We’d like to clarify something here and at the same time invite people to join efforts.
A question we get asked a lot in one form or the other is:
“When will there be Honeycomb on gen8 devices?”
Our answer to this is that:
Serious Honecomb adaptation can only start once there are sources for it in AOSP. This is valid for every device out there, not only Archos.
Some people might start screaming “But hardware XYZ runs Honeycomb!” – the answer to that is “No it does not!“, what some people managed to do is take binaries meant for the emulator contained in the Honeycomb SDK and run them on actual hardware. This is nowhere near what properly adapted software can do. Without checking, I’d bet it’s not even properly GLES accelerated.
openAOS would like to invite everyone interested in bringing the Honeycomb version of Android to Archos hardware to join forces!
There is a lot to be gained by everyone working together. We have learned a lot about Archos hardware and this would benefit both gen7 and gen8 as a target. There are many similarities.
We also have a good contact to Archos and this has always helped us to figure out hardware specific bits and pieces. This has helped many projects around Archos hardware, even commercial ones. The debian adaptation to gen6 hardware wouldn’t have been possible without the reference work by Kevin Boone, Smoku’s MeeGo efforts benefited from our groundwork, we have spent time working on making FroYo more than a proof-of-concept on gen7 etc.
All openAOS wants to do is help community projects that want to build around Archos hardware. So if you want to join in, contact us, preferably on IRC (see the chat button, talk to dm8tbr). We’re happy to offer our resources:
- Webspace (also for large downloads)
Wiki (currently intended for developers)
- Android on Archos hardware mailing list
gitorious hosted Archos GPL Buildroot environments, including the Archos/TI kernel source, that are open for patch submissions and improvements.
- you-name-it (your ideas, our server hardware )