The 8227L_Demo headunit, also known as the 8227L_ALPS or the 8227L_DEMO_ALPS, usually runs an old Android version. This is because of its low processing power from RockChip3188 CPU and either 1 GB RAM or possibly the faked 2 GB RAM. An old processor can only run well as the old Android version was targeted to run. As apps get more RAM and power-hungry, including the Android system itself, an old processor from 2013 won’t be up to the job to run today’s apps.
KitKat and beyond
These very underpowered (by current specifications) headunits are often sold as having Android 10. These 8227L_demo units run Android 8.1go, Android 6 Marshmallow, or possibly Android 4.4.4 KitKat. They are often faked to show a higher version than is installed, and this is because higher Android version numbers look better on the sales page. Would you buy an Android device listed as ‘Android 6’? or ‘Android 8.1go’? No, you scroll on to the Android 13 device, as that looks like a better bet; even if it’s fake, you lose the sellers win.
If you own an 8227L (demo) headunit and discover that it is not running Android 10 or 11 and would like to update the Android version in the firmware to something more modern, then you are not going to get very far or very fast.
Old Software for Old Hardware
Your 8227L_ALPS is running an old Android because that Android version fits perfectly with the obsolete hardware, mainly due to the quad-core RK3188 style processor and the limited quantity of RAM. Maybe you think your 8227L_DEMO is running Android 9; it isn’t. The manufacturer had faked your 8227L to misrepresent the accurate Android version. The RAM may also be faked, which explains why your 8227L may even be running Android 8.1GO. The stripped-down Android 8.1Go is for sub-par phones from the old days with weak processors and a derisory level of RAM.
The 8227L path to Android 10
If you need a later version of Android for the 8227L headunit, you will be better placed to replace the Android headunit with a modern one. New headunits have the hardware to support the later Android version you want to run.
The newer apps also need more RAM and a faster processor, with more, faster cores of processing speed than the 8228L could manage, to run quickly, smoothly, and responsively.
The Android 10 patch file for 8227L
It turned out to be a very small file that changed the name of the Android version and didn’t change any files other than the name. If you need a modern Android version in your headunit, buy one with a modern processor and sufficient RAM for it to run well.
Adding More RAM and an 8227L Processor upgrade
Although the famous 8227L Alps Demo Android headunits look like they could be mini PCs, they are not. Unlike a PC with its IBM-designed architecture standard roots and Intel’s drive to standardize, the Android headunits are built like phones and tablets. There is no path to adding more RAM chips or swapping out the processor to make the speed improvements to the 8227L_Demo that you are looking for.
There is a common misconception among many Android headunit owners, particularly those the have the 8227L_ALPS boards, that Android needs an upgrade. It may come from finding the 8227L_DEMO very slow to use with modern apps. It may be from the advice about updating your phone to stay ahead of security problems. Sometimes the search for an Android upgrade is after the 8227L_Demo headunit has developed a fault. The perceived solution to faults is a firmware update. Unfortunately, an Android upgrade isn’t going to fix the 8227L_DEMO problems. These are firmly rooted in the obsolete hardware running that board in the Android headunit.
Updates for Security
Security is covered by using a different google account than the one on your phone to provide a disconnect between a device that can be locked and one that can’t be locked.