Android 5.0 Binary and Source Code Release for Minnowboard MAX

Yet another development board gets a Lollipop update with Minnowboard MAX powered by Intel Atom E3815 or E3825 Bay Trail-I processor. Intel’s android-5.0.1_r1-ia0 release uses a 64 bit kernel and a 32 bit userspace, and supports all on-board peripherals such as Ethernet, HDMI (digital Audio + Video), USB host, SATA, I2C+SPI, GPIO, PWM and UART.

Minnowboard_MAX_Android_5.0New features and improvements features for this release include:

  • Digital audio support using HDMI and USB.
  • Linux console on serial port for debugging purposes.
  • Android can be installed on SDCard, USB Stick or SSD.
  • Android Runtime (ART).
  • Material Design UI.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 support using an external USB dongle.
  • SELinux runs in enforcing mode.
  • User data is encrypted by default.
  • Bug fix – GPIO support

The image is intended for developers interested in working with Android 5.0 on MinnowBoard MAX, but it does not have all the components to meet Android Compatibility requirements. If you own the board, you can download the installer, and follow the Android 5.0 bring-up guide.

Source code is available on android-ia github account using release/android-5.0.1_r1-ia0 branch. Instructions to setup a build machine, and build the code can be found on the Quick Start Videos section of website.

Thanks to Nanik for the tip.

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