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Android Application Development For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Donn Felker, Michael Burton

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Tuning Up Your Hardware

You can develop Android applications on various operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. In this book, you find a combination of the Windows 7 operating system and Mac OS X, but you can use Linux as well.

Operating system

Android supports these platforms:

check.png Windows XP or later

check.png Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later (x86 only)

check.png Ubuntu Linux

Note that 64-bit Linux distributions must be capable of running 32-bit applications. Visit http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing/index.html for more details.

remember.eps Throughout this book, some examples use Windows 7 64-bit Edition. Windows paths look similar to this:

c:\path\to\file.txt

Some examples use Mac OS X; a Mac or Linux path looks similar to this:

/path/to/file.txt

Computer hardware

Before you start installing the required software, make sure that your computer can run it adequately. Just about any desktop or laptop computer manufactured in the past four years will suffice. A laptop with a 1.6GHz Pentium D processor with 1GB of RAM running Windows XP and Windows 7 can run and debug Eclipse applications with no problem. ...

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