The Linux Foundation announced a free Sept. 26 webinar on the “Growth of Android in Embedded Systems.” Android is increasingly being built into a wide range of consumer electronics devices and even industrial equipment where various embedded Linux distributions and real-time operating systems (RTOSes) currently rule the roost.
Although Android still represents a minority of consumer electronics devices beyond smartphones and tablets, and appears on only a small fraction of industrial devices, it’s on the move, according to a UBM Technology 2013 Embedded Market Study. Some 16 percent of embedded developer survey respondents were said to be working on Android projects, and 28 percent said they expected to use embedded Android within the next year.
UBM’s observations are echoed on the board-level hardware side as well, as evidenced by numerous recent embedded-oriented processor, computer-on-module, and single-board-computer product introductions.
LF’s Android-in-Embedded seminar
The new Linux Foundation webinar — “Growth of Android in Embedded Systems” — is designed to show embedded systems engineers and engineering leaders how Android compares to traditional embedded Linux systems. Scheduled for Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. Pacific, the webinar will be led by Benjamin Zores, Android Platform Architect at Alcatel-Lucent and a technical writer for Linux Magazine France.
Topics to covered in the free webinar will include:
- Android operating system internals
- Android’s complete divergence with embedded Linux systems design
- The reasons for Android’s attraction in the industry
- Android’s under-the-hood flaws and weaknesses
The Linux Foundation (LF) also offers paid Linux and Android Development Training. One upcoming course called “Inside Android: An Introduction to Android Internals,” will be held in Silicon Valley on Nov. 18-22. The course covers topics including the Android framework, hardware abstraction layer, power management, and the Binder inter-process communication mechanism. Accompanying labs will demonstrate how to set up the Android build environment and bring up Android on an embedded target device. Students can take home the device kit for free as part of the class fee.
More information on the free LF webinar and the Android training course may be found here.
More about embedded Android
A few LinuxGizmos posts on the topic of Android’s increasing use in embedded devices include:
- Linux strong, Android surging (survey data)
- Android’s suitability for embedded apps (whitepaper)
- Is Android the new embedded Linux? (video)
- Pros and cons of using Android as an embedded OS (whitepaper)
- Embedded developers prefer Linux, love Android (survey data)
Also, see the automatically generated of list of related posts below.