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Android is one of the many distributions that currently work on the Openmoko phones. You can compare a distribution with an Operating System on normal computers. It gives the phone all the software needed for operating. For more information about the different flavors, see distributions.
Android is a software stack for mobile devices developed by the The Open Handset Alliance. Although Android is publicised as being open source software (most of the source code has been released) parts of the code have not been released yet, namely the GSM library. This makes porting Android to the OpenMoko phones difficult. However, there are promises that the remaining parts of the code will be released.
A lot of work is being done to get Android functioning properly on the FreeRunner and it is likely, in the near future, to be the distribution closest to enabling the FreeRunner to function as an everyday phone.
See: Android porting
See: Android usage
- 20090204 Koolu releases its Beta3 Android release.
- Added GPS library that supports GPS under Android
- MAX_PROCESSES patch to enable more background processes to be run (fixes Pictures application)
- Added Dalvik optimization setting
- Started including 3rd party applications
- Updated user interfaces for GPS and Bluetooth to match new kernel
- Now report RSSI of Wifi signals to upper application layer
- Enable libsoundpool compilation to support audible clicks
- 20090122 Koolu releases its Beta2 Android release.
- 20081202 Koolu, a Freerunner distributor, has released the source code of their Android port at http://git.koolu.org. See the #Building the Koolu Android Source instructions below for how to build an Android image for Freerunner.
- 20081104 The first Android-image has been successfully created by Sean McNeil! - sms and calling works, wifi and bluetooth doesn't. news-source