TI-Android-ICS-4.0.3-DevKit-3.0.1 ReleaseNotes

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TI Android ICS(Ice Cream Sandwich) 4.0.3 DevKit 3.0.1 Release Notes

Release Notes - April 09, 2012

Introduction

TI-Android-ICS-4.0.3-DevKit-3.0.1 release is based on Android ICS 4.0.3 for TI's AM335x platforms. Release includes support for AM335xEVM and Beaglebone.

This release serves to provide

  • Fundamental software platform to build Android based products with TI devices.
  • A stable integrated foundation software for Android application developer
  • 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, WLAN/Bluetooth based on TI's WL127x 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-ics)

e3f1bbc http://arago-project.org/git/projects/?p=u-boot-am33x.git;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/AM335XPSP_04.06.00.07
AM335XPSP_04.06.00.07
AM335x Linux Kernel 3.2
http://gitorious.org/rowboat/kernel

(rowboat-am335x-kernel-3.2)

1b21543a http://arago-project.org/git/projects/?p=linux-am33x.git;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/AM335XPSP_04.06.00.07

SGX Release ddk 1.8

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

(ti_sgx_sdk-ddk_1.8)

30ccc34 None
None
Android Filesystem
ICS 4.0.3
http://gitorious.org/rowboat
TI-Android-ICS-4.0.3-DevKit-3.0.1.xml
https://android.googlesource.com/platform/manifest.git
android-4.0.3_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-ICS-4.0.3-DevKit-3.0.1_UserGuide.

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

The 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-ics/linux-x86/toolchain/arm-eabi-4.4.3

The SGX & WIFI 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-ics/linux-x86/toolchain/arm-eabi-4.4.3

Documentation

Document Name
Description
Location
User Guide
Provides instructions on how to use the TI Android ICS 4.0.3 DevKit 3.0.1 package. The User Guide gives instructions on building the Android root file system using Android sources maintained on rowboat repositories.
http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/TI-Android-ICS-4.0.3-DevKit-3.0.1_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-ICS-4.0.3-DevKit-3.0.1_DevelopersGuide
Performance Guide
Gives the benchmark numbers for various parameters and peripherals
http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/TI-Android-ICS-4.0.3-DevKit-3.0.1_PerformanceBenchmark
Porting Guide
Provides information on porting packages like Matrix Keypad, Audio, WLAN/BT, etc for other platforms
http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php?title=TI-Android-ICS-PortingGuide

















What's Supported

Device Support

This release supports the following Texas Instruments devices

  • AM335x

This release supports the following platforms:


TI Device Platform Supported Version Other Accessories
AM335x



AM335x Evaluation Module Rev 1.1A or greater USB Keyboard, USB Mouse, Ethernet, UART Cable, Audio Speakers, MMC/SD Card (2GB min)

BeagleBone Rev A3 DVI Monitor, USB HUB, USB Keyboard, USB Mouse, Ethernet, Mini-B USB Cable, MMC/SD Card (2GB min). Also tested with beaglebone cape for DVI-D and LCD


Software Components

Following software components are supported in this DevKit:

  • Android ICS 4.0.3 release from Google
  • Android Linux Kernel 3.2
  • Android GCC toolchain 4.4.3
  • Bootloader (SPL and u-boot)
  • SGX OpenGL ES Driver & Libraries DDK v1.8
  • WLAN and Bluetooth Firmware and Compat Drivers for TI's WL1271
  • Built-in Applications and Demos
    • Browser, Calculator, Clock, Contacts, 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
    • Sensor control : Temperature sensor, Ambient light, Accelerometer, Automatic Backlight control
    • 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

New features in this Release

NA
Note: First release for Android ICS 4.0.3

Issues fixed in this Release

NA
Note: First release for Android ICS 4.0.3

What's Not Supported

  • The following items are not supported:
    • Support for Open Accessory Libraries
    • Bluetooth connectivity for HSP and HFP profiles
    • Audio on Beaglebone
    • Camera

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_ICS_4_0_3_DevKit_3_0_1/index_FDS.html

Please refer to the http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/TI-Android-ICS-4.0.3-DevKit-3.0.1_UserGuide for more information on how to install and use the DevKit


Known Issues

Component
CQ ID
Issue Description
Workaround
Comments
Launcher
SDOCM00091052
AM335x, ICS Launcher page doesn't have back, home and menu and search keys.
NA NA
Browser
SDOCM00091072
AM335x(ICS) system freezes or hungs when Kraken JavaScript BenchMark runs.
NA This issue is observed only with 256MB memory configuration.The test passes with 512MB memory
Application
SDOCM00091235
Gadget storage mode is not working
NA NA
Multimedia SDOCM00091160
Beaglebone is unable to play some videos
NA Platform cannot decode and render H.264 beyond 320x240
Multimedia
SDOCM00091161
AM335x(ICS) system failed to decode a video clip with codec H264 and resolution 704x576
NA
Platform cannot decode and render H.264 beyond 320x240
Browser
SDOCM00091162
2048x3172 resolution pictures are not displayed correctly
NA
NA
Multimedia SDOCM00091163 Streaming media is not working NA NA
Android VNC server
SDOCM00091164 Beaglebone: androidvncserver load is very high ~97% which affects board performance NA
WLAN
SDOCM00091234 SoftAP and Wifi-direct are not working NA

Version

This is Release TI Android ICS 4.0.3 DevKit 3.0.1

The release is available from http://software-dl.ti.com/dsps/dsps_public_sw/sdo_tii/TI_Android_DevKit/TI_Android_ICS_4_0_3_DevKit_3_0_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