TI-Android-FroYo-DevKit-V2.2 UserGuide

Posted: July 2, 2011 in Android, Embedded System

TI Android FroYo DevKit V2.2 User Guide

User Guide – January 31, 2011

 

About this manual

This document describes how to install and work with Texas Instruments’ Android FroYo DevKit release for OMAP35x, AM37x, DM37x, AM35x platforms running Android. This release package provides a stable Android distribution with integrated SGX (3D graphics) drivers, TI hardware abstraction for video overlay, multimedia DSP acceleration (on DM37x and OMAP35x only), and standard applications from Android. The package also includes Linux Android kernel, tools and documentation to ease development, deployment and execution of Android based systems. The product forms the basis for all Android application development on OMAP35x, AM37x, DM37x, AM35x platforms. In this context, the document contains instructions to:

  • Install the release
  • Setting up the hardware
  • Steps to use pre-built binaries in the package
  • Running Android on the supported platforms
  • Setting up the Android debugger “adb” with the hardware platform
  • Installing and executing Android (out of market) applications hardware platforms

Installation

This section describes the list of Software and Hardware requirements to evaluate the DevKit release.

Hardware Requirements

This release of Android DevKit V2.2 is evaluated on the below given list of platforms. This package should be easily portable on other platforms on similar TI devices.

In the pre-built image for DM37x EVM, the display output is configured to the DVI port by default to support 720P decoding, therefor, the DVI monitor is mandatory in this case.

TI Device Platform Supported Version Other Accessories
OMAP35x
OMAP35x EVM Rev G DVI Monitor, USB HUB, USB Keyboard, USB Mouse, Ethernet, UART Cable, Audio Speakers, MMC/SD Card (2GB min)
Beagleboard Rev Cx DVI Monitor, USB HUB, USB Keyboard, USB Mouse, Ethernet, UART Cable, Audio Speakers, MMC/SD Card (2GB min)
AM35x
AM3517 Evaluation Module Rev C DVI Monitor, USB HUB, USB Keyboard, USB Mouse, Ethernet, UART Cable, Audio Speakers, MMC/SD Card (2GB min)
AM37x
AM37x Evaluation Module Rev C DVI Monitor, USB HUB, USB Keyboard, USB Mouse, Ethernet, UART Cable, Audio Speakers, MMC/SD Card (2GB min)
BeagleBoard XM DVI Monitor, USB HUB, USB Keyboard, USB Mouse, Ethernet, UART Cable, Audio Speakers, MMC/SD Card (2GB min)
DM37x
DM37x Evaluation Module
(1GHz for 720P video decoding)
Rev D DVI Monitor, USB HUB, USB Keyboard, USB Mouse, Ethernet, UART Cable, Audio Speakers, MMC/SD Card (2GB min, Class4 min for 720P video decoding)

 

Software Host Requirements

If you are a Android application developer or would like to use Android SDK Tools then refer to http://developer.android.com/sdk/requirements.html for Host PC requirements.

To evaluate this release we recommend you to have a Linux “Ubuntu 8.04 or above” Host machine, See Ubuntu Linux installation notes

Package Content

   TI_Android_FroYo_DevKit-V2.2
         |-- Android_Source_Manifest
         |-- Documents
         |   |-- RowboPERF_User_Guide.pdf
         |   |-- Software_Manifests
         |   |-- Test_Performance_Results
         |   |   |-- CTS_Report.tar.gz
         |   |   |-- Performance_Results.pdf
         |   |   `-- Test_Results.pdf
         |   `-- TI-Android-FroYo-DevKit-V2.2_UserGuide.pdf
         |-- OMAP35x_Android_SGX_SDK.tar.gz
         |-- Performance_Apps
         |   |-- 0xbench
         |   |-- rowboatBench
         |   |-- RowboPERF
         |   `-- StorageIO
         |-- Prebuilt_Images
         |   |-- AM35X
         |   |-- AM37X
         |   |-- DM37X
         |   |-- beagleboard-rev-c4
         |   |-- beagleboard-xm
         |   `-- OMAP35X
         |-- Sources
         |   |-- Android_Linux_Kernel_2_6_32.tar.gz
         |   |-- u-boot.tar.gz
         |   `-- x-loader-03.00.02.07.tar.gz
         |-- Tools
         |   |-- android-sdk_r06-linux_86.tgz
         |   |-- flash-utility.tar.gz
         |   |-- mk-bootscr
         |   |-- mk-mmc
         |   |-- pinmux-utility.tar.gz
         |   `-- signGP
         `-- Wireless
             `-- WL1271Android-patches.tar.gz

Out of the Box Demo

This section gives the instructions to quickly prepare an SD Card image and get an experience of Android DevKit V2.2 on TI platforms/devices.

  • Get an SD Card of minimum size 2GBytes (Class4 minimum for DM37x EVM) and a USB Card reader
  • Insert the USB SD Card reader (with SD Card) in your host Linux PC
  • Prepare the MMC/SD card Image
 tar -xzvf <Board name>.tar.gz
 cd <Board name>
 sudo ./mkmmc-android /dev/sd<device>
  • The above step prepares the SD Card.
  • Setup the board/platform
    • Do the DIP switch settings to boot from SD Card, see the section on DIP switch setting below.
    • Insert the SD Card into the Board
    • Switch on the platform
    • Wait for 35sec to get Android up on the UI screen
  NOTE: For the first time boot the System might take few minutes to boot. 

  NOTE: If your NAND flash is not empty the system might not boot with MMC, 
        in that case do the following with Serial Console / Terminal prompt in u-boot 

  #> mmc init
  #> fatload mmc 0 0x82000000 boot.scr
  #> source 0x82000000

Android Booting Procedure

Booting Android on any TI platform requires following software components

  • Kernel Image (uImage)
  • Bootloader (u-boot.bin)
  • Bootstrapping (x-load.bin.ift for NAND or MLO for MMC)
  • Filesystem (rootfs)

The above listed software components or images can be populated by

  • Building sources from this package
  • Using the pre-built images in this package
   NOTE:

  - To build software components using sources require "ARM cross compiler tool chain".
  - The ARM tool chain can be downloaded from Android pre-built repository. Tool Chain

Software Integration

This section describes the procedure to compile and integrate all the required software components to boot Android on TI platforms.

Toolchain

Download the tool chain and export it in the default Linux Path.

  Example: 

 #> export PATH=<tool chain install path>/linux-x86/toolchain/arm-eabi-4.4.0/bin/:$PATH

Kernel

Untar the kernel source located in the sources directory

  #> tar -xzvf Android_Linux_Kernel_2_6_32.tar.gz

Execute the following commands to the kernel sources

  #> make CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- distclean

  #> make CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- <default config> 

 Where default config is 

    omap3_evm_android_defconfig         : For OMAP35x, AM37x, DM37x EVM
    am3517_evm_android_defconfig        : For AM35x EVM
    omap3_beagle_android_defconfig      : For Beagleboard Rev Cx, XM

  #> make CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- uImage 

 This command will build the Linux Kernel Image in arch/arm/boot "uImage"

u-boot

Untar the u-boot sources located in the sources directory

  #> tar -xzvf u-boot.tar.gz

Execute the following commands to the kernel sources

  #> make CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- distclean

  #> make CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- <default config> 

 Where default config is 

    omap3_evm_config         : For OMAP35x, AM37x EVM
    am3517_evm_config        : For AM35x EVM
    omap3_beagle_config      : For Beagleboard Rev Cx, XM

  #> make CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- 

 This command will build the u-boot Image "u-boot.bin"

x-loader

Untar the x-loader sources located in the sources directory

  #> tar -xzvf x-loader-03.00.02.07.tar.gz

Execute the following commands to the kernel sources

  #> make CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- distclean

  #> make CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- <default config> 

 Where default config is

    omap3evm_config         : For OMAP35x, AM37x EVM
    am3517evm_config        : For AM35x EVM
    omap3beagle_config      : For Beagleboard Rev Cx, XM

  #> make CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- 

 This command will build the x-loader Image "x-load.bin"

To create the MLO file used for booting from a MMC/SD card, sign the x-loader image using the signGP tool found in the Tools directory of the Devkit.

  #> ./signGP ./x-load.bin

The signGP tool will create a .ift file, that can be renamed to MLO.

  NOTE: 

 - The Pre-built images are provided in this package to help users boot android without building the sources

Setting up Hardware

This DevKit release supports six different platforms, OMAP35x EVM, AM37x EVM, DM37x EVM, AM35x EVM, Beagleboard Rev Cx, Beagleboard XM. While they are different devices the hardware setup will almost remain the same.

  • Connect the UART port of the platform to the Host PC and have a Terminal software like TeraTerm, Minicom or Hyperterminal.
  • Connect the Ethernet (on Beagle Rev C4 we don’t have an Ethernet port)
  • Connect Audio Speakers
  • For DM37x EVM or Beagle boards you need to connect DVI Monitor through HDMI connector.
  • Use self powered USB HUB and connect it to USB Host port of the platform, mainly for Beagle and AM35x EVM. For AM37x DM37x, and OMAP35x EVM the onboard keypad can be used
    • Connect USB keyboard and USB Mouse to the USB HUB for use with Beagle or EVM
   NOTE:

  - The AM35x EVM and Beagleboard have no keypad mappings, user is recommended to use USB Keyboard over a self powered USB HUB connected to the Host port of AM35x EVM or Beagleboard.
  • Select Appropriate DIP Switch settings on EVM(s) to boot over MMC/SD

For MMC/SD boot – On OMAP35x, DM37x and AM37x EVM the DIP switch SW4 should be set as shown below

Switch 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
State OFF ON ON ON OFF OFF OFF OFF

For MMC/SD boot – On AM35x EVM the DIP switch S7 should be set as shown below

Switch 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
State ON OFF OFF ON OFF OFF OFF ON

Booting Android

TI platforms (Beagle or EVM) can be booted over MMC or NAND or UART. We follow and prefer MMC based booting of platforms.

Procedure to populate MMC/SD Card

Use the mk-mmc utility provided in the tools folder of this package to populate the SD Card. This utility helps users create a MMC/SD Card with required Images to boot Android on any given TI platform.

This will partition the SD card to three partitions namely boot, rootfs and data. 1) The boot partition will get populated with the images required for booting. 2) The rootfs partition will be used as android root filesystem partition. 3) The Media inside the folder Media_Clips will get copied to the data partition. The data partition will get mounted as EXTERNAL storage when Android boots up.

Execute the following command

   Example:

   #>./mkmmc-android /dev/sdc MLO u-boot.bin uImage boot.scr rootfs.tar.bz2 Media_Clips

This populates the SD/MMC card with all the images.

  NOTE:

    To create the boot.scr boot script use the mkbootscr tool found in the Tools directory provided in the DevKit.

If you want to use the pre built images in the SDK you have to adjust the above mentioned command to take them into account, as a more direct example the commands below will generate a SD card for an OMAP3 EVM. Ensure you have your SD card connected to the Linux machine you are using and that it is in /dev/sdb for this command otherwise adjust the command accordingly (WARNING: if you get this wrong it can wipe your HDD). Note that this assumes you installed the SDK in your home (~) directory and that the command is run with sudo (or your preferred way of getting super user privileges) to allow for the reformatting of the SD card.

  HOST $ cd ~/TI_Android_FroYo_DevKit-V2.2/OMAP35X
  HOST $ sudo ../../Tools/mk-mmc/mkmmc-android.sh /dev/sdb

Procedure to add Video, Audio and other media

To play media after booting Android on any platform, the content must be included in the MMC/SD card’s FAT32 partition. If you use the mk-mmc script included in the release package then it creates 3 partitions. The media content should be placed into the 3rd (FAT32) partition.

   Example:

  #> sudo mount /dev/sdd3 /mnt
  #> sudo cp <all media files> /mnt
  #> sudo umount /mnt

   NOTE:

  - This release supports all the standard Android media formats, listed here http://developer.android.com/guide/appendix/media-formats.html

Booting the platform

Booting over MMC using boot.scr

   NOTE:

  - If the board has bootargs configured already, then the board will not boot for Android automatically, 
  - It is suggested to either delete the bootargs or use the following commands on u-boot prompt through UART console. 

   #> mmc init
   #> fatload mmc 0 0x82000000 boot.scr
   #> source 0x82000000

If the board is not configured for bootargs, then it automatically boots.

Boot arguments

Boot arguments for various boards are as follows.

  AM35X:
  setenv bootargs 'console=ttyS2,115200n8 androidboot.console=ttyS2 mem=256M root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw rootfstype=ext3 rootdelay=1 init=/init ip=off mpurate=600 omap_vout.vid1_static_vrfb_alloc=y'

  AM37X:
  setenv bootargs 'console=ttyS0,115200n8 androidboot.console=ttyS0 mem=256M root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw rootfstype=ext3 rootdelay=1 init=/init ip=off mpurate=1000 omap_vout.vid1_static_vrfb_alloc=y'

  Beagleboard-rev-c4:
  setenv bootargs 'console=ttyS2,115200n8 androidboot.console=ttyS2 mem=256M root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw rootfstype=ext3 rootdelay=1 init=/init ip=off mpurate=720 omap_vout.vid1_static_vrfb_alloc=y'   

  Beagleboard-xm:
  setenv bootargs 'console=ttyS2,115200n8 androidboot.console=ttyS2 mem=256M root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw rootfstype=ext3 rootdelay=1 init=/init ip=off mpurate=1000 omap_vout.vid1_static_vrfb_alloc=y'

  OMAP35XEVM:
  setenv bootargs 'console=ttyS0,115200n8 androidboot.console=ttyS0 mem=128M root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw rootfstype=ext3 rootdelay=1 init=/init ip=off mpurate=720 omap_vout.vid1_static_vrfb_alloc=y'

  DM37x EVM:
  setenv bootargs 'mem=71M@0x80000000 mem=128M@0x88000000 console=tty0 console=ttyS0,115200n8 androidboot.console=ttyS0 root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw rootfstype=ext3 init=/init rootwait ip=off omap_vout.vid1_static_vrfb_alloc=y omapdss.def_disp=dvi omapfb.mode=dvi:1280x720MR-16 mpurate=1000'

Keypad mappings

The below table lists the keypad and USB Keyboard mappings to Android UI functionality.

Functionality
USB Keyboard/Mouse Keypad on OMAP35x/AM37x EVM Keypad on AM35x EVM
Home Screen Home R3C2 S3
Left Left Arrow R2C1 S6
Right Right Arrow R0C2 S5
Up Up Arrow R1C3 S7
Down Down Arrow R2C0 S9
Volume Up Volume Up R1C2 S4
Volume Down Volume Down R0C1 S1
Contacts F3
Power R0C0 S2
Select Enter R3C1
Back Mouse right R2C3 S8
Menu F1 R3C3 S10

 

Using Network Filesystem

Android filesystem can be mounted over network, the bootargs for doing the same should include below text instead of MMC

   ip=dhcp rw root=/dev/nfs nfsroot=<your NFS server ipaddr>:/home/USER/FILESYSTEM_DIR,nolock noinitrd

   Example: Complete bootargs for OMAP35x board using NFS and LCD output

   setenv bootargs init=/init console=ttyS0,115200n8 ip=dhcp rw root=/dev/nfs nfsroot=192.168.133.01:/home/user/targetfs,nolock mem=256M noinitrd androidboot.console=ttyS0

Using Flashing Utility

Android boot images x-loader and u-boot etc can be flashed to NAND from windows host, using flashing utility provided in tools. Flashing utility is tested on USB connection with AM37X Pre-built images. For instructions on flashing utility please refer the steps at http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Flash_v1.3_User_Guide

Display Support

Using DVI Monitor

On OMAP35x, AM37x and AM35x EVMs the on board LCD is used as output device by default (but on DM37x EVM the display output is configured to the DVI port by default). User is allowed to configure DVI port as output device, by changing the boot arguments as shown below.

Append the boot arguments with following text

   omapfb.mode=dvi:1280x720MR-16 omapdss.def_disp="dvi"

   Example: 

  To boot over MMC and use DVI at resolution 1024x768 on OMAP35x EVM, the complete bootargs would be, 

  setenv bootargs init=/init console=ttyS0,115200n8 ip=dhcp rw root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw init=/init rootwait mem=256M androidboot.console=ttyS0 omapfb.mode=dvi:1024x768MR-16 omapdss.def_disp="dvi"

We have noticed on few monitors the below bootargs works for DVI.

  setenv bootargs console=ttyS0,115200n8 androidboot.console=ttyS0 mem=256M root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw rootfstype=ext3 rootdelay=1 init=/init ip=off mpurate=1000 omap_vout.vid1_static_vrfb_alloc=y vram=16M omapfb.vram=0:8M,1:4M,2:4M omapfb.mode=dvi:hd720 omapdss.def_disp=dvi

  NOTE:

  - On beagleboard the DVI port is configured as default output device.

On DM37x EVM, the display is configured to the DVI port with the bootargs as following defined in boot.scr.

  setenv bootargs mem=71M@0x80000000 mem=128M@0x88000000 console=tty0 console=ttyS0,115200n8 androidboot.console=ttyS0 root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw rootfstype=ext3 init=/init rootwait ip=off omap_vout.vid1_static_vrfb_alloc=y omapdss.def_disp=dvi omapfb.mode=dvi:1280x720MR-16 mpurate=1000

Using S-VIDEO Monitor

By Setting Boot parameters

On OMAP35x, AM37x and AM35x EVMs the on board LCD is used as output device by default. User is allowed to configure S-video port as output device, by changing the boot arguments as shown below.

Append the boot arguments with following text

   omapdss.def_disp="tv"

  Example: 

  To boot over MMC and use S-video port as output device on OMAP35x EVM, the complete bootargs would be, 

  setenv bootargs 'console=ttyS0,115200n8 androidboot.console=ttyS0 mem=256M root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw rootfstype=ext3 rootdelay=1 init=/init ip=off mpurate=720 omap_vout.vid1_static_vrfb_alloc=y omapdss.def_disp="tv"'

By Sysfs configuration

Boot the device with LCD as default output device.

  To boot over MMC and use lcd as output device on OMAP35x EVM, the complete bootargs would be,
  setenv bootargs 'console=ttyS0,115200n8 androidboot.console=ttyS0 mem=256M root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw rootfstype=ext3 rootdelay=1 init=/init ip=off mpurate=720 omap_vout.vid1_static_vrfb_alloc=y'
Switch video on S-video device

Use the following procedure to display video on s-video device.

Disable overlay1. Before changing any overlay attributes, it should first be disabled.

  #echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/omapdss/overlay1/enabled;

Reset overlay1 manager which is set to lcd by default

  #echo "" > /sys/devices/platform/omapdss/overlay1/manager;

Disable display1/tv

  #echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/omapdss/display1/enabled;

Set overlay manager to tv

  #echo "tv" > /sys/devices/platform/omapdss/overlay1/manager;

Enable display1/tv

  #echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/omapdss/display1/enabled

Open gallery application and play video. Video will be played on s-video device and graphics will be displayed on the lcd.

Switch video on lcd device

Use the following procedure to display video on lcd device.

Disable overlay1. Before changing any overlay attributes, it should first be disabled.

  #echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/omapdss/overlay1/enabled;

Disable display1/tv

  #echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/omapdss/display1/enabled;

Disable display0/lcd

  #echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/omapdss/display0/enabled;

Reset overlay1 manager which is previously set to tv

  #echo "" > /sys/devices/platform/omapdss/overlay1/manager;

Set overlay manager to lcd

  #echo "lcd" > /sys/devices/platform/omapdss/overlay1/manager;

Enable display0/lcd

  #echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/omapdss/display0/enabled

Open gallery application and play video. Video and graphics will be displayed on the lcd.

Rotation Support

Graphics Rotation

Graphics rotation is managed by software. Use standard android API to rotate screen in portrait or landscape mode. Currently portrait and landscape graphics rotation mode is supported.

Video Rotation

Video rotation is implemented with use of Rotation Engine module in Virtual Rotation Frame Buffer(VRFB) module in OMAP3x. Rotation engine supports rotation of an image with degree 0, 90, 180 and 270.

V4L2 driver supports rotation by using rotation engine in the VRFB module. Driver provides ioctl interface for enabling/disabling and changing the rotation angle. These ioctls are VIDIOC_S_CTRL/VIDIOC_G_CTRL.ioctl.

Following code shows how to set rotation angle to 90 degree:

  struct v4l2_control control;
  int degree = 90;
  control.id = V4L2_CID_ROTATE;
  control.value = degree;
  ret = ioctl(fd, VIDIOC_S_CTRL, &control);
  if (ret < 0) {
  perror("VIDIOC_S_CTRL\n");
  close(fd);
  exit(0);
  }
  /* Rotation angle is now set to 90 degree. Application can now do streaming to see rotated image*/

Camera Support

Devkit-V2.2 supports camera sensor (mt9v113) for beagleboard-xm.

MT9V113 Sensor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Go to application/activity view luncher > open camera
  • Click on camera capture
  • By default images will get stored at – /sdcard/DCIM

Wireless

AM37x evm revG with the wireless module supports WLAN and Bluetooth on Android. For steps on installing the wireless module see this page.

WLAN

  • Menu->Settings->Wireless & networks->Wi-Fi settings
  • click Wi-Fi and wait for few seconds. The following logs appear on serial console output
TIWLAN: driver init
TIWLAN: 977.211973: wlanDrvIf_Open()
TIWLAN: 977.331480: pInitParams->RoamingScanning_2_4G_enable 0 
SDIO clock Configuration is now set to 24Mhz
TIWLAN: 977.543120: CHIP VERSION... set 1273 chip top registers
TIWLAN: 977.549559: Working on a 1273 PG 2.0 board.
TIWLAN: 977.554228: Starting to process NVS...
TIWLAN: 977.558470: No Nvs, Setting default MAC address
TIWLAN: 977.563444: pHwInit->uEEPROMCurLen: 1c
TIWLAN: 977.567656: ERROR: If you are not calibating the device, you will soon get errors !!!
TIWLAN: 977.576109: Chip ID is 0x4030111.
TIWLAN: 977.580198: FEM Type 1 
TIWLAN: 977.583342: Starting to download firmware...
TIWLAN: 977.665770: Starting to download firmware...
TIWLAN: 977.693602: Starting to download firmware...
TIWLAN: 977.698454: Starting to download firmware...
TIWLAN: 977.710875: Starting to download firmware...
TIWLAN: 977.719420: Starting to download firmware...
TIWLAN: 977.725706: Finished downloading firmware.
TIWLAN: 977.730314: Firmware running.
TIWLAN: 977.749785: 
TIWLAN: 977.751707: --------------------------------------------------------------------
TIWLAN: 977.759611: Driver Version  : WiLink_Driver_6.1.0.0.144
TIWLAN: 977.765318: Firmware Version: Rev 6.1.0.0.335
TIWLAN: 977.770170: Station ID      : 08-00-28-12-34-56
TIWLAN: 977.775145: --------------------------------------------------------------------
TIWLAN: 977.783018: 
TIWLAN: 977.799376: Interrogate TX/RX parameters
  • On the UI, Green check-mark appears and status shows scanning
  • After scan completes, available APs are listed
  • connect to desired AP by clicking on its name and enter required details (username/key etc) and click connect
  • The following appears on console
TIWLAN: 1248.835661: ************ NEW CONNECTION ************
TIWLAN: 1248.841246: -- SSID  = APNAME 
TIWLAN: 1248.845091: -- BSSID = xx-xx-xx-xx-xx-xx
TIWLAN: 1248.849516: ****************************************
  • when successfully connected, you will see status as connected to APNAME

 

  • To turn off Wi-Fi, click Wi-Fi in Menu->Settings->Wireless & networks
  • Following message appears on console and the green check mark is not visible on UI
TIWLAN: 1706.198423: wlanDrvIf_Release()
TI WLAN: driver unloaded

Bluetooth

  • Menu->Settings->Wireless & networks->Bluetooth settings
  • Click Bluetooth and wait for few seconds
  • LED LD3 turns ON on the wireless module and the Bluetooth icon appears on taskbar. The following appears on the debug console
Set BT_EN of WL1271
WL1271: Powering on
  • If BT is enabled green check-mark appears and status shows scanning
  • available bt devices are listed

BT scan results

  • click on desired device to pair with
  • popup with pin will appear

PIN for pairing

  • click Pair button to confirm pairing
  • verify that the desired device shows the same pin. click ok. devices paired

 

  • To turn off Bluetooth, click Bluetooth in Menu->Settings->Wireless & networks
  • LED LD3 turns OFF on the wireless module, Bluetooth icon is not displayed on taskbar and the following messages appear on console:
Set BT_EN of WL1271
WL1271: Powering off

Bluetooth Object Push profile

Using Bluetooth, it is possible to send receive files (pictures, media files etc).

Sending files
  • go to Menu ->Gallery
  • Select a picture to share
  • click Menu (bottom right)
  • click share, select bluetooth from the options

Send picture from Gallery to Bluetooth

  • select paired bt device to send to
  • the bt device will prompt to accept. accept incoming file
  • once download finished. check file
Receiving files
  • on paired device (e.g. phone), select send to bt, click on omap3evm
  • on evm, notification appears about incoming connection (top left)

incoming transfer icon

  • open task bar. click on note

incoming transfer message

  • in popup click accept

Confirm incoming transfer

  • once download complete. check file

Power Management

Basic Settings

To go in suspend mode

  • Press POWER key on the keypad

To resume from suspend mode

  • Press any button on the key pad

To set the Screen timeout to go suspend

  • Select Settings->Display-> Screen Timeout
  • Select one of the options from the list

To set set the screen always on preventing suspend

  • Select Settings-> Applications-> Development-> Stay awake

To set Screen brightness

  • Select Settings->Display-> Brightness

 

Advanced Settings

To Disable Power Management

  • Edit init.rc file on the root directory.
  • Set the property hw.nopm to true
  • This will prevent POWER key suspend
  • Select Settings-> Applications-> Development-> Stay awake
  • The above will prevent screen timeout suspend

Limitations

  • In beagle and am35x platforms there is no keypad connected to the wake up domain. So wake up is not possible by pressing keys. So power management is disabled by default in am35x and beagle platforms.
  • To enable power management in am35x platform copy init_pm.rc to init.rc. In this case, you can wake up am35x platform like below
    Press ENTER on Serial Port console and then press any key on the keypad to wake up the device.
  • If the usb device connected to the USB EHCI port when suspending the device, it might not work properly after resume.

So Disconnect any usb device connected to USB EHCI port when suspending the device.

  • After pressing the POWER key the device will go to early suspend mode. It will take a while(15 seconds)to go to the complete suspend state.

NAND Booting

Fastboot and UBI rootfs

Fastboot flashing utility is for updating the different software components of Android. Here is a guide to reflash the xloader, u-boot, kernel and root-filesystem (UBIFS image). This guide assume that Rowboat has been compiled before trying out these instructions.

Establishing Fastboot connectivity

  • Connect serial port to host PC via null modem cable.
  • Serial port settings: 115200 8N1, No flow control.
  • Apply power to the board.
  • Press any key in serial port utility during boot and get U-boot command prompt.
  • Run “fastboot” on u-boot command prompt (u-boot will echo “fastboot initialized”).
  • Connect USB cable between USB OTG port of the board and host PC.
Setup on linux host
  • On command prompt, run
   $ export ANDROID_ROOT=<rowboat top level directory>

   $ cd $ANDROID_ROOT/out/host/linux-x86/bin

   $ sudo ./fastboot devices

if a device number is echoed, fastboot is working.

Setup on Windows host
   %SingleBootLoaderInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_0451
  • Proceed installing, with the difference that device to be selected is “Android Bootloader Interface” instead of “Android ADB Interface”.

Creating ubifs images

  • Make sure you have all the necessary tools to build the UBI image.
   $ sudo apt-get install mtd-utils
  • Create a self explanatory ubinize.cfg configuration file. For example:
   $ cat ubinize.cfg
   [ubifs]
   mode=ubi
   image=ubifs.img
   vol_id=0
   vol_size=200MiB
   vol_type=dynamic
   vol_name=rootfs
   vol_flags=autoresize
  • Add all the permissions to the filesystem. Android will eventually re-assign the correct/necessary permissions on first boot.
   $ chmod -R 777 temp/
  • Create ubifs.img.

We suggest using latest mtd-utils. mtd-utils(v1.3) shipped with Ubuntu have some bugs. Clone/download the latest mtd-utils sources and build them:

   $ git clone git://git.infradead.org/mtd-utils.git
   $ cd mtd-utils
   $ sudo make install

General syntax is:

   $ sudo mkfs.ubifs -r temp/ -m X -e Y -c Z -o ubifs.img

   Where:
        X -> minimum I/O unit size
        Y -> logical erase block size
        Z -> maximum logical erase block count.
             See calculation here http://www.linux-mtd.infradead.org/doc/ubi.html#L_overhead for how this number is determined.

For Am37x board(256MB NAND) it will be:

   $ sudo mkfs.ubifs -r temp/ -m 2048 -e 126976 -c 1948 -o ubifs.img

   Where:
        -m 2KiB
           The minimum I/O size of the underlying UBI and MTD devices. In our case this is a 2KiB page.
        -e 124KiB
           Erase Block Size: UBI requires 2 minimum I/O units out of each Physical Erase Block (PEB) for overhead:
           1 for maintaining erase count information, and 1 for maintaining the Volume ID information. The PEB size
           is 128KiB, so this leads to each Logical Erase Block (LEB) having 124KiB available for data. 
        -c 1948
           The maximum size, in LEBs, of this mtd partition.
           Calculated as per instructions here http://www.linux-mtd.infradead.org/doc/ubi.html#L_overhead
  • Create ubi.img for flashing.
   $ ubinize -o ubi.img -m 2048 -p 128KiB -s 512 ubinize.cfg

Fastboot commands

   $ export ANDROID_ROOT=<rowboat_top_level_build_directory>

   $ cd $ANDROID_ROOT/out/host/linux-x86/bin
  • List connected devices
   $ sudo ./fastboot devices
  • Update xloader.
   $ sudo ./fastboot flash xloader <xloader_binay_path>/MLO
  • Updating u-boot.
   $ sudo ./fastboot flash bootloader <uboot_binary_path>/u-boot.bin
   sending 'bootloader' (203 KB)... OKAY [  0.541s]
             writing 'bootloader'... OKAY [  0.552s]
   finished. total time: 1.093s
  • Updating kernel.
   $ sudo ./fastboot flash boot <kernel_image_path>/uImage
   sending 'boot' (2537 KB)... OKAY [  6.466s]
                   writing 'boot'... OKAY [  3.330s]
   finished. total time: 9.796s
  • Updating filesystem.
   $ sudo ./fastboot flash system <rootfs_image_path>/ubi.img
   sending 'system' (72320 KB)... OKAY [183.758s]
                 writing 'system'... OKAY [ 84.040s]
   finished. total time: 267.819s
  • Erasing partition.
   $ sudo ./fastboot erase <partition name> (eg. xloader)
  • Reboot
   $ sudo ./fastboot reboot
  • Display fastboot variable
   $ sudo ./fastboot getvar <variable>
  • Exit fastboot mode in uboot
   $ sudo ./fastboot continue

Booting with UBIFS rootfs

  • Set the bootarguments from u-boot prompt.
   # setenv nandboot 'echo Booting from nand ...; nand read ${loadaddr} ${boot_nand_offset} ${boot_nand_size}; bootm ${loadaddr}'

   # setenv bootcmd 'run nandboot'

   # setenv bootargs 'init=/init console=ttyS0,115200n8 noinitrd ip=off androidboot.console=ttyS0 rootwait mem=256M \
     omap_vout.vid1_static_vrfb_alloc=y rw ubi.mtd=4 rootfstype=ubifs root=ubi0:rootfs bootdelay=2'

Limitations

  • AM3517evm u-boot doesn’t support Full Speed USB mode(USB 1.1) and it expects HOST machine USB port to be High Speed USB (USB 2.0).

YAFFS2 rootfs

Following the official(?) procedure how to incorporate yaffs linux to write/flash the YAFFS2 image i.e flash_erase <mtd_partition>, mount the <mtd_partition> and copy/untar the Android rootfs, from a running system (MMC/NFS), onto the mount_point to boot from NAND partition.

flashing the MTD partition

  • Copy the rootfs.tar.bz2 file-system to the rootfs partition of MMC/SD card.
  • Now boot the device from MMC/SD card and determine the MTD device for the file system partition of you Flash device
   target# cat /proc/mtd
   dev:    size   erasesize  name
   mtd0: 00260000 00020000 "U-Boot"
   mtd1: 00020000 00020000 "U-Boot Env"
   mtd2: 00440000 00020000 "Kernel"
   mtd3: 0c820000 00020000 "File System"
   mtd4: 03120000 00020000 "Reserved"

The file system partition of the flash device is /dev/mtd/mtd3

  • Erase the file system partition
   target# flash_eraseall /dev/mtd/mtd3
   Erasing 16 Kibyte @ 3b9c000 -- 99 % complete.
  • Mount the Flash file system partition using the block device node on a temporary directory /tempd.
   target# mkdir /tempd

   NOTE:  For small block NAND devices (i.e. DM6446) you must mount the file system as a YAFFS file system.
          For large block NAND devices (i.e. DM355/AM389X) the file system should be mounted as YAFFS2.
          Using the wrong version of YAFFS will result in error messages similar to:

   target# mount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /tempd
   yaffs: dev is 32505859 name is "mtdblock3"
   yaffs: Attempting MTD mount on 31.3, "mtdblock3"
   yaffs: MTD device does not support have the right page sizes
   mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/mtdblock3,
          or too many mounted file systems
  • Untar the contents of the tarball file system image to the Flash device
   target# cd /tempd

   target# busybox tar xjf /rootfs.tar.bz2
  • Unmount the Flash file system partition
   target# cd /

   target# umount /tempd
  • Now the target is ready to mount the rootfs from NAND.
   target# reboot

Booting with YAFFS2 rootfs

  • Set the YAFFS2 bootarguments from u-boot prompt.
   # setenv bootargs 'init=/init console=ttyS0,115200n8 noinitrd ip=off androidboot.console=ttyS0 rootwait mem=256M \
     omap_vout.vid1_static_vrfb_alloc=y rw root=/dev/mtdblock3 rootfstype=yaffs2 bootdelay=2'

To Do List

  • Fastboot flashing support for YAFFS2

Building Android Sources

Android sources (filesystem) can be built by following the instructions documented here

As Google we recommend to use Ubuntu 8.04+ , but also you can use CentOS 5.3 (32 bit).

  • Install DHCP server
  • Install tftp server (actual for OMAP3EVM)
  • Install repo tool
  • Set up your Linux development environment, make sure you have the following:

Required packages:

Git 1.5.4 or newer and the GNU Privacy Guard. JDK 5.0, update 12 or higher. Java 6 is not supported, because of incompatibilities with @Override. flex, bison, gperf, libsdl-dev, libesd0-dev, libwxgtk2.6-dev (optional), build-essential, zip, curl, minicom, tftp-server, uboot-mkimage

For Ubuntu 32-bit use such command:

  $ sudo apt-get install git-core gnupg sun-java5-jdk flex bison gperf libsdl-dev libesd0-dev libwxgtk2.6-dev build-essential zip curl libncurses5-dev zlib1g-dev minicom tftpd uboot-mkimage expect

Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10) users may need a newer version of libreadline:

  $ sudo apt-get install lib32readline5-dev

Configure your network

  • Configure your host Ethernet adapter
  sudo ifconfig ethX 10.10.10.1 netmask 255.255.255.0 up
  • Configure DHCP server for target’s network
     ; Example dhcpd.conf
     default-lease-time 600;
     max-lease-time 7200;
     subnet 10.10.10.0 netmask 255.255.255.0 {
       range 10.10.10.2 10.10.10.10;

     host beagleboard_rev_c3 {
       hardware ethernet 00:80:C8:xx:xx:xx;
       fixed-address 10.10.10.2;
     }

     host omap3evm_rev_d {
       hardware ethernet 00:50:c2:xx:xx:xx;
       fixed-address 10.10.10.3;
       filename "evm/uImage"; <- this string actual for boot with tftp 
     }
  • Configure TFTP-server
    /etc/xinet.d/tftpd:

    service tftp
    {
      protocol        = udp
      port            = 69
      socket_type     = dgram
      wait            = yes
      user            = nobody
      server          = /usr/sbin/in.tftpd
      server_args     = /tftpboot
      disable         = no
    }
  • Clone the Sources (While build android for DM37x EVM, replace TI-Android-FroYo-DevKit-V2.xml with TI-Android-FroYo-DSP-DevKit-V2.xml in the instructions below, which has multimedia DSP acceleration enabled.)
   #> mkdir rowboat-android
   #> cd rowboat-android
   #> repo init -u git://gitorious.org/rowboat/manifest.git -m TI-Android-FroYo-DevKit-V2.2.xml
   #> repo sync
  • Build the root file system for AM37x and DM37x (Beagle XM, AM37x/DM37x REV G EVM)
   #> make TARGET_PRODUCT=omap3evm OMAPES=5.x -j8
  • Build the root file system for AM3517
   #> make TARGET_PRODUCT=am3517evm OMAPES=3.x -j8
  • Build the root file system for OMAP35x
   #> make TARGET_PRODUCT=omap3evm OMAPES=3.x -j8
  • Install the SGX (Open GL drivers) libraries and package into filesystem

This step is not needed, but still given here to explain how SGX components gets added into a Filesystem. For more details, http://code.google.com/p/rowboat/wiki/ConfigureAndBuild#Install_the_Android_Graphics_SGX_SDK_on_Host_Machine

  • Prepare the root filesystem
   Follow the steps below to populate the Android filesystem.

   #> sudo ../../../../build/tools/mktarball.sh ../../../host/linux-x86/bin/fs_get_stats android_rootfs . rootfs rootfs.tar.bz2

   The rootfs.tar.bz2 is the android filesystem, it can be put on a SD/MMC Card or used our NFS.

ADB Android Debugger & Downloader

Android Debug Bridge (adb) is a versatile tool lets you manage the state of the Android-powered device. For more information about what is possible with adb, see Android Debug Bridge page at http://developer.android.com/guide/developing/tools/adb.html. The ADB tool can be used to

  • Download an application from a host machine, install & run it on the target board.
  • Start a remote shell in the target instance.
  • Debug applications running on the device using the debugging tool DDMS ( Dalvik Debug Monitor Server) which runs on top of adb connection.
  • Copy files to and from the board to host machine

Downloading “ADB” & Host setup

The adb tool is a part of Android SDK package located at http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html. For an overview of how to install and set up the Android SDK, follow download & setup instructions from http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html. Once you install Android SDK, the directory contents look like this.

  add-ons/
  docs/
  platforms/
    <platform>/
       data/
       images/
       skins/
       templates/
       tools/
       android.jar
  samples/
  tools/
SDK Readme.txt

The adb tool is located in tools/ directory under the Android SDK installation. Export the tools directory path as shown below.

  $> export PATH=${PATH}:<your_sdk_dir>/tools

Connecting Host machine & board through adb

This release of DevKit has been tested for three different methods of connecting a given board with host machine

  • adb over USB
  • adb over USB Ethernet
  • adb over Ethernet

The below sections describe each of these methods and provides necessary instructions for the same.

adb over USB

  • Make sure that the mini-usb cable is connected between the host usb port and the target’s USB OTG port
  • Turn on “USB Debugging” on your board. On the board (UI screen)-
    • Go to home screen, press MENU,
    • Select Applications, select Development, then enable USB debugging.
    • Alternatively, you can navigate to Settings->Applications->Development and then enable the “USB debugging” option.
  • Setup host machine to detect the board. On Ubuntu Linux host machines this is done by adding a rules file to configure device vendor ID of on-board OMAP device.
  • For the EVMs and Boards covered here, the vendor ID is “18d1”.
    • Log in as root and create this file: /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules
    For Gusty/Hardy, edit the file to read:
    SUBSYSTEM=="usb", SYSFS{idVendor}=="18d1", MODE="0666"

    For Dapper, edit the file to read:
    SUBSYSTEM=="usb_device", SYSFS{idVendor}=="18d1", MODE="0666"
    • Execute the following to change the user mode for the rules file.
    $> chmod a+r /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules
    • Verify the adb connectivity between host and target board
    $> adb devices 

    If device is connected, then output on screen should list the device, example:

       List of devices attached
       20100720    device

adb over USB Ethernet (Ethernet over USB)

  • Make sure that the mini-usb cable is connected between the host usb port and the target’s USB OTG port.
  • Configure the Linux kernel to use Ethernet gadget. Enable USB support, configure the Inventra controller, and add USB gadget support.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Inventra configuration must occur in two places as shown in non-highlighted lines of the screen shots below.

    #> make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- menuconfig

Device Drivers — USB Support

Android USB ADB ENABLE.JPG

Device Drivers — USB Support — USB Gadget Support

Android USBGadget ADB.JPG

Device Drivers — USB Support — USB Gadget Support — Enable Gadget Ethernet support

Android USBEthernet ADB.JPG

 

  • Build the Kernel with the above configuration changes and use the uImage to boot the board. Refer to Kernel compiling instructions above.
  • Establish network connection
    • Assign an IP address to the usb ethernet adapter.

The USB network gadget g_ether is named usb0 (instead of eth0 or other network interface names). The normal set of Ethernet configuration tools should work, such as ifconfig, netstat, and route.

For example, the following commands will assign the network address 192.168.194.2 to the target. Run this on the target:

    $> ifconfig usb0 192.168.194.2 netmask 255.255.255.224 up

On Host machine, run the following commands to establish the connection to the target:

    $> sudo ifconfig usb0 192.168.194.1 netmask 255.255.255.224 up
    $> sudo route add 192.168.194.2 dev usb0

The target and the host machine should be connected, run ping command to test the same:

    $ ping -c 3 192.168.194.2
    PING 192.168.194.2 (192.168.194.2) 56(84) bytes of data.
    64 bytes from 192.168.194.2: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=6.08 ms
    64 bytes from 192.168.194.2: icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.511 ms
    64 bytes from 192.168.194.2: icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.485 ms
    --- 192.168.194.2 ping statistics ---
    3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2000ms
    rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.485/2.361/6.089/2.636 ms
  • Establish ADB connection

On the host machine execute following commands to establish adb connection

    $ export ADBHOST=<target's ip address>
    $ adb kill-server
    $ adb start-server

Verify the connection by executing

    $ adb devices

If connected, device name should be listed as a “emulator”

    $ adb devices
    List of devices attached
    emulator-5554    device
    $ adb shell

adb over Ethernet

  • Make sure Ethernet port on board and host machine are connected to the network
  • Check Ethernet configuration for the board
    target #> netcfg                                                                        
       lo       UP    127.0.0.1       255.0.0.0       0x00000049                       
       eth0     UP    172.24.190.59   255.255.252.0   0x00001043
  • If Ethernet was not configured, configure Ethernet of the board using ifconfig/netcfg as shown below.
    target #> netcfg eth0 dhcp
  • Configure the ADB Daemon to use an ethernet connection using setprop as shown below.
    target #> setprop service.adb.tcp.port 5555

 

  • If network is configured successfully (above steps) then Restart service adbd on the target,
    target #> stop adbd
    target #> start adbd
  • On the host machine use following commands to establish adb connection
    $> export ADBHOST=<target's ip address>
    $> adb kill-server
    $> adb start-server
  • Verify for device connectivity, by executing the following commands
    $> adb devices If connected, you'll see the device name listed as a "emulator"

    $> adb devices

    If connected, find the device name listed as a "emulator"

    List of devices attached
    emulator-5554    device
    $ adb shell

For more information about adb commands, see Android Debug Bridge page at http://developer.android.com/guide/developing/tools/adb.html

adb over USB on Windows Machine

Follow the below instructions to get ADB over USB work on a Windows PC

  • Download latest Android SDK

(http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html) and uncompress it in a local folder (i.e. c:\android_sdk).

  • Optionally, you may want to add the location of the SDK’s primary tools directory to your system PATH. Right-click on My Computer, and select Properties. Under the Advanced tab, hit the Environment Variables button, and in the dialog that comes up, double-click on Path (under System Variables). Add the full path to the tools\ directory to the path.
  • Download Android USB Driver

(https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/repository/usb_driver_r03-windows.zip) and uncompress it in a local folder (i.e. c:\android_sdk\usb_driver)

  • Edit (or create and then edit if it doesn’t already exist) file in

“%USERPROFILE%\.android\adb_usb.ini”:

  echo 0x18D1 > "%USERPROFILE%\.android\adb_usb.ini"
  • Edit android_winusb.inf to match EVM/Beagle vendor and product ids:

Under [Google.NTx86] section add:

  ;TI EVM
  %SingleAdbInterface%        = USB_Install, USB\VID_18D1&PID_9018
  %CompositeAdbInterface%     = USB_Install, USB\VID_18D1&PID_9018&MI_01

Note: Be careful to add it under Google.NTx86 and not under Google.NTamd64 unless your machine is AMD 64 bits. If you skip this step you won’t be able to later install the driver as windows will reject it.

  • Boot the board as normal and wait until shell prompt is available (micro-B USB cable must be disconnected).
  • Connect micro-B USB cable between board and Windows PC.
  • If it is proceeding as planned, Windows will tell you it found a new hardware asks you to install the driver. Install driver that was downloaded as described in step 3 above:

Answer “No, not this time” to the question about running Windows Update to search for software.

    • Choose “Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)” this is the 2nd option, then click “Next”
    • Select “Show All Devices”, then click “Next”
    • You are going to see a grayed-out text box with “(Retrieving a list of all devices)”, click the “Have Disk…” button
    • Browse” to your driver folder (c:\android_sdk\usb_driver). It will be looking of a .inf file so select “android_winusb.inf” and click “Open” then “OK”. It’s the only file there so you shouldn’t go wrong.
    • Select “Android ADB Interface” then click the “Next” button.
    • A warning will appear, answer “Yes” but read the warning anyway.
    • Click the “Close” when the wizard is completed.
  • Disconnect and reconnect micro-B USB cable from Board(probably reboot it as well).
  • Open command prompt and restart adb server just to make sure it is in a proper state:
  adb kill-server
  adb start-server
  • List the attached devices with “adb devices”. It should show your board/device with a random number.
  • Type “adb shell”. You should see the “#” indicating it works.

Running Applications

The root File System provided in this DevKit releases contains only standard Android components and applications. User might be interested to download & run android applications (.apk) available in the market. The below procedure gives the steps to be followed to download any .apk file to the board and run it on the platform.

Installing (.apk files) application on Target Platform

  • From the host: You can use adb tool for package installation.
    $> adb install <package>.apk.

NOTE: Use -s option with the adb tool, to install the package on external storage.

On successful installation adb tool will report SUCCESS on host terminal, and the application would be listed on the android main menu.

Un-installing applications (.apk) using adb

  • To un-install non-default components (that were installed later)
    • Method 1: On the host machine execute the following
    $> adb uninstall <package>.apk
    • Method 2: On target:
    Main menu -> Menu -> Settings -> Applications -> Manage applications -> Find the package 
    Tap on it -> Uninstall -> OK -> OK
    • On successful removal, the application would have been removed from the android main menu. All the short-cuts to the application also removed.
  • To un-install default components, use the following commands from abd on host machine
    $ adb shell
    #rm /system/app/app.apk

On successful removal, the application would have been removed from the android main menu.

Setup ADB for application Debugging

ADB and Eclipse, with ADT( Android Development Tools plug-in) allow users to create and debug Android applications. Follow Developing In Eclipse, with ADT at http://developer.android.com/guide/developing/eclipse-adt.html

Steps to connect Eclipse to the board.

  • Setup the adb connection with the board by following the instructions given above in connecting board …
    Verify the connectivity by executing 
    $ adb devices
  • Open Eclipse IDE. Eclipse, with ADT plugin enable users to
    • Create an android project.
    • Build and Run the project on a connected board.
    • Debug the project using the Debug perspective.
    • Use DDMS (Dalvik Debug Monitor Server) to monitor the connected board.

For more detailed and complete information on the above follow Developing In Eclipse, with ADT at http://developer.android.com/guide/developing/eclipse-adt.html

  • Open DDMS(Dalvik Debug Monitor Server) perspective. This DDMS perspective can be opened from the eclipse menu via:
    Window -> Open Perspective -> Other -> DDMS; 
    Click on OK
  • DDMS provides port-forwarding services, screen capture on the device, thread and heap information on the device, logcat, process, and radio state information,incoming call and SMS spoofing, location data spoofing, and more.

Copy any files to and from the board over ADB

  • Using the adb commands “pull” and “push” user can copy files to and from the board.
  • Unlike the install command, which only copies an .apk file to a specific location, the pull and push commands let you copy arbitrary directories and files to any location on the board.
  • To copy a file or directory (recursively) from the board, use
    adb pull <remote> <local>
  • To copy a file or directory (recursively) to the board, use
    adb push <local> <remote>

In the commands, <local> and <remote> refer to the paths to the file or directory on your development host (local) and on the target instance (remote).

    Here's an example: 
    adb push foo.txt /sdcard/foo.txt

Adobe Flash 10 Integration

The Android version of Flash10 that runs on Froyo is now available for customer download (by registration) at, http://focus.ti.com/docs/toolsw/folders/print/adobeflash-a8.html

The below steps give the procedure to download the Adobe Flash 10 library for Android FroYo and installing the same in File system.

  • Execute the installer
  #> ./ Flash10.1_Android_Webkit_Plugin-0.4-Linux-x86-Install.bin
  Will result in following instruction, press "Y" 

  This will install Flash10.1 Android Webkit Plugin on your computer.  Continue? [n/Y] Y
  Select the source install location
  Where do you want to install Flash10.1 Android Webkit Plugin? 
  [/home/user/flash10_androidplugin] /home/user/flash10_androidplugin

  Installing Flash10.1 Android Webkit Plugin...
  Installing Program
  Files...                                                                                                                                
  Installation complete.
  After Installation the following directory structure is resulted
  • Change to Flash installed directory on Host PC
  #> cd flash10_androidplugin 
  #> ls
  install_flash_player.apk  uninstall
  • Install flash player plug in on target via adb
 #> adb install install_flash_player.apk
  • Do the browser configuration
    • Explained in the below section

Compatibility Test Suite (CTS)

This section describe the procedure to run CTS on any platform.

  • Pre-requisites
  • Setup an ADB connection between Host and platform as mentioned in ADB section above.
  • Setup your platform to run the accessibility tests:
    • adb install -r android-cts/repository/testcases/CtsDelegatingAccessibilityService.apk
    • On the device enable Settings > Accessibility > Accessibility > Delegating Accessibility Service
  • Launch the CTS.
    • Edit android-cts/tools/startcts to point SDK_ROOT to android sdk installation location.
    • Run ./tools/startcts
    • On CTS prompt check the available plans
  cts_host > ls –plan
    • Start a specific Test Plan
  cts_host > start --plan <plan name>

Once all the tests are executed, the results can be browsed in an browser by opening [android-cts/repository/results/session-name/testResult.xml] and use the results to adjust your design.

  • NOTE: Sometimes when CTS is restarting the board, adb connection to CTS, may not happen automatically. In that case, execute the following command on the console, soon after the board has restarted.
  #> stop adbd;sleep 1;start adbd;

Configuring Android Applications

Browser Configuration

To browse web pages user should configure the Internet connection as given below.

    #> netcfg eth0 dhcp
    #> getprop net.eth0.dns1

This prints the dns for the ethernet port, do the following to configure the DNS entries on board.

    #> setprop net.dns1 <your_dns_server_ip>

If the platform is behind proxy, then following command should be executed to set the proxy settings

    #> setprop net.gprs.http-proxy http://proxyurl:80

NOTE: If network is behind a proxy, in this DevKit release, we have NOT found a method to set the proxy server. We tried using “setprop net.eth0.http-proxy hostname:port” and “setprop net.gprs.http-proxy hostname:port”, but neither could get us through the proxy. Also, the option of adding an entry of (99,’http_proxy’,’hostname:port”) to the ‘system’ and ‘secure’ tables in the /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases/settings.db database has also been tried, but failed.

USB Mass Storage

The Android FroYo 2.2 supports USB Mass storage functionality, however the external storage can be mounted either on SD Card or a USB mass storage device. The user is allowed to choose one of the two options.

By default the TI Android DevKit chooses SD card as the external storage device.

If a user is interested to use storage over USB (USB mass storage) then following changes have to be done in the default root filesystem

1)Create some directory on Android Filesystem via adb shell or console

   # mkdir /partition

2) Insert the usb mass storage device, Assume the device node created at /dev/block/sda1 and the device has fat partition.

   #mount –t vfat /dev/block/sda1 /partition

3) Now usb mass storage device is mounted at /partition. You can careate browse the filr

Limitation 1) Auto mounting usb mass storage device not supported 2) The gallery app/Android Settings doesn’t recognize the mass storage mounted

 

SD Card Recommendations

Some brands or models of SD cards are observed with poor performance on DM37x EVMs and other platforms. The symptom could be one or some of the followings.

  • the boot-up time is much longer than normal (3x of normal or even longer);
  • the reaction of UI operations is unacceptably delayed;
  • the Gallery app cannot find the media files to create the albums;
  • the video playback is sluggish.

The table below lists the SD cards tested which have no issue on performance.

Brand/Model Type Class Capacity
Sandisk-C4-4GB.jpg SanDisk SDHC 4 4GB
Sandisk-ultra-C4-16GB.jpg SanDisk Ultra SDHC 4 4GB
Sandisk-ultra-C4-16GB.jpg SanDisk Ultra SD 4 2GB
SONY-C4-4GB.jpg Sony SDHC 4 4GB
SONY-C4-2GB.jpg Sony SD 4 2GB
SONY-micro-C4-4GB.jpg Sony micro SDHC 4 4GB

The table below lists the SD cards tested which have poor performance.

Brand/Model Type Class Capacity
HP Invent SDHC 4 4GB
Kingston SDHC 4 4GB
Kingston-C4-4GB.jpg Kingston micro SDHC 4 4GB
Lexar-Multi-Use-C4-4GB.jpeg Lexar MULTI-USE SDHC 4 4GB
Lexar-PlatinumII-C6-4GB.jpeg Lexar PLANTINUM II SDHC 6 4GB
PNY-Optima-C4-4GB.jpg PNY Optima SDHC 4 4GB

 

Versioning

This is Release DevKit-V2.2 The release is available from http://software-dl.ti.com/dsps/dsps_public_sw/sdo_tii/TI_Android_DevKit/02_02_00/index_FDS.html
The release notes is available at http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/TI-Android-FroYo-DevKit-V2.2_ReleaseNotes

Technical Support and Product Updates

For further information or to report any problems, contact http://e2e.ti.com/android or http://support.ti.com.
For community support join http://groups.google.com/group/rowboat
For IRC #rowboat on irc.freenode.net

 

Reference

http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/TI-Android-FroYo-DevKit-V2.2_UserGuide#Installation

 

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