Thursday, December 13, 2012

SDK Installation

Android installation is a bit different from other softwares. It requires JDK because we use the java code to develop the applications. Also it requires Android SDK as we are working that platform. Last but not least we need Eclipse IDE to write the code and to run the android applications.

Follow the procedure mentioned below:

Required Softwares:

  • jdk (1.4,1.5,1.6,1.7):  This can be download from
  • Eclipse IDE: This can be download from

  • ADT Plugin:This can be download from

  • Android SDK: This can be download from

Procedure to Install the Android SDK:

  1. Install jdk
  2. Unzip eclipse ,ADT Plugin ,Android sdk and keep all these three fiiles in a single folder.
  3. Open Eclipse folder then you will find Eclipse applicatin file. Double click it ,then Eclipse IDE will open
  4. In eclipse go to help menu under help menu you will find Install new software option click it then Install window will open, click add button give your ADT Plugin what you have downloaded and click next ,next ,finish.
  5. Go to window menu there you will find Preferences click it, A new window will open there you click on  android then you will find browse option ,click browse button and give your android sdk location in your system which you have downloaded previously.

Creating AVD(andriod virtual device) or Emulator:  

Go to window menu ther you will find avd manager click on avd manager then new window will open then click new button.Then follow steps below

  • In the name box you can give any name for your avd
  • In the target box select andoid sdk version it may be android 2.2 or 2.3
  • select skin HVGA
  • click CreateAVD

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

History of Android

Contrary to what you might expect, Android did not originate with Google. Android was initially developed by Android, Inc., a small Palo Alto, California - based startup company.

Google bought this company in July 2005 and released a preview version of the Android SDK in Novemver 2007.

In mid - August, 2008, Google released the Android 0.9 SDK beta, and subsequently released the Android 1.0 SDK one month later.

Starting with version 1.5, each major release comes under a code name that is based on a dessert item.
Cupcake - 1.5
Donut - 1.6
Eclair - 2.0/2.1
Froyo - 2.2
Gingerbread - 2.3
HoneyComb - 3.x
Ice cream sandwitch - 4.0.x
Jelly bean - 4.1/4.2

These updates are typically fix the bugs and add new features.