Android 5.0 Lollipop Image for Wandboard Development Boards

Wandboard Solo, Dual and Quad are development boards powered by Freescale i.MX6 Solo, Dual, and Quad, that have been launched in 2013. I can remember running Android 4.1.2 and Ubuntu on both Wandboard Dual and Wandboard Quad. Fast forward to 2015, the board is still supported, and Android 5.0 Lollipop beta has been released for the three boards, making these one of the few hardware platforms supporting Android Jelly Bean, KitKat, and Lollipop.

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You can try it out by downloading the image, and flashing it to a micro SD card (8GB or more) as follows:

  • Linux

    Where X is the letter for your micro card which can be found with lsblk command
  • Windows – Download wandboard-lp-5.0.0-20150213-sdcard-boot.img.xz, extract it, and flash to the the micro SD with Win32DiskImager.

Insert the micro SD into the micro SD slot on the CPU board, and enjoy! At least in theory… If you have a Wandboard Quad it should work out of the box, but on Wandboard Dual, all I got was the Wandboard.org logo. So I connected the serial console to find out imx6dl-wandboard.dtb was missing. The kernel source code is available, so I built and added it to the boot folder in imx6 partition by myself:

The device tree file can be found in arch/arm/boot/dts/imx6dl-wandboard.dtb, simply copy it to the boot folder, save, and insert the micro SD in Wandboard Dual, and Android 5.0 will be properly.
Wandboard_Dual_Device_Tree

Android Lollipop source code will be released in March.

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Hi!
It’s a nice news, but you better share your opinion how usable it is. I remember your article when wrote about slowness of the board under Android and I can confirm it. What’s now?

Michele Adduci
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Under Android, using a microSD class 10 card (Samsung), the Wandboard runs quite fast and also the apps are running smoothly (I use it for IPTV streaming, which is acceptable)

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I’ve tried the image on my Wandboard Quad bu the WiFi doesn’t work and I don’t know how to shut it down: on the 4.4 there was the possibility to power off it. Now I have to remove the power cable to power off the board.

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OpenCL is working on Lollipop?