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Learning Embedded Android N Programming

By : Ivan Morgillo
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Learning Embedded Android N Programming

By: Ivan Morgillo

Overview of this book

Take a deep dive into the Android build system and its customization with Learning Embedded Android Programming, written to help you master the steep learning curve of working with embedded Android. Start by exploring the basics of Android OS, discover Google’s “repo” system, and discover how to retrieve AOSP source code. You'll then find out to set up the build environment and the first AOSP system. Next, learn how to customize the boot sequence with a new animation, and use an Android “kitchen” to “cook” your custom ROM. By the end of the book, you'll be able to build customized Android open source projects by developing your own set of features.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Learning Embedded Android N Programming
About the Authors
About the Reviewer

Working with non-Google devices

So far, we have worked with Google devices, enjoying the Google open-source mindset. As advanced users, we frequently deal with devices that are not from Google or that are not even a smartphone. As a real-world example, we are going to use again a UDOO board: a single-board computer that supports Ubuntu or Android. For the time being, the most popular version of UDOO is the UDOO Quad and that's the version we are targeting.

As for every other device, the standard approach is to trust the manufacturer's website to obtain kernel source code and any useful documentation for the process: most of all, how to properly flash the new kernel to the system. When working with a custom kernel, the procedure is quite consolidated. You need the source code, the toolchain, a few configuration steps, and, maybe, some specific software package to be installed on to your host system. When it comes to flashing the kernel, every device can have a different procedure. This depends...