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Is there any kit or board on which I can test out customized android os?

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There are various, but I'll suggest the FriendlyArm Mini2440 with 3.5" Display and Touch Panel. See images bellow of the Sergio Prado's blog:

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You can use a Beagle Board.

http://beagleboard.org/project/android/

http://antipastohw.blogspot.com/2010/10/introducing-diy-android-gadget-starter.html

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I am not sure of the cost of the other options, but it may make most sense to just buy an unlocked phone from google as a developer. You can then do what ever you want to the phone including flashing a new OS.

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Unless you are going to do hardware development, an existing device (phone) will likely be much more convenient and common in the community. A "customized Android OS" sounds like pure software.

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Embest DevKit8000

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Check also the IGEPv2 board. It has Ethernet and WiFi.

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I would suggest having a look at a chinese MID. They can be had for 100$ online, but if you have the chance to buy one in china you can get one for around half that price in a copy market. While offering a lower product quality you can get started for a lower price than any development board. One of the tablets I bought gives me a Wondermedia armv5 compatible processor with 256mb ram and 2gb flash memory which is a way better deal than the friendly arm compatible kit I used at work.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you have the link? \$\endgroup\$ Nov 18 '10 at 12:49

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