- Nov 9, 2009
no thanks. no android on my pandora please.
It would certainly be nice from a *because I can* point of view, but running Android from an SD would be kind of pointless. You wouldn't get access to Android Market - and even if you somehow did - most the applications would be useless because the Pandora doesn't have 3G, GPS or an accelerometer. Even This seems more geeky and usable to me, even though it's just a hacky mess of scripts and chroot's. It may even help towards getting ARM Debian (or Ubuntu, or pick a distro) on the Pandora!Ivanovic said:Android as default OS for the "Open" Pandora would be a bad choice. The problem is that it makes life of developers a *whole* lot more difficult. There is no way to easily "compile and run" software that they already got from their normal Linux systems. You have to integrate with lots of java stuff to make things work. Beside this input of Android is by default targeted at touchscreen users, not users having as many keys as we got on the pandora.
Yeah, IMO it would be nice to have Android as option bootable from an SD card. This would be something neat along the lines "because it is possible!", but android shipped directly with the pandora? Won't work nicely.
You do realize it will not work out of the box on pandora, do you?craigix said:Consider:
The Pandora should move to Android to get real commercial software and games - plus it's only a matter of time before someone else releases an Android games console (which works well), Pandora should be first.
Sure, put some workstations in the town hall and start coding. Free rice for everybodycobaltage said:I think it's worth an exploratory attempt to get a Pandora working with Android to test it out. That will enable the OPT to draw up a list of PROs and CONs so that they can make further decisions.
this seems a really naive all or nothing opinion. android might end up the main commercial OS but for everyone else (i.e. us) it wouldnt be. all the work so far and going forward would still be happening just as much. not a single person in this community needs to throw any weight or development behind the android side of things, even if that were the main OS, because its a pretty self contained ecosystem. i dont really think it needs any of us to really pay it much heed, it would just be something craig got going on there.slaeshjag said:OPT should not, at least not at this point, bother with porting another OS. If there's a demand for Android, the community will port it. Switching to Android would break compatibility with practically all existing software for the pandora and possibly all software currently in development, and would be a bit kick in the arse for most devs.
So... If there would be a switch to Android, the pandora community would be looking for new devs.
That system is already available. It is called "MiniMenu". Basically a menu like you get it on the PSP, GP2X and whatnot. No need to know any internals or anything. The desktop view and the stuff you *can* do there is just some bonus for those that are willing to.cobaltage said:Proposition: Pandora would benefit from a "non-hacker" OS.
I appreciate that most of the regular forum posters know their way around a Linux distro. But whenever I see someone refer to libraries needing to be installed or even text command line code for searching a directory, creating a folder, etc., that means that >90% of people in the real world won't be doing those things.
Rather than talking about splitting the Pandora community over the choice of OS, I think the main point is that the Pandora could definitely use a consumer-friendly, non-hacker OS which relies entirely on the GUI and requires no knowledge of Linux, no text commands, etc.
The resources of the community are limited. Developing a different OS _will_ limit them further if you don't invite devs from outside.RenegadeChic said:this seems a really naive all or nothing opinion. android might end up the main commercial OS but for everyone else (i.e. us) it wouldnt be. all the work so far and going forward would still be happening just as much. not a single person in this community needs to throw any weight or development behind the android side of things, even if that were the main OS, because its a pretty self contained ecosystem. i dont really think it needs any of us to really pay it much heed, it would just be something craig got going on there.