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Android System Programming

By : Roger Ye, Shen Liu
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Android System Programming

By: Roger Ye, Shen Liu

Overview of this book

Android system programming involves both hardware and software knowledge to work on system level programming. The developers need to use various techniques to debug the different components in the target devices. With all the challenges, you usually have a deep learning curve to master relevant knowledge in this area. This book will not only give you the key knowledge you need to understand Android system programming, but will also prepare you as you get hands-on with projects and gain debugging skills that you can use in your future projects. You will start by exploring the basic setup of AOSP, and building and testing an emulator image. In the first project, you will learn how to customize and extend the Android emulator. Then you’ll move on to the real challenge—building your own Android system on VirtualBox. You’ll see how to debug the init process, resolve the bootloader issue, and enable various hardware interfaces. When you have a complete system, you will learn how to patch and upgrade it through recovery. Throughout the book, you will get to know useful tips on how to integrate and reuse existing open source projects such as LineageOS (CyanogenMod), Android-x86, Xposed, and GApps in your own system.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

What is inside an OTA package

Before we start to build an OTA package, let's look at what's inside an OTA package. The OTA package can be used to update the system to a new release. The new release can be a major release or a minor release. For example, it could be a minor update to the existing Android version to fix critical issues or security flaws. It could also be the major update from Android 6 to Android 7. Let's look at the content of the OTA package that we are going to create in this chapter to find out what is inside an OTA package. The OTA package that we are going to create in this chapter is an OTA update package of our entire ROM. We can use recovery to flash the OTA package to our VirtualBox device. This is another way to install the system image that we build to the virtual device.

Let's look at the content of the OTA package that we will build in this chapter. The OTA package...