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TI Android GingerBread 2.3.4 DevKit 2.1.1 Release Notes

Release Notes - December 09, 2011

Introduction

This is TI-Android-GingerBread-2.3.4-DevKit-2.1.1 release based on Android GingerBread 2.3.4 for AM335x platform.

This release serves to provide

  • Fundamental software platform to build Android based products with TI devices.
  • Give Android application developer a stable integrated foundation software.
  • Provide benchmark numbers to evaluate Android based solutions with other distributions on TI devices
  • A single release package that comprises of all TI components (bootloader, kernel, Tools), TI differentiators (like 3D graphics based on SGX) and Android standard components.

See below table to find information on various individual components

Component Version
Repository (Branch) Commit ID / Baseline Base Repository
Commit ID / Base Tag
Bootloader 2011.09
http://gitorious.org/rowboat/u-boot

(am335x-master-android)

c0d1c2f8feff2d7891a9284cd5b8bf44dc9e53f3 http://arago-project.org/git/projects/u-boot-am33x.git
479543c3f6683c97e20a4debad7bf123c6d9a3cb
AM33x Linux Kernel 3.1
http://gitorious.org/rowboat/kernel

(rowboat-kernel-3.1)

62911f80086bfdf638000c006960a57a363c92fe http://arago-project.org/git/projects/linux-am33x.git
416aa8d89c86bf58c48e48293cbe7681a4ecb402
SGX Release ddk 1.7

http://gitorious.org/rowboat/hardware-ti-sgx

(ti_sgx_sdk-ddk_1.7)

29e2173dad96c5afc6d5d38cffbfb3b4baadb32b None
None
Android Filesystem
GingerBread 2.3.4
http://gitorious.org/rowboat
TI-Android-GingerBread-2.3.4-DevKit-2.1.1.xml
git://android.git.kernel.org/platform/manifest.git
android-2.3.4_r1


For detailed information on the various software components included in the release and how to use them, please refer to the
http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/TI-Android-GingerBread-2.3.4-DevKit-2.1.1_UserGuide.

The Android sources, Kernel and U-Boot have been compiled with GNU Toolchain for ARM Processors from Android pre-built package
https://gitorious.org/rowboat/prebuilt/trees/rowboat-gingerbread/linux-x86/toolchain/arm-eabi-4.4.3

The SGX drivers have been compiled with GNU Toolchain version 4.4.3 for ARM Processors from Android pre-built package

https://gitorious.org/rowboat/prebuilt/trees/rowboat-gingerbread/linux-x86/toolchain/arm-eabi-4.4.3

Documentation

Document Name
Description
Location
User Guide
Provides instructions on how to use the TI Android GingerBread 2.3.4 DevKit 2.1.1 package. A copy of the User Guide is included in the docs folder of the DevKit package. The User Guide also gives instructions on building the Android root filesystem using Android sources maintained on rowboat repositories.
http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/TI-Android-GingerBread-2.3.4-DevKit-2.1.1_UserGuide
Developer Guide
Provides instructions for Android developers to get access to Android sources for TI devices, setting up host environment for compilation and enabling debug environment to ease the app development, debugging and deployment.
http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/TI-Android-GingerBread-2.3.4-DevKit-2.1.1_DeveloperGuide
Performance Guide
Gives the benchmark numbers for various parameters and peripherals
http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Android_Benchmarks_DevKit2.3.4v2.1.1
Porting Guide
Provides information on porting packages like Matrix Keypad, Audio, WLAN/BT, etc for other platforms
http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/TI-Android-GingerBread-2.3.4-DevKit-2.1.1_PortingGuides

















What's Supported

Device Support

This release supports the following Texas Instruments devices

  •  AM335x

This release supports the following platforms:

  • Texas Instruments AM335x GPEVM Rev-1.1B
  • Beaglebone Rev-A3

Software Components

Following software components are supported in this DevKit:

  • Android GingerBread 2.3.4 release from Google Android
  • Android Linux Kernel 3.1
  • Android GCC toolchain 4.4.3
  • Bootloader (secondary program loader and u-boot)
  • SGX OpenGL ES Driver & Libraries DDK v1.7
  • WLAN and Bluetooth Firmware and Compat Drivers for TI's WL1271
  • Built-in Applications and Demos
    • Browser, Calculator, Camera, Clock, Contacts, Custom Locale, Music, Search, File Manager, Spare parts (developer apps)
    • Dev Tools, Downloads, Gallery, IMEs for Japanese, Chinese, and Latin text inputs, Speech recorder, RowboPerf
    • 3D Graphics - OpenGLES demos.
  • Peripherals drivers
    • MMC/SD, UART, Ethernet, Matrix Keypad, Volume Keys, LCD, Touchscreen
    • USB(Host and Gadget) , Audio out/in, WLAN, Bluetooth
  • Documentation
    • User Guide
    • Release Notes
    • Developer Guide
    • Porting Guide
    • RowboPERF (Performance measurement) application user guide
    • Software Manifest files
  • Host Tools
    • Pinmux Tool
    • MMC/SD Card Generation Utility
  • Android Debugging
    • ADB Debugging over USB and Ethernet
    • TI's CCSv5 using Android ADT plugins
  • Test and Performance Reports
    • Performance, benchmarking results
    • Test results from our validation
    • Google Android's Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) report

Complete directory structure of DevKit

  TI_Android_GingerBread_2_3_4_DevKit_2_1_1
  |-- Application_Notes
  |   |-- Android_Boot_Time_Optimization.pdf
  |   |-- Android_Memory_Analysis.pdf
  |   `-- TI-Android-GingerBread-2.3.4-DevKit-2.1.1_PortingGuides.pdf
  |-- Debug_and_Development_Tools
  |   |-- Pinmux_Tool
  |   |   `-- PinMuxUtility_02_02_01_00.zip
  |   |-- TI_Android_Utilities
  |   |   `-- mk-mmc
  |   `-- TI_Code_Composor_Studio
  |       |-- TI-Android-CCSv5SetupGuide.pdf
  |       `-- setup_CCS_5.0.2.00006.tar.gz
  |-- Documents
  |   |-- BeagleBone-Android-DevKit_Guide.pdf
  |   |-- RowboPERF_User_Guide.pdf
  |   |-- TI-Android-GingerBread-2.3.4-DevKit-2.1.1_DeveloperGuide.pdf
  |   |-- TI-Android-GingerBread-2.3.4-DevKit-2.1.1_ReleaseNotes.pdf
  |   `-- TI-Android-GingerBread-2.3.4-DevKit-2.1.1_UserGuide.pdf
  |-- Performance_and_Validation_Results
  |   |-- Android_Benchmarks_DevKit2.3.4v2.1.1.pdf
  |   |-- CTS_Report.tar.gz
  |   `-- Test_Results.tar.gz
  |-- Prebuilt_Images
  |   |-- AM335x_EVM.tar.gz
  |   `-- BeagleBone.tar.gz
  `-- TI_Andorid_GingerBread_2_3_4_Sources
       |-- TI-Android-GingerBread-2.3.4-DevKit-2.1.1.xml
       |-- TI_Android_DevKit_Software_License_Manifests.tar.gz
       `-- TI_Android_GingerBread_2_3_4_AM335x_Sources.tar.gz

New features in this Release

NA
Note: First AM335x EVM Release

Issues fixed in this Release

NA
Note: First AM335x EVM Release

What's Not Supported

  • The following items are not supported:
    • Support for Open Accessory Libraries with Android 2.3.4 release
    • Bluetooth connectivity for HSP and HFP profiles
    • Power Management Features (Suspend-Resume, DVFS, CPU Idle, OFF Mode)
    • Nand UBIFS and Fastboot

Above listed features will be supported in upcoming releases.

Installation and Usage

The DevKit release is maintained at http://software-dl.ti.com/dsps/dsps_public_sw/sdo_tii/TI_Android_DevKit/TI_Android_GingerBread_2_3_4_DevKit_2_1_1/index_FDS.html

Please refer to the TI-Android-GingerBread-2.3.4-DevKit-2.1.1 User Guide for more information on how to install and use the DevKit


Known Issues

Component
CQ ID
Issue Description
Workaround
Comments
Application
SDOCM00085198
Compatibility apps: Replica Island is not installing, and LunarLauncher is not working.
NA NA
Application
SDOCM00085567
0xbench libmicro memset test is failing
NA NA
Application
SDOCM00085591
Webview client is not displaying webpages.
NA NA
Multimedia
SDOCM00086824
Intermittent flicker observerd while playing webm videos
NA NA
Network
SDOCM00086855
Wi-fi and Graphics demos do not work when booting with NFS file system.
NA
NA
Network
SDOCM00085195
No network connection pop-up message is always displayed the first time the browser app is opened
NA
This issue is observed only while using ethernet. Using Wi-Fi network doesn't pop-up the message.
Network
SDOCM00086825
Netcfg is not listing the ip address of the Wifi interface
NA NA
Network
SDOCM00086826
Airplane mode feature is not working properly
NA
NA

Version

This is Release TI Android GingerBread 2.3.4 DevKit 2.1.1

The release is available from http://software-dl.ti.com/dsps/dsps_public_sw/sdo_tii/TI_Android_DevKit/TI_Android_GingerBread_2_3_4_DevKit_2_1_1/index_FDS.html

Technical Support and Product Updates

For further information or to report any problems, contact http://e2e.ti.com/android or http://support.ti.com.
For community support join http://groups.google.com/group/rowboat
For IRC #rowboat on irc.freenode.net
To raise any defect for this release please use http://code.google.com/p/rowboat/issues/list