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14 November 2011, 11:50

Google's NDK now supports Android 4.0 APIs

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Google has released a new version of its Native Development Kit (NDK) for Android. Revision 7 (r7) of the NDK is designed to enable developers who use programming languages such as C or C++ to address the new, native Android 4.0 APIs. In their announcement, the developers highlight two new APIs that are based on Khronos Group standards: a native multimedia API that implements OpenMAX AL 1.0.1 and a native audio API based on OpenSL ES 1.0.1.

Android applications usually run within Google's Dalvik Java Virtual Machine (JVM). In mid-2009, Google introduced the Android NDK, a companion toolkit to the standard Android Software Development Kit (SDK) that includes tools and build files to allow developers to write portions of their apps in native languages such as C and C++. The NDK only works in combination with the Android SDK.

More details about NDK r7 can be found in a post on the Android Developers Blog. Revision 7 of the Android NDK for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux is available to download from the Android Developers portal; documentation is included with the NDK package.

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