To write Android applications, you must configure your programming environment for Java development. The software is available online for download at no cost.Android applications can be developed on Windows, Macintosh, or Linux systems.
To develop Android applications, you need to have the following software installed on your computer:
A complete list of Android development system requirements is available.
Configuring Your Operating System for Device Debugging
To install and debug Android applications on Android devices, you need to configure your operating system to access the phone via the USB cable. On some operating systems, such as Mac OS, this may just work. However, for Windows installations, you need to install the appropriate USB driver. You can download the Windows USB driver.
Android application debugging using the emulator and an Android handset.
Configuring Your Android Hardware for Debugging
Android devices have debugging disabled by default. Your Android device must be enabled for debugging via a USB connection in order to develop applications and run them on the device.
First, you need to enable your device to install Android applications other than those from the Android Market. This setting is reached by selecting Home, Menu, Settings, Applications. Here you should check (enable) the option called Unknown Sources.
More important development settings are available on the Android device by selecting Home, Menu, Settings, Applications, Development. Here you should enable the following options:
Android debug settings.
Upgrading the Android SDK
The Android SDK is upgraded from time to time. You can easily upgrade the Android SDK and tools from within Eclipse using the Android SDK and AVD Manager, which is installed as part of the ADT plug-in for Eclipse.
Changes to the Android SDK might include addition, update, and removal of features; package name changes; and updated tools. With each new version of the SDK, Google provides the following useful documents:
You can find out more about adding and updating SDK components .
Problems with the Android Software Development Kit
Because the Android SDK is constantly under active development, you might come across problems with the SDK. If you think you’ve found a problem, you can find a list of open issues and their status at the Android project Issue Tracker website. You can also submit new issues for review.
Setting Up Your Android Development Environment
Writing Your First Android Application
Understanding The Anatomy Of An Android Application
Defining Your Application Using The Android Manifest File
Managing Application Resources
Exploring User Interface Screen Elements
Designing User Interfaces With Layouts
Drawing And Working With Animation
Using Android Data And Storage Apis
Sharing Data Between Applications With Content Providers
Using Android Networking Apis
Using Android Web Apis
Using Location-based Services (lbs) Apis
Using Android Multimedia Apis
Using Android Telephony Apis
Using Android 3d Graphics With Opengl Es
Using The Android Ndk
Using Android’s Optional Hardware Apis
Working With Notifications
Working With Services
Extending Android Application Reach
Managing User Accounts And Synchronizing User Data
Handling Advanced User Input
Targeting Different Device Configurations And Languages
The Mobile Software Development Process
Designing And Developing Bulletproof Android Applications
Testing Android Applications
Selling Your Android Application
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