[beagleboard] What image to use for BeagleBone Black?


but it does not boot on the black (yet) - though I guess patches will be welcome

may be give a try to boot the board with MLO, u-boot from the latest production image and rootfs from rowboat?

I know of no such image supporting Android at the moment. Rumor has it one may show up in few weeks. If it does, it will show up here.


If you look on this page, you will see a IRC Chat and a mailing lsit. My suggestion would be to pick one of those and ask them direct.


Recently patches were pushed to support beaglebone black on the rowboat kernel:

It does not support HDMI output yet. You need to use LCD7 cape to get the Android UI.


So much for the product page advertising Android support… it’s the main reason I bought one

It is coming. It does support Android. But, it has not yet been released. I wish I could force those people to release it, but I can’t. We are pushing as hard as we can.

They have support for BeagleBone. All they have to do is change the DDR, the speed, and provide HDMI support. My understanding is all that works, but it is not yet released.

Just hold tight and it will be coming.


No I do not. You can certainly ask them.


There are some recent patches in the rowboat android tree to support HDMI display. Could you folks try this out?



Check your export PATH, there is a mistake in the Toolchain Setup section.

$ export PATH=/rowboat-android/prebuilts/gcc/linux-x86/arm/arm-eabi-4.6/bin:$PATH

Should be

$ export PATH=/prebuilts/gcc/linux-x86/arm/arm-eabi-4.6/bin:$PATH

That would be the first place I’d check.

Have built the imagine using the rowboat-jb-am335x.xml manifest

I followed the instructions from http://code.google.com/p/rowboat/wiki/JellybeanOnBeaglebone_WithSGX

Already had a basic build environment setup from building android x86.

Everything built successfully, flashed the sdcard, Android boots successfully, it is however very slow and pretty much unusable, kinda looks like it doesn’t have the correct graphics drivers.

It worked OK for me. UI responsiveness is good and even live wallpapers and
YouTube work (haven’t tested sound though). I wouldn’t say its unusable.

Thanks for confirming. HDMI audio is not yet supported. No idea of ETA for that.