Pandora is a handheld console released in 2010 by OpenPandora, a company that were formed by previous distributors and community members of GP32 and GP2X. The console has abilities of a gaming console, PDA (personal data assistant) and a Linux Dektop. The console was used to emulate a lot of older games from other consoles. Except the Pandora Classic, the console can be found in other variations such as Pandora Rebirth and Pandora 1 GHz. The console is using Linux (Ångström) as the default OS (operating system) but the user can change the OS and use other Linux distributions like Ubuntu or even Windows.
Pandora Console History
Pandora is a console that was funded with crowdfunding. The initial promise was that the ones who gave the money of the development will get the first units, however that started to happened after OpenPandora covered the costs of production.
Pandora's history moments
September 30, 2008: The crowdfunding started
May 21, 2010: The first units delivered
In late 2010 the headquarters moved from Texas to Germany. The production was delayed and the device updated from 256MB to 512MB of RAM
In the summer of 2012 some units had 1GHz CPU. In 2013, due to 600MHz chips shortage the 1GHz model became the de facto model
September 3, 2012: 4,600 units were shipped. 400 early supporters still didn't got their console.
In March of 2013 all the pre-orders finally distributed in Germany. In UK that was quite impossible, since the pre-order queue was bigger than expected, meaning that some of the customers wouldn't get a unit. The Germany branch helped a lot the UK branch.
November 19, 2013: The final batch of the Pandora console was announced
December 2, 2013: 6000 units were shipped
7,500 units were shipped between 2010 and 2014
In 2014, OpenPandora project opened the hardware design files to the community, making the OpenPandora a kind of open source hardware. The successor of Pandora, DragonBox Pyra was announced