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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)

Source code and manifest changes

Now that we have been introduced to Android start up processes, we will now apply the two-stage boot up process from the Android-x86 project to the Android emulator. Before we talk about the two-stage boot up process, let's have a look at the changes for the AOSP source code and manifest file.

If we look at the following manifest file that we will use for this chapter, we can see that we only changed kernel, the x86emu device, and newinstaller from the Android-x86 project:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> 

<remote name="github"
fetch="." />

<remote name="aosp"
fetch="" />
<default revision="refs/tags/android-7.1.1_r4"