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[Vlog] How to DRIFT your Android OS Porting Projects!

Over the last few years , Android has emerged as a platform of choice for the development of embedded applications, including Automotive, and Industrial Automation Applications.

Right now, there are a vast number of embedded devices running successfully on the Android OS – From Automotive infotainment systems to Telematics to Home automation devices & many more.

The open source architecture and the native multimedia capabilities –are just two of the key factors that have made Android so popular, globally.

This also has made way for the increasing popularity of Android OS porting process, especially in case of embedded systems.

What is  Porting of an Operating System (OS)?

OS porting refers to the process of modifying the OS, in order to make it adaptable to run on a hardware architecture, than is different from the one, OS was originally designed for.

In the world of Embedded Systems, Android OS Porting, as a process for enabling the compatibility of embedded applications across different hardware platforms, is of utmost significance.

Curios to read about some real examples? Read  this story of successful Android porting for an Electric Scooter start-up : Porting of Android OS on Toradex SoM for a Smart Electric Scooter

Benefits of Android OS Porting:

How does Android porting prove beneficial to your embedded solution development initiatives?

  • Applications developed for one platform can be made compatible across different platforms, with minimal changes. E.g. Porting of an application developed on a proprietary OS, can be ported to Android to save licensing cost.
  • Porting Android OS lets you leverage the open-source software packages. This helps in Reducing the time-to-market of your product line.

But how can you best leverage the above mentioned benefits of Android OS porting?( HINT:   Your answer lies in these 5 letters:  D R I F T )

How do you ensure that your Android OS porting initiatives are a 100% success?

This video will offer answers to these queries.

What to Expect from this Video:

This video offers insights about some Porting best practices that every Embedded Development team should follow for a successful Android OS porting. These best practices revolve around the following aspects of an OS porting process:

  • Selecting the Hardware Platform
  • Deciding a robust Bootloader design
  • Optimizing memory footprint
  • Driver development & Coding
  • Managing the dead codes

Who all Should Watch this Video?

From professional embedded engineers and solution architects to hobbyist embedded developers- everybody associated with embedded development environment can find this video a value- add.

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About the Author

Vaibhav is a digital-marketing professional with a deep-rooted interest in everything automotive. Regular collaborations with automotive tech guys keep him apprised of all new trends in the automotive industry. Besides digital marketing, Vaibhav is fond of writing and music.

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