Porting Rockbox and Android to the Samsung YP-R0

r0 rockbox Porting Rockbox and Android to the Samsung YP R0Since October 2010 forum members slade and nik1105 have been working hard on porting Rockbox to the Samsung R0. While this port isn’t ready for prime time yet, the developers recently started to take advantage of the R0′s open source Linux-based stock firmware as well – by attempting an Android port.

While the advantages of Rockbox are obvious on any portable music player, Android might seem strange at first on a device that a) has no Wifi or other Internet connectivity and b) has no touch screen but is controlled via tactile buttons. In the end, despite the lack of Android Market accessibility, one could still install .apk apps manually on it. If the developers manage to map Android’s touch screen controls to the plethora of tactile buttons available on the R0, some apps and games might actually be easier to operate than with their intended control scheme. I for one am excited to see where this goes – especially since other Linux-based Samsung players might benefit from this effort as well in the future.

The R0 seems like the perfect candidate for such experiments – it’s  very affordable, has good sound quality, a decent screen, a MicroSD expansion slot, and a fetching full metal housing. For its low price, the R0 is a top notch player – just held back a bit by its basic (and sometimes buggy) stock firmware. If the developers succeed with either Rockbox or Android, I’m sure a lot of people would be happy about having the choice between three systems to run on the thing.

Watch the forum thread for further developments.

9 Comments

Sherrie on February 8, 2011 7:22 PM

Does this player have a touch pad or is it a tactile d-pad?

Martin Sägmüller on February 8, 2011 7:37 PM

It might look like a touch pad, but it has nine tactile clicky buttons – four on the outside, four on the silver ring, and one in the center.

The DarkSide on February 9, 2011 12:23 AM

I really can’t wait for this to be RB’d, as I’m craving the Sammy goodness!!!

Confispect on February 9, 2011 4:26 PM

Indeed.

SoulSyde on February 9, 2011 8:35 PM

Ditto.

MatmaN on February 10, 2011 9:57 AM

I’m gonna get one of these. P3 was one of my favourite DAPs, so I belive this one to have a similar potential. If only it was equiped with standard mini-usb…

Martin Sägmüller on February 10, 2011 12:47 PM

At least it uses MicroUSB, which is basically the new replacement standard for MiniUSB.

Nick on February 10, 2011 11:04 PM

Well I hope this fix the dreaded library update bug!? Jeez talk about not having a stable product & a simple reset not fixing the issue. Neah!

Golden on March 27, 2011 8:35 PM

Does anyone know if this is compatible with rhapsody to go?

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