Tronsmart Orion R68 RK3368 TV Box Firmware and Android SDK Released

Tronsmart Orion R68 is an Android 5.1 TV box powered by Rockchip RK3368 octa core ARM Cortex A53 processor with 1 or 2GB RAM, and 8 or 16GB eMMC flash depending on model, most probably based on Beelink i68 hardware. The goods news is that the company has now released the stock firmware as well as the Android SDK for the device.

Tronsmart_Orion_R68The firmware is version 100L1100_0720, dated July 20th, with the following changelog:

  1. OTA firmware updates support
  2. USB audio support
  3. Remote control function via smartphone

In case you need to flash the firmware manually, you’ll need a Windows PC, a toothpick and a micro USB cable, and download Updating_instruction&Drivers&Flashing_Tools.zip which contains instructions, and the latest version of two Windows based utilities:

  • DriverAssitant v4.3 – Program used to install the USB drivers for your version of Windows.
  • FactoryTool v1.39 – The tool that does the flashing.

If OTA is working, you would normally not need to use these, unless somehow your device got into troubles, and you may have to reflash the firmware.

You should probably run Driver Assistant first to make sure you are the right drivers, then run Factory Tool to load the firmware, click Run. You’d then have to connect a micro USB to USB cable between your computer and the device, insert the toothpick into the pinhole on the right of the S/PDIF, connect the power, and after a few seconds release the button pressed with the toothpick. The instructions are actually quite similar as RK3288 firmware update instructions, except the Windows program changed a little bit.

Tronsmart previously released the Android SDK for some of their devices such as Orion R28 or Draco H3, but the SDK was not always useful, with some cases where the SDK would build, but miss all bug fixed for the last 2 months, and in others, it was incomplete, and would not build at all. By the way, a link to the latest Draco H3 SDK (Allwinner H3) was provided yesterday, so hopefully it’s complete this time.

Orion R68 SDK (r68_tronsmart_0711.tgz) is a 10GB compressed file and is apparently dated July 11, 2015, so hopefully it should both be complete and not that different from the July 20 firmware. I have not been able to try it out yet, as the download from Mediafire is rather slow tonight.

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