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Android is an operating system based on the Linux kernel, and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.


Android 4.3.1 (Jelly Bean) for XO-4

OLPC is preparing for a customer an Android, Sugar and Gnome dual-boot system for the XO-4 Touch. This will allow children to switch between the operating systems by rebooting, so that educational content can be delivered in either format.

The final stable build is not yet available, but is planned within a few weeks. --Quozl 01:48, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Our next development release of a dual boot build is available.

The build is based on our arm-3.5 kernel, with changes which can be found in the arm-3.5-android branch of our olpc-kernel repository.

Do not rely on this build for any critical data, in particular do not associate your regular Google account with this build if your Google account is critical to you.


  • make a backup of anything you want to keep on the XO-4, because it will be erased by this test,
  • ensure the firmware is upgraded to Q7B39,
  • download the .zd file, from our build directory,
  • at the ok prompt, type this:
fs-update u:\32013a4.zd
  • when the installation completes, type this:


  • hold no keys to boot Linux, as usual,
  • hold the O game key to boot Android,
  • hold the rocker down key to bring up the boot menu, then select either Linux or Android,

Note: the choice made at the menu is not saved. Previous builds did save the choice. This was removed because the saved state is undiscoverable, so there would have been forced power downs during boot because the child didn't remember what state the system was in, either because they forgot or the laptop was used by someone else.

Keyboard mapping

  • rotate key, shows recent apps,
  • O game key, volume up,
  • X game key, volume down,
  • f5, search,
  • esc, exit,

Known problems

  • does not work correctly with 8686 wireless modules, ticket #12771 (Support 8686 wireless modules),
    • status: yet to be retested,
  • not implemented; dual core SMP ticket #12297, and ambient light sensor,
  • does not coexist with olpc-update,
    • status: wont fix, can add a Android kernel and ramdisk in olpc-os-builder if coexistence is required,

Test cases

  • boot,
  • use power button for sleep and wake,
  • use of e-book switch (close lid) for sleep,
  • use of headphones to play music from USB drive in MP3 format,
  • use of bluetooth to pair a headset,
  • associate with a Raspberry Pi providing Khan Academy content KA-Pi, access via Browser, play video, fullscreen, play to end,

See Also

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