New Release (1.3.5) for H3Droid Android OS Optimized for Allwinner H3 & H2+ Processors

H3Droid project provides Android images for Allwinner H3 & H2+ boards and TV boxes in order to improve on the firmware released by manufacturers. Last time we wrote about was in 2017, but the project released H3droid 1.3.5 recently with several improvements..

The good news is that more boards are supported with a bit fix that for example enables H3Droid to work on Orange Pi Zero (256MB RAM) and Libre Computer Tritium H2+ SBC’s, but the bad news is that it’s still based on Android 4.4 Kitkat, so some apps are not working anymore including Kodi, and the default YouTube app had to be removed since it does work not anymore. Workarounds do exist though, as you can install SPMC fork of Kodi, and play YouTube videos in a web browser, or install it manually after updating Google Play Services.

H3droid 1.3.5
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Here’s the full changelog provided by the developers:

  • Added: fex/uboot for: Beelink x2, Sunvell r69 and Libretech h3/h2+ (tritium)
  • Added: Vendor_0079_Product_0006.kl (cheap noname/rebranded DragonRise gamepads)
  • Added: ‘menu’ command to h3resc (to run menu via ssh)
  • Added: enabled kernel modules: hid-multitouch, hid-dragonrise, hid-acrux, hid-greenasia, hid-samsung, hid-ntrig, hid-holtek, ads7846_device (loader), w1
  • Added: kernel: added lz4 support
  • Added: wip/crashing: new video mode: 2560×1600
  • Fixed: h2+/512M combo cma alloc (h3droid can now work on libretech h2+ and opi0(256M) boards)
  • Fixed: fix for black screen on boot (uboot phase is black now)
  • Fixed: 0eef:0005 touchscreen fix, should work now (after loading usbtouchscreen module)
  • Fixed: purge BT state on upgrades
  • Updated: armbian links in h3resc
  • Updated: ralink wifi driver with some new ids
  • Updated: bluez to 5.50
  • Updated: bionic’s tzdata (thanks to zazir, Moscow is now in the current time zone +3 instead of +4)
  • Changed: enabled s_cir0 (IR) in opilite fex by default
  • Changed: swapped long and short actions on power button (short press to call power menu, long to sleep)
  • Changed: cut down logcat/serial verbosity a bit
  • Changed: busybox: updated to 1.29.2, enabled SELinux support
  • Changed: removed default youtube.apk, API changed and KitKat’s one doesn’t work anymore. You can install it after upgrading Google Play Services.
  • Changed: kernel: disabled OABI compat, switched to NOOP disk scheduler
  • Changed: init.rc insmods default-rtc.ko and default-touchscreen.ko, create a symlink in /vendor/modules/ if you want to make use of it
  • Changed: disabled sst_storage.ko
  • Changed: few tiny changes to h3resc/h3ii
  • H3Resc: moved menu numbers to make them visible on CVBS overscan
  • H3Resc: update should preserve some configurable files now
  • H3Resc: added tools/uboot-h3_video_helper to report new/exotic modelines
  • H3Resc: renamed item 53 to “ADDONS and TWEAKS” and added:
    1. change swap size
    2. toggle osk always on
    3. reworked menu and moved some items into (53) sub menu
    4. LibreELEC-H3 installation and boot option
H3resc rescue menu for H3Droid

It will work on most Allwinner H3/H2+, and the platforms that do not work may just require a change to u-boot flex file. Boards and TV boxes that work out of the box include H3/H2+ powered Orange Pi, Banana Pi, FriendlyELEC NanoPi, and Libre Computer single board computers, as well as Beelinx X2 and Sunvell R69 TV boxes.

You can head over the download page to update or give it a try.

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4 years ago

Wondering whether KotCzarny and/or LinuxBug can share how many weekly downloads they get and whether they plan on switching to kernel 4.4 anytime soon or at all.

4 years ago

haven’t tried 4.4 yet, mostly because it lacks voltage regulation. do you know if hardware interfaces are compatible? otherwise it would require fixing android drivers too

4 years ago

> do you know if hardware interfaces are compatible?

Neither know nor care 🙂 But if going with 4.4 you most probably will then also rebase everything on anyway to be on Android 7?

But as you might remember I’m not interested in anything related to Android (just curious about the fruits of the work we’ve done 3 years ago around sun8i legacy kernel). Am going to focus solely on the use cases I’m interested in:

4 years ago

yeah, droid7, which adds google’s sheningans onto allwinner already f***d up software 😉 my personal use case for h3droid is creating smart tv that’s cheap, cool, fast, usable and customizable. which it does so far beautifully on opipc and some older lg tv

4 years ago

Im wondering why noone so far tried to get a modern android on a mainline kernel running on Allwinner

Jon Smirl
4 years ago

Allwinner has current Android for their 64b processors, these are 32b.

4 years ago

Im not interested in AW SW at all. I’m speaking about mainline 5.1 with some AOSP or Lineage.

k c
k c
4 years ago

i think moeicenowy was doing such experiments long time ago, it was working, just without hw accel

4 years ago

how about the android 7.1 based system available on sunvell H3? would it be a better base for a smart tv scenario as it provides better compatibility with modern atv apps?

4 years ago

that question is similar to ‘why windows xp when you can install win8’. if you have use case that’s fullfilled by older os, why would i go for fatter, slower one? dont kid yourself, droid7 is as buggy as droid4, so security isnt the argument. and beating droid7 from aw/sunvell into shape would take time, which answers your question

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