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Native Peripheral I/O

This Android Things app runs basic code that exercises the Native PIO APIs from C++. Each sample is an Android module that can be run independently.

Note: The Android Things Console will be turned down for non-commercial use on January 5, 2022. For more details, see the FAQ page.



Blink sample demo

(Watch the demo on YouTube)


Button sample demo

(Watch the demo on YouTube)


Speaker sample demo

(Watch the demo on YouTube)


  • Android Things compatible board
  • Android Studio 2.2+
  • Android NDK bundle

For the Blink sample:

  • 1 LED
  • 1 resistor
  • 2 jumper wires
  • 1 breadboard

For the Button sample:

  • 1 push button
  • 1 resistor
  • 2 jumper wires
  • 1 breadboard

For the Speaker sample:

  • 1 piezo buzzer
  • 2 jumper wires
  • 1 breadboard

Build and install

Download the latest Android Things native library release and extract it in the project root directory. You will need to change the name of the extracted directory to libandroidthings.

The project root directory should contain the following native library directories:


On Android Studio, select the module in the select box by the "Run" button, and then click on the "Run" button.

If you prefer to run on the command line, type

./gradlew <module>:installDebug
adb shell am start com.example.androidthings.nativepio/.<ModuleActivity>

Sample Specifics


Schematics for Raspberry Pi 3

    ./gradlew blink:installDebug
    adb shell am start com.example.androidthings.nativepio/

Blinks an LED connected to a GPIO pin.


Schematics for Raspberry Pi 3

    ./gradlew button:installDebug
    adb shell am start com.example.androidthings.nativepio/

Logs to logcat when a button connected to a GPIO pin is pressed. Make sure you use a pull-down or pull-up resistor to avoid fluctuation.


Schematics for Raspberry Pi 3

    ./gradlew speaker:installDebug
    adb shell am start com.example.androidthings.nativepio/

Plays an annoying alarm sound on the PWM speaker. Stop it by turning off the Raspberry Pi.

Enable auto-launch behavior

This sample app is currently configured to launch only when deployed from your development machine. To enable the main activity to launch automatically on boot, add the following intent-filter to the app's manifest file:

<activity ...>

        <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN"/>
        <category android:name="android.intent.category.HOME"/>
        <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT"/>



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Basic Peripheral I/O examples in C/C++ with Android Things





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