I have a little idea about the /odm but no idea of /vendor dir. Can someone please explain in the best way possible? I looked up on Google and it didn't help.
What I'm really confused is with whether OEM's make changes to the files underlying these directories or is it the Android's source.


From /system, init launches and starts mounting all the other partitions, such as /vendor, /oem, and /odm

  • Is /odm a directory on your device? Please edit your question and only use full paths and also add your device name and vendor.
    – Robert
    Mar 21 '19 at 16:24
  • no i didn't find /odm dir in my device. a guy answered to my question regarding /proc dir. he replied android.stackexchange.com/questions/208792/… so this kinda confused me .. can i get a brief explanation?
    – ghost_83
    Mar 21 '19 at 16:41
  • /odm contains files from Original Device Manufacturer. /vendor contains files from SoC manufacturer. I'll share my thoughts on this when I get some time. Mar 21 '19 at 20:51

odm contains all specific device librarues such as sensor HAL, etc. But vendor contains SoC specific libraries. This is because for android 9 and higher the idea is having a general/same image for all devices and using product, vendor and oem for every device.


You could obtain this informacion in Source Android Documentation

  • ODM -> This partition contains original design manufacturer (ODM) customizations to system-on-chip (SoC) vendor board-support packages (BSPs). Such customizations enable ODMs to replace or customize SoC components, and implement kernel modules for board-specific components, daemons, and ODM-specific features on hardware abstraction layers (HALs). This partition is optional; typically, it's used to contain customizations so that devices can use a single vendor image for multiple hardware SKUs
  • Vendor -> This partition contains any binary that isn't distributable to AOSP. If the device doesn't contain proprietary information, you can omit this partition.

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