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SlateKit Base for Nexus 7 (2013) Released

18th May 2014, 08:49 AM   |  #1  
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SlateKit is a drop-in replacement of Android UI stack,
to help makers building custom tablet UI, by using Qt/QML, JavaScript and Chromium.


Today we announce the first technical preview of SlateKit Base for Nexus 7 (2013),
the platform-specific port, alone with other UI components like SlateKit Shell, LockScreen and Keyboard.

  • Nexus 7 “razor” [2013] (WiFi)
  • Android 4.4.2 (KOT49H)
  • rooted and adb shell access

  1. Download the image: (146.7 MB)
  2. Unzip files to /data, make sure busybox has executable permission
  3. Start the UI by:

Technical details

SlateKit Base essentially consists:
  • a minimal Ubuntu root filesystem (Trusty/armhf)
  • Qt 5.2.1 and Oxide 1.0 (Chromium content API wrapper)
  • libhybris for hardware acceleration
  • hwcomposer QPA from Mer project

What's next?

Theoretically this rootfs works for all Android 4.4 system with HW composer 1.1/1.2,
so I'll try to enable it on other SoC and make an installer.

If you find this interesting or useful, welcome to join the project on,
and ping me on Twitter @penk or

Happy Hacking!
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19th May 2014, 01:11 AM   |  #2  
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You'd think you'd at least post this in the correct section...
19th May 2014, 01:19 AM   |  #3  
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This is the 2012 Nexus 7 forum. Wrong section.
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