 AndroidTV boxes at the end of the year but it doesn’t look like they are.

The hardware is great but the software is still a let down using Android tablet.