Tag Archives: Android

在Android 7.0上解决感叹号问题 [更新至7.1.1]


从Android 5.0 (Lollipop)开始,安卓为了检测各种需要登录的Wifi服务,提供了captive_portal_detection_enabledcaptive_portal_server这两个设置,分别作为检测的开关和服务器。原理是访问http://<server>/generate_204这个URL:

  • 如果返回204,就说明wifi可以直接连接,不需要登录;
  • 如果返回非204并且非空的内容,说明wifi需要登录。




不过,从Android 7.0 (Nougat)开始,这个设置稍微有点变化,在某些服务器上会导致又出现感叹号,这里介绍一下。

Android 7.0 引入了一个新的设置:CAPTIVE_PORTAL_USE_HTTPS(captive_portal_use_https),默认值是1,也就是说,默认情况,它会用https://<server>/generate_204这个URL来判断isCaptivePortal()




  • 要么配置墙内的服务器,让它在https的情况也也返回204;
  • 要么在手机上把HTTPS的值设为0 (settings put global captive_portal_use_https 0)




settings put global captive_portal_https_url https://captive.v2ex.co/generate_204

Android M – Systemless Unroot, OTA and re-Root

Since Google is now pushing monthly security updates, it becomes a regular procedure for me to temporarily un-root my phone to get OTA updates.
This post introduces the steps of how to unroot Android M (6.0 or above), get OTA update and then re-root it.

[Update] Let’s take Nexus6p as example to OTA from angler-MHC19I to angler-MHC19Q.



  • Factory image of MHC19I
  • TWRP (e.g.
  • SuperSU (2.60 or above, e.g. 2.68)



  1. Extract MHC19I’s factory image to get boot.img and recovery.img
    tar -xf angler-mhc19i-factory-8c31db3f.tgz angler-mhc19i/image-angler-mhc19i.zip
    cd angler-mhc19i
    unzip image-angler-mhc19i.zip boot.img recovery.img
  2. Flash stock boot and recovery
    adb reboot bootloader
    fastboot flash boot boot.img
    fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

Now the phone is un-rooted and we get the stock Android.

OTA or Sideload

If you got OTA update from Google, just run OTA, Android does the OTA automatically.

If you did not get OTA update, you have the option to use adb sideload to manually flash the OTA package.

  1. Get the OTA package;
  2. Go to stock recovery, in recovery screen, press and hold the Power key and the Volume up key for a few seconds, and then let go of the Volume up key, but keep pressing Power.
  3. In stock recovery, run below command to do the OTA upgrade:
    adb sideload f7303e0c33450419deeb292b0887c1595fb5588d.signed-angler-MHC19Q-from-MHC19I.zip

After OTA, we’re now on MHC19Q (April 2016 release).

Root again

  1. Flash TWRP
    adb reboot bootloader
    fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.0.0-1-angler.img
  2. Flash SuperSU
    • Press the Volumn and Power key to enter Recovery
    • In TWRP, flash BETA-SuperSU-v2.68-20160228150503.zip
  3. Wipe cache/dalvik
  4. Reboot to system.

Now the phone is rooted again systemlessly.
Enjoy the new version 😉


Handle Discontinuity and PAT/PMT change in Android Multicast Playback

In previous post it briefly introduces how to implement multicast playback in Android.
In real world, multicast may get discontinuities or PAT/PMT changes, which will cause the playback intermittent or failure if it’s not correctly handled.

In this post, it will introduces how to handle discontinuity and PAT/PMT changes.


In NuPlayer::Decoder::fetchInputData(), it handles three types of DISCONTINUITY:


Originally, they are used to handle adaptive cases in HLS, e.g. switch from low-resolution stream to high-resolution stream. They’re perfect for multicast stream’s discontinuity and PAT/PMT change as well.

Handle Discontinuity

In ATSParser::Stream::parse(), it already checks the ContinuityCounter in TS streams. We can just queue a time discontinuity unit, then NuPlayer::Decoder will handle the case, reset the playback and re-sync A/V.

if (mExpectedContinuityCounter >= 0
    && (unsigned)mExpectedContinuityCounter != continuity_counter) {
  ALOGI("discontinuity on stream pid 0x%04x", mElementaryPID);
  signalDiscontinuity(DISCONTINUITY_TIME, NULL);

In ATSParser::Program::convertPTSToTimestamp(), there is a special flag for calculating time stamp from PTS.

if (!(mParser->mFlags & TS_TIMESTAMPS_ARE_ABSOLUTE)) {
  if (!mFirstPTSValid) {
    mFirstPTSValid = true;
    mFirstPTS = PTS;
    PTS = 0;
  } else if (PTS < mFirstPTS) {
    PTS = 0;
  } else {
    PTS -= mFirstPTS;

If TS_TIMESTAMPS_ARE_ABSOLUTE is not set, it uses the first valid PTS as the base time stamp, and assumes the PTS is increasing all the time. This is not the case for multicast live streaming. So we need to set this flag to let it calculate time stamp by absolute value of PTS.

  // In MulticastSession::onConnect()

With the changes, multicast discontinuity is correctly handled and it works fine when multicast stream is looped.

Handle PAT/PMT change

In ATSParser implementation, it just parses PAT/PMT and store the program table and the A/V streams. If PAT/PMT is changed, it just update the program table and streams, and requires the “user” of ATSParser to handle the change, which is quite complicated.
In the other hand, when PAT/PMT is changed in multicast, we know the stream is changed and thus can just throw away the previous program table. So why not delete the previous ATSParser and create a new one to handle the new stream? It makes things much easier.
The changes:

  • ATSParser
    1. Add an observer that should receive the event of PAT/PMT change
    2. Save PAT/PMT crc32 and detect the change; If it’s changed, call onPatPmtChange() and notify the observer
  • MulticastSession
    1. Receive parser’s event and call onPatPmtChanged() for PAT/PMT changed event
    2. Reset ATSParser by delete and create new one
    3. Queue FORMAT change DISCONTINUITY for both audio and video
    4. In dequeueAccessUnit(), check the discontinuity queue and return DISCONTINUITY for audio/video stream.

With the changes, ATSParser is reset when PAT/PMT changes, as if it plays a new stream, which is exactly the expected behavior.


Multicast playback in Android

This article is to briefly introduce how to add multicast playback support in Android platform based on AOSP 5.0.0_r2 tag.


  • NuPlayer is the default media player in Android L. It’s part of libmediaplayerservice located in frameworks/av/media/libmediaplayerservice
  • libstagefright is a library used by NuPlayer to provide a lot of media related functions, e.g. media download, parse and extract. Located in frameworks/av/media/libstagefright
  • chromium_org is a library used by Browser to provide all webview related functions. <video> tag in Webview also uses this library to render its content. Located in external/chromium_org
  • Gallery2 is a default system app that handles media playback intents. Located in packages/apps/Gallery

The above components will be changed to add multicast support.



Multicast as a kernel option, shall be enabled in kernel build.
Note: this option is enabled by default on Nexus Tablets, but disabled on Nexus Phones.
So you probably need to compile your custom kernel if you plan to test multicast on your phone.

  • MediaPlayerFactory::IFactory::scoreFactory() checks the URI scheme to decide which player shall be used to play a certain media.
    In NuPlayerFactory::scoreFactory(), multicast’s score shall be added to be chosen for playing multicast stream.
    if (!strncasecmp("http://", url, 7)
        || !strncasecmp("https://", url, 8)
        || !strncasecmp("file://", url, 7)) {
      … // return kOurScore
    if (!strncasecmp("rtsp://", url, 7)) {
      return kOurScore;
    if (!strncasecmp("udp://", url, 6)
        || !strncasecmp("igmp://", url, 7)) {
      return kOurScore;
  • NuPlayer checks the URI scheme and creates different DataSource to receive media data. MulticastSource is added to handle multicast stream.
    In NuPlayer::setDataSourceAsync(), multicast shall be supported as below
	if (IsHTTPLiveURL(url)) {
	  … // new HTTPLiveSource
	} else if (!strncasecmp(url, "rtsp://", 7)) {
	  … // new RTSPSource
	else if (!strncasecmp(url, "udp://", 6)
	         || !strncasecmp("igmp://", url, 7)) {
	  source = new MulticastSource(notify, httpService, url, headers);
	else {
	  … // Generic source
  • MulticastSource inherits NuPlayer::Source and provide related functions. Basically it just handles events and pass all functions to MulticastSession, which is implemented in libstagefright.
  • Multicast socket related code shall be implemented to provide the socket interface.
  • MulticastSession uses the socket to receive media data, uses existing ATSParser to parse the TS stream, and extract so-called accessUnit to feed the decoder. It could be put at frameworks/av/media/libstagefright/multicast
    This class handles the main part of multicast playback.
  • MulticastDataSource is created by DataSource and used by MediaExtractor to extract the meta data of the media, e.g. whether it has video or audio, what the video resolution is, etc.
    This class is used in <video> tag playback, that webview will retrieve the media element’s metadata.
    Note: DataSource expects the media as static content, so it uses readAt(offset) to read the data from the source. But multicast is a stream, so MulticastDataSource shall be implemented carefully to provide the correct data with offset to DataSource.
  • DataSource shall be updated to create MulticastDataSource for multicast scheme.
	if (!strncasecmp("file://", uri, 7)) {
	  … // new FileSource
	} else if (!strncasecmp("http://", uri, 7)
	           || !strncasecmp("https://", uri, 8)
	           || isWidevine) {
	  … // new Http or Cache source
	} else if (!strncasecmp("data:", uri, 5)) {
	  … // new DataURISource
	} else if (!strncasecmp("igmp://", uri, 7)
	           || !strncasecmp("udp://", uri, 6)) {
	  source = new MulticastDataSource(uri);
	} else {
	  … // new FileSource

By default, WebMediaPlayerAndroid does not support multicast scheme, and thus it treats the URI as a file and fails to load the media. WebMediaPlayerAndroid::load() shall be updated to support multicast scheme.

  if (url_.scheme() == "udp" || url_.scheme() == "igmp") {
    DVLOG(1) << "Do not load multicast";
    DidLoadMediaInfo(MediaInfoLoader::kOk, GURL(url), GURL(""), false);

By default, Gallery2 does not handle multicast, and thus if an application sends a VIEW intent with multicast scheme, no application handles the intent and exception throws. AndroidManifest.xml shall be updated to support multicast scheme, so that it handles such VIEW intent.

                <action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW" />
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" />
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.BROWSABLE" />
                <data android:scheme="udp" />
                <data android:scheme="igmp" />
                <data android:mimeType="video/*" />
                <data android:mimeType="audio/*" />


The above is a simplified introduction of the changes needed to support multicast playback in AOSP.
Google will probably not officially add such support, but some fork may be interested in multicast. This could be a start of the work.


Android上的psf播放器 MinePsfPlayer


1) 最早是基于sexypsf library (http://projects.raphnet.net/#sexypsf),在PSP上写了一个能播放psf音乐的demo;不过后来不知道什么原因,没有继续做下去;
2) 后来发现了Audacious,一个从XMMS派生出来的开源播放器,里面有psf plugin,从code里看,psf的解码也是基于sexypsf的,但里面还包含了psf2的lib,在linux上工作良好;
3) 于是用了这个lib,在SDL库的基础上写了一个demo,可以在Windows/Linux上可以播放psf的demo;
4) Android出来之后,就想在上面写个psf播放器,不过刚开始没有NDK,感觉搞不定;
5) NDK出来之后,终于可以在android上写一个播放psf的demo了,在模拟器上跑,效果惨不忍睹,解码得太慢了;当时还没有Android手机,以为性能会有问题,作罢;
6) 买了Milestone之后,在实际的手机上跑了一下,发现性能上基本上没问题,但是有各种问题(实际上是code里的bug),当时在搞短信震动的app,psf的播放又往后拖了很久;
7) 现在终于搞定了psf的播放器!(在手机上听各PS经典游戏的原声,内牛满面啊)

TODO: 最高优先级的当然是PSF2的播放,这样就可以在手机上听FFX的音乐了,但愿不会拖太久。。。