Two queries about Android installation

Kai Lüke kaitobiaslueke at
Sun Apr 25 23:09:33 CEST 2010

does this flashing work without SD?
See #1.

Christian Rüb schrieb:
> Neil Jerram wrote:
>> On 24 April 2010 21:59, James Ancona <jim at> wrote:
>>> The installer puts all of Android in NAND. After installation the SD card is
>>> only used for extra storage (web downloads, media, etc.) Any FAT formatted
>>> SD card will do. You can run with no SD card in there, but as I recall, some
>>> things don't work.
>>> It should boot other distributions from SD. The modification is because
>>> Andoid uses a different NAND partition layout. If you want to replace
>>> Android with a different distribution in NAND, you should reflash Qi.
>>> Hope that helps!
>> Yes thanks, it does.  It tells me that I can't switch between Debian
>> and Android completely seamlessly - but that I can at least do it by
>> swapping SD cards.  Which is probably OK for now.
>> FWIW, my reason for asking is that I'm now hoping to find something a
>> bit more swishy and impressive than just basic phone function.  Debian
>> has been fine for me for basic phone function for some time now, and I
>> expect to keep that as my mainstay.  But I'd love to be able to
>> demonstrate how cool the FR is by saying "but look, it can also run
>> Android, here...".
>> Regards,
>>          Neil
> I had similar reasons to try Android - another being is the browser ;-)
> You can use an SD only version, which is documented in this thread [1] and mirrored here [2].
> I have _normal_ Qi as bootloader and Android + SHR on my SD which looks like this:
> p[FAT, for Android data] p[ext3, Androit rootfs] p[ext3, SHR rootfs] e[ext3 data] e[swap]
> NAND holds an SHR-U of known state that is functional for basic calling - just in case...
> What I really miss though are easy updates for Android on SD.
> Cheers,
>  Christian
> [1]
> [2]
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