Running on a Minix NEO U1

I have a Minix NEO U1 that I originally bought to use as a mediaplayer, but I quite soon found out that “normal” Android on a TV-interface is borderline useless. So it’s just sitting in a drawer unused for now.

I thought I was going to try to run on it. It runs OpenELEC as an alternative to Android, so why not

What resources should I go to to try to port to this unit? I know I could just install OpenELEC and run HA on it that way. But where is the fun in that?

Some specs:

  • Amlogic S905 SoC
  • Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU (64-bit) @ 2.0GHz
  • Penta-Core Mali-450 GPU
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 16GB (eMMC 5.0) Storage
  • WiFi 802.11ac 2 X 2 MIMO Dual-Band
  • RJ-45 GIGABIT Ethernet
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • HDMI 2.0, up to 4K @ 60Hz Supports HDMI-CEC
  • USB 2.0 port x 3, OTG port x 1 Kensington lock ready
  • MicroSD Card Reader (256GB Max)
  • Dimensions: 128mm (l) x 128mm (w) x 20mm (h)

I’m not sure if it’s possible to get it to boot from SD. The OpenELEC alternative I think boots from USB.

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