I chose to pose this question here, since I don't have any Jelly Bean device nearby.

On Android KitKat, system apps are located at /system/priv-app/. On Lollipop and Marshmallow, instead, they're placed under /system/priv-app/name-of-the-app/.

Following a similar fashion, I would like to know the path of those apps which are installed as system apps, on Android devices in a version range going from 4.1.x to 4.3.x (namely, all of the Jelly Bean builds).

Are their APKs located under the /system/app/ folder directly, are they placed in a folder of the same name of the corresponding app, or are they present in a completely different folder?

Thanks in advance.

  • Have you tried Android-x86? It can solve the query. BTW, in Android 5+, system apps are scattered in /system/app and /system/priv-app. – Firelord Apr 23 '16 at 11:57
  • @Firelord Sadly, the quality of my Internet connection is not even good enough to allow me to download an ISO. – Death Mask Salesman Apr 23 '16 at 11:58
  • Have you read this: android.googlesource.com/platform/frameworks/base/+/ccbf84f? – Firelord Apr 23 '16 at 11:59
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    On my JDQ39 SDK 17 Jellybean 4.2.2 version all system files are in directly /system/app. – Iftekhar Apr 23 '16 at 12:21

To my knowledge, before Kitkat .apk files of system apps all went to /system/app. Kitkat added the /system/priv-app directory. The structure having an additional directory level came later (LP or MM).


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