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You've seen an Android smartphone run a calculator, but have you seen a calculator run Android?

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You've seen an Android smartphone run a calculator, but have you seen a calculator run Android?

Google's Android is a smartphone operating system – most users are well aware of that. Fewer, however, are aware that it's built around the Linux kernel – the "core" of the system, which establishes the communication between the hardware and software of the device. Since the kernel is open-source, developers are free to modify it for whatever they wish the operating system to run on.

As if to make this as evident as possible, a developer has ported Android 1.6 Donut on a calculator, as can be seen in the video below. The demo shows a fully functional system, which can even run a game.

The device used in the clip is a Texas Instruments nSpire CX – a smart calculator reminiscent of a feature phone. It does run its own OS, which can already be used for document viewing and editing, image insertion, graph creation, and other complex actions.

The developer has shared all the source files needed to run Android on your own TI nSpire CX on GitHub – you can find the link below. The question is – would you want to do it?



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posted on 24 Jun 2015, 03:07 9

1. hafini_27 (Posts: 888; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


I have never used Android 1.6 before and I do own one of these. Might be fun.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 09:10

4. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Fun on calculators, maybe. On phones....real old Android needs to stay in the past. lol

I had to go back to 1.6 on my Droid 1 one time because of a boot loop error on a custom ROM. It took longer than I expected to get back to normal. Not fun.

Had USB issues too, probably due to the boot loop issues. if not for that I coulda been up n running on a current OS, ROM.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 09:26

5. waddup121 (unregistered)


Test-taking to the next level LOL

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 03:19 1

2. lylee73 (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Mar 2015)


Um..... maybe?

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 04:49 2

3. greenelektron (Posts: 533; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


The guy is not so busy. It's kinda interesting though. Casio should sell calculator app. Just saying.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 09:28 2

6. tokuzumi (Posts: 992; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


I can appreciate the work that went into making that work, but basically nothing will function on android 1.6.

posted on 24 Jun 2015, 20:15

7. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


I wanna give this a try!

posted on 07 Jul 2015, 03:48

8. farhad.ahmad30 (Posts: 14; Member since: 24 Jun 2015)


Would like to give it a try! Right now I have a smartphone, Tango A5 by iDROID USA. It rocks and so does the calculator app!

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