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BlueZ for Android

AOSP with BlueZ 5 integrated as replacement for default Bluedroid Bluetooth stack.

This project is an example on how BlueZ 5 for Android can be integrated with AOSP project.

Short summary

Supported Android versions:

Supported devices

Getting Started

Provided instructions are for Android 5.0 (Lollipop). For Android 4.4 (KitKat) use kitkat branch for repo and android-msm-<target>-3.4-kitkat-mr2 for kernel.

Downloading source

repo init -u -b lollipop
repo sync

Downloading binary drivers

Additional binary drivers are required to boot AOSP on Nexus devices. Those require accepting EULA and can be downloaded from Follow instructions for your supported device and Android version of choice and after unpacking place them in vendor folder of downloaded repo.

Initializing build environment

Replace <target> with appropriate value depending on your device, see above.

source build/
lunch aosp_<target>-userdebug


make -j8


You can skip -w to keep userdata and cache partitions content, i.e. in case you want just to upgrade software without erasing any data.

adb reboot bootloader
fastboot flashall -w

Building own kernel

BlueZ for Android provides prebuilt kernels for all supported devices. When building own kernel from MSM tree, following configuration is recommended in order for all features to work properly:

To make things easier, we provide required modifications as patches available in misc repository and step-by-step instruction below to have own kernel binaries built.

### download misc repository
git clone

### download kernel
git clone kernel-msm
cd kernel-msm

### prepare kernel sources
git checkout android-msm-"target"-3.4-lollipop-release
git am ../misc/patches-kernel/0001-hid-Backport-hid-generic-driver.patch
git am ../misc/patches-kernel/0002-crypto-add-CMAC-support-to-CryptoAPI.patch
git am ../misc/patches-kernel/0003-crypto-af_alg-properly-label-AF_ALG-socket.patch

### configure kernel
make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- <target>_defconfig
scripts/config --enable CONFIG_MODULES
scripts/config --module CONFIG_BT
scripts/config --enable CONFIG_BRIDGE
scripts/config --enable CONFIG_CRYPTO_CMAC
scripts/config --enable CONFIG_CRYPTO_USER_API
scripts/config --enable CONFIG_CRYPTO_USER_API_HASH
scripts/config --enable CONFIG_CRYPTO_USER_API_SKCIPHER
make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- oldnoconfig

### build kernel
make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- -j8

cd ..

### unpack backports
tar xf backports-<yyyymmdd>.tar.xz
cd backports-<yyyymmdd>

### prepare backports sources
patch -p1 < ../misc/patches-backports/0001-Add-defconfig-bluetooth.patch
# (optional)
patch -p1 < ../misc/patches-backports/0002-Enable-6LOWPAN.patch
# (for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7)
patch -p1 < ../misc/patches-backports/0003-Add-HCI-SMD.patch
# (for Nexus 5)
patch -p1 < ../misc/patches-backports/0004-Add-HCI-H4.patch
patch -p1 < ../misc/patches-backports/0005-Workaround-for-msm-kernel-tree.patch

### configure backprots
make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- KLIB_BUILD=../kernel-msm defconfig-bluetooth

### build backports
make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-eabi- KLIB_BUILD=../kernel-msm -j8

Finally, existing kernel should be replaced with kernel-msm/arch/arm/boot/zImage and modules/*.ko with corresponding files from backports-<yyyymmdd>/.

Google documentation on how to download and build AOSP:

BlueZ documentation for BlueZ for Android: