In hardware testing i want to display colours like red, green, blue etc.., on the android screen i.e., Amoled display. Can you help to do this through commands and how the invoke the android display feature in android shell.

(full screen should display colour).

Is there android tools to do it or any other procedure.

Android version : lollipop

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    What commands do you have in mind? Via a terminal app / adb shell (as the bash tag suggests – though it's not clear whether the device in question is equipped with a Bash interpreter), via some other app, or are you looking for development sources?
    – Izzy
    Feb 16, 2016 at 10:19
  • I mean that through adb commands Feb 16, 2016 at 10:21
  • Might be a case for SuperUser then: How can I change the colors of my xterm using Ansi escape sequences? explains about the necessary ANSI sequences.
    – Izzy
    Feb 16, 2016 at 10:24
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    @Izzy But that just changes the colours displayed at the command line: if you do it in an adb shell, the only change will be on the computer you're running adb from.
    – Dan Hulme
    Feb 16, 2016 at 11:24
  • @DanHulme Ooops – right, I still was thinking "terminal app", sorry.
    – Izzy
    Feb 16, 2016 at 12:35

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You can achieve this by writing to the framebuffer directly using dd There's no standard procedure or tool, because the details of what you need to write depend on the framebuffer format in your platform; i.e. it's different for every model of device.

dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/graphics/fb0

will get you a random colour in every pixel of your framebuffer. (If the framebuffer isn't at /dev/graphics/fb0 on your device, you'll need to change the command accordingly.) To get a solid colour of your choice or a pattern, you'll need to find out what the framebuffer format is and think about it a bit.

An alternative way to do it is to set up the framebuffer with another application (e.g. a normal Android app that displays a full-screen colour), and then save the framebuffer to a file. This post explains the details of how to do it. The post is written for desktop Linux machines, but it works exactly the same way in Android, which uses the Linux kernel.

  • dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/graphics/fb0 I tried this but it showing that 'No such device' Feb 17, 2016 at 5:30
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    As I said, "If the framebuffer isn't at /dev/graphics/fb0 on your device, you'll need to change the command accordingly." I don't know exactly where it will be on your device, so you'll have to investigate for yourself a little.
    – Dan Hulme
    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:27
  • The framebuffer is at /dev/graphics/fb0, but i didn't know how to display colour. Feb 17, 2016 at 13:04

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