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Installing and Using Android's SDK

Like other mobile OS vendors, Google provides a SDK for Android. Figure 2 shows an example of the interface.

To get started, download and extract the zip file. Then run the SDK Setup application. A command prompt will pop up and then disappear. The graphical application may take a minute to load.

If you receive an error about the https connection when opening SDK Setup, select Settings from the box on the left. Then select the Force https://... sources to be fetched using http://... option.

To get started, add Android platforms to the SDK. You might want to install multiple platforms to test or develop on the different versions.

To add them, click Available Packages from the box on the left. Then choose the desired platforms and hit Install Selected. On the confirmation window, click Install Accepted.

Now you can create an Android Virtual Device. Click Virtual Devices from the box on the left and click New. Give it a name and select a target Android version.

Then specify the size of the simulated SD card (such as 512 Mibs) and optionally change skin and add hardware details. When you're done, hit Create AVD.

Finally, you can run the AVD. Just select it from the list of Virtual Devices and click Start.

A command prompt will appear and then disappear. The emulator window will then pop up, but it can take minutes for the device to load the on the first start.

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