Android TV

Skill LevelArea of FocusOperating System
Smart Home

This project attempts to build Android TV on the DragonBoard™ 410c from Arrow Electronics. The main objective was to utilize the Android TV Input Framework, and this was done by running the built-in reference LiveTv App and Sample Input Apps.

The Android TV Input Framework implementation includes the TV Input Manager, which allows the communication between the TV App and the Inputs. The TV Input Framework allows different kind of inputs including External STB, Built-in Tuner Input, HDMI Input etc.

To start, we used the Reference LiveTv App built for ARM64 as a TV App and the Sample Input apk for the TV Input. The Sample Input allows the user to configure the Channels in two different ways:

  1. Simple Input, which consists of local video files that act as different channels.
  2. Rich TV Input consists of 4 Channels served from Google Cloud Storage, which are comprised of MP4 Videos, HLS Stream, MPEG - DASH Stream.

We have also implemented the Custom Launcher to provide the look and feel of the TV Launcher and integrated the IR Sensor onto DragonBoard 410c for controlling TV Activities with Universal Remote.

An Exo player is built and installed in order to play the videos.

Further Work in Progress:
Fine tuning the performance and built-in tuner implementation.

It is very interesting to know that we can watch Live TV on a small form factor device like DragonBoard 410c. Also, TV Input Framework is a Robust framework which provides many features with multiple Input methods.

Setup for Android TV with the DragonBoard™ 410c Setup for Android TV with the DragonBoard™ 410c

Materials Required / Parts List / Tools

Source Code / Source Examples / Application Executable

Additional Resources

Build / Assembly

  • Download the latest Source Code for DragonBoard 410c
  • Add the below two lines in the device/qcom/ file
    $(call inherit-product,
  • Build your Android DragonBoard 410c source code on Linux Platform
  • Download and Build Live Tv app for arm64
  • tapas LiveTv arm64
    make LiveTv
    cp -r out/target/product/generic_arm64/system//priv-app/LiveTv/ /system/priv-app/

    rm -rf out/target
    cd –
  • Build the Sample Input Apk and its dependencies (Exo player) using the Gradle scripts:
  • mkdir -p apps/
    cd apps/
    export ANDROID_HOME=
    export JAVA_HOME= (/usr/lib/jvm)
    echo "count=0" >
    rm -rf ExoPlayer androidtv-sample-inputs
  • Building apps and dependencies
  • git clone
    cd androidtv-sample-inputs/
    sed -i "s/23.0.3/25.0.2/g" app/build.gradle
    library/build.gradle ./gradlew assembleDebug cp
    cd -
    git clone
    cd ExoPlayer
    sed -i "s/23.0.3/25.0.2/g" build.gradle
    ./gradlew assembleDebug
    cp ./demo/buildout/outputs/apk/demo-withExtensions-debug.apk
    cd -
    git clone
    cd TvLauncher
    sed -i "s/23.0.3/25.0.2/g" build.gradle
    ./gradlew assembleDebug
    cp app/build/outputs/apk/app-debug.apk
    cd -

    Prepare Image Again

Channel Sources on Android TV

Channel Sources on Android TV with the DragonBoard™ 410c

Rich TV Input & The Durian Open Movie Project

Set up your sources with Rich TV input
The Durian Open Movie Project

Live TV Applications Screenshots

Live TV applications
Live TV applications