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How much work would be needed to port Android to a particular phone?

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It's a big topic I know, but for some rough idea, lets say you have a phone for which the manufacturer hasn't released a verion of lollipop for yet, yet you have the latest linux kernel and the latest Android source, well how much work is needed to port these two sources to a particular phone. You would need the correct drivers compiled into the kernel for that phone, roughly how would you approrach the interface between the Android java source and the kernel then?

 

Is this a huge amount of work, or has most of the work been done already?

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This has been done already and is something that people have been doing since Android first launched.   There are many custom Android Distros and most are continually maintained with nightly builds.  Most support new handsets a few days after the handsets are released.

As for how much work?  This is a kind of how long is a piece of string question?
For somebody who does this on a regular basis not much work at all.  For somebody who has never compiled their own Kernel then a huge amount of work.

 

You are probably asking in the wrong place as their are forums and websites dedicated to hacking and writing custom Android Distros.

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