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Android is becoming a popular choice as an embedded operating system, largely because of its great UI and familiar programming interface. Support for Android is available from a wide range of chip, board and module vendors. This Embedded Android training course will show you the internal workings of Android, guide you through selecting suitable hardware platforms and teach you how to customize the platform for your own needs.

You will learn how to build Android from source and reflash the system images using fastboot. You will find out how to lock-down the UI to create a single-purpose “kiosk mode” application, and how to access external hardware from Android apps, using JNI. You will learn about the Android security framework and how to reduce the chances of the device becoming compromised. There are modules on how SurfaceFlinger renders graphics for various displays,  and on the all-important topic of debugging and profiling the final system.

Roughly half of the course is taken by hands-on lab sessions during which you will apply the theory to create an embedded Android device, based on the popular and readily available BeagleBone Black.

Embedded Android

Course Code

GTU28

Duration

4 Days

Course Fee

POA

Accreditation

N/A

Target Audience

  • This Embedded Android training course is ideal for system architects, engineers and project leaders who want to know how Android works, and how to customize and extend the platform.

Attendee Requirements

  • Good knowledge of C/C++ and Java
  • Familiarity with Linux development and command-line tools

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Course Description

Android is becoming a popular choice as an embedded operating system, largely because of its great UI and familiar programming interface. Support for Android is available from a wide range of chip, board and module vendors. This Embedded Android training course will show you the internal workings of Android, guide you through selecting suitable hardware platforms and teach you how to customize the platform for your own needs.

You will learn how to build Android from source and reflash the system images using fastboot. You will find out how to lock-down the UI to create a single-purpose “kiosk mode” application, and how to access external hardware from Android apps, using JNI. You will learn about the Android security framework and how to reduce the chances of the device becoming compromised. There are modules on how SurfaceFlinger renders graphics for various displays,  and on the all-important topic of debugging and profiling the final system.

Roughly half of the course is taken by hands-on lab sessions during which you will apply the theory to create an embedded Android device, based on the popular and readily available BeagleBone Black.

Course Outline

1. Introduction to Android

  •     Android architecture: the big picture
  •     Getting the source code: the Android Open Source Project (AOSP)
  •     Building Android from source
  •     Criteria for selecting hardware

2. The kernel

  •     Linux kernel architecture
  •     Android-specific changes to Linux
  •     Building Linux from source
  •     Understanding device trees

3. Booting Android

  •     Learning how the bootloader starts Android
  •     Flashing images using fastboot
  •     Customizing init boot scripts
  •     Controlling system behaviour using system properties
  •     Reducing boot time

4. The Android framework

  •     Understanding Android services
  •     The role of binder and AIDL in defining interfaces to services
  •     Defining your own service
  •     Calling native code using JNI
  •     The Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL)

5. Graphics

  •     How SurfaceFinger orchestrates image rendering
  •     Internal and external displays
  •     Streaming multi-media

6. Applications

  •     Application sandboxing
  •     Dalvik and ART
  •     How to write a single-use kiosk-mode application

7. Debugging and profiling

  •     Debugging native code
  •     Profiling CPU usage using perf
  •     Profiling memory usage
  •     Profiling power usage

 8. Security

  •     User and group IDs
  •     Android permissions, and how to add your own
  •     How SE Linux adds an extra layer of protection
  •     Security threats and “rooting”

9. Interfacing with hardware

  •     Some different approaches to reaching hardware from apps
  •     USB host and accessories
  •     Basic interfacing using GPIO
Learning Path
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