Nov 03 AT 5:14 PM Taylor Wimberly 7 Comments

Android 1.6 now available for Zii EGG

It has been a couple months since we first reported on the Creative Labs Zii Egg. The device was advertised as an Android development platform, but early units only shipped with the custom Plaszma OS. After a couple months of waiting, ZiiLabs has released the official Android 1.6 firmware for the ZiiEgg.

We believe the ZiiLabs intended to operate as an original design manufacturer and have other companies pick up the ZiiEgg and re-brand it as their own. No product announcements have been made (that we are aware of) and the device is only available to developers.

The ZiiEgg is still going for $399 and packs some serious specs.

  • 3.5″ 320×480 true-color capacitive 10-point multi-touch display
  • X-Fi audio processing
  • Up to 32GB internal NAND Flash
  • 256MB RAM
  • HDTV 1080p support via HD Cable
  • Composite video In/Out
  • Forward facing VGA camera
  • Rear Facing HD camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Hardware GPS receiver with antenna
  • 3-axis Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Full size SDHC slot (supports up to 32GB of external SDHC Card)
  • USB 2.0 Mini-B (MTP and Charging)
  • Universal Docking connector (HDMI, USB, Audio Line-In/Line-Out, Composite-In/Out, UART)
  • Headphone socket, built in speaker and microphone
  • 1200mAH rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Supports Linux-based Plaszma OS and Android
  • 115 x 62 x 12 mm
  • Light weight: 108grams

Anything But Ipod has a device and loaded up the new Android 1.6 firmware to capture it on video. They report this firmware is the first Android firmware to make it to the Zii EGG so it is very buggy and more of a proof of concept. You still have to give ZiiLabs major props for releasing Android 1.6 while other companies struggle to roll it out to their devices based on Android 1.5 (Sprint Hero, Sprint Moment, T-Mobile Cliq, T-Mobile Behold II).

Developers can finally play with Android 1.6.

Developers can finally play with Android 1.6.

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  • iphone owner

    this thing is garbage.. g1 sucks and this is even worse but without the phone.. android acts like its 10 years behind apple

  • roy

    Too bad this didn’t just come with Android. Seems like a good package, a good open piece of hardware, with open software.

  • poinck

    This device should be a phone.

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    Zii never provided a complete Android version. Since several month, no software/SDK updates have been given to developers. Physically, the unit is very unstable (problems with touchscreen).

    Be warned, developers! The device was dead at the day of its birth.

  • smarkalar

    I need Zii Egg Andriod 1.6 farmware please give free download link thank you