This post will help developers to configure Android SDK in PC and start developing applications of your interest.
It is a software development kit that enables users to develop applications for Android platform. So to start developing applications you need download this kit first. Every Android version has a separate SDK released to enable developers to develop applications with latest features. Android ADK includes the below components.
- API libraries
- Sample source code
- Documentation corresponding the SDK
Applications are written using Java programming language that runs on Dalvik Virtual machine which runs on top of Linux kernel. This SDK can be used to develop applications in command prompt. But the most common and easiest method is using an IDE, recommended IDE for Android development in Eclipse, but it varies on developer’s interest. Other IDE's like Netbeans, IntelliJ can also be used as mentioned above. Android SDK is compatible with Windows Xp and above, Linux and Mac OS.
Android SDK includes a virtual mobile device to test Android applications without any real device called the emulator. This emulator has all the features of a real mobile device, but it cannot place any calls. Android emulator is basically an application that provides a virtual mobile device where you can run, test Android applications.
Download and configure JDK from the link
Download Android SDK
- Go to the link http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html and click on "Download the SDK" button, a pop up will appear just accept the terms and select your corresponding bit and start downloading the SDK it is a rar file about 400 MB. This package contains Android SDK and Eclipse IDE.
- Once download is complete, Unrar the package you should be able to see something like the below image.
First is your Eclipse IDE and second is your Android SDK.
Now we have come to end of SDK configuration in Android PC, which is quite simple, but the only matter is “download”. To view your downloaded SDK components, just follow the simple steps below.
- Open Eclipse.exe from your eclipse folder shown above.
- Set your workspace and select OK.
- Now you should be able to see the start page of Eclipse now to go Window and select Android SDK Manager as shown below.
- New window will open, where you can see SDK’s for Android versions starting from 1.5 to 4.2Sample image below will help you to understand quite comfortably. You can see below SDK is installed for Android 4.2, 4.0.3, 4.0, in the same way other SDK has got installed in your machine now. The rest packages like ‘Samples’, ‘Google API’ can be downloaded based on developers choice and requirement. If you choose to download, just select those check boxes and click on Install packages button at the bottom.
Thats is... Configuration of Android SDK in PC is complete. Now go ahead and start your Android app development..