[Android] Converting a brick into a phone

Giorgio Marci ledzgio at writeme.com
Wed Dec 10 16:03:22 CET 2008

I'm completly agree with Rui.

The fact is that today, after several months, we have a phone that is not
(yet) fully working.
As my experience i tried all the distributions and the better one (in my
very personal opinion) is the SHR
that (unfortunately) doesn't include a phone calls manager, an sms
manager (a decent one), a profile
configurator (ring tone, and other stuffs) and a lot of other
things..they are following the right way,
 but they need time and in the meanwhile our phones are fully of dust!!

There is the necessity to focus our effort in the development of a
distribution that could
be usable (i.e. android) in order to have (finally) a fully working daily

This is the priority.

I don't have expercience with low level programming, but i know java as
well and
if i could i'd like to help to achieve this goal as soon as possible.


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: "Rui Castro"
  To: "List for Openmoko community discussion"
  Subject: [Android] Converting a brick into a phone
  Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 13:58:43 +0000


  Like many people in this community I have my Neo resting comfortably
  in my desk because there isn't a stable OS with the basic phone
  funcionalities available at the moment (I already tried all the
  distributions available). Some distributions provide some of the
  stuff, but they're not reliable in many ways.

  Today I read a message from Wolfgang Spraul in the thread about the
  end of the Optimization Team that got me worried "The way things are
  going right now, we will probably have this release mid-next year.".
  Well, I think this is very bad. Electronic equipment, like
  phones/computers, become outdated in a very short period of time
  (GTA03 is already being created). By the mid-next year Neo will be
  pretty much an old phone and nobody really used it, yet.

  I think Android is the best candidate to turn the Neo into a daily
  usable phone right away. It has all the basic (and not so basic)
  applications, it has a good usability, good looks and the number of
  users/applications will grow very rapidly in the next months, I
  The current state of the Android port for Neo is already very
  encoraging and with a little effort from the community (and Openmoko
  people) Android could be fully functional in the Freerunner in a
  couple of weeks.

  Sean McNeil has been doing a great work, but as I see it, he is
  basically the only one working on the low level problems. My personal
  experience is more at the application level (Java), but with a little
  guidance I'm willing to help in any way.

  What I would like to see is some sort of list of things to do and how
  could the people from the community help doing them.

  I don't have much experience with open-souce projects, maybe I'm the
  only one that doesn't know how to help. If this is the case, please
  forgive this message :)

  Best regards,

  Openmoko community mailing list
  community at lists.openmoko.org

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