Android KitKat Software Release for Ventana SBCs

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Gateworks is proud to announce the release of Android KitKat for it’s family of Ventana SBCs. The source and pre-built images for Android 4.4.3 (KitKat) have been released.

To find out what is new in KitKat 4.4 compared to the prior Android JellyBean release, please see the Android documentation: http://www.android.com/versions/kit-kat-4-4/

Notable changes include:

  • Update to the Android Open Source Project’s 4.4.3 code base
  • Added NAND flash support (for Ventana boards that have 2GB NAND)
  • Added support for new products such as the GW551x and GW552x
  • Freescale has added manyIMX6 performance and stability improvements.
  • Newer 3.10.53 based Linux kernel which has many improvements.

Freescale has verified that their Kitkat 4.4.3 BSP (which Gateworks BSP is sourced from), passes Android Compatibility Test Suite (CTS 4.4_r3).

We recommend everyone switch to this new branch for all future Android support.

To get started, followthebuilding instructions on GateworksSoftware Wiki site here: http://trac.gateworks.com/wiki/Android/Building#BuildingAndroidforVentanafromsource

Yocto 1.7 Dizzy BSP Update for Ventana SBCs

Gateworks would like to announce the availability ofOpenEmbedded Yocto 1.7 ‘Dizzy’ for the Ventana Family of SBCs. Yocto is the Linux distro that Gateworks supports for Video and Audio applications.

Yocto 1.7 is an update ofYocto 1.6 with many smaller changes to note, primarily in the form of package and buildtool updates.To stay inline with Freescale’s Yocto BSP, theproven 3.10.17 kernel is being used.

To see the full release notes, please visit the Yocto Release page here.

To build Yocto 1.7 from source or to download pre-compiled
binaries, please visit the Gateworks Wiki site here: http://trac.gateworks.com/wiki/OpenEmbedded/Building#Pre-CompiledBinary

To view Gateworks’ changes to the Yocto BSP, please visit our GitHub page at https://github.com/Gateworks/meta-gateworks