New Tronsmart MK908 ROM adds OTA update feature

mk908Over-the-air (OTA) updates have been a feature of smartphones for the last few years but it’s a sign of the growing maturity of mini PCs that we’re starting to see the feature appear here as well.

Tronsmart is the latest mini PC brand to bring OTA updates to its devices with a new MK908 ROM firmware.

Unfortunately, the firmware isn’t based on Rockchip’s new SDK2.0 that’s getting praise for delivering some extra performance gains, but it means MK908 owners will be able to get future updates automatically rather than having to flash a ROM. (So think of this as the last time you’ll need to do it – unless of course, you wish to try some of the custom ROMs floating around).

The good news is that there are 720p and 1080p ROMs for the MK908 this time, so choose the option you’d prefer – the 720p ROM will give you more speed but won’t look as good as the 1080p ROM.

You can download them directly from the blog site.

The MK908 is one of a number of mini PCs built into the original MK808 chassis but powered by Rockchip’s popular new RK3188 quad-core SoC CPU. It comes with 2GB of RAM, 8GB of flash on-board. It also includes 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi but unlike more recent models, does not include an external Wi-Fi antenna.

You can pick up the MK908 from various retailers for around the $75-80 mark.

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2 comments for “New Tronsmart MK908 ROM adds OTA update feature

  1. LinuxMint
    July 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    If OTA firmware updates are now suddenly possible with these Android mini PC’s, then I don’t understand at all, why none of them can also be updated from an SD card or USB Flash drive, but instead require some weird Windows-only software to connect to the device via USB and then do whatever it does.
    For people running Linux exclusively, or MacOS for that matter and not giving a hoot about Microsoft, the current practice is a non-acceptable obstruction.

    • Darren Yates
      July 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Yeah, it does seem odd that a device running Linux (essentially what Android is) has to be updated via Windows…

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