In order to start developing Android applications for Android powered devices one need to install Android Software Developer’s Kit (SDK in short), installing the SDK will not only allow you to develop the applications for Android but also helps you in access the device with much ease, also allows you to install apps on your device remotely and in addition also allows to handle the perplexed jobs like installing WiFi modules on your Android device.
Installing the SDK is not as simple as running or installing other software programs and modules, but if you follow this Android SDK installation guide all the (complicated) process to set up SDK could be handled pretty easy by doing as said in the mentioned steps.
To start with SDK installation first you need to check and make sure that your computer complies the minimum requirements and make sure that you have installed Java Development Kit & Eclipse (Optional but recommended) in prior to the setup.
Minimum System Requirements For Android SDK Installation
- Windows XP, Vista, 7 (32-Bit or 64-Bit).
- Linux (tested on Ubuntu Linux, Lucid Lynx per Android developers community).
- Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later (x86 only).
Supported Development Environments
- Eclipse 3.6.2 (Helios) or higher
- Eclipse JDT plugin (it is included in most Eclipse IDE packages)
- JDK 6 (JRE alone is not sufficient)
- Android Development Tools plugin (recommended)
- Upto 1 GB of free space in the target directory (Eclipse IDE, JDK need more space).
Once after you confirm the requirements and have installed Java development kit, just go ahead and start downloading Android SDK starter package (which includes the core SDK files) from the following link.
Note: SDK Starter Package is not the complete package for full development environment and please not that you need to download and install other SDK components (like latest Android Packages) later.
Android SDK Installation Instructions For Windows Platform
After you download the (.exe) version of Android SDK , run the program (installer_r18-windows).
- Follow the on-screen instructions for installing the SDK, please refer the following screenshots for step by step instructions and for your reference.
- Once you complete the installation, open Android SDK Manager and check and install the necessary Tools and Extras which you need as per your requirements.
- Just wait for the download process to complete and start working on your requirements.