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APA102 LED driver for Android Things

This driver supports RGB LED peripherals built on the APA102 SPI protocol.

NOTE: these drivers are not production-ready. They are offered as sample implementations of Android Things user space drivers for common peripherals as part of the Developer Preview release. There is no guarantee of correctness, completeness or robustness.

How to use the driver

Gradle dependency

To use the apa102 driver, simply add the line below to your project's build.gradle, where <version> matches the last version of the driver available on jcenter.

dependencies {
    compile '<version>'

Sample usage


// Access the LED strip:

Apa102 mApa102;

try {
    mApa102 = new Apa102(spiBusName, Apa102.Mode.BGR);
} catch (IOException e) {
    // couldn't configure the device...

// Light it up!

int[] colors = new int[] {Color.RED, Color.GREEN, Color.BLUE};
try {
} catch (IOException e) {
    // error setting LEDs

// Close the LED strip when finished:

try {
} catch (IOException e) {
    // error closing LED strip


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