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We needed someone who could fully engage with Ph.D.-level developers...we had no doubt that we’d found the right instructor.

Dana Krokosky, Compunetix

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This two-day course will show you how to take the source code released by the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and customize it to work on a typical embedded development board.

Course Description

Experience the Course

Android is an open source operating system based on a Linux kernel. While it is best known for being deployed on a wide range of smart phones and tablets, it is sufficiently flexible to be used in many other areas as well.

In taking this course, you will gain an understanding how the Android build system works and how to add a completely new device definition, how to customize the components that go into the build, how to obtain and build a Linux kernel with Android additions and how to load it onto the new target board and configure the boot process.

A target board for the labs will be provided by The Linux Foundation and students will get to take their own kit home for further practice.

Course Materials

When you sign up for this course with an early-bird discount, we’ll mail you a complementary printed copy of the manual.

All customers also receive digital access to the manual for the course. This includes:

  • 12 months of access to the manual from the date of the course.
  • Access to the course manual wherever you have Internet connectivity.
  • Access to every update and revision we make to the course manual during this time period.

If you aren’t able to purchase during the early bird period, you will still be able to purchase a physical copy of the the most recent version of the manual anytime within 12 months of taking the course.

For more details view the Course Outline.


The course is primarily intended for experienced programmers and engineers who are interested in learning the fundamentals of adapting Android to an embedded system, especially those who have been assigned to a team tasked with designing an embedded system. The purpose of the class is to shorten the learning curve by providing a guided tour combining lecture and practical exercises of building and customizing Android.


You should:
  • Be proficient in the C programming language
  • Be familiar with basic Linux (Unix) utilities, such as ls, rm, grep, tar, and have a familiarity with command shells and scripts
  • Know the basics of compiling and linking programs, constructing Makefiles etc.; i.e., be comfortable doing application developing in a Linux or Unix environment
  • Have a good understanding of systems programming in a Unix or Linux environment, at least from the standpoint of writing applications
  • Knowledge of the Java language is beneficial but not strictly required.
If you have a basic understanding of the top-level principles of cross development, where a host system is used to develop and compile software that runs on a different target system, it would be helpful.

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