Huawei, Google Built An Android Dev Board
Android isn’t limited to smartphones these days. You can find Android on laptops, tablets, smart devices, and even inside the car. It means more developers have to think what and where they’re developing for. The developers will want to build software that’s not restrained to one piece of hardware, without the need to buy dozens of different devices. What they need is a reference development hardware. Luckily or us, Huawei and Google worked together to release the HiKey 960 Android Dev board. v
You wouldn’t think Huawei would release a single board computer that’ll compete against the Raspberry Pi and other single board computers. The idea is Huawei builds dozens of different Android handsets. They want developers working on Android to make their phones, and in turn, Android overall more appealing. Their in-house processor is used in the single board computer to promote their processor and their handset family, the Kirin 960.
HiKey Android Dev board uses Kirn 960 processor
You have two USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C port, and HDMI out plus a variety of pins to connect to other peripherals. There’s no Ethernet port, but it does have built-in 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi. In addition to the Kirin 960 CPU, it has Bluetooth 4.1, 32 GB of UFS 2.1 storage, and 3 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. It’s the average specs you’d expect to find on a single board computer.
Google officially supports the board, which sells for a surprising $240 0n Amazon. Most single board computers are relatively inexpensive, but it is a powerful board. The default OS is a version of Android Open Source Project or AOSP, with a rather older Linux 4.4 kernel. The boards meant to be used as an Android PC but developers will likely use the board to test Android TV and Android Things software and apps.
Tell us in the comments below your thoughts! Do you think the $240 for the Android Dev board is too much or within the right price or developers?