Migration guide

This document contains a few helpful tips when migrating to new Android releases.

Migrate to Android Gingerbread 2.3

In Gingerbread, we added the concept of input device configuration files (also referred to as input device calibration files in this release).

Make sure to provide an input device configuration file for all touch screens. In particular, it is worth spending time providing a calibration reference for touch size information.

Migrate to Android Honeycomb 3.0

In Honeycomb, we revised the key character map file format and started making greater use of input device configuration files. We also added support for full PC-style keyboards and introduced a new "Generic" key map, which replaced the older emulator-specific "qwerty" key map (which was never intended to be used as a general-purpose key map.)

Make sure to update all of your key character map files to use the new syntax.

If your peripherals relied on the old "qwerty" key map, then you may need to provide new device-specific key maps to emulate the old behavior. You should create a new key map for each device identified either by USB product id / vendor id or by device name.

It is especially important to provide key character map files for all special function input devices. These files should simple contain a line to set the keyboard type to SPECIAL_FUNCTION.

A good way to ensure that all built-in input devices are appropriately configured is to run dumpsys and look for devices that are inappropriately using Generic.kcm.

Migrate to Android Honeycomb 3.2

In Honeycomb 3.2, we added support for joysticks and extended the key layout file format to enable joystick axis mapping.

Migrate to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0

In Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, we changed the device driver requirements for touch screens to follow the standard Linux multitouch input protocol and added support for protocol "B". We also support digitizer tablets and stylus-based touch devices.

You will probably need to update your input device driver to implement the Linux multitouch input protocol correctly according to the standard.

You will also need to update your input device configuration files because some properties have been changed to be simpler and more systematic.

Refer to Touch Devices for more details about driver requirements.