BUDGET COMPUTER MAKER APC has released the APC ROM, kernel and bootloader for its cut-price Android device.
APC's $50 motherboard featuring an 800MHz VIA processor caused a stir earlier this year when the firm played up its support for Google's Android operating system. Now APC, which is being pushed by chip vendor VIA, has released a ROM, kernel and bootloader for its low cost motherboard.
The firm said, "Our efforts are focused on creating the most stable and user friendly Android experience for APC and with this release we are aiming to provide developers with the tools you need to begin creating new and exciting apps for our Android environment. At the same time we understand the desire and passion that exists from the hacker and developer communities and we want to allow you the freedom to experiment with installing other distributions to match your needs."
APC has also said it intends to support the use of other operating systems on the APC motherboard and has made the technical drawings available for those that want to build systems with it.
While the APC motherboard hasn't been greeted with the same level of enthusiasm as the Raspberry Pi, it is still a very cheap computer that has 512MB of DDR3 RAM and 2GB of flash storage onboard. Given that APC has also included a microSD slot, there's ample room to support a full-fledged Linux distribution.
APC's problem is that ever since it went public the firm has stopped taking pre-orders for the device. With Raspberry Pi production ramping up, consumers looking for a capable, cheap little computer might be forced to look away from APC's system board towards the Raspberry Pi. µ