Has anyone had luck debugging JNI code inside of an Android Emulator using IDA? I haven't been able to get any of the popular Windows Android emulators to work. Been trying step such as in http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2050393&nocache=1 but can't get android_server to launch.

1 Answer 1


You cannot debug native code with those emulators as they aren't arm based. The emulator from google will however work.

For example BlueStacks uses a proprietary technology called LayerCake which allows apps to run at near native speeds. This is possible since LayerCake "converts" ARM to x86 and this is the reason for its speed.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.