1. The kernel has been removed from the Android manifest file and now requires a separate git pull if you are interested in it:
git clone git://android.git.kernel.org/kernel/common.git
This will save some time when syncing the repo and since the kernel was built outside the Android build system anyway it makes sense to keep it separated.
2. The NDK (Native Development Kit) was released allowing some support for native code in Android applications.
Making it possible to use native functionality in applications have been on the wish list for a long time and this is the first step in that direction. The list of supported API:s is very short though. The NDK currently supports:
- libc (C library) headers
- libm (math library) headers
- JNI interface headers
- libz (Zlib compression) headers
- liblog (Android logging) header
- A Minimal set of headers for C++ support
It looks like things will be picking up for the Android team during the fall and we aim to keep posting interesting tidbits here.