Google has released a new version of its Android 4.0 NDK (native developer kit), and the latest version which is version 7 lets developers who are using native code use some new native API’s which are available in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Android NDK r7 includes a number of build system improvements and bug fixes, but most importantly it gives you access to two new sets of APIs:
Low-level streaming multimedia: A new API based on Khronos OpenMAX AL 1.0.1 provides a direct, efficient path for low-level streaming multimedia. The new path is ideal for applications that need to maintain complete control over media data before passing it to the platform for presentation. For example, media applications can now retrieve data from any source, apply proprietary encryption/decryption, and then send the data to the platform for display.
Audio decoding into PCM: Extensions to the existing native audio API based on Khronos OpenSL ES let native apps decode compressed audio assets to PCM format.
You can find out more information about the new Android 4.0 NDK over at the Android Developers blog.
Make sure you read our Samsung Galaxy Nexus review to see what we thought of Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich and the Galaxy Nexus.
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