Amlogic has just released Android 5.0 SDK for Amlogic S805, S802, and S812 processors on their OpenLinux website, but before you get too excited, this is only available people who have signed an SLA with the company, or somehow got a username/password to their git server. Although most people can’t access the SDK, it still means that popular Amlogic S8xx devices are likely to be upgraded to Android 5.0 in the weeks or months ahead.
The company has not released any Android 5.0 SDK for older AML-8726M? processors however, so apart from WeTek Play, I would not expect any other Amlogic single or dual core devices to get a Lollipop treat.
If you own a MK808B Plus TV dongle, you don’t even need to wait, as WeTek ported Android 5.0, more exactly CyanogenMod 12, to the cheap HDMI TV Stick for evaluation, and since finally they don’t intend to design a device with Amlogic S805 processor, they released the image and instructions on XDA Developer Forums a few days ago.
This image is booting, and installing Google Mobile Services for the Play Store and other sertvice is easy, but a few things are not working yet:
- Widevine DRM is broken
- Some precompiled libraries for stagefright (OMX) don’t work anymore, including HD audio passthrough and HEVC libraries. But somehow HDMI pass-through still seems possible via SPMC/XBMC, and H.264/AVC is working just fine.
Christian Troy, the developer who released the image, also mentioned “these two bugs won’t be fixed until AMLogic releases an updated SDK for Lollipop, where they will include the working libraries”. So that could be a new image for the fresh Amlogic SDK could be released soon and fix most issues on MK808B Plus Lollipop port.
Thanks to Stanislav for the tip about the new SDK.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.