Android Panda Always Innovating
Installation and config of Always Innovating's Android ICS distro for Pandaboard
As of August 2012, the quickest and easiest way to get a fully funtional install of Android 4 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) complete with SGX graphics accel, wifi, bluetooth etc. etc. on a Pandaboard is to use a prebuilt disk image kindly provided by Always Innovating.
There is no official site hosting AI ICS but it can currently be downloaded from rapidshare. 4.0.1 only supports original Pandaboards whilst 4.0.3b supports the ES too:
See the README included within the zip for install instructions. You will need at least a 4GB SD card. The 4.0.3b version doesn't quite fit onto but should still work fine with a 4GB card.
There is no support included for onboard audio but audio should work fine via HDMI and also via class compliant USB audio devices. If you need onboard audio you need to compile Android or use another distro.
Video output is limited to 1280x720 - fix unknown.
With the 4.0.1 release on an original Pandaboard, pushing the power button prompts you if you'd like to power off but if you choose to do so Android reboots instead of shutting down.
These builds both feature a semi-transparent text advert for Always Innovating's Dongle (for which these builds were created) and website in the bottom left of the Android desktop. It is currently unknown if this can be easily disabled or not.
You cannot install apps via Google Play under the included browser or Chrome (beta) - apps can be installed by clicking on their apk file under Astro or ES File Explorer. This is a general problem of running Android on Panda and not specific to this distro.
I have been unable to get the included videos to play with the video player when running 4.0.3b on my Pandaboard A4 but video playback works fine under 4.0.1
Settings/Storage doesn't work at all for me under 4.0.3b but works fine under 4.0.1
The developer has not responded to any questions (such as the above issues) made about these releases on the Pandaboard mailing list since late January 2012 and it is currently impossible to register on the AI forums because their captcha is broken.