Monday, October 24, 2011

Chui releases AES4ALL and NEO4ALL for Dingux

AES4ALL and NEO4ALL for Dingux

I just release of NeoGeo emulators AES4ALL and NEO4ALL for legacy Dingux, here a couple of videos under Dreamcast (same speed using a bit overclock):
About OpenDingux, I don't test it yet, but source code is available.
Downloads and more info at NEO4ALL site

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dingoo A380 “Custom Firmware”

Hats off to Sonic Shocker for this nifty work:

Re: NEWER VERSION BELOW 2.00.2

Here is an updated version of the Firmware:
https://rapidshare.com/files/1806880978/A380_FirmWare___Unbricker_v2.00.2.rar
2.00.2
Updates include:
More emulators, That was previously thought impossible work on the A380
'English text fix' Menus have better meaning now, and make more sense.
Missing EMULATORS Folder is back.
Different backgrounds for menu.
;D
SS.

A380 v A320 … Dingoo camps get catty

The Dingoo A380 brings with it no small degree of controversy, thanks to its makers taking the idea of free source code a little more literally than they should’ve. Meanwhile, over at the Dingoonity forums, the chatter about this grows increasingly, like, you know, rrrrrRrrrrrrrrRrrrrrrRwLLLL , as they say at prom night.

Check out the whole sorry spectacle in this thread: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/a380-d-menu-(native-software)/

Easy chicks, remember, these things run ROMS, and where do you think ROMS come from?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dingoo-Scene Twisted Mario Halloween Competition 2011

Well, we seem to have found ourselves a willing sponsor, being those nice folk at www.isharegifts.com  who have promised prizes for whatever half-assed competition I can come up with for Halloween, which as we all know, is celebrated fanatically in China, mostly by the companies who supply Halloween gear to the US of A.

A willing sponsor is a terrible thing to waste, and so, I present:

The Dingoo-Scene Twisted Mario Halloween Competition 2011

To enter, send me either:

1. a photo/movie of you in costume as a lovable video game character but with a horror twist, and either a Dingoo or the words “Dingoo Scene Twisted Mario 2011” somewhere in the picture   [Must be real, no photoshop]; or

2. a photoshopped image of a lovable video game character but with a horror twist, with a Dingoo, and with the words “Dingoo-Scene Twisted Mario 2011” somewhere in the image.

Rules:

a. “Lovable” means “lovable”. Characters that are already horrific don’t count.

b. “With a horror twist” means you have to make the lovable character horrific in some way.

c. Real photos of people in costume preferred over photoshop. So if I get 20 photoshops, and only 1 photo of someone in costume, the photo is going to win.

d. Competition closes 18/11/2011.

e. I decide everything and can change anything, forgive errors, part the seas, etc. etc.

First prize is one Dingoo-Technology A380 Wireless Controller PLUS one LED T Shirt from the designs below.

Wireless Game Controller for Dingoo A380 A330
http://www.isharegifts.com/wireless-game-controller-for-dingoo-a380-a330-p-1344.html

There are 7 Runner up prizes of one LED T Shirt each from the designs below.

Sound Activated EL T-shirt Skull Body 105
Sound Activated EL T-shirt Skull Body 105
Sound Activated EL T-shirt Dead Head 097
Sound Activated EL T-shirt Dead Head 097
Sound Activated EL T-shirt Flashing Skull 103
Sound Activated EL T-shirt Flashing Skull 103
Sound Activated EL T-shirt Skull Bone 104
Sound Activated EL T-shirt Skull Bone 104
Sound Activated EL T-shirt Las Vegas Burning Skull 120
Sound Activated EL T-shirt Las Vegas Burning Skull 120
Sound Activated EL  T-shirt Big Tongue 090
Sound Activated EL T-shirt Big Tongue 090
Sound Activated EL T-Dancer T-shirt Burning Skull 078
Sound Activated EL T-Dancer T-shirt Burning Skull 078
Sound Activated EL T-shirt- Pumpkin 004
Sound Activated EL T-shirt- Pumpkin 004

 

Animated GIFs. How low can I go? Bear with me, I’ve never had a sponsor before! Remember, there are 8 prizes in all, and based on the last competition I ran, likely to be less than 8 entrants, so the love is there for you all to share, if you’re in it to win it, thanks to those nice folk at www.isharegifts.com .

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A380 “hacked” – upgrade internal memory to 16GB

Sonic Shocker opened up his A380 and found that the internal RAM is … a mini SD Card! Watch the video for a quick and easy way to upgrade the internal memory to 16GB!

Read more here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-hacks/a380-hacked-!/msg33662/?topicseen#new

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Most impressive Dingoo A320 D pad mod

matiasmotomel1 posted this impressive looking Dingoo d-pad mod – more detail please! Is it truly analog? How how how? Please share!

And the winner is … Atanas Todorov

Y’all thought I forgotten, didn’t you?

Thank you for all your entries. As kindly dictator, I declare Atanas Todorov, of Bulgaria who made these lovely (PG-13, but what the hey) pictures for us the WINNER of the Dingoo Scene Strip For Dingoo Competition. He tried the hardest, and even made these ones, which I now post:

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… while declaring Atanas Emperor of Dingoo Photoshopper (Second cousin to the King of Iron Fist)!

Congratulations and thank you Atanas, I shall email you regarding your prize!

Hah! Next time, y’all better take these competition posts seriously, eh?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Dingux-Vectrex Optimized For OpenDingux

Dingux-Vectrex Optimized For OpenDingux

Today at 03:28:12 AM by qbertaddict

This is an updated version of Dingux-Vectrex that has some performance enhancements but it is for OpenDingux only.

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i did an "OpenDingux only" version available on my page.
I think this version will gain few fps for the openDingux user, it use hardware surface and doublebuffer.

Discuss it here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingux-releases/dingux-vectrex/msg33584/?topicseen#new
dingux-vectrex_ODonly.tar.gz
Author/Porter: Coccijoe
Download: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IFP2TBK5
Download Source: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=S9TZV5KK

Handyod for OpenDingux

Handyod for OpenDingux

Today at 03:22:03 AM by qbertaddict

Atari Lynx goodness on OpenDingux!!!!

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Handy is an atari lynx émulator from SDLemu team.
this emulator is for OpenDingux
it's a bit slow and the sound is not very good.
Use the selector browser to select your rom.
put lynxboot.img with handy.dge

Discuss it here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingux-releases/handyod-beta/msg33582/?topicseen#new
HandyOD.tar.gz
Author/Porter: Coccijoe
Download: http://coccijoe.blogspot.com/2011/10/opendingux-handyod-beta.html
Download Source: http://coccijoe.blogspot.com/2011/10/opendingux-handyod-beta.html

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Unbricker Tool For A320's With A ILI9338 LCD

Unbricker Tool For A320's With A ILI9338 LCD

Today at 07:20:21 AM by qbertaddict

This is what a lot of people have been waiting for!!!! Thanks and much respect goes to Dingoo-Digital-Usa for this much needed tool!

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Everyone wanted it so here ya go ili9338 driver with unbricker tool for the A320...

Discuss it here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-general/unbricker-for-a320-with-ili9338-driver/msg33555/?topicseen#new
Download 1: http://www.mediafire.com/?99xi7wwamho5cql
Download 2: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AE7MEX93

Friday, October 7, 2011

R480 pictures

Quasist sends in some pictures:





uPCE,uNGP and uSMS For OpenDingux Released

uPCE,uNGP and uSMS For OpenDingux Released

October 06, 2011, 10:23:40 PM by qbertaddict

uguru has ported his wonderful emulators to opendingux.

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Here's some Opendingux bins taken from the hoven, there're still hot. uNGP, UPCE and uSMS are compiled for Opendingux, no other relevant changes for now.

Discuss it here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingux-releases/ungp-upce-and-usms-for-opendingux/
opendingux-developia.info -bins.zip
Author/Porter: uguru
Download: http://code.google.com/p/developia/downloads/detail?name=opendingux-developia.info%20-bins.zip&can=2&q=

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Another (or the same?) Russian Console - Ritmix RZX-50

News of this Russian Console, the R480, emerged in June: http://dingoo-scene.blogspot.com/2011/06/russians-are-coming-r480-new-dingux-os.html

In this latest post from A320emulate.su, comes further news of the Ritmix RZX-50, another Dingux based console that kinda looks the same; I can’t tell:

Layout package for Ritmix RZX-50

Yes! Managed to get to the layout package. More photos under the cut, but now that news of the "Iron Front":

  • The production line is running at full steam :-)
  • On Friday (this) inspection at the factory. If all goes without incident - the prefix in 2-3 weeks in Russia
  • Apart from Russia, the sale will be in Beloruscii. The rest of the representatives of neighboring countries so far. But who knows ...

Is this the R480?

Anyway, sold only in Russia and Belarus … c’mon guys, think of us further afield!

How to fix Dingoo A320 Charging Problems

Our Russian brothers at a320emulate.su have posted this great Google translated tip on how to fix Dingoo A320 charging issues:

Size does matter, or again about the problems with charging Dingoo A320

Users often complain Dingoo A320 problems with charging. Of the symptoms can be listed as follows:

  • Dingoo A320 can not finish the charging
  • The prefix a report on completion of charging, but is cut down after power outage
  • Strange sounds, which publishes the screen while charging
  • Other

Do not hurry to flee for a new battery. As recently as today, I personally have seen this - decided it is very easy. Use chunky cable USB-miniUSB. In my case, all issues decided by replacing the cable to the short cord from the USB-modem.
The fact that the cable that is included Dingoo A320 is poor in quality. Yes, and chargers in the latest models, to put it mildly, "skinny» - 400-500 ma against the "early" at 700 mA. If the combination of the "native cable" and the charger in the early deliveries of working more than reasonably well, the last delivery is the usual "drawdown" stress on thin cables and Dingoo A320 will not charge.
Yes! And never use a cable, tape measure, they are usually more subtle and mediocre quality.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Gnuboy For OpenDingux

Gnuboy For OpenDingux

Ayla has ported GNUBOY to OpenDingux

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Hi.
Looks like OD is lacking a GBC emu, so here is one.
It does not have all the features of Oh-Boy or Gnuboy4D but it does its job.
Please note:
- it does not have auto-frameskip. This has been disabled on purpose to get a perfect sound output, and was kinda useless anyway (all the games do reach 60fps without overclock).
- there is no fast-save/fast-load, but the emulator saves the SRAM (and the saves are compatible with gnuboy4d).
- Press L to quit the emulator.
If you don't like it, please spam clach04's mailbox and ask for a port of Oh-Boy

Discuss it here: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingux-releases/gnuboy-for-opendingux/
gnuboy-OD.2011-09-28.tar.bz2
Author/Porter: Ayla
Download: http://crapouillou.net/~paul/nobackup/gnuboy-OD.2011-09-28.tar.bz2

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Dingoo A380 Review

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The nice folk at isharegifts gracefully sent me a sample Dingoo A380 for review.

Having declared my pecuniary interest, in truth though, after playing with this new Dingoo, bribery and graft is strictly unnecessary for its promotion.  IMHO, the product does stand on its own merits. 
It remains a testament to the original A320, and its rabid, passionate community (hey, that’s us dudes) that even in 2011, some 3 years after the word “Dingoo” became somewhat a part of the English language,  that it still remains the best Dingoo-type device.  This is because it is still the best supported, thanks to Booboo’s original Dingux, and now OpenDingux.  Dingux means access to emulators and software other than those that came with the original A320’s native uCos firmware.  Dingux allows for ports of games like Doom and Duke Nukem.  Dingux is what turned the A320 from a glorified media player into the device we know and love.
It’s still necessary to put Dingux onto a stock standard A320 though, and though relatively easy, it remains a bitch to have to do.  Here then, we hit the main claim to fame of the A380: it comes with Dingux preinstalled – or at least, some shadowy, controversial version of it – to save you the trouble of having to mod the device.  It also comes therefore with the full range of emulators that the community has developed over the years, out of the box.  Unlike with a stock A320, you get Gameboy and Gameboy Colour emulators, PSX4All and critically, MAME, as well as, for good measure, Midpath and Open Beats of Rage.

1. BOX

For those of you who like unboxing porn (and who doesn’t?), here we go:
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It’s a lovely little package, but nothing we haven’t seen before.  In addition to the A380, you get the usual: headphones, TV out cable, USB/Charger cable, mains charger and “manual”.
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The A380 device itself is also clingwrapped in some heavy duty plastic anti-scratch protection that peels off with no special difficulty. You might happily choose to leave this on with little downside, as it does seem good for the A380. I ripped it off though, as this stuff bothers me, like unpopped bubblewrap.

2. SPECS

  • 1. Model: Dingoo A-380 console
  • 2. Gaming Console Modes: GBA SFC FC MD NEO-GEO CPS-1CPS-2 GBC SMS GG
  • 3. Operation System: Windows2000/XP/Vista/Windows7
  • 4. Default System: Dingux (Dingoo Linux)
  • 5. Internal wireless receiver: Internal 2.4GHz receiver module, support two 2.4GHz wireless controllers
  • 6. Multi-players mode: Support 2 -player gaming
  • 7. CPU: 500MHz
  • 8. Ram: 64MB
  • 9. Capacity: 4GB
  • 10. G-Sensor: Vibration Motor [This is very likely a mistranslation of “Tilt Control” – I’ve felt no evidence of a motor.]
  • 11. Console design: Cross direction buttons, A/B/X/Y buttons, Left/Right shoulder buttons, START/SELECT buttons, power switch, hold-button, internal RESET button
  • 12. Video port: AV-Out
  • 13. Display: TFT 3.2" QVGA LCD(16:10), resolution 400X240
  • 14. Audio Port: 3.5mm Stereo Audio Output, microphone output
  • 15. Audio Type: Stereo Speakers
  • 16. Card Slot: TF(Micro SD), up to 32GB
  • 17. Additional Port: USB2.0 port/Charging port
  • 18. MAME PS JAVA(after later firmware up-grade.)
  • 19. Compatible Video Formats: RM,RMVB,MPEG1,MPEG2,MKV(H.264,DIVX,XVID),WMV,MOV,MP4,3GP,AVI(H.264,DIVX,XVID),ASF,MPE,FLV,MPEG,MPG,DAT,VOD(no more than 480P)
  • 20. Compatible Audio Formats: MP3,WMA,WAV,OGG,ACC,APE,FLAC,M4a
  • 21. Additional Media Functions: Audio function supports MP3, WMA APE, FLAC audio format; synchronous lyrics display function, multiple EQ options, and 3D virtual sound field, surround sound effect and play mode options. Music can keep playing while using other application
  • 22. Video playback supporting many types of multiple scaling screen modes
  • 23. Image viewer formats: JPG,BMP,GIF,PNG. Supports zoom/rotation /PPT display
  • 24. FM radio: 76.0MHz~108.0MHz,up to 40 channels. Supports recording
  • 25. Audio Recorder formats: MP3,WAV Recording time up to the rest of capacity
  • 26. E-book Formats: TXT,HTML,RTF,DOC. Supports bookmark, auto browsing, font sizing, TTS oral reading functions
  • 27. Languages: English, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Japanese, Korean, Russian, German, Spanish, French
  • 28. Color: Black/White/Pink
  • 29. Special functions: Supports firmware up-grade and software expansion
  • 30. Battery: 1800MAh Lithium ion battery
  • 31. External power supply: D C 5V 500m
  • 32. Weight: 130g
  • 33. Dimension: 136×59×15(length × width× height,in mm)
Now, about that dang darn Dingux on ‘dis thang, Dingoo Ironchef Zear reveals:
* the system A380 is running is Linux (./uImage_oob: u-boot legacy uImage, Linux-2.6.24.3L009-g84074b29-dir\037\010\235\234\002vmlinux.bin, Linux/MIPS, OS Kernel Image (gzip), 1183771 bytes, Wed Apr  6 11:55:42 2011, Load Address: 0x80010000, Entry Point: 0x801EAF80, Header CRC: 0xF59EBB75, Data CRC: 0x652E5F56)
* the menu system is (most likely) based on dmenu. Or at least I can find dmenu config files inside
* the rootfs is filled with GPLed stuff, like emulators and applications developed for Dingux by Joyrider, Sience, Darfgarf and Slaanesh, among the others
It’s not all princesses and peaches though, dear readers.  More on this later.

3. BUILD AND FORM FACTOR

The A320’s plastic is glossy, and feels quite a cut above cheap and nasty.  It feels quite like an NDS lite in texture and build. It also feels heavier than the A320. Either there’s a whopping heavy CPU in there, or can it be that the battery is bigger, promising much for battery life? I might open her up in a day or two, so stay tuned.
It puzzled me somewhat that the A380 seems more comfortable to hold than the A320.  It’s bizzare – they look practically alike!  However, the A380 is about .5cm taller, and a few mm thicker than the A320.  It’s corners are also less angular, so they don’t dig into your palm quite so much. Overall, these little improvements seem to add up to a comfier experience.

4. TF CARD STORAGE

Nothing more to say here, except that TF beats those accursed hard to find mini-SD abominations that passes for expandable storage on the A320, both for availability, and price per GB. Now you can finally almost afford to carry that MAME romset in your pocket.

5. CONTROLS AND BUTTONS

The A380 also has a tilt sensor that works – but you wouldn’t honestly bother with it – even in games, like Mario Kart. It’s just not precise enough. Tilt control is completely against the laws of nature when it comes to 8/16 bit gaming, and if Dingoo manufacturers keep this up, these machines will mutate and lead to Judgement Day.
It also has a 2 player wireless mode which I am unable to test, as I only have one free sample Dingoo. Check out this link though, to see it 2 player mode in action, which is also by the nice folk from isharegifts, in case I haven’t mentioned them before (and also in case the A400 is just around the corner, and requires a review).
As for the traditional controls, the first thing that strikes about the A380 are those Xbox 360 controller-like coloured buttons.
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Dreamy, aren’t they? (Says the  frustrated art photographer in me.)
This is what they look like after an 8 hour session of SFC Mario Kart. However, such a session is not going to be ergonomically a pain at all as the control buttons feel considerably firmer, and are much more satisfying to press than those on the A320. They in fact feel like a 360’s controller buttons. The Dpad also feels firmer than the A320’s, which provides better responsiveness, all the better to control you, Mr Do.  The shoulder buttons benefit from being larger than those on the A320, and therefore are easier to press.  The START and SELECT buttons are a massive improvement over the A320’s for the same reason. 
As one reason for buying these devices is because we can’t stomach the awful thought of playing emulators on touchscreens, Dingoo Technologies gets this critical aspect right on the A380. 

6. SCREEN

Like all the other Dingoo devices, the screen is bright and beautiful, with one flaw: the optimal viewing angle may not be the best one for you, depending on how you like to tilt your head when holding the device.  The A320 always looked fine from top down; the GA330 screen was optimal when viewed with the device tilted slightly to the right.  The A380 has the same predilection.  If you enjoy playing with your eyes slightly to the left of the A380’s screen, you’ll be fine. Otherwise, it’s not like the screen goes black or something, but the difference in brightness and vibrancy experienced is perceptible enough to be irritating.
The screen, by the way, is 16:9. MAME and the Gameboy emulators default to 4:3 by default, but the other emulators do not. You’ll have to set this yourself, where the relevant emulator is capable of this.

7. EMULATORS

The A380 comes with the following emulators out of the box: Gameboy Advance (GBA), Super Famicom (SFC), Famicom (FC), Megadrive (MD), NEO-GEO, CPS-1, CPS-2, Gameboy Colour and Gameboy, Gamegear (GG) and Sega Master System (SMS). * While the specs imply PSX and MAME need to be installed separately, as mentioned above, mine came with these out of the box, as well as Midpath and OpenBOR.

8. USER INTERFACE AND OTHER FUNCTIONS

If an ipad’s user interface is Angelina Jolie, the A380’s is Hillary Swank.  And working out how to change the default language to English is not quite as involved as it was with the A320.
You also get Radio, MP3, Movies, ebook reader, stopwatch, pictures, ya, da and yada. All work, but you didn’t buy this to replace an ipod touch. The A380 does come with a .pdf reader that seems to work well, as long as your .pdf doesn’t contain lots of pictures. It also comes with a calculator and stopwatch, which the A320 did not, all of which are courtesy of the A380 being Johnny come lately in terms of Dingux.

9. PERFORMANCE

All the emulators work really well for 2d ROMS and gaming. I’d like to have tested all of them, but the benefits of actually doing this would outweigh the obvious axiom that some people might want to read about the A380 while there is still an “11” in the year. Having played with enough ROMS though, I’d honestly say that generally speaking, there is no issue with the way the A380 performs.  Unless you’re the fussiest of retrogamers, there is nothing you could really fault with the way each of the classic consoles are emulated on the A380.  From the Gameboy to the most demanding Neo-Geo sprite based games, there is no discernable frameskip or slowdown. Even the Megadrive and SNES, that performed less than satisfactorily out of the box on the A320, run completely smoothly on the A380. TV out works fine. I’m not sure if the improvements are due to hardware (the A380 does have an extra 100mhz extra CPU speed, and 32mb of extra system RAM over the A320), or if it’s just that the software is better optimised, but the peddling monkeys inside the A380 are definitely working harder for the same bananas.
3d is another story of course; sadly the wait for a Dingoo that will run SFC Starfox continues.  And needless to say, the PSX emulator’s performance also remains on par with its A320 experience.
Enough blabbering - a video beats any text description, and full kudos to greenmush, who released this rather astute emulator performance wrap-up:

Good on you greenmush.  I completely agree.

10. INSTALLING DINGUX SOFTWARE

The calculator, pdf reader and stopwatch that come out of the box do look familiar. Yes guys, it’s all been scene before (boom boom). As the A380 runs Dingux out of the box, as at the date of this review, success has been reported by some Dingoonity members in getting some other A320 emulators like VICE and Frodo running on the A380.  Renaming the relevant file with a .dge extension seems to work.  Read this, this, and keep and eye on this, and I’m sure lots more information will emerge over time.
How is this so? I do need to segue here into preachy soapbox land and say that you should all read this: http://boards.dingoonity.org/dingoo-technology-a380/new-dingoo-tech-a380-firmware-and-emulators/msg29590/#msg29590 , which will expose you not only to where any Dingux apps you’d like to try should be installed, and also to the controversy that surrounds this device. Somewhat ironically - given we are talking about a Chinese made console designed to play ROMS here - a fair few Dingoo community members are unhappy about the fact that Dingoo Technologies does not credit work properly, or comply with the GPL licence requirements associated with the software at the heart of the A380.  Y’all should know this. 
OK, now it’s back to gaming, eating meat and leaving behind a massive carbon footprint.

11. CONCLUSION

Not cool:
  • Currently about $40 to $60 more expensive than a Dingoo A320
  • 3d performance still sucks
  • Screen viewing angle may bother people who swing the wrong way
  • Made by a bunch of morally suspect pirates with no respect for intellectual property, unlike you and me
  • No support for A320 native games as this runs Dingux
Cool:
  • Good build quality
  • Comes with Dingux, and most of the emulators you’re likely going to want, preinstalled  
  • Emulators generally perform better – for 2D gaming - than on a stock standard A320
  • Better ergonomics and standard controls
  • Wireless 2 player capability is promising
  • Uses TF cards, which are much cheaper than Mini-SD
  • Other Dingux software should also work
  • No support for A320 native games as this runs Dingux
The A380 is the perfect Dingoo for beginners without the time or inclination to get Dingux to go on an A320. It has all of the advantages of a Dingux enabled A320, without the hassle or risk, of bricking your Dingoo, or of being unable to get Dingux up and running at all. If you’re into retrogaming, and would prefer knocking back another Galaga session instead of messing with u-boot and Dingux installation packages, and words like “rootfs” scare you, this is the Dingoo for you.

Update: You can get a Dingoo A380 from Willgoo here for only $119.99!
Update: Since the original review above, Alien Grey has been religious in updating the firmware for this device.  You can find the CFW here!
Update: Here is another page that contains all A380 community software and other emulators!