Configure and control OTA updates on Android Things
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Android Things Device Updates Sample

This application demonstrates how to interact with the device update service on Android Things through the UpdateManager API. By default, the system checks for new OTA updates every few hours and applies them automatically. This example shows you how to configure the update policy to allow an app to take more control over the update process and monitor progress.


  • Android Things compatible board
  • Android Studio 2.2+

Getting Started

Import the project using Android Studio and deploy it to your device:

  1. Stage a new OTA update for your device using the Android Things Console.
  2. Press the Check Now button on the device to force a manual update check.
  3. The update status is displayed in the UI as the device downloads and verifies the new update.
  4. Press the Reboot Now button to reboot the device and complete the update process.

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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