Android 8.0 and higher mandate a minimum kernel version and kernel
configuration, which are verified by the Vendor Test Suite (VTS) and over-the-air
(OTA) updates. Android device kernels must enable kernel
support and the option to read the kernel configuration at runtime through the
procfs file system.
Kernel .config support
All device kernels must enable the entirety of android-base.cfg, which must include the following kernel-config options (or their kernel-version equivalent):
For Android 9, the minimum Long Term Support (LTS) kernel version requirements are 4.4.107, 4.9.84, and 4.14.42.
- All SoCs productized in 2018 must launch with kernel 4.9.84 or higher.
- All other SoCs launching Android devices running Android 9 must use kernel 4.4.107 or higher.
- Device kernels based on 4.14 must include the 4.14.42 or higher LTS release.
- Regardless of launch date, all SoCs with device launches on Android 8.0 and higher remain subject to the kernel changes required to enable Treble.
- Older Android devices upgrading to Android 8.0 or higher can continue to use their original base kernel version.
For details on LTS kernels, see Long-term stable kernels and Android Common Kernels
If the platform doesn't support the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) specification,
devicetree support in the kernel must be enabled and bootloaders must pass the
hardware description in the form of a devicetree to the kernel. The devicetree
must also be available for Android to read, and it must be able to pass vendor-
and ODM-specific parameters to Android.
CONFIG_OF is mandatory,
along with all other device- and subsystem-specific
kernel config options.
The implementation of the vendor interface can't rely on the
DebugFS file system to access debug information.
That's because in Android 7.0–10,
DebugFS can be enabled,
but VTS testing might be done with
In Android 11,
DebugFS can't be accessed or mounted on
production devices, so device manufacturers must remove it. Before Android 11,
dumpstate accessed binder statistics from
Because user builds launching with Android 11 or higher can’t access
dumpstate accesses binder statistics from
binderfs. To enable
Binderfs, enable the kernel
In Android 11, VTS enforces these two requirements:
CONFIG_DEBUG_FSisn't enabled in the device’s kernel config.
DebugFSisn't listed under
DebugFS in Android 11
The following table describes how each of these three categories is
supported in Android 11. Note that the
following only applies to userdebug builds since
DebugFS can’t be
mounted in user builds. Never mount
DebugFS in user builds for devices
launching on Android 11.
|Use case||Android 11 userdebug build|
||Vendor init does this.|
|Bugreport generation: The dumpstate HAL reads
||Done by dumpstate HAL within
|Device-specific testing and validation||Adb root and shell|