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Hey everyone! There is also a telegram channel where you can drop in for some help: https://t.me/joinchat/HR_8JgyDBdw_DvmndPl0kg

I really hope that you have enjoyed the series, and that it was helpful to you in your Android career!



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Praise God! Finally a video tutorial of how to build Android and modify kernels!​
I have created a video tutorial and guide for how to compile Android, TWRP, alternative recoveries, and MORE! From Lollipop through Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo, and now Pie! The video series covers several different phones, from Motorola's to LG's, the emulator, kernel and rom editing, app source code editing, smartwatches and much more! Not only do we cover how to compile from source code, you get to see it in action, as well as learning how to upgrade a device from one version to another, building device trees from scratch, and using GitHub and GitLab!

Who is this video series for?
Well, this video tutorial is a step by step guide built primarily for the beginner to intermediate builder. This is written for those who already know how to flash TWRP, CWM, or the like, and who have installed a custom rom before. This is designed to help those who are ready to move up from flashing and installing other peoples custom roms to actually start making their own custom roms. I recommend that a beginner watch the entire playlists in order (the videos are marked).

That said, I believe that an intermediate developer may find a useful trick here and there, and they should just skip ahead to videos of interest. Perhaps kernel development, or something along those lines.

An advanced rom or kernel developer will probably far exceed my feeble abilities, and will not likely find much useful information here. Perhaps if you are an advanced developer, you would consider continuing the tutorial or making an advanced video series! (See further posts for recommendations on contributing videos.)

Why did you put this together?
Well, after building roms for several different devices, I started receiving requests from users who wanted to start building their own roms, but didn't know where to start. I didn't have enough time to answer everyone's questions, so I wrote a few guides and pointed others to guides that were already available, but there are some things that you just need to see to understand. Hence, the video tutorial. I just hope that someone finds it useful.

This course was written in order! While Lollipop and Marshmallow are old by todays standards, there is still good learning value in building them, and there are topics covered there that really make them worth watching.

What's in the videos?
During the series, we will be building for the emulator, as well as over 5 different phones of various brands, and over 5 different roms. I hope that this will give the viewer a good idea of how to build for your own specific phone as you see the differences and similarities across the phones and custom roms.
Code:
+ Ubuntu installation
+ Java installations
+ Using Git, GitHub, GitKraken, and the command line
+ Fastboot and ADB
+ Heimdall/Odin
+ QFIL, QPST, SALT, and other tools
+ AOSP, OmniRom, LineageOS, SlimRoms, PACrom, AOKP, AOSCP
+ Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo, Pie
+ TWRP with OMNI or LineageOS
+ TWRP alternatives like Orange Fox and Red Wolf
+ Errors
+ Overclocking CPU/GPU
+ Adding Governors and I/O Schedulers
+ Sound modifications
+ Changing app colors, text, and icons
+ Adding prebuilt apps
+ Adding source code
+ Converting device from one rom to another
+ Upgrading from one version to another
+ Building device trees from scratch
+ Smart watches
+ Making apps
+ AND MORE!

**** This is an UNOFFICIAL TUTORIAL. Use at your own risk! ****
Now including more than 37 total hours in over 290 videos!

New HD videos are coming out just about every week day on YouTube, and posted to my GitLab as well! There are playlists for everything, so be sure to check them out!

Downloads!
My GitLab: https://gitlab.com/alaskalinuxuser

Youtube links:
My YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/AlaskaLinuxUserAKLU

About the author:

I'm not a professional Android builder, nor am I considered an expert. However, I have built a lot of custom roms over the years for various Android phones. I'm really just a simple guy whose hobbies include the Bible, cell phones, Android, Linux, and electronics.
Below are a few of my previous and current Android projects.
Code:
Samsung Galaxy S4:
 -AOKP 7.1.2
 -SlimRoms 7.1.1
 -Resurection Remix 7.1
 -AOKP 6.0.1
 -PacRom 6.0.1
 -Resurection Remix 6.0.1
 -SlimRoms 5.1.1
 -AKLU kernels 
  for Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat

Samsung Galaxy S5:
 -AOKP 7.1.2
 -AKLU kernel for Nougat

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge:
 -AOKP 7.1.2
 -SlimRoms 7.1.1
 -AOKP 6.0.1
 -PacRom 6.0.1
 -SlimRoms 6.0.1
 -DataZip for 6.0.1 bootloaders
 -AKLU kernel 
  for Marshmallow and Nougat

LG G4:
 -AOKP 7.1.2
 -SlimRoms 7.1.1
 -AKLU kernel for Nougat
 -Assisted Suicide Squirrels with the AOSCP Oreo bringup

Open Source Apps: (All listed below are under the Apache 2.0 license)
 -Critical Velocity - A side scrolling flappy bird space game.
 -Kppd Control - An app to control the kppd daemon and kernels that enable it.
 -S4 GPU Voltage Control - An app to adjust the voltage of the S4 GPU on the fly.
 -Hourglass - A simple timer application.
 -Just Notes - A simple note taking app.
 -Just Craigslist - A simple Craigslist app.
 -Ship Captain and Crew - A dice game.
I have also assisted with open source projects by submitting code to SatStat, Easer, SlimRoms 6.0.1 for the Samsung Galaxy J5, and others. I once even turned a Samsung Captivate Glide into a Debian Computer, as well as making numerous how-to guides for compiling ROMs and app creation on both XDA and my website.
Some of my non-Android projects include building a Bluetooth Autostart, creating several small C++ games with SFML, and working with Linux.


My Wordpress: https://thealaskalinuxuser.wordpress.com
My Website: https://thealaskalinuxuser.com
My device and kernel trees (older - GitHub) : https://github.com/alaskalinuxuser/
My device and kernel trees (newer - GitLab) : https://gitlab.com/alaskalinuxuser/

Created 2018-07-09
Last Updated 2019-03-18
 
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Hey everyone, well, the video says it best, so here it is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKSiVL7nIqM

Essentially, due to changes in my schedule and work, I'll be hanging up the gloves on the video tutorial series.

Feel free to watch through any of these videos though, as there is still a lot of material. This thread will also stay open for people to ask questions and discuss the videos, however, my involvement in answering those questions is going to come to an end.

I really hope that you have enjoyed the series, and that it was helpful to you in your Android career!

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Hey everyone, well, the video says it best, so here it is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKSiVL7nIqM

Essentially, due to changes in my schedule and work, I'll be hanging up the gloves on the video tutorial series.

Feel free to watch through any of these videos though, as there is still a lot of material. This thread will also stay open for people to ask questions and discuss the videos, however, my involvement in answering those questions is going to come to an end.

I really hope that you have enjoyed the series, and that it was helpful to you in your Android career!
Notes:

Recording Quality

Just a quick note about the recording quality. There are two main video threads, the HD videos, and the non-HD videos.

For the HD videos:
New videos out in HD! I'm working on ways to improve the audio/video quality, but these videos are now released in 720p or 1080p quality depending which computer I use at the time. Be sure to check out these higher quality videos, and I am slowly remaking the older non-HD videos in HD as well (time and resources permitting).

For the non-HD videos:
I apologize that it is rather low. Several of the recordings were done over Xvnc, so there is sometimes lag in the video. Also, I have really slow speed and limited data internet (internet is expensive here), so I turned down the recording quality a bit so I could record the several hours of video. That said, the original recordings were done in ogg vorbis, then converted to mp4, and those were uploaded to Youtube. So there is a little bit of loss along the way, but even the ogg vobis recordings were not the highest quality. Do keep in mind that the Youtube quality is lower than the downloaded quality.

Have suggestions or video tutorial requests?

I can't promise that I will be able to add those videos (for instance, I don't own every phone on the planet, so I can't do a video for "how to build for xx phone", but if you have a generic suggestion that would benefit everyone, please post a comment, or consider uploading a tutorial video yourself.

Considering contributing to the video series?

The GitLab links are available, and the project is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0, so you are welcome to fork the repository and add more videos, as well as use pull requests! Be sure in your video to add your name (real or xda) so I can give you credit, and others know that you created the video (it will show on GitLab as well). I do ask that you restrain any use of profanity, as that will help create a more professional video that will not be offensive to listeners.

Also, if you would like to make a translation, that would be great! Perhaps we could create another branch for each translation, or another repository or folder to hold them.

If you have more questions about contributing videos, please send me a PM on XDA, or contact me through my website or on GitLab. Thanks!

Have questions about building roms or kernels?

While I would absolutely love to help everybody, I have 3 kids under 5 years old, a job, and all of those time taking life events that come with a family and work. You are welcome to post questions here, but I can't promise that I'll have time or be able to answer all of them, But I'll do my best. Perhaps other users will be able to assist you as well. If you have a specific question, and don't hear back from me, you may want to start a thread in the Q&A section of the forums. Remember to be as detailed as possible, and include logs! :D

I really want to help you get started building. That said, I am not able to answer every question that possibly exists. I just am not that smart. :D
However, this is a great place to ask questions! Another great place to ask questions is in the Q&A section for your device, if it is device specific.

But I do have one request: Please don't PM me your questions. Please post your questions here instead, so I can answer one question for the group, rather than one on one questions. I want to help, but I don't have time to answer the volume of questions I am getting in my PM box. Please post you questions here in the thread. :D
 
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A huge round of applause for your hardwork

Thanks for being so kind enough to share your wealthy knowledge in Android development. Not everyone can do such a painful job for others and I really appreciate your work and dedication.

Once more thanks a lot for this wonderful guide!:good:
 
Thank you for this! I am pretty much a beginer, I'd say a high level beginner, Lil. I have been through rooting 3 Samsungs , 2 HTC, and 1 LG phone. I used to think they would be the same because its Android:laugh: I am at the point where I know how to do a few tricks but want to know why and how they work. I will be watching these all this week.

Thank you again! Maybe one day I will be posting my own work. If that day were to ever came of course it would always be free.
 

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    Hey everyone! There is also a telegram channel where you can drop in for some help: https://t.me/joinchat/HR_8JgyDBdw_DvmndPl0kg

    I really hope that you have enjoyed the series, and that it was helpful to you in your Android career!



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    Praise God! Finally a video tutorial of how to build Android and modify kernels!​
    I have created a video tutorial and guide for how to compile Android, TWRP, alternative recoveries, and MORE! From Lollipop through Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo, and now Pie! The video series covers several different phones, from Motorola's to LG's, the emulator, kernel and rom editing, app source code editing, smartwatches and much more! Not only do we cover how to compile from source code, you get to see it in action, as well as learning how to upgrade a device from one version to another, building device trees from scratch, and using GitHub and GitLab!

    Who is this video series for?
    Well, this video tutorial is a step by step guide built primarily for the beginner to intermediate builder. This is written for those who already know how to flash TWRP, CWM, or the like, and who have installed a custom rom before. This is designed to help those who are ready to move up from flashing and installing other peoples custom roms to actually start making their own custom roms. I recommend that a beginner watch the entire playlists in order (the videos are marked).

    That said, I believe that an intermediate developer may find a useful trick here and there, and they should just skip ahead to videos of interest. Perhaps kernel development, or something along those lines.

    An advanced rom or kernel developer will probably far exceed my feeble abilities, and will not likely find much useful information here. Perhaps if you are an advanced developer, you would consider continuing the tutorial or making an advanced video series! (See further posts for recommendations on contributing videos.)

    Why did you put this together?
    Well, after building roms for several different devices, I started receiving requests from users who wanted to start building their own roms, but didn't know where to start. I didn't have enough time to answer everyone's questions, so I wrote a few guides and pointed others to guides that were already available, but there are some things that you just need to see to understand. Hence, the video tutorial. I just hope that someone finds it useful.

    This course was written in order! While Lollipop and Marshmallow are old by todays standards, there is still good learning value in building them, and there are topics covered there that really make them worth watching.

    What's in the videos?
    During the series, we will be building for the emulator, as well as over 5 different phones of various brands, and over 5 different roms. I hope that this will give the viewer a good idea of how to build for your own specific phone as you see the differences and similarities across the phones and custom roms.
    Code:
    + Ubuntu installation
    + Java installations
    + Using Git, GitHub, GitKraken, and the command line
    + Fastboot and ADB
    + Heimdall/Odin
    + QFIL, QPST, SALT, and other tools
    + AOSP, OmniRom, LineageOS, SlimRoms, PACrom, AOKP, AOSCP
    + Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo, Pie
    + TWRP with OMNI or LineageOS
    + TWRP alternatives like Orange Fox and Red Wolf
    + Errors
    + Overclocking CPU/GPU
    + Adding Governors and I/O Schedulers
    + Sound modifications
    + Changing app colors, text, and icons
    + Adding prebuilt apps
    + Adding source code
    + Converting device from one rom to another
    + Upgrading from one version to another
    + Building device trees from scratch
    + Smart watches
    + Making apps
    + AND MORE!

    **** This is an UNOFFICIAL TUTORIAL. Use at your own risk! ****
    Now including more than 37 total hours in over 290 videos!

    New HD videos are coming out just about every week day on YouTube, and posted to my GitLab as well! There are playlists for everything, so be sure to check them out!

    Downloads!
    My GitLab: https://gitlab.com/alaskalinuxuser

    Youtube links:
    My YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/AlaskaLinuxUserAKLU

    About the author:

    I'm not a professional Android builder, nor am I considered an expert. However, I have built a lot of custom roms over the years for various Android phones. I'm really just a simple guy whose hobbies include the Bible, cell phones, Android, Linux, and electronics.
    Below are a few of my previous and current Android projects.
    Code:
    Samsung Galaxy S4:
     -AOKP 7.1.2
     -SlimRoms 7.1.1
     -Resurection Remix 7.1
     -AOKP 6.0.1
     -PacRom 6.0.1
     -Resurection Remix 6.0.1
     -SlimRoms 5.1.1
     -AKLU kernels 
      for Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat
    
    Samsung Galaxy S5:
     -AOKP 7.1.2
     -AKLU kernel for Nougat
    
    Samsung Galaxy Note Edge:
     -AOKP 7.1.2
     -SlimRoms 7.1.1
     -AOKP 6.0.1
     -PacRom 6.0.1
     -SlimRoms 6.0.1
     -DataZip for 6.0.1 bootloaders
     -AKLU kernel 
      for Marshmallow and Nougat
    
    LG G4:
     -AOKP 7.1.2
     -SlimRoms 7.1.1
     -AKLU kernel for Nougat
     -Assisted Suicide Squirrels with the AOSCP Oreo bringup
    
    Open Source Apps: (All listed below are under the Apache 2.0 license)
     -Critical Velocity - A side scrolling flappy bird space game.
     -Kppd Control - An app to control the kppd daemon and kernels that enable it.
     -S4 GPU Voltage Control - An app to adjust the voltage of the S4 GPU on the fly.
     -Hourglass - A simple timer application.
     -Just Notes - A simple note taking app.
     -Just Craigslist - A simple Craigslist app.
     -Ship Captain and Crew - A dice game.
    I have also assisted with open source projects by submitting code to SatStat, Easer, SlimRoms 6.0.1 for the Samsung Galaxy J5, and others. I once even turned a Samsung Captivate Glide into a Debian Computer, as well as making numerous how-to guides for compiling ROMs and app creation on both XDA and my website.
    Some of my non-Android projects include building a Bluetooth Autostart, creating several small C++ games with SFML, and working with Linux.


    My Wordpress: https://thealaskalinuxuser.wordpress.com
    My Website: https://thealaskalinuxuser.com
    My device and kernel trees (older - GitHub) : https://github.com/alaskalinuxuser/
    My device and kernel trees (newer - GitLab) : https://gitlab.com/alaskalinuxuser/

    Created 2018-07-09
    Last Updated 2019-03-18
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    Open Source License

    Hey everyone, well, the video says it best, so here it is:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKSiVL7nIqM

    Essentially, due to changes in my schedule and work, I'll be hanging up the gloves on the video tutorial series.

    Feel free to watch through any of these videos though, as there is still a lot of material. This thread will also stay open for people to ask questions and discuss the videos, however, my involvement in answering those questions is going to come to an end.

    I really hope that you have enjoyed the series, and that it was helpful to you in your Android career!

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    Hey everyone, well, the video says it best, so here it is:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKSiVL7nIqM

    Essentially, due to changes in my schedule and work, I'll be hanging up the gloves on the video tutorial series.

    Feel free to watch through any of these videos though, as there is still a lot of material. This thread will also stay open for people to ask questions and discuss the videos, however, my involvement in answering those questions is going to come to an end.

    I really hope that you have enjoyed the series, and that it was helpful to you in your Android career!
    Notes:

    Recording Quality

    Just a quick note about the recording quality. There are two main video threads, the HD videos, and the non-HD videos.

    For the HD videos:
    New videos out in HD! I'm working on ways to improve the audio/video quality, but these videos are now released in 720p or 1080p quality depending which computer I use at the time. Be sure to check out these higher quality videos, and I am slowly remaking the older non-HD videos in HD as well (time and resources permitting).

    For the non-HD videos:
    I apologize that it is rather low. Several of the recordings were done over Xvnc, so there is sometimes lag in the video. Also, I have really slow speed and limited data internet (internet is expensive here), so I turned down the recording quality a bit so I could record the several hours of video. That said, the original recordings were done in ogg vorbis, then converted to mp4, and those were uploaded to Youtube. So there is a little bit of loss along the way, but even the ogg vobis recordings were not the highest quality. Do keep in mind that the Youtube quality is lower than the downloaded quality.

    Have suggestions or video tutorial requests?

    I can't promise that I will be able to add those videos (for instance, I don't own every phone on the planet, so I can't do a video for "how to build for xx phone", but if you have a generic suggestion that would benefit everyone, please post a comment, or consider uploading a tutorial video yourself.

    Considering contributing to the video series?

    The GitLab links are available, and the project is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0, so you are welcome to fork the repository and add more videos, as well as use pull requests! Be sure in your video to add your name (real or xda) so I can give you credit, and others know that you created the video (it will show on GitLab as well). I do ask that you restrain any use of profanity, as that will help create a more professional video that will not be offensive to listeners.

    Also, if you would like to make a translation, that would be great! Perhaps we could create another branch for each translation, or another repository or folder to hold them.

    If you have more questions about contributing videos, please send me a PM on XDA, or contact me through my website or on GitLab. Thanks!

    Have questions about building roms or kernels?

    While I would absolutely love to help everybody, I have 3 kids under 5 years old, a job, and all of those time taking life events that come with a family and work. You are welcome to post questions here, but I can't promise that I'll have time or be able to answer all of them, But I'll do my best. Perhaps other users will be able to assist you as well. If you have a specific question, and don't hear back from me, you may want to start a thread in the Q&A section of the forums. Remember to be as detailed as possible, and include logs! :D

    I really want to help you get started building. That said, I am not able to answer every question that possibly exists. I just am not that smart. :D
    However, this is a great place to ask questions! Another great place to ask questions is in the Q&A section for your device, if it is device specific.

    But I do have one request: Please don't PM me your questions. Please post your questions here instead, so I can answer one question for the group, rather than one on one questions. I want to help, but I don't have time to answer the volume of questions I am getting in my PM box. Please post you questions here in the thread. :D
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    Just a quick update: I'm working on some HD videos for Android Pie! Stay tuned!
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    Hey everyone!

    Just wanted to let you know that I was able to finish and upload another hour worth of videos! That's right, currently there is more than 9 hours of video tutorial available. As promised, this was added to the series:

    * Installing/using VirtualBox
    * Fixing a VB Ubuntu problem with screen resolution
    * Syncing minimal LineageOS or Omni for building TWRP
    * Converting an Omni TWRP device to LineageOS/CM and building it.
    * Custom TWRP mods with fonts/icons/splash screens/etc....

    Hope that you are enjoying the series, but mostly, I hope that it is informative and gets you building!
    I did try to up the video quality, but I had to tone it back down a bit, as the files became a bit large for uploading and handling. The quality is a little better than the first videos, but not exactly 1080p! :p

    Thanks again for all of the thanks button slaps and YouTube subscriptions. That lets me know that you guys really appreciate the videos.