Appendix A. Installing the Android SDK
This chapter covers
- Meeting development environment requirements
- Obtaining and installing Eclipse
- Obtaining the Android SDK
- Using the SDK and AVD Manager
- Configuring the Android Development Tools for Eclipse
This appendix walks through the installation of Eclipse, the Android SDK, and the ADT plug-in for Eclipse. This appendix is meant to be a reference resource to assist in setting up the environment for Android application development. The topic of using the development tools is covered in chapter 2.
To develop Android applications, your computing environment must satisfy the minimum requirements. Android development is a quick-paced topic, with changes coming about very rapidly, so it’s a good idea to stay in tune with the latest developments from the Android development team at Google. You’ll find the latest information regarding supported platforms and requirements for Android Development Tools (ADT) at http://developer.android.com/sdk/requirements.html.
- Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later (Intel x86 only), Linux
- Eclipse 3.4 (or later), including the JDT and Web Tools Platform, which are included in the Eclipse installation package
- JDK and Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 5 or 6
- ADT plug-in for Eclipse