Hisense Sero Kernel Released, Gets 4.4 Update From Community


Let this be a lesson to the big, international, tablet manufacturers out there whose customers are still languishing with an old version of Android: The community is way better than you are.

Budget tablet manufacturer Hisense has made public its Kernel for its Sero 7 LT and Sero 7  Pro tablets. The open source community has already rewarded them and their customers with a modified version of Cyanogenmod 11 running Android 4.4 that can be installed on the budget tablets. The Sero 7 LT  and Sero 7 Pro sell for $89 and $149 respectively. While having somewhat modest specs (especially the LT) the fact that they are getting publicly available versions of Android 4.4 just moments after Hisense released the kernel just goes to show the power of community-based development.

While users of other more popular tablets can also certainly root their device to Cyanogenmod 11  and also get access to Android 4.4, the fact is that most users of non Nexus products are still waiting for an official update. Meanwhile, people who follow the developer community are able to get Kit Kat running on even the most modest of devices. Kind of makes you wonder what those big companies do with all their time and money.

The Sero 7 LT has a 7-inch 1024×600 display, a 1.6GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of expandable on-board storage. It also has a mini HDMI port for mirroring but lacks bluetooth and GPS capability.

The Sero 7 Pro has a bit more power under the hood with a 7-inch 1280×800 screen, a quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable on board storage. It also sports that same mini HDMI port, front and rear cameras, NFC capability, bluetooth, GPS and the normal bells and whistles you would expect.

Does 4.4 access make these budget tablets any more appealing to you?

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14 Comments

  1. Xiaolu
    December 23, 2013

    Sure! Just bought a Ramos i9 with Intel Atom Z2580 CPU and dream on some company like Hisense who could open the machine to other systems or, at least, upgrades.

    It would be good for all: 1st for the device makers, because they would sell more (probably some people would stay longer with their customised machines, but next purchase they’d for sure look for brands that offer that openness), 2nd for the users, that would be able to customise, say, my tablet, running Ubuntu would be truly AWESOME!

    This I want 4 Xmas, dear Santa!

    • Simon
      December 23, 2013

      Is the Ramos i9 an Android or Windows based tablet ?

      • Xiaolu
        December 23, 2013

        is an Android 4.2.2 device. Last thing I’ve known about this Intel Atom platform is that a Spanish company (Geeksphone) is going to launch a smartphone based in the Z2560 @1.6Ghz wiht dual boot Android + Firefox OS. Don’t know how can it be, but it’s a nice door that opens to the users…

  2. Xiaolu
    December 23, 2013

    Sure! Just bought a Ramos i9 with Intel Atom Z2580 CPU and dream on some company like Hisense who could open the machine to other systems or, at least, upgrades.

    It would be good for all: 1st for the device makers, because they would sell more (probably some people would stay longer with their customised machines, but next purchase they’d for sure look for brands that offer that openness), 2nd for the users, that would be able to customise, say, my tablet, running Ubuntu would be truly AWESOME!

    This I want 4 Xmas, dear Santa!

    • Guest
      December 23, 2013

      Is the Ramos i9 an Android or Windows based tablet ?

    • Xiaolu
      December 23, 2013

      is an Android 4.2.2 device. Last thing I’ve known about this Intel Atom platform is that a Spanish company (Geeksphone) is going to launch a smartphone based in the Z2560 @1.6Ghz wiht dual boot Android + Firefox OS. Don’t know how can it be, but it’s a nice door that opens to the users…

  3. Simon
    December 23, 2013

    That is truly excellent news, congratulations to everyone concerned ?

  4. Guest
    December 23, 2013

    That is truly excellent news, congratulations to everyone concerned ?

  5. Adriel Whitmore
    January 12, 2014

    I’m new to android, how do you install the kernel?

  6. Adriel Whitmore
    January 13, 2014

    I’m new to android, how do you install the kernel?

  7. Pat B
    February 4, 2014

    No instructions on how to do this and the Linux community forums, while great, are so splattered with false or conflicting information… I would love to see them just post a thread or article on exactly how to do this, and nothing else.

  8. Pat B
    February 4, 2014

    No instructions on how to do this and the Linux community forums, while great, are so splattered with false or conflicting information… I would love to see them just post a thread or article on exactly how to do this, and nothing else.

  9. Rental
    March 15, 2014

    I bought my partner a cheap android tablet for traveling but it’s soooo slow can I upgrade it somehow? Baseband version 1.5rc3, kernel version 3.0.8+ android version 4.0.4 I have put all these details in because I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with all this info! Or how to update/upgrade this too something more useful, sorry if I haven’t given u enough detail but please help! Many thanks x

  10. Rental
    March 15, 2014

    I bought my partner a cheap android tablet for traveling but it’s soooo slow can I upgrade it somehow? Baseband version 1.5rc3, kernel version 3.0.8+ android version 4.0.4 I have put all these details in because I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with all this info! Or how to update/upgrade this too something more useful, sorry if I haven’t given u enough detail but please help! Many thanks x