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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)

Creating a new x86emu device

To customize Android emulator, we need to create a new device based on Android emulator and make our customization on this new device. We will work on this from the original AOSP source code.

Checking out from the AOSP

As I mentioned before, I try to avoid unnecessary changes to the AOSP source code as much as I can. In this chapter, in order to set up the build environment, you can check out the android-7.1.1_r4 version of the AOSP source code and clone the kernel and x86emu source to the AOSP source tree as follows:

$ mkdir android-x86emu
$ cd android-x86emu
$ repo init -u -b android-7.1.1_r4
$ repo sync
$ git clone -b android-7.1.1_r4_x86emu_ch04_r1...