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.
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 or Q7B40 ,
- download the .zd file, from our build directory,
- at the ok prompt, type this:
- 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.
- rotate key, shows recent apps,
- O game key, volume up,
- X game key, volume down,
- Square game key, back,
- Tick game key, enter,
- f5, search,
- esc, back,
- esc+alt, home,
- esc+ctrl, menu,
Note: keyboard layout can be switched among different OLPC keyboard layouts;
- Android support following OLPC keyboard layouts:
- in e-book mode, the touchpad remains active, ticket #12783,
- key events from a paired bluetooth keyboard are ignored, ticket #12784,
- the screenshot sequence is difficult to trigger, ticket #12798,
- status: being investigated; android presumes a mobile phone or tablet with buttons of similar physical design, but ours are different and pass through different parts of the circuit, and incur different delays.
- the HDMI output makes an image that is not usable, ticket #12788,
- not implemented; dual core SMP ticket #12297, and ambient light sensor,
- does not coexist with olpc-update, it fails because
is present, but if this is removed and the update applied, the Android kernel and ramdisk will have to be reinstated manually,
- status: wont fix, can add a Android kernel and ramdisk in olpc-os-builder if coexistence is required,
- when used with the 8686 wireless module, the bluetooth function is listed in settings, can be turned on, but turns itself off, ticket #12796,
- status: won't fix, the module is no longer available.
- sometimes the first boot dialog hangs when the start button is pressed, ticket #12797,
- status: won't fix, not in our control.
See our trac milestone 13.2.0-android report of problems to be fixed.
- 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,
- How to build Android for the XO-4,
- How to build an Android kernel for the XO-4,
- How to take screenshots,
- How to connect via ADB,
- How to enable developer options
- How to add more pre-installed APKs
- How to sign the Android kernel and ramdisk with deployment keys,
- Android (operating system) on Wikipedia,
- 2014-06-23 announcement on devel@ mailing list,