So I couldn’t resist… I picked up an Intel Yolo today:
I just happened to be at Sarit Center and saw that Safaricom had them on demo. I was pretty impressed, the thing is pretty snappy, the battery apparently lasts forever, and it was only 11,000 shillings ($125). It’s a very competitive phone for its price range given the specs:
- Intel® Atom™ processor Z2420 (1.2GHz, with hyper threading, so basically dual core)
- 5MP camera
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB internal memory
- microSD card slot
- 3.5″ capacitive display
- FM Radio (lots of people like radio in Kenya ;))
- HSPA+ (3.5G connectivity)
- Android 4.0.x (Ice Cream Sandwich)
The Huawei U8150 / U8185 IDEOSes, both of which sold very well in Kenya in 2010-2012, don’t even hold a candle to this thing.
Port all the things!
Part of me was interested in the phone itself, seeing what it’s capable of, etc. But another part of me kinda wanted to be the first one to root it, port ClockworkMod Recovery, and eventually get CyanogenMod up and running. I mean, this thing is the first Intel-powered Android phone in Africa, in Kenya of all places! It’s like it was a sign!
Anyways, I’m hoping that Intel’s excellent track record with regards to open-source software on desktop/laptop Linux (wifi! graphics! kernel subsystems!) continues here in the mobile space. Here are a few things that need to happen for me to be able to hack all teh things on this phone:
- Find a copy of a stock ROM (both to extract stuff from it, like recovery.img, boot.img, fstab, etc, as well as to go back in case I mess up flashing custom stuff), and figure out how to flash it
- Root! A shortcut to getting copies of
boot.imgetc would be to dump them from the running device, which means we need root 🙂
- Kernel sources (to compile custom kernels for CyanogenMod and future versions of Android)
- Port ClockworkMod Recovery. You can’t do jack on the stock recovery, and CWM Recovery is more feature packed anyways (backups,
adb sideload, etc)
Onwards and upwards! Oh, and goodbye, ARM!