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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)

Installing Android SDK and setting up an Android Virtual Device

Ideally, if you have an AOSP build environment, you can build everything including Android SDK from scratch. However, it is much more convenient to have an Android SDK installation to help with virtual device creation or running emulator images.

You can always download the latest Android SDK from the following website:

The host environment that we use in this book is Ubuntu 14.04. Download the Android SDK for Linux and decompress it to a folder in your Home directory.

The tools in Android SDK have been changed since API level 25. You may use an older version of Android SDK or the latest Android SDK so I gave the instructions for both cases here.

Creating AVD in an older version of SDK