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Android™ Tablet Application Development For Dummies® by Donn Felker

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Getting the Android SDK

The Android SDK is composed of a debugger, Android libraries, a device emulator, documentation, sample code, and tutorials. You can't develop Android apps without the Android SDK.

To download the Android SDK, follow these steps:

  1. Point your browser to http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html.
  2. Choose the latest version of the SDK starter package for your platform. If you're using Windows, please select the recommended download as it has an installer to streamline the installation process for you.
  3. Extract the SDK archive (.zip or .tgz).

    I recommend extracting /Library/android on Mac OS X because I reference this location later in this chapter.

    You've just downloaded the Android SDK.

  4. Navigate to the directory where you extracted the SDK, and double-click the SDK Manager.exe file. (In Mac OS X, double click the android file in the tools directory.)
  5. If you're prompted to accept the authenticity of the file, click Yes.

    The Android SDK and AVD Manager dialog box opens.

  6. Select the SDK Platform Android 3.0 check box.

    For the purposes of this book, select version 3.0, as shown in Figure 4-3. At this writing, 3.0 is the latest and greatest version of Android. Check the boxes for the documentation and samples that correspond with Android version 3.0 (API 11).

    Figure 4-3: Choose packages to install.

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    Every time a new version of the Android OS is released, Google also ...

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