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Introduction

Android is an operating system based on the Linux kernel. It is gaining wide acceptance in the embedded market. It offers a low-cost, flexible, and customizable OS for developing high-tech devices.


  • Android on Toradex

    Android on Toradex

The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is maintained by Google.

Quickstart

Evaluate Android with a few clicks: Partner Demo Image - Kynetics Android

Android Support on Toradex Products

Supported Modules Partner Android Version Documentation and Resources Additional Information
Apalis iMX6 Kynetics Nougat 7.1.2 Partner Demo Image - Kynetics Android
Additional documentation on Kynetics website
Apalis iMX8QM V1.0A Kynetics Pie 9.0 Documentation on Kynetics website This is an early-access SoM and should not be used at all. Migrate to Apalis iMX8QM V1.1B/V1.1C as soon as possible, see the PCN
Apalis iMX8QM V1.0B Kynetics Pie 9.0
10.0
11.0
Partner Demo Image - Kynetics Android Migrate to Apalis iMX8QM V1.1B/V1.1C as soon as possible, see the PCN
Apalis iMX8QM V1.1B/V1.1C Kynetics 10.0
11.0
Partner Demo Image - Kynetics Android
Additional documentation and source-code on Kynetics website
Apalis TK1 Antmicro Nougat 7.1 Antmicro's AOSP-based industrial Android BSP GitHub repository Support for the Antmicro Apalis TK1 Smart Vision Kit
Colibri iMX6 Kynetics Nougat 7.1.2 Documentation on Kynetics website
Colibri iMX7 Kynetics Nougat 7.1.2 Documentation on Kynetics website
Colibri iMX8QXP V1.0B Kynetics Pie 9.0 Partner Demo Image - Kynetics Android
Additional documentation and source-code on Kynetics website
Migrate to Colibri iMX8QXP V1.0D as soon as possible, see the PCN
Colibri iMX8QXP V1.0D Kynetics 10.0
11.0
Partner Demo Image - Kynetics Android
Additional documentation and source-code on Kynetics website
Colibri T30
Apalis T30
Apalis iMX6
Colibri iMX6 (non-IT only)
Antmicro Lollipop 5.1 Release Notes and Installation Guide
Android 5.1 Lollipop Preview Image

Support for Android on Toradex products is currently provided through our partners. Toradex itself does not provide support for Android. Some of our partners that provide Android BSPs are:


In addition, you can browse our partner network for other Android integrators and service providers.

Detailed Information and Additional Resources

Browse the tabs below for more information about Toradex's partner offerings:

Kynetics Overview

Our partner Kynetics provides full software stacks for the most popular embedded application processors focusing particularly on NXP i.MX SoCs.

Android Binary Images

Install Android on Toradex modules directly from the Toradex Easy Installer:

Alternatively, download the images from Kynetics website (sign-in required):

Android Source-code

The Kynetics BSPs are not free and open-source. Kynetics delivers it with ViBE, a bundled source code and build environment.

Kynetics Services

Kynetics also provides services and utilities related to their Android offerings:

  • Update Factory: artifact content and software update delivery.
  • SDK Extensions: support for traditional embedded systems hardware interfaces.
  • For source-code customization services and support; get in contact with Kynetics.

Android Evaluation BSPs

Kynetics provides Android Evaluation BSP releases for i.MX 8 and i.MX 8X-based SoMs. The BSPs are provided in binary image format. In addition, Kynetics provides binary images for i.MX7 and i.MX6-based SoMs that are provided as-is.

Kynetics BSP Support Strategy

The details of the Kynetics and Toradex policy for Android Evaluation BSPs are provided below, please read carefully:

Supported hardware

  • Computer on Modules:
  • Carrier Boards:
  • On-module Wi-Fi and Bluetooth:
    • Supported out-of-the-box for all respectively supported Toradex SoMs that have on-module Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • Displays and touch controllers:
    • Capacitive Touch Display 10.1" LVDS for iMX.8 variants that have LVDS output both on the SoC and on the SoM edge connector. The touch controller for this display is supported.
    • Capacitive Touch Display 7" Parallel for SoM variants that have parallel RGB output both on the SoC and on the Toradex SoM edge connector. The touch controller for this display is supported.
    • Any other displays and touch controllers supported on the NXP release.

Other Toradex SoMs and Hardware

Kynetics can on-demand, support all Toradex offerings equipped with NXP i.MX6, i.MX7, i.MX 8 and i.MX 8X SoCs, including custom carrier board designs from customers and partners. You must get in contact with Kynetics for more details.

Evaluation BSP distribution format

  • Binary images in Toradex Easy Installer format.

Notes on BSP components

  • The U-Boot bootloader is based on Toradex release and NXP release that supports the latest Android BSP.
  • The kernel and device tree are based on the Toradex offerings, given that they are aligned with NXP releases to support a particular Android version.
  • Android port is customized by Kynetics on top of NXP releases, to support Toradex SoMs.
  • Bugs from the NXP release are not necessarily fixed.
  • Update Factory OTA client application is supported by Kynetics out-of-the-box.
    • The OTA service is a paid offering by Kynetics.
  • Kynetics may provide demo applications to showcase hardware access using their proprietary userspace drivers.

Support and customization

Since the BSPs are meant for evaluation, they are not suitable for use in production environments before doing some further customization. You must get in contact with Kynetics for customization and support.

Antmicro Overview

Our partner Antmicro, with extensive experience in embedded/industrial Android, provides demo images on some of our modules. Please contact Antmicro directly if you have any further questions.

Demonstration Images

Images are provided either in binary format or source-code and build instructions:

Supported Modules Android Version Antmicro Documentation and Resources Additional Information
Apalis TK1 Nougat 7.1 Antmicro's AOSP-based industrial Android BSP GitHub repository Support for the Antmicro Apalis TK1 Smart Vision Kit
Colibri T30
Apalis T30
Apalis iMX6
Colibri iMX6 (non-IT only)
Lollipop 5.1 Release Notes and Installation Guide
Android 5.1 Lollipop Preview Image
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Warning: Demo images are provided as-is without any support by Toradex.