How to make Android (AOSP) without Google

David Ruddock
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How to make Android (AOSP) without Google

If there's any one thing to take away from this week's episode, it's that you shouldn't toy around with pushing plain AOSP and GMS on your devices. Of course, we've got all the reasons why. We're pleased to be joined by Chirayu Desai, one of the developers of the FOSS-focused CalyxOS.

  • 01:00 - What features do Android Open Source Project builds actually have? Which ones are dependent on Google Mobile Services?
  • 12:55 - What are some of AOSP's own feature shortcomings?
  • 18:22 - What is CalyxOS's approach and why does it take that path?
  • 24:36 - Why is it such a big deal to ditch GMS? Are there ways to get around it?
  • 41:32 - Why not just ship devices with just AOSP and GMS?

About the Podcast

Android Bytes (powered by Esper)

A weekly show that dives deep into the Android OS

Android Bytes (powered by Esper) is the podcast that dives deep into the engineering and business decisions behind the world’s most popular OS. 

Android powers over 3 billion devices worldwide and is the platform of choice for over a thousand companies. You’ll find Android on smartphones, tablets, watches, TV, cars, kiosks, and so much more. How does Google architect Android to run on so many form factors, and how do companies fork AOSP to make it run on even more devices? These are the kinds of questions the Android Bytes podcast considers each week.

Join cohosts Mishaal Rahman and David Ruddock, two journalists with extensive knowledge covering the Android OS platform and ecosystem, as they speak to system architects, kernel engineers, app developers, and other distinguished experts in the Android space.

Get in touch with us at if you’re looking to use Android for your product — we have the experience you need.

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David Ruddock was the Editor in Chief at Esper. He's been using Android for well over a decade — his first smartphone was the Google Nexus One. In his 11 years as a technology journalist, David worked with major brands like Google, Samsung, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Verizon, and Amazon, reviewed hundreds of products, and broken dozens of exclusive stories.