Axim Android (aka Axdroid) 2.2/Froyo First Test Image

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So if you want to try this for yourself, here’s how:

  • Download axdroid_20100625.zip
  • Unpack the files from there into the root of an SD card
  • Enable mirror mode on your Axim
  • Open file explorer on your Axim, navigate to the SD card and run haret
  • Click run
  • Wait - for quite a long time

I will reiterate that it runs pretty slowly, and that is especially true on the initial boot since the way I’ve set it up means that it creates a root filesystem image on the SD card the first time it’s run (BTW, make sure the SD card has 200MiB free for that). So you’ll see it taking a while to generate that image before Android is run. On further boots the existing image will be reused so it will run much faster. Also, once Android actually runs the Dalvik VM has lots to do, so it will be slow until everything’s been compiled by that too. Essentially, run it then go away for half an hour by which time it might have progressed from ultra slow to just slow.

Things to do:

  • Power button
  • Keyguard won’t unlock…
    • which makes the Axim a fairly pretty clock if you run Android after the initial boot
    • disable it? Axim has the lock switch anyway
  • SD card mountpoint
    • / is loopback to root.img on the SD card, possible to have the SD card under /mnt/sdcard despite that?
  • Audio
  • Suspend
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Speed it up if possible
    • user rather than eng build may make a difference
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