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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)

Enabling the ARM Translator and Introducing Native Bridge

We created a new x86emu device in the last chapter. This is the foundation of further customization and extension. As we know, if the application includes native libraries, it cannot run on a different processor architecture. Most Android applications are built for the ARM platform. We usually have problems with running these applications with ARM native libraries on Intel x86 platform. However, Google provides a solution for this situation from Android 5 and above called Native Bridge. We will delve into the Native Bridge and Intel Houdini implementation to extend x86emu to support the ARM native application in this chapter. In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Introducing Native Bridge
  • Integrating the Houdini library to the x86emu device
  • Building and testing the image with Houdini integration