Android 3.0 Honeycomb Preview Image v04 - 2/7/2011

deeper-blue

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First of all I have to thank the CM people, especially mbm, nemith, fattire and cvpcs for their work on gingerbread which helped me a lot in understanding where to look and what to patch.

The whole thing is based on the honeycomb preview emulator images, some of the B&N modules+driver, pieces from the upcoming CM7 and manual patching ARM assembler in libraries, writing ugly scripts to hack around various issues, a lot of time and many brain cells.


Use this on your own risk. I'm not responsible for any damages. This is not meant as a primetime ready rom. This is a preview after all.


The unzipped image is around 3.5gb and fits on 4GB SD cards.

MD5 (nookhoney04.img.zip) = 27396e63396a59a25f5d6fdbe0341276
http://www.rbrune.de/nookhoney04.img.zip.torrent
http://www.rbrune.de/nookhoney04.img.zip



Changelog

v04 - 02/07/2011
  • increased touchscreen sensitivity and made touchscreen more usable close to the borders (kernel change)
  • fixed heap size issue to get much more programs running (e.g. nook app, kindle app, etc.)


v03 - 02/05/2011
  • fixed screen turning animations and previews in taskswitcher
  • sd card access and secure storage support
  • turned off the debug screen flashes and vibrator
  • added display timings
  • sd card image now usable on 4gb cards
  • changed to a self compiled kernel to make these things work
  • reduced compressed image size


v02 - 02/02/2011
  • sound support
  • patched in some graphics improvements. Can play non-hd videos from m.youtube.com
  • sdcard storage


v01 - 02/01/2011
  • initial release


Status

What works:
  • Graphics acceleration
  • Accelerometer
  • Wireless!
  • Touchscreen
  • Buttons
  • Sleep/Wakeup
  • Sound

Known issues:
  • The accelerometer behaves funky. Will try to fix this.
  • The Gallery app crashes when opening an image. Not my fault, it's broken in the emulator from google too.

Doesn't work:
  • DSP e.g. no hardware video decoding (and will possibly never work before the AOSP release)


FAQ

Q: Why?
A: I thought it would be fun. It was and still is. And now developers have an actual device to test their apps on instead of relying on the slow emulator.

Q: How?
A: I'm planning to write a blog post. Mostly learning how Android works, debugging, patching, reusing binaries from different sources, finding easy ways to reach a goal, try and error, a lot of brain power.

Q: During boot I get stuck at the Android screen with the blinking cursor.
A: It seems to be a timing issue with mounting the partitions. Sometimes rebooting helps to get it booting. If not a different SD card might to the trick.

Q: Why is there no Market app installed?
A: There's no legal way to distribute the google apps with a ROM.

Q: Angry Birds, Nook reader, Kindle app?
A: Yes.

Q: I want to port Honeycomb to device xyz... send me the instructions how to do that now!
A: I like the 'I' in that sentence - but there are no instructions, no source, no nothing. Learn and read about Android, Android porting, making custom roms, embedded systems, ARM assembly, driver programming, programming in general, the Linux Kernel and much more - and when you're comfortable and have experience with all of that come back and do your port.

Q: Can you port Honeycomb to device xyz?
A: I don't have xyz. And even if device xyz would magically appear at my front door doesn't necessarily mean I'll have the time and motivation to port anything to it.

Q: I want to use a different kernel what changes did you make in the kernel?
A: https://github.com/rbrune/nook_kernel

Q: Where can I donate?
A: I don't want any money. If you want to put your money to good use donate to a humanitarian organization and/or the EFF.

--
Rafael Brune
 
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barrosd12

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I decided to release what I have so far. May everybody have some fun with it.
But first of all I have to thank the CM people, especially mbm, nemith, fattire and cvpcs for their work on gingerbread which helped me a lot in understanding where to look and what to patch.

What works:
-Graphics acceleration
-Accelerometer
-Wireless!
-Touchscreen
-Buttons
-Sleep/Wakeup stuff

Doesn't work:
-Sound (sadly! Despite my efforts the last hours I didn't get it working properly yet)
-DSP e.g. no hardware video decoding

The whole thing is based on the honeycomb emulator images, the B&N V1.1 kernel+modules+driver, pieces from the upcoming CM7 and manual patching ARM assembler in libraries and writing ugly scripts to hack around various issues.


Use this on your own risk! I'm not responsible for any damages!

The unzipped image is around 4gb. I use it on a 8gb sd-card. In principle the image should work on a 4gb card.

http://www.rbrune.de/nookhoney01.img.zip

--
Rafael Brune
Dude, you are awesome!
 

kdb424

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I'm going to buy an 8GB card on payday. My 2GB isn't enough for this, but that's amazing. Will definitely be using a lot. Thanks a ton for all of your hard work! Expect donations.
 

Robotic Clone

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Looks like you're gonna make the front page of engadget and the other sites again ;)

Heres a Mirror to v04:
http://android.stolenrobot.com/NookColor/Honeycomb/nookhoney04.img.zip

Here are some basic instructions on how to flash it:

Windows Instructions
Download Win32DiskImager.exe
Download the file in the first post and extract the img from the zip
Run Win32DiskImager and make sure you pick the drive letter corresponding to your MicroSD card
Click the Folder icon and locate the img file you extracted earlier
Click on Write and then wait...

Once its done remove the SD card from your computer
Power off your nook color and insert the MicroSD you just prepared
Power On your Nook Color and wait for it to load

Welcome to Honeycomb!
 
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cevans59

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Wow this is just incredible, downloading it right now. - Thanks

Who would of ever thought that a book store would be the one to release the goto android tablet? :D
 

Robotic Clone

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right now that seems a bit (quite a bit) pre-mature, also honeycomb is definately destined for tablets (atleast the pre-release is) so even if you could it seems that it wouldnt run (see http://phandroid.com/2011/01/28/and...ator-shows-signs-of-smartphone-compatibility/ for more info)
If you take a look in the settings there are a lot of references to phone features but yes I do agree this is will more than likely start out on tablets and large screen phones