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Linaro Android Tutorial with the Pandaboard

Zach Pfeffer, the tech lead of the Linaro Android working group, gave a tutorial about Linaro Android at Linaro Connect Q4.11.

During this tutorial, attendees were shown how to download a recent build for the pandaboard, how to make a bootable SD card image using the linaro-android-media-create command and how to boot the board with it.

The full setup was composed of a Pandaboard connected to a HDMI monitor with a keyboard and mouse connected to the board as well as serial to USB cable to connect to the development machine. He also used an SD card reader to generate the bootable Android image.

The images are available at Android Linaro Build Service. There are quite a few build named after the supported board (e..g panda for pandaboard, snowball for ST Ericsson Snowball etc..) and the kernel version (tracking = latest linaro kernel, staging = stable linaro  kernel).

Then an Android application (DisableSuspend.apk) was installed on the Pandaboard using Eclipse SDK for Android and the ADB connection.

The procedure to setup the Pandaboard, create the SD card image,  install Eclipse and the Android SDK and run DisableSuspend is available at http://elinux.org/Android_Tutorials_Unbox_to_App.

Finally, Zach showed how to get the repo script (via git) and used it to retrieve Linaro and Android (AOSP) sources before starting to compile an Android image from source.


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