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How-to use a serial port with Android, Liquidware Ambrosia edition

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Saved by Chris
on June 29, 2011 at 5:39:29 pm

This tutorial will help you transmit and recieve to a serial device using your Liquidware Android kit and Android Ambrosia SD Card

This could be useful to interface Android applications to serial devices like Arduinos, Accelerometers, and other sensors.



  • In your Skeleton app add this code to begin serial:
import android.serial.*;
SerialManager Serial; 

Serial = (SerialManager) getSystemService(Context.SERIAL_SERVICE); 


  • In your Skeleton app add the following code to receive serial messages
/* Handle Serial messages */
 SerialStatus.SerialMsgListener sl = new SerialStatus.SerialMsgListener() {
 public void onSerialMsgReceived(String sMsg) {
  /* Handle the message.. */ 
  Log.v("SkeletonSerial", sMsg);


  • Add the following code to begin serial
Serial.begin("ttyUSB0", 9600);


  • Add the following code to transmit serial


  • Add the following code to end serial


  • Attach your Serial device through a USB hub for power and connect to the BeagleBoard's USB host port.  I am using an Arduino as my serial device. http://arduino.cc




  • On the Arduino I used the following sketch to read "A" or "B" characters, which turn the LED ON or OFF:
void setup(){

int i=0;

void loop() {
  if (Serial.available()) {
    int msg = Serial.read();
    if (msg == 'A') {
      digitalWrite(13, HIGH);
      Serial.println("Turning LED on..");
    if (msg == 'B') {
      digitalWrite(13, LOW);
      Serial.println("Turning LED off..");




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