jamesh wrote: riklaunim wrote:
ARMv6 is not among Android platforms of interest so not many developers care about it if at all. So it wonders if Raspberry Pi as a "brand" can move away from Broadcom. Chinese ARM SoCs have taken over low price and quite capable Android devices market. Samsung, Nvidia, Qualcomm and some Freescale have taken the "pro" market. AMD and Intel are pushing with low power x86 too.
EBanana Pi can have Android
as well as many other single board computers based on newer ARM SoCs.
Not likely to happen. And not really needed. RPF have an excellent working relationship with Broadcom. Chinese SOCs are pretty ropey, have minimal support and will not benefit from all the work already done on the current SOC.
Just not worth it for something like android which has minimal educational benefit.
That all depends who is interested. PR/Marketing may have a lot to say. Just look what happened to Banana Pi, and what did not happen to every other A20 single board computer. AMD may want to compete with Intel (Galileo, Edison). Chinese may want to show that they are not that bad and so on, or Nvidia may want to promote their Tegra/ARM. From drivers point of view Intel is best (open), second Nvidia (closed, but ARM open somewhat), then AMD, and lastly Mali in common ARMs. As for market prices with no discounts Chinese win...
It could be quite interesting if an average, decent Android phone could be "opened" so that you can have typical Linux running on it with Android as a frontend. Plus some modifications to have some GPIO access - either via integrated microcontrollers or from the SoC itself. Small stand-alone single-board-phone-computer with WiFi, 2G/3G, Bluetooth, battery, touch screen, Android apps, classical Linux libraries and backend functionality - scriptable and extendable. Android already can be scripted with Python (SL4A), but typical Android Kernel won't have drivers for USB UART chips used by USB connectable microcontroller boards. You would get also Android developers.