Chapter 1. Getting Started with Android

The first and arguably most pivotal step to building an Android application is installing an integrated development environment (IDE). If you’ve already built an Android application and are comfortable with the IDE you chose—Eclipse (ADT Bundle) or Android Studio—congratulations are in order! You can skip this chapter and move on to the fundamentals. For those of you who haven’t, you’ll get through this before you can say “Open Handset Alliance” three times quickly.

In this chapter, you’ll move quickly through the platform configuration. You’ll

• Learn about your IDE options

• Download and configure Eclipse (ADT Bundle) or Android Studio

• Update the Android software development kit (SDK) to the latest ...

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