KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

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KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby robroy » Fri Feb 06, 2015 4:24 am

I created an Android Kit Kat 4.4.4 image with a core suite of applications for a set-top box.

Download the image here (eMMC only):
KitKat 4.4.4 (Beta): http://oph.mdrjr.net/robroyhall/images/android/u2/KitKat-4.4.4_PocketRocket-U2-HDMI-EMMC.20150206.img.xz
JellyBean 4.1.2 (Stable): http://oph.mdrjr.net/robroyhall/images/android/u2/JellyBean-4.1.2_PocketRocket-U2-HDMI-EMMC.20140714.img.xz

Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 is only available for eMMC module. Use Couch Potato instead if you do not have an eMMC module available. When writing to eMMC, use the eMMC->SD card adapter that came with your module and copy the image directly. It may be necessary to use the eMMC recovery tool before writing this image: viewtopic.php?f=53&t=969.

Already have an Android image?
Upgrade your existing image to Pocket Rocket with the Epic Loot Software Collection, which includes Kodi 14 and more: viewtopic.php?f=113&t=8787

Applications:
    Chrome
    Firefox
    Kodi 14 Helix with hardware acceleration
    Gmail
    Google Drive
    ES File Explorer
    Ultra Explorer
    Terminal Emulator
    MX Player
    tTorrent
    BluezIME Controller with HID pack for use with Wiimote
    Angry Birds Star Wars I and II
    Angry Birds Space
    RetroArch
    Ad Away
    Jota+ Text Editor
    Juice SSH
    bVNC
    Screen Orientation Control
    Stickmount
    full!screen
    Youtube
    Netflix
    TED Talks
    Pandora
    PC Radio
    BusyBox
    ZArchiver
Customizations left for you upon burning the image to your card:
    1. Configure the following apps and enable them with SuperUser permissions: AdAway, full!screen, and Screen Orientation Control.
    2. Start MXPlayer, select "Settings", choose "Decoder", and click all of the "H/W+ decoder" checkboxes.
Optional steps:
Features in this release:
    Kodi 14 Helix with hardware acceleration
    Installable on 8GB eMMC
Notes:
    KitKat 4.4.4 is still in Beta, and some features may not yet be working properly. Please provide feedback and bug reports directly to the Hardkernel developers on the main KitKat thread if you encounter any issues.

    When resizing the partitions using Gparted on a 64GB eMMC module, the FAT32 partition has a limit of 32GB in order to be recognized by the bootloader. It's recommended to backup, delete, recreate and restore the files to the FAT32 partition instead of resizing it.

    The folder "/sdcard/Bootstrap" contains the installation files for apps that were downloaded from the developers' websites. Please copy the Bootstrap directory to an external USB drive for system restore purposes as it contains everything you need to rebuild Pocket Rocket from the official HardKernel release.

    If you experience poor playback in Kodi, use MX Player instead, which also has hardware acceleration.

    You can provide feedback directly to the Kodi developers here: http://forum.xbmc.org/forumdisplay.php?fid=164.

    Kodi nightly updates are available here: http://mirrors.xbmc.org/nightlies/android/arm/.

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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby robroy » Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:26 am

New features in this release:
    Kodi 14 Helix
    Upgraded system software to v4.6 (1/13/2015 version)
    Moved FAT32 partition to end of partition table to facilitate resizing
Enjoy!
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby srdz » Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:55 am

do posible creation of image for sdcard slot ?
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby robroy » Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:44 pm

srdz wrote:do posible creation of image for sdcard slot ?

I believe that this image will also run as-is on SD card, but Android is very disk intensive and you will get lots of "not responding" popups. You are welcome to try it, however :)
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby SkyMan86 » Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:21 pm

robroy wrote:
srdz wrote:do posible creation of image for sdcard slot ?

I believe that this image will also run as-is on SD card, but Android is very disk intensive and you will get lots of "not responding" popups. You are welcome to try it, however :)


I tried to boot the Image (KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket) from a SD Card. It didn't work. I tried that with three different SD Cards with Windows and Ubuntu. Unfortunately nothing was successfull.
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby robroy » Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:35 am

I tried to boot the Image (KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket) from a SD Card. It didn't work. I tried that with three different SD Cards with Windows and Ubuntu. Unfortunately nothing was successfull.

Does the official Android image work on SD card?
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby SkyMan86 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:14 am

robroy wrote:Does the official Android image work on SD card?


Yes
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby robroy » Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:57 am

SkyMan86 wrote:
robroy wrote:Does the official Android image work on SD card?


Yes

You might want to try burning the official image to the card first, then overwriting it with Pocket Rocket. If that doesn't fix it, I'll look into whether the original image was mis-uploaded.
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby SkyMan86 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:57 am

robroy wrote:You might want to try burning the official image to the card first, then overwriting it with Pocket Rocket. If that doesn't fix it, I'll look into whether the original image was mis-uploaded.

I tried it without success. Images will not boot. :(
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Unread postby robroy » Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:39 am

SkyMan86 wrote:
robroy wrote:You might want to try burning the official image to the card first, then overwriting it with Pocket Rocket. If that doesn't fix it, I'll look into whether the original image was mis-uploaded.

I tried it without success. Images will not boot. :(

I'll check whether the KitKat image successfully runs on eMMC module, unless someone beats me to it. There might be a problem with the upload itself.
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby DiscoDave » Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:14 pm

Considered using SPMC rather than XBMC?
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby robroy » Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:47 pm

DiscoDave wrote:Considered using SPMC rather than XBMC?

You can install any app that you'd like :)
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby Hansg91 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:55 am

Hey,

I am trying out the 4.4.4 image on my U3 but I am running into a weird problem. I have an external usb drive connect (ext4) and it is mounted as rw, the permissions on the drive seem to be okay, however I am not allowed to modify anything.

mount gives:

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/dev/block/vold/8:1 /mnt/media_rw/usbdisk ext4 rw,dirsync,nosuid,nodev,noexec,noatime,barrier=1,data=ordered 0 0
/dev/fuse /storage/usbdisk fuse rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,user_id=1023,group_id=1023,default_permissions,allow_other 0 0


ls -la gives:
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drwxrwx--x root     sdcard_r          2014-11-23 04:48 usbdisk


'mkdir /storage/usbdisk/test' gives:
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mkdir failed for /storage/usbdisk/test, Permission denied


Any idea what causes this?

ps. I am doing this under root through ssh
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby robroy » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:32 am

Have you tested the drive using the vanilla Android image?
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby Hansg91 » Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:36 am

Yes, I was updating from (vanilla) android 4.1.3 I believe. It was working fine there.
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Unread postby robroy » Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:34 am

Hansg91 wrote:Yes, I was updating from (vanilla) android 4.1.3 I believe. It was working fine there.

I meant the vanilla Android 4.4 image. Each Android version is a new release.
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby Hansg91 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:44 am

robroy wrote:
Hansg91 wrote:Yes, I was updating from (vanilla) android 4.1.3 I believe. It was working fine there.

I meant the vanilla Android 4.4 image. Each Android version is a new release.


Ah I wasn't aware of the updated vanilla image actually. I just tried it and it has the same issue. Should I create a new thread for this?
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby robroy » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:52 am

Yes, a new thread would be better, so that the Hardkernel developers can respond with a resolution.
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby Hansg91 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:53 am

It seems that in the 4.4.4 image, video playback in kodi is just a tiny bit laggy, as if one in every ~60 frames is dropped (it isn't dropped according to the kodi debug output). I thought I was going crazy, so I tested both of your images. The 4.1.2 image plays the video smoothly, whereas the 4.4.4 image seems to have this "lag" in playback. It didn't really matter which movie I selected, but it appears more obvious in 1080p movies. Is this due to the video driver? I noticed the same thing in the vanilla version of android so it is likely a driver/codec issue?

I should probably make a thread about this as well, but I thought maybe you noticed something as well :)

I'm going back to 4.1.2 for now but I am curious about your response.
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby robroy » Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:58 am

Hansg91 wrote:It seems that in the 4.4.4 image, video playback in kodi is just a tiny bit laggy, as if one in every ~60 frames is dropped (it isn't dropped according to the kodi debug output). I thought I was going crazy, so I tested both of your images. The 4.1.2 image plays the video smoothly, whereas the 4.4.4 image seems to have this "lag" in playback. It didn't really matter which movie I selected, but it appears more obvious in 1080p movies. Is this due to the video driver? I noticed the same thing in the vanilla version of android so it is likely a driver/codec issue?

That's odd that Kodi isn't registering the dropped frames. Perhaps it's due to setting up a 1080p 50Hz signal in the ODROID Utility vs using a 1080p 60Hz signal. If possible, you may want to try switching to a different resolution/refresh rate to see if the problem still persists. In any case, it would be best to post your findings (if any) on a new thread so that others in the same situation may find it more easily.

I should probably make a thread about this as well, but I thought maybe you noticed something as well :)
I'm going back to 4.1.2 for now but I am curious about your response.

I personally use 4.1.2 as my main operating system, mostly because it has nearly 2 years of development behind it, while 4.4.4 is still fairly new, and still has a few issues such as Netflix bug (viewtopic.php?f=78&t=5877), which don't exist in the 4.1.2 version.
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby badsat » Sun May 03, 2015 4:04 pm

Hi Robroy
how can i do a image with my prefer app ? Can you tell me the way
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Unread postby robroy » Sun May 03, 2015 4:22 pm

badsat wrote:Hi Robroy
how can i do a image with my prefer app ? Can you tell me the way
Thanks

I'm not quite sure what you mean, but the Google Play Store is accessed by pressing the 6-dot icon in the upper right of the desktop, the clicking on the square with the play button in the upper right corner of the Apps list.
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Unread postby badsat » Mon May 04, 2015 6:07 pm

robroy wrote:
badsat wrote:Hi Robroy
how can i do a image with my prefer app ? Can you tell me the way
Thanks

I'm not quite sure what you mean, but the Google Play Store is accessed by pressing the 6-dot icon in the upper right of the desktop, the clicking on the square with the play button in the upper right corner of the Apps list.


No , I wnat know how i can make a my file .img with my app .
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Unread postby robroy » Tue May 05, 2015 12:20 am

badsat wrote:No , I wnat know how i can make a my file .img with my app .
thanks

Sorry, I am still not sure what you mean. Perhaps you are trying to make a backup of your image? If so, there is a guide in the April 2014 issue of ODROID Magazine on page 9.
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby badsat » Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:29 pm

Hi
Yes I want make the image of the backup of my rom''s u3 . I have see the April magazine but it talk's only to flash sd and don't talk about make image back up
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Unread postby robroy » Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:37 am

badsat wrote:Hi
Yes I want make the image of the backup of my rom''s u3 . I have see the April magazine but it talk's only to flash sd and don't talk about make image back up

It is the same procedure for both the SD card and eMMC module.
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Unread postby badsat » Fri Aug 07, 2015 5:50 pm

where i can found this procedure ??
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Unread postby robroy » Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:19 pm

badsat wrote:where i can found this procedure ??

April 2014 ODROID Magazine, page 9 http://magazine.odroid.com#201404
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Re: KitKat 4.4.4 Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 (20150206)

Unread postby srdz » Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:07 am

hi
can i flash this image with w32DiskImager as well as I have copied 4.4.4 kitkat v4.47 ?
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Unread postby robroy » Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:11 am

srdz wrote:hi
can i flash this image with w32DiskImager as well as I have copied 4.4.4 kitkat v4.47 ?

Yes, the procedure is the same.
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Unread postby srdz » Fri Oct 02, 2015 3:02 am

compatible with sdcard ? :)
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Unread postby robroy » Fri Oct 02, 2015 3:50 am

srdz wrote:compatible with sdcard ? :)

The compatibility with SD card is explained in the original post:

Pocket Rocket for ODROID-U3 is only available for eMMC module. Use Couch Potato instead if you do not have an eMMC module available.
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