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Remember when new gadgets would come out and someone would always ask “can it run Doom?” The answer was usually “yes.” But there might be a better question today: can it run Android?
We’ve seen Android ported to run on all sorts of devices, ranging from the HP TouchPad tablet to the HTC HD2 smartphone, which had originally shipped with webOS and Windows Phone software, respectively.
So why not a graphic calculator?
The TI Nspire CX is a graphing calculator with a 3.2 inch, 320 x 240 pixel display, 64MB of RAM, 100MB of storage, and a 150 MHz ARM-based processor.
It sells for about $130, and while the calculator is clearly designed for, you know, calculating and graphing, folks have gotten it to do other nifty things like running Gameboy Advance games.
So @joshumax decided to see if he could port Android to run on the calculator. The answer was yes… kind of.
The latest version of Android which he could fit on the small amount of storage available was Android 1.6 Donut. But he’s managed to get the keyboard to work and reports that video playback also works.
There are certainly cheaper and easier ways to get your hands on an Android device. But I’m always impressed when someone manages to get software running on a device that it was clearly never designed for.
Update: Want some source code? You got it. How about a video? Here’s one:
Just a head’s up – original discussion (where much of the Linux Nspire dev is taking place) can be found here: https://www.omnimaga.org/ti-nspire-projects/calling-all-linux-kernel-developers!/msg401577/#msg401577 (might be the “other” source!)
May I recommend the HP Prime calculator with a 400 MHz Samsung ARMv5 processor and 256 MB RAM as your next target? It has a touchscreen as well and is only $150. https://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/calculators/product-detail.html?oid=5367463
The Nspire has a very good hack that allows a lot of things. Plus the Nspire community is really stronger than HP. But I agree that the HP Prime has a dreamy hardware. Just as the PS Vita. And just as the PS Vita, native hack of the HP Prime is not achieved, and having such a little community doesn’t help.
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