There are times when you are happy to have spend a little extra for a device to get better software support, and while most Rockchip RK3288 TV boxes are still running Android 4.4, a few companies have been porting Android 5.1 Lollipop to their products, including Ugoos and CloudNetgo.
Ugoos has been working on Android 5.1 for RK3288 for while, releasing several beta firmware in the process, and the latest beta firmware (3.0.2b) includes Light Biz OS (aka Multiwindow) support to provide a better Android desktop experience, OTA firmware updates, and several bug fixes. One new small-yet-neat option is to customize the use of the power LED on the devices (WiFi, Ethernet, IR, CPU usage….), or if you don’t like it turn it off. The Android 5.1.1 firmware (still beta) is available for three devices:
- Beta Firmware v 3.0.2 for Ugoos UT3 – See Ugoos UT3 specs
- Beta Firmware v 3.0.2 for Ugoos UT3s – See Ugoos UT3s specs (basically UT3 + fan)
- Beta Firmware v 3.0.2 for Ugoos UM3 – See Ugoos UM3 mini review with an early sample.
The company has also uploaded a video demo on YouTube.
Separately CloudNetgo has also released an Android 5.1 firmware (no mention of beta or release status) for their CR12, CR13 and CR16 TV boxes. A single link is provided for download: CR12-13_5.1_cloudnetgo_ap6330_20151123.rar. There’s no changelog and specific information about this firmware, except it’s definitely based on Android 5.1, and the version 5.0.00.