Here's a great read about embedded AOSP to get your geek juices flowing

Android code
Android code (Image credit: Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central)

Android was designed for mobile devices, but it's pretty scalable and actually not very difficult to get it to run on a long list of mobile and non-mobile embedded things. Of course, the difficulty is relative so you'll need to be familiar with a few things. That's where this great document from the folks at Stanfy comes into the picture.

Stanfy is a group of mobile software developers. They build and design software for iOS and Android, but the also develop custom Android firmware. Mixed in amongst their showcase of apps for phones and wearables, they've built a really nice document about embedded Android. They explain what it is, what it isn't, how it can be used and how to get started. They even go the extra mile and have a tutorial for building AOSP from start to finish.

The guide does a great job of breaking down some pretty technical lingo into language for most everyone. If you're a complete novice you'll need to use the power of Google a time or two to understand everything, but if you're familiar with it all you'll still be able to learn something. I've been monkeying around with the Android source code since 2009 and I still got a lot out of it. I'm a step closer to bringing my Nexus Q back to life!

It's a great Sunday read, so go have a look.

Stanfy's Embeded Android Guide

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

4 Comments
  • Hmmm! The brave new (Android) world! Way above my poor old head I fear but I get the concept... Security would be my only concern here Jerry
  • Why even tell us this exists? We would have to unlock our bootloaders to install this, and then no more Android Pay.
  • for those that don't use Android Pay or have a multitude of android devices lying around. Breaking things has always been a part of tinkering. Sacrificing one feature for various others.
  • Why tell us about this? this is exactly what makes Android great. Imo Android Central should have more info about stuff like this Posted via the Android Central App