If you are an Android developer then we have some good news for you today. Google is collaborating with Huawei to build a super charged version of Raspberry Pi style computer that runs on Android. Developers will no longer have to use a Chromebook or code on Intel x86 architectures to build software for ARM-based systems.
The computer will be named HiKey 960. It will be a powerful single-board computer that aims to give Android developers a high-end solution to build and test ARM applications natively. In addition to Android, the board comes with support for Linux and can also be used to craft robots, drones, and other smart devices.
It will be based on Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 960 chip and will feature four high-intensity Cortex-A73 cores and four low-power Cortex-A53 cores. The board also packs 32GB of storage, 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM as well as the Mali-G71 GPU with support for 4K graphics. But it will only have HDMI 1.2a slot, so the output will be limited to 1080p.
While primarily aimed at developers, recreational consumers have the option to simply use the HiKey as a straight-up Android computer.
The device is expected to be around $239 and expected to launch in May. The device will be initially available only to customers in the US, the EU and Japan, with plans to expand worldwide in the near future.