Android 4 OS

Android 4 OS User Manual


This manual is used to provide users with a fast guide of Chipsee Industrial Computers (Abbreviated as IPC) about Android 4 OS development. Through this manual, users can quickly understand the hardware resources; users can build a complete compilation of Android development environment; users can debug Android 4 OS via serial, USB OTG and Internet.








Initial Version


CS10600F070 CS12800F101 CS14900F190 CS19108F215


Prebuilt files for the various industrial PCs can be found in the OS Downloads.
Below are the links to the prebuilt files for each industrial PC model.

System Features




Android 4


You will need to prepare the following items before you can start using the Prebuilt Files Package to re-flash the system.

Power Supply Unit (PSU) with the appropriate voltages, as follows:

  • These products: CS14900F190 and CS19108F215 requires a 15V to 36V power adapter.

  • The CS10600F070 product needs a 6V to 36V power adapter.

  • The CS12800F101 product needs a 12V to 36V power adapter.

Hardware Requirements

  • Chipsee Industrial PC

  • PSU according to the instructions above

  • USB-to-serial or other serial cable for debugging

  • USB A-A cable (used only if the hardware configured as OTG)

  • Windows 7 PC

Software Requirements

  • Android 4 OS Prebuilt Files Package (from the link above)

  • ADT for Windows

  • Android USB driver (for Windows)

  • MFGTools

Getting Started and Tests


Throughout this section, the user can use both the pre-built Android 4 image files and the MFGTools software to burn files to the system, boot system and perform necessary software and hardware test.

Boot Switch Configuration

CS-IMX6 has a boot configuration select switch, as shown on the figure below. You can use the boot select switch to change between two modes, namely:

  • eMMC Boot

  • Download


Figure 129: Boot Mode Setup

Table 41 Boot Configuration Selection

SW Mode















Prepare Manufacturing Tool and Image

The manufacturing tool, referred to as MFGTool, is a tool that runs on a Windows PC. You can use it to download pre-built images to the eMMC on a Chipsee board. The tools directory contains the tar.gz file.


Windows download tool

Kernel Image


U-boot Image


Recovery Image


Android File System


Industrial Computer




12V-2A power adapter


Downloading Images by using MFGTool

Chipsee IPC supports booting from an integrated eMMC.

Configuring MFGTool

To configure MFGTools, follow these steps:

  • Unzip Mfgtools-Rel-xxx_xxxxxx_MX6Q_UPDATER_Vxx.tar.gz file.

  • Open the extracted folder Mfgtools-Rel-xxx_xxxxxx_MX6Q_UPDATER_Vxx and edit cfg.ini file.


Figure 130: Extracted folder content

  • In the cfg.ini file, ensure the name variable is set to Android-SabreSD-eMMC, as shown on the figure below.


Figure 131: Cfg.ini file

Copy Image To Android Directory

Follow these steps to copy image to Android directory:

  • Unzip prebuilt-csXXXXXfXXX-vX-android-YYYYMMDD.rar file. The extracted folder will contain these files: boot.img, recovery.img, system.img, and u-boot.bin.

  • Copy the files in the extracted folder to Mfgtools-Rel-XXX_XXXXXX_MX6Q_UPDATER_VXX\Profiles\MX6Q Linux Update\OS Firmware\files\android directory.


Figure 132: Extracted folder with files

Using MFGTool

  1. Connect a USB OTG cable from a Windows PC to the USB OTG port on the IPC.

  2. Change the boot select configuration to 0 1 1 0, as shown on the figure below.

    Figure 133: Boot Switch Config

  3. Connect a 12V-2A power adapter to the IPC and power ON.

  4. On your Windows PC, open the Mfgtools-Rel-XXX_XXXXXX_MX6Q_UPDATER_VXX directory and run the MfgTool2.exe file, as shown on the figure below.

    Figure 134: Run MfgTools2.exe file


    Figure 135: Prepare to start


    If you get a message saying No Device Connected, check the USB-OTG cable to ensure it is ready.


    Figure 136: The USB-OTG cable is not connected correctly.

  5. Click on Start button to download the Image.

    Figure 137: Loading Kernel and Formatting rootfs partition


    If you are using a Window 7 PC, you will receive a prompt that asks you to format the disk. Please ignore or cancel it.

  6. When the process is complete, you click the Stop button to stop downloading Image and exit.

    Figure 138: Download Image is finished

Booting Android OS And Test(Using 7inch as example)

The first time you start Android 4 OS on the industrial PC will take a little time. But after the first time, Android 4 OS will start quickly. It is a successful start if you see the Android 4 OS desktop such as the one shown in the figure below:


Figure 139: Android Desktop Screen

SD Test

The IPC supports SD card hot-plug. The figure below shows the message when you plug the SD card into IPC, but the IPC will not mount the SD Card.


Figure 140: Serial Message

You can mount the plugged SD card by using the following command.

# mount -t vfat /dev/block/mmcblk1p1 /mnt/extsd/

USB Flash Disk Test

The USB Flash Disk is like the SD Card, except for the mount point. The IPC mounts the USB Flash Disk to /mnt/udisk.


Figure 141: USB flash disk test


The SATA does not support hot-plug, but the Android 4 OS supports NTFS. You can use the NTFS-3g tool to mount SATA disk partitions by running this command:

# ntfs-3g /dev/block/sda1 /mnt/shm/

Figure 142: SATA test

Network Test

The network uses DHCP to get IP Addresses. You can get network access if you connect a LAN cable from the IPC to a router.
You can change the IP Address with this command.

# netcfg eth0 dhcp

Sound Card Test

Please open an audio file to test the Sound Card.


Video Test

Please open a video file to test the Video.



You can reference this document, IMX6Q U-boot Setting HDMI Output For Android.pdf, to learn about performing HDMI tests.


HDMI does not support hot-plug. The sound comes from the HDMI monitor, neither the speaker nor the headset on board.


You must ensure the IPC has an SDIO Wi-Fi module integrated before performing the Wi-Fi test. If the IPC has an SDIO Wi-Fi Module, you can connect to the Wi-Fi and open a browser to test.

ADB Test

You must enable USB debugging on IPC before performing ADB test.|br| Follow these steps to enable USB debugging.

  • Goto the Settings and tap on About tablet tab, as shown on the figure below.
  • Tap on the Build number repeatedly until you enable Developer Options, as shown on the figure below.

    Figure 143: Enable Developer Options


    Figure 144: Developer Options

  • Move back to Settings and tap on Developer Options. You can enable USB debugging by ticking the checkbox next to it.

    Figure 145: Open USB Debugging

Also, you can use the ADB tool in the tools directory to test the ADB.

  • Unzip it to the root directory of your Windows PC (Drive C), as shown on the figure below.

    Figure 146: Unzip adb.rar to c:\

  • You need to add path of the ADB directory to system’s environment variable. Follow the steps described in the figures below to set the environment variable.

    Figure 147: Open Advance system settings


    Figure 148: Open and edit the **Path* system variable*


    Figure 149: Add path of the ADB directory to the Path system variable

  • Open the command-prompt on Windows and enter this command adb version, as shown on the figure below. The process is successful, if the command-prompt displays the version number of ADB.

    Figure 150: ADB tool is working

  • Connect the USB-OTG cable from the Windows PC to IPC. You will get a message Allow USB debugging?. Please select Always allow from this computer and click Ok.

    Figure 151: Enable USB debugging

You can list the devices attached to the Windows PC with this command.

$ adb devices

Figure 152: Checking devices attached

You can install an android app from the Windows PC onto the IPC with this command.

$ adb  install  XXX.apk

Figure 153: Install android app

Touch Screen Test

Run MultiTouch Tester App.
The screen will show the number and position of the touch point when touching the screen.


  • Resistive screen expansion board only supports single-touch, and capacitive screen expansion board supports five-point touch as described in the figure below.

  • The 21.5”, 19”, and 17” capacitive screen supports a ten-point touch.


Figure 154: Touch screen test (Capacitive touch)

Serial Test

There are five serial ports on the Chipsee IPC: 2 x RS232 and 3 x RS485 (can be customised). Refer to the table below for the available serial device nodes.

Table 42 Serial Ports Nodes on the System


Device Node

COM1(RS232, Debug)











If you use COM2(RS485), you can’t use Bluetooth because COM2(RS485) share pin with Bluetooth.

You can install the SecureCRT or Putty software on a Windows 7 PC to test the serial ports by following these steps:

  • Connect COM1 on industrial PC board to Windows 7 PC.

  • Run Serial Port API App to communicate with Windows 7 PC, as shown on the figure below.

    Figure 155: Serial settings

  • Push the button with the label “Send 01010101”, you will see something on the Windows 7 PC that looks similar to the figure below.

    Figure 156: Serial send test

  • Push the button with the label “Console”, to send whatever you like as shown on the figure below.

    Figure 157: Serial receive test


For the CS12800F101 IPC, there are 8 GPIO ports that you can set as output or input with LOW as 0V; the HIGH as 3.3V.
Please check the GPIO Connector section in CS12800F101 to know the position of the GPIO Connector. Refer to the table below for the available GPIO nodes on system.

Table 43 GPIO Nodes on the System

PIN Number

GPIO Number

















Example: We are going to set gpio106 as output, and let it output HIGH or output LOW.

# echo 106 > /sys/class/gpio/export               //export gpio106
# echo out > /sys/class/gpio/gpio106/direction    //set gpio106 output
# echo 1 > /sys/class/gpio/gpio106/value          //set gpio106 output HIGH
# echo 0 > /sys/class/gpio/gpio106/value          //set gpio106 output LOW

Example: We are going to set gpio30 as input.

# echo 30 > /sys/class/gpio/export                //export gpio30
# echo in > /sys/class/gpio/gpio30/direction      // set gpio30 input

Example: We are going to set gpio30 as unexport.

# echo 30 > /sys/class/gpio/unexport       //unexport gpio30

Android 4 system debug in Windows

In this section, we will discover how to view the Android 4 system via the serial port and debug the system via USB OTG.
Also, we will discover how to install and uninstall applications via USB OTG.
The following operation is under the Windows 7 x64 environment, similar to other Windows platforms.

View Android 4 system via the serial port

Install the SecureCRT or Putty software on a Windows 7 PC to view the Android 4 system via the serial ports.
Follow these steps to view Android 4 system via the serial port:

  • Connect COM1 on the industrial PC board to Windows 7 PC.

  • Open the SecureCRT or Putty software on the Windows 7 PC and configure it as shown on the figure below.

    Figure 158: SecureCRT configuration

  • Power ON the industrial PC. You will see the serial output information as shown on the figure below.

    Figure 159: Serial output information

  • You can communicate with the system when system boot is complete.

Adb connect via USB OTG

Please refer to the ADB Test chapter to learn how to set the ADB, how to install an app via ADB, and how to debug with ADB.
You can use the following command to log in to the board and communicate with it.

> adb shell

Figure 160: ADB Shell

Use ADB command to install user APP

Use the adb command to install an Android App: for example SogouInput.apk. If there is a SUCCESS message, as shown on the figure below, then the app installation was successful.

> adb install SogouInput.apk

Figure 161: Install App

Use ADB command to uninstall user APP

Use adb command to uninstall an Android app: for example AngryBirds.apk. Follow these commands to uninstall an app.

> adb shell pm list packages
> adb uninstall com.rovio.angrybirds
  • The pm list command gets the full name of the app, as shown on the figure below.


Figure 162: Uninstall user app

  • The uninstall command uninstalls the app from the Android system.

  • Delete the apk file for the app by using these commands:

> adb shell
# cd /system/app/
# ls
# rm Browser.apk

Use ADB command to uninstall default APP

Use adb command to uninstall an Android app: for example Email.apk. Follow these commands to uninstall a default app.

> adb shell
$ su
# cd /system/app
cd /system/app
# rm Email.apk

Figure 163: Uninstall default app

Use ADB command to uninstall default APP

Use adb command to transport files between the industrial PC and Windows 7 PC.

  • Transfer file from the industrial PC to Windows 7 PC using adb pull command.
    > adb pull <pathTo_file_on_board> <pathTo_store_file_on_PC>
  • Transfer file from the Windows 7 PC to the industrial PC using adb push command.
    > adb push <pathTo_file_on_PC> <pathTo_store_file_on_board>

For example, copy <ADT>\sdk\platform-tools\chipsee.txt from Windows PC to IPC:

> adb push chipsee.txt /chipsee.txt

Copy /testFile.txt from IPC to Windows PC:

> adb pull /testFile.txt testFile.txt

Adb connect via internet

  1. The Ethernet port on the industrial PC and the host machine (Windows 7 PC) should connect to the network. Check Ethernet configuration for the industrial PC using the command below.
    # netcfg
    lo       UP     0x00000049 00:00:00:00:00:00
    can0     DOWN   0x00000080 00:00:00:00:00:00
    eth0     UP    0x00001043 1e:ed:19:27:1a:b3
  2. If the industrial PC’s Ethernet is not configured, configure the Ethernet using the ifconfig/netcfg command as shown below.
    # netcfg eth0 dhcp
  3. Configure the ADB Daemon to use an Ethernet connection using the setprop command, as shown below.
    # setprop service.adb.tcp.port 5555
  4. If the network is configured successfully using the steps above, then Restart service adbd on the Windows 7 PC.
    # stop adbd
    # start adbd
  5. On the host machine (Windows 7 PC) use the following commands to establish the adb connection.
    $ adb kill-server
    $ adb start-server
    $ adb connect :5555
  6. Verify the device connectivity, by executing the following commands. If connected, find the device name listed as``IPADDRESS:PORT``.
    $ adb devices
    List of devices attached      device
  7. An example of using the adb command to install software for Android. Make sure the "**".apk file is at the current folder, and export the adb path.
    • Use the argument –s to assign the device to use over the internet.

    $ adb –s install "**".apk

Android App Development

In this section, we will introduce the development of an Android app with Eclipse on Windows. We assume that the USB is OTG model and the driver is already installed. (See Adb connect via USB OTG)


  1. Download and install Eclipse IDE.

  2. Go to the /eclipse folder, start eclipse.exe.

    Figure 164: Start eclipse

  3. Click Windows–>Android SDK Manager to open SDK Manager.

    Figure 165: Android SDK Manager

  4. Click Tools–>Options, check the Force box and click close.

    Figure 166: Android SDK Manager Settings

  5. Choose the API, such as Android4.3(API 18), then click the Install packages button to start the download and installation of API packages.

    Figure 167: Install API packages

  6. Downloading and installing the packages will take some time. When the process completes, close the Android SDK Manager.

Example — Develop a HelloWorld Program

  1. Click File–>New–>Android Application Project

    Figure 168: New Application

  2. Click on the Next button until the app project is created. Connect the industrial PC to Windows 7 PC via the USB cable (A-A). If the connection is successful, you will see the device in the DDMS window (Windows–>Open Perspective–>Other–>DDMS)

    Figure 169: DDMS

  3. You can capture the desktop of Android

    Figure 170: Capture Android Desktop

  4. Click run, and choose the device

    Figure 171: Run HelloWorld Program

  5. Result

    Figure 172: HelloWorld Program


If the USB is not configured as an OTG model, you can copy and install the file HelloWorld.apk from the project folder HelloWorld/bin/, or install the HelloWorld.apk via the internet (See Adb connect via internet).

For more resources about Android development, visit these links:


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