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Now it’s easier to boot Linux on an RK3188 Mini PC (with a microSD card)

Want to run Android apps on your TV but don’t want to wait for the official Android TV launch? No problem — Chinese companies have been offering pocket-sized sticks with HDMI ports and ARM processors that lets you run Android on a TV for the past few years. But for just about as long as […]

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Android TV boxes: Tronsmart Vega S89 vs. Rikomagic MK902

A new crop of Android TV boxes featuring Amlogic S802 processors are starting to hit the streets. Like earlier TV boxes, they’re designed to let you run Android apps ranging from Netflix to XBMC to Asphalt 8: Airborne and other games. But Amlogic’s new chip is said to be faster, offer better 3D graphics, and add […]

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Linux 3D graphics support for Rockchip RK3188 devices

Developers have been porting Ubuntu and other operating systems to run on tablets and TV boxes with Rockchip RK3188 quad-core chips since mid-2013. The RK3188 chip is one of the fastest ARM Cortex-A9 processors around, and Ubuntu is surprisingly snappy on devices with the processor… but up until now there’s been no Linux support for […]

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Rockchip quietly releases slower RK3188T chip (you may already have one)

Chinese chip maker Rockchip’s RK3188 processor is one of the fastest ARM Cortex-A9 processors on the market. It’s a 1.6 GHz quad-core chip with Mali-400 graphics and it’s proven a popular choice with Chinese tablet and TV box makers over the past year or so. Rockchip is expected to release a faster RK3288 ARM Cortex-A12 […]

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Now with Android 4.4: AOKP, Paranoid Android ROMS and RK3188, Allwinner A31 chips

It’s been a busy week for developers working with Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat software. Two of the most popular custom ROM builders have released their first public builds based on KitKat, and two Chinese chip makers have also released builds of Android 4.4 which support devices with their processors. Here’s a quick roundup of things […]

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Linuxium bootloader helps you boot Linux, Android on RK3188 mini PCs

Chinese companies have released a number of tiny devices designed to let you run Android apps on your TV over the past year or two. Some of the best models feature Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processors — and if Android isn’t your cup of tea, hackers have been running Ubuntu and other Linux-based operating […]

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PicUntu 4.5 installer loads Ubuntu onto Rockchip RK3188 devices

PicUntu is a custom version of Ubuntu Linux designed to run on TV boxes and other devices with Rockchip’s ARM-based processors. Now it’s easier to install than ever, offering a way to turn a cheap Android TV box into a full-fledged Linux computer. The developer has released a new build called PicUntu 4.5, along with […]

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PicUntu 4.4.3 brings Ubuntu Linux to devices with RK3188 quad-core chips

Have an Android tablet or TV box with a Rockchip RK3188 processor, and wish it ran a desktop operating system rather than a mobile OS? A new build of PicUntu is available, bringing the full Ubuntu Linux experience to devices with RK3188 processors. The Rockchip RK3188 processor is a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip with Mali […]

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Lilbits (9-10-2013): Turning a Kobo Reader into a DIY Linux tablet

Tired of waiting for a sunlight viewable tablet with a Pixel Qi display? You can sort of build your own tablet for outdoor use by taking an eReader with an E Ink touchscreen and loading a full-fledged GNU/Linux operating system on it. That’s what MobileRead forum member MarkGibek did when he installed Debian on the […]

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Archos 80b Platinum tablet with RK3188 quad-core chip coming soon

Tired of waiting for an affordable 8 inch Android tablet and don’t feel like buying a model from a Chinese company you’ve never heard of? It looks like Archos is about to launch an iPad mini-sized tablet with a relatively speedy processor and reasonably low price tag. The Archos 80b Platinum is up for pre-order […]

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ViewSonic unveils Viewpad 100Q tablet with RK3188 processor

ViewSonic’s been making Android tablets for nearly as long as anyone, although the company’s last few offerings haven’t been anything to write home about. Now ViewSonic is starting to show off a new model called the ViewPad 100Q, and it’s a 10 inch tablet featuring a Rockchip RK3188 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a […]