Sunday, March 6, 2011

Android SDK Installation in Linux

Android  as we all know is a Mobile Operating system platform developed by Android.Inc which was later acquired by Google in 2005 . Android is completely Open source and built completely on the Linux Kernel . Android is the most stable, efficient platform for Mobile Operating system application development. Android has got some of the best applications in the world. The popularity of Android Operating system for Mobile devices is also increasing at a Exponential rate, thus Android is the perfect platform for all the application developers to start implementing their ideas and developing cool applications using Android SDK (Software development Kit ) .

Steps to be followed to Install and Configure Android SDK for application development in Linux :

1 : Download the Android SDK  tar.gz file for Linux Versions from  

2 : Now Download the Eclipse IDE ( Integrated Development Environment ) 
    Fire up the Terminal and use 
    sudo apt-get install eclipse 

3 : The Downloaded Android SDK will be there in the Downloads folder of your system .
     Extract .tar.gz file in the terminal as 
     cd Downloads
     tar xvfz android-sdk-linux_x86.tar.gz

4 : After Extracting the tar ball move into the Extracted folder as
     cd android-sdk-linux_x86

5 : This will make a Window pop up . It is the Android SDK and AVD Manager 
     Go to available packages and select the packages available there , accept the terms and conditions and       
     Click on Install Selected to download and install the packages .

6 : After Installation of the packages , Fire Up the Eclipse IDE 
     Move to workbench .

7 : In Workbench, Move to help menu , in that click on install new softwares .
     A window add site will pop up , click on add and then in the Name type Android SDK and in the    
     location type .
     This step basically installs various plugins for Android for application development using eclipse IDE .

8 : After Installing plugins , Move to Window and then preferences and then Android in the popped   
     Window .

9 : Now browse the SDK location and locate your downloaded Android SDK in Downloads folder
     Click apply and proceed .

10 : Now move on to Windows , then Android SDK and AVD Manager  , a Window pops up , Select 
       Virtual devices , Go on to add button select any of the packages downloaded and create AVD and then click on the emulator and press start to start the emulator. 

The Android SDK is installed and Configured for application development . Now develop cool applications and Emulate it's working using Emulator. 

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channusitcs said...

i think sdk is-software development kit

TECH GEEK said...

Thank You for pointing out the mistake.........
I have corrected it

A.P. Sayakkara said...

Thanks for this good description. I was thinking to tryout Android SDK one day and this article made my mind to do that now.

Anonymous said...

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