Hacker gets Android running on a 150MHz calculator
Putting a calculator on Android is nothing to write home about, but what about putting Android on a calculator?
That’s the question answered by Josh Max, a YouTube user who hacked a Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX calculator to run Google’s operating system.
The port was only possible because the device used was a graphical calculator, which means it has semi-respectable specs in tow.
We’re talking 150MHz of ARM-based processing heft, 64MB of RAM and 100MB of storage. That all beams content onto a 3.2-inch, 320 x 240 pixel display.
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It’s also important to note that Max didn’t choose a particularly recent version of Android either. In fact, it was the frankly archaic Android 1.6 ‘Donut’, first released back in September 2009.
The hacker even managed to add keyboard support for the device, as well as Wi-Fi functionality through a USB dongle.
If you want to upgrade your calculator to glorious Android circa ‘09, Max has shared the open-source files on GitHub for anyone to download. They’re listed as being compatible with both the Nspire CX and the pricier CX-CAS.
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