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A hot fix release to fix a regression that occurred when adding aapt2 support.
Apktool v2.3.3 Released
Apktool v2.3.3 Released
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The first release with experimental aapt2 support!
Apktool v2.3.2 Released
Apktool v2.3.2 Released
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Another week, another blog. This time I take a small brief look into AAPT2, the next iteration of the AAPT binary.
Taking a look at AAPT2
Taking a look at AAPT2
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Happy Holidays!

A new apktool version has been released! This release contains a new feature for only decoding the AndroidManifest and full of bug fixes.
Apktool v2.3.1 Released
Apktool v2.3.1 Released
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Irma may have delayed me, but Apktool 2.3.0 with support for Android Oreo is out!
Apktool v2.3.0 Released
Apktool v2.3.0 Released
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Apktool will drop support for 32 bit systems for next release. There was no warning and I'm sorry for that. When upstream tools drop support, I have no option but to follow along.

The old version of AOSP will obviously not work as I need the qualifier changes the updated changes provide. Porting new changes to an older code base is not worth my time, therefore 32 bit support will be removed.

This dependency is only needed during rebuild, so 32 bit will still continue to work for all decoding/framework related operations.

If you still need 32 bit, please stay on 2.2.4 and hope you don't need to work with Oreo applications.
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Apktool 2.2.4 was recently released and squashed some security related bugs. This post goes into the details of the problems at hand and the implemented fixes.

As apktool is a downloaded program and not a service, only those affected are those who use apktool in some hosted service.
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Faster decodes, security fixes and more! Another great release and quicker than usual thanks to the continued sponsorship.
Apktool v2.2.4 Released
Apktool v2.2.4 Released
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Finally tracked down an interesting bug preventing seemingly random applications from being rebuilt. These applications all have 1 thing in common - they were built with aapt2.

You can read more about aapt2 here - https://developer.android.com/studio/preview/features/new-android-plugin.html

Basically an application is built with aapt2, then apktool is trying to rebuild the decoded application with an aapt1 binary. This has validation rules that fail that presumably don't if an aapt2 binary was used. Unfortunately, as its a major revision backward compatibility was broken.

More technical details for those interested in this bug report - https://github.com/iBotPeaches/Apktool/issues/1520
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