Author: Roger Ye
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Release Date: 2015-08-01
The First Practical, Hands-On Guide to Embedded System Programming for Android Today, embedded systems programming is a more valuable discipline than ever, driven by fast-growing, new fields such as wearable technology and the Internet of Things. In this concise guide, Roger Ye teaches all the skills you’ll need to write the efficient embedded code necessary to make tomorrow’s Android devices work. The first title in Addison-Wesley’s new Android™ Deep Dive series for intermediate and expert Android developers, Embedded Programming with Android™ draws on Roger Ye’s extensive experience with advanced projects in telecommunications and mobile devices. Step by step, he guides you through building a system with all the key components Android hardware developers must deliver to manufacturing. By the time you’re done, you’ll have the key programming, compiler, and debugging skills you’ll need for real-world projects. First, Ye introduces the essentials of bare-metal programming: creating assembly language code that runs directly on hardware. Then, building on this knowledge, he shows how to use C to create hardware interfaces for booting a Linux kernel with the popular U-Boot bootloader. Finally, he walks you through using filesystem images to boot Android and learning to build customized ROMs to support any new Android device. Throughout, Ye provides extensive downloadable code you can run, explore, and adapt. You will Build a complete virtualized environment for embedded development Understand the workflow of a modern embedded systems project Develop assembly programs, create binary images, and load and run them in the Android emulator Learn what it takes to bring up a bootloader and operating system Move from assembler to C, and explore Android’s goldfish hardware interfaces Program serial ports, interrupt controllers, real time clocks, and NAND flash controllers Integrate C runtime libraries Support exception handling and timing Use U-Boot to boot the kernel via NOR or NAND flash processes Gain in-depth knowledge for porting U-Boot to new environments Integrate U-Boot and a Linux kernel into an AOSP and CyanogenMod source tree Create your own Android ROM on a virtual Android device
Embedded Android is for Developers wanting to create embedded systems based on Android and for those wanting to port Android to new hardware, or creating a custom development environment. Hackers and moders will also find this an indispensible guide to how Android works.
Create the perfectly customized system by unleashing the power of Android OS on your embedded device About This Book Understand the system architecture and how the source code is organized Explore the power of Android and customize the build system Build a fully customized Android version as per your requirements Who This Book Is For If you are a Java programmer who wants to customize, build, and deploy your own Android version using embedded programming, then this book is for you. What You Will Learn Master Android architecture and system design Obtain source code and understand the modular organization Customize and build your first system image for the Android emulator Level up and build your own Android system for a real-world device Use Android as a home automation and entertainment system Tailor your system with optimizations and add-ons Reach for the stars: look at the Internet of Things, entertainment, and domotics In Detail Take a deep dive into the Android build system and its customization with Learning Embedded Android Programming, written to help you master the steep learning curve of working with embedded Android. Start by exploring the basics of Android OS, discover Google's “repo” system, and discover how to retrieve AOSP source code. You'll then find out to set up the build environment and the first AOSP system. Next, learn how to customize the boot sequence with a new animation, and use an Android “kitchen” to “cook” your custom ROM. By the end of the book, you'll be able to build customized Android open source projects by developing your own set of features. Style and approach This step-by-step guide is packed with various real-world examples to help you create a fully customized Android system with the most useful features available.
Author: Roger Ye
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
Release Date: 2017-05-31
Build, customize, and debug your own Android system About This Book Master Android system-level programming by integrating, customizing, and extending popular open source projects Use Android emulators to explore the true potential of your hardware Master key debugging techniques to create a hassle-free development environment Who This Book Is For This book is for Android system programmers and developers who want to use Android and create indigenous projects with it. You should know the important points about the operating system and the C/C++ programming language. What You Will Learn Set up the Android development environment and organize source code repositories Get acquainted with the Android system architecture Build the Android emulator from the AOSP source tree Find out how to enable WiFi in the Android emulator Debug the boot up process using a customized Ramdisk Port your Android system to a new platform using VirtualBox Find out what recovery is and see how to enable it in the AOSP build Prepare and test OTA packages In Detail 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. Style and approach This is an easy-to-follow guide full of hands-on examples and system-level programming tips.
Author: Nikolay Elenkov
Publisher: No Starch Press
Release Date: 2014-10-14
There are more than one billion Android devices in use today, each one a potential target. Unfortunately, many fundamental Android security features have been little more than a black box to all but the most elite security professionals—until now. In Android Security Internals, top Android security expert Nikolay Elenkov takes us under the hood of the Android security system. Elenkov describes Android security architecture from the bottom up, delving into the implementation of major security-related components and subsystems, like Binder IPC, permissions, cryptographic providers, and device administration. You’ll learn: –How Android permissions are declared, used, and enforced –How Android manages application packages and employs code signing to verify their authenticity –How Android implements the Java Cryptography Architecture (JCA) and Java Secure Socket Extension (JSSE) frameworks –About Android’s credential storage system and APIs, which let applications store cryptographic keys securely –About the online account management framework and how Google accounts integrate with Android –About the implementation of verified boot, disk encryption, lockscreen, and other device security features –How Android’s bootloader and recovery OS are used to perform full system updates, and how to obtain root access With its unprecedented level of depth and detail, Android Security Internals is a must-have for any security-minded Android developer.
Author: Adam Stroud
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Release Date: 2016-07-25
Battle-Tested Strategies for Storing, Managing, and Sharing Android Data “Android™ Database Best Practices goes well beyond API documentation to offer strategic advice about how to handle data in an Android application and the tools needed to develop productively. This arms the developer with a trove of solutions to nearly any problem an application may face involving data. Mastering the concepts in this book are therefore essential for any developer who wants to create professional Android applications.” –Greg Milette, Android developer, Gradison Technologies, Inc. This is the first guide to focus on one of the most critical aspects of Android development: how to efficiently store, retrieve, manage, and share information from your app’s internal database. Through real-world code examples, which you can use in your own apps, you’ll learn how to take full advantage of SQLite and the database-related classes on Android. A part of Addison-Wesley’s Android™ Deep Dive series for experienced Android developers, Android Database Best Practices draws on Adam Stroud’s extensive experience leading cutting-edge app projects. Stroud reviews the core database theory and SQL techniques you need to efficiently build, manipulate, and read SQLite databases. He explores SQLite in detail, illuminates Android’s APIs for database interaction, and shares modern best practices for working with databases in the Android environment. Through a complete case study, you’ll learn how to design your data access layer to simplify all facets of data management and avoid unwanted technical debt. You’ll also find detailed solutions for common challenges in building data-enabled Android apps, including issues associated with threading, remote data access, and showing data to users. Extensive, up-to-date sample code is available for download at github.com/android-database-best-practices/device-database. You will Discover how SQLite database differs from other relational databases Use SQL DDL to add structure to a database, and use DML to manipulate data Define and work with SQLite data types Persist highly structured data for fast, efficient access Master Android classes for create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) operations and database queries Share data within or between apps via content providers Master efficient UI strategies for displaying data, while accounting for threading issues Use Android’s Intents API to pass data between activities when starting a new activity or service Achieve two-way communication between apps and remote web APIs Manage the complexities of app-to-server communication, and avoid common problems Use Android’s new Data Binding API to write less code and improve performance
Master the skills you need to develop portable, highly-functional Android applications using NDK About This Book Develop portable games using Android NDK and debug them on your desktop Familiarise yourself with different popular C++ libraries on Android and use them in your games Write multi-threaded code with graphics, sound, networking, and resource storage Who This Book Is For If you want to leverage your C++ skills in mobile development and increase the performance of your Android applications, then this is the book for you. Knowledge of C or C++ is assumed, including pointer manipulation, multi-threading, object-oriented programming concepts, and the basics of C++11. It would be an added advantage if you know how to develop applications without any IDE. What You Will LearnWhat You Will Learn Explore popular C++ libraries and use them on Android Write portable, multithreaded native networking code Create portable audio framework using OpenAL Implement portable rendering framework using OpenGL ES 3 Debug mobile applications on your desktop machine Access resources from APK archives Render text with FreeType In Detail Android NDK is used for multimedia applications that require direct access to system resources. NDK is also the key for portability, which in turn allows a reasonably comfortable development and debugging process using familiar tools such as GCC and Clang toolchains. This is a hands-on guide to extending your game development skills with Android NDK. The book takes you through many clear, step-by-step example applications to help you further explore the features of Android NDK and some popular C++ libraries and boost your productivity by debugging the development process. Through the course of this book, you will learn how to write portable multi-threaded native code, use HTTP networking in C++, play audio files, use OpenGL ES 3, and render high-quality text. Each chapter aims to take you one step closer to building your application. By the end of this book, you will be able to create an engaging, complete gaming application. Style and approach This book adopts a step-by-step approach and each chapter is based on the material from the previous ones. The book focuses on putting to your knowledge of C++ use while you develop Android applications of your own.
Author: David J. Katz
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Technology & Engineering
In the past, embedded engineers needed to utilize a combination of traditional microcontrollers and DSP's (digital signal processors) in order to produce optimal designs for use in multimedia applications. However, this multiprocessor design technique is tough to implement, because it requires the engineer to write twice the code. Further, the designs resulting from such a marriage are limited because two processors cost more, take up more physical space, require more memory, and use up more power than just one would. And so a new kind of processor, the EMP (embedded media processor), was born! An embedded media processor combines the best aspects of a traditional microncontroller and a DSP for use in a multimedia product. As the demand grows for smaller, faster, multifunction, portable embedded products, such as video-enabled cellphones and pda's that play music or games, EMP's become more popular. As a result, an increasing number of engineers need to migrate from using multiprocessor methods to using EMP's in their designs. This book is the one-stop shop for the many engineers who need to understand what embedded media processors can do, and how to implement them. KEY FEATURES: comprehensive subject coverage with emphasis on practical application essential assembly language code included throughout many real-world examples using Analog's popular Blackfin Processor architecture This book provides information that engineers cannot get anywhere else. The discussion of EMP's is general enough to assure that engineers using any EMP, not just the Blackfin, will benefit from it. The book's in-depth analysis will allow engineers to decrease product development times and increase robust design for applications in multimedia. For about $50, the engineer is equipped by the experts and empowered to succeed.
Build fast and efficient Android apps that run as reliably as clockwork in a multi-device world About This Book Wide coverage of various topics that help in developing optimal applications Explore the concepts of Advanced Native Coding in depth A must-have for professional-standard Android developers for whom performance failures and the sloppy use of resources are simply unacceptable Who This Book Is For This book is aimed at developers with an advanced knowledge of Android and who want to test their skills and learn new techniques to increase the performance of their applications. We assume they are comfortable working with the entire Android SDK, and have been doing it for a few years. They need to be familiar with frameworks such as NDK to use native code, which is crucial for app performance What You Will Learn Create Android applications that squeeze the most from the limited resource capacity of devices Swap code that isn't performing Efficient memory management by identifying problems such as leaks Reap the benefits of multithreaded and asynchronous programming Maximize the security and encryption mechanisms natively provided by Android Perform efficient network operations and techniques to retrieve data from servers Master the NDK to write native code that can perform faster operations In Detail Performant applications are one of the key drivers of success in the mobile world. Users may abandon an app if it runs slowly. Learning how to build applications that balance speed and performance with functionality and UX can be a challenge; however, it's now more important than ever to get that balance right. Android High Performance will start you thinking about how to wring the most from any hardware your app is installed on, so you can increase your reach and engagement. The book begins by providing an introduction to state–of-the-art Android techniques and the importance of performance in an Android application. Then, we will explain the Android SDK tools regularly used to debug and profile Android applications. We will also learn about some advanced topics such as building layouts, multithreading, networking, and security. Battery life is one of the biggest bottlenecks in applications; and this book will show typical examples of code that exhausts battery life, how to prevent this, and how to measure battery consumption from an application in every kind of situation to ensure your apps don't drain more than they should. This book explains techniques for building optimized and efficient systems that do not drain the battery, cause memory leaks, or slow down with time. Style and approach The book follows a tutorial-based approach to take the reader from the basic fundamentals of debugging to advanced performance-improvement concepts.
From the leading publisher of Android books, Apress’ Expert Android gives you advanced techniques for customizing views, controls, and layouts. You’ll learn to develop apps in record time using JSON, Advanced Form Processing, and the BaaS (Backend As A Service) platform Parse. The book also includes extensive coverage on OpenGL, Search, and Telephony. With these advanced and time saving technologies you’ll be able to release compelling mobile applications in Google Play and the Amazon Appstore at a rapid pace. In Expert Android, you’ll learn to: Borrow, reuse, or build custom Android UI components Create 3D experiences using OpenGL ES 2.0 Write collaborative applications in the Parse cloud and communicate with your app user community through Parse Push Technology Reduce the time-to-market while creating rock solid apps for multiple devices Whether you are an individual or enterprise developer, in Expert Android you’ll find the advanced techniques and practices to take your mobile apps to the next level. Regardless of the Android release, this book serves as your definitive, capstone reference for your Apress Android experience. What you’ll learn How to deliver impactful Apps cheaper, better, and faster. How to develop for multiple devices and manage fragmentation in Android How to use Parse cloud for Storage, Collaborative Social Apps, and Push notifications How to create Custom Views, Controls, and Layouts How to create 3D experience with OpenGL ES 2.0 How to achieve speed to market through JSON, Form processing, and Parse How to eliminate memory leaks and poor-performing code Who this book is for This book is for advanced Android app developers who have read/used Pro Android already by the very same authors that bring you Expert Android. Table of Contents01. Custom Views 02. Compound Views 03. Custom Layouts 04. Using JSON for On-Device Persistence 05. Programming for multiple devices 06. Advanced Form Processing for Android 07. Using the Telephony API 08. Advanced Debugging and Analysis 09. Programming in OpenGL ES 2.0 for Android 10. Android Search User Experience 11. Android Search Providers 12. Android Search Custom Providers 13. Cloud storage for Applications: Parse.com 14. Enhancing Parse with Parcelables 15. Using Push Notifications with Parse
If you are an Android app developer who wants to experiment with the hardware capabilities of the BeagleBone Black platform, then this book is ideal for you. You are expected to have basic knowledge of developing Android apps but no prior hardware experience is required.
Author: Jonathan Levin
Release Date: 2014-10-24
An in-depth exploration of the inner-workings of Android: In Volume I, we take the perspective of the Power User as we delve into the foundations of Android, filesystems, partitions, boot process, native daemons and services.
Author: G. Blake Meike
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Release Date: 2016-06-27
Write Apps for Maximum Performance and Responsiveness “Threading and concurrency are as important in mobile as they are in large, distributed systems. This book does an excellent job of re-introducing us to the basic concepts and describing how to apply them to the Android framework. Even the most experienced Android developer should pick up at least a few tricks from these pages.” —Dave Smith, PE, Google Developer Expert for Android Mastering concurrency is critical to developing software with superior performance and responsiveness. This is especially true for Android, where interruptions are frequent and abrupt, and in order to be correct, programs must be aware of component and process lifecycles in addition to being thread safe. You need a deep, Android-specific understanding of concurrency—and Android Concurrency delivers it. This guide in Addison-Wesley’s Android Deep Dive series for experienced Android developers helps you leverage today’s multi-core processors and heavily cached architectures, as well as major improvements built into Android 5 (Lollipop). Top Android developer and consultant Blake Meike strips the magic and mystery from concurrent programming and presents intensely practical solutions for everything from inter-thread communication to network communication. Meike introduces a simple but powerful architectural framework you can use to address new issues whenever they arise, and offers expert guidance for debugging even highly complex concurrency issues. Android Concurrency combines in-depth knowledge, proven patterns and idioms, and world-class insights for avoiding performance-killing mistakes. For serious Android developers, it will be an indispensable resource. You will • Gain new clarity about what concurrency really is, and how concurrent processes work • Master best practices for writing concurrent code that’s more robust and less susceptible to weird, hard-to-diagnose errors • Review the Java concurrency mechanisms Android’s constructs are built upon • Shape an approach to concurrency that reflects the unique characteristics of the Android environment • Avoid widespread misconceptions that lead Android developers into trouble • Make the most of AsyncTask—but only when it’s the right tool for the job • Leverage the powerful, lightweight Looper/Handler framework to support scheduled, asynchronous tasks and execute many message types • Use the Android Service component to separate business logic from UI • Understand the differences between started and bound services and use them effectively for intra- and inter-process communication • Perform scheduled tasks, including tasks requiring polling and explicit scheduling • Track down problems via static analysis, annotations, and assertions