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Google introduces Android 1.5 Native Development Kit June 25, 2009

Posted by andre in Mobile & Gadgets, Programming.
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Many of you have been asking for the ability to call into native code from your Android applications. I’m glad to announce that developers can now download the Android Native Development Kit from the Android developer site.

As you know, Android applications run in the Dalvik virtual machine. The NDK allows developers to implement parts of these applications using native-code languages such as C and C++. This can provide benefits to certain kinds of applications.

The NDK provides:

  • a set of tools and build files used to generate native code libraries from C and C++ sources
  • a way to embed the corresponding native libraries into application packages files (.apks) that can be deployed on Android devices
  • a set of native system headers and libraries that will be supported in all future releases of the Android platform, starting from Android 1.5 documentation, samples and tutorials

Android Developers Blog: Introducing Android 1.5 NDK, Release 1

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