Android* 5.0, Lollipop for MinnowBoard MAX


Release Date: 
Feb 20, 2015

Product Name

Android* 5.0, Lollipop for MinnowBoard MAX


Product Description

This version of Android* 5.0, Lollipop is a reference code that is ported and optimized for MinnowBoard MAX; a compact and versatile open platform centered around a 64-bit Intel® Atom™ E38xx Series SoC. This release uses a 64 bit kernel and a 32 bit userspace and it supports all the MinnowBoard MAX on-board peripherals such as Ethernet, HDMI (digital Audio + Video), USB host, SATA, I2C+SPI, GPIO, PWM and UART. The USB host functionality is fully supported which makes this device ideal for connecting a Keyboard/Mouse for input. Although there is no default touchscreen support, the HDMI port can be connected to a compatible TV/Monitor and transform this board into a fully-fledged Android* system.


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New features / Enhancements

  • Digital audio support using HDMI and USB.
  • Linux console on serial port for debugging purposes.
    • You can view and interact with the console prompt using USB TTL Serial Cables (FTDI), which is particularly useful when you need to debug issues that affect the video output of the device and you’re unable to interact with it directly.
  • Android* can be installed on SDCard, USB Stick or SSD.
  • Android* Runtime (ART).
  • Material Design UI.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 support using an external USB dongle.
  • SELinux runs in enforcing mode.
  • User data is encrypted by default.


Bug Fixes

The GPIO support is working because of a change to the Linux kernel in 3.18 or newer kernels The programming mode is similar to the Yocto Project, the only difference is the kernel reference number which is incremented by 256. Please refer to for more information on dealing with the low speed header.


Known issues and Workaround

  • Ethernet is not configurable via the Settings menu.
  • Ethernet Proxy Server support is not working.
  • MinnowBoard MAX fails to renew its IP address through DHCP in case of a cable disconnect. A board restart is required for Android to acknowledge and use the new settings.
  • A long push on the power button doesn’t trigger the Power Off dialogue.
  • When using a micro-HDMI to HDMI along with a HDMI to DVI connector and audio is on, the screen image may flicker. This may be relating to that will get fixed in the later revisions of the hardware.