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getting started with android programming

Getting Started with Android Programming

Note: if you have already installed android development tools, please check that you have the same version as described here

app presentation
App Presentation
  • Are you hungry?
  • Presentations
    • Talk about a cool app
      • Download the app or apps (yes, you might need to pay a few bucks)
      • PPT Slides with app views
      • Compare to existing apps
      • Use/search for app reviews
    • Talk about something interesting in mobile computing
      • E.g., android on Intel, qualcomm android tools, new/old company
      • A few slides and be prepared to answer (tough) questions
    • 15 minutes max, but in depth (we are all experts)
    • Be prepared. If you are not prepared (i.e., haven’t spent enough time figuring everything out), ask to present next time. Don’t waste our time.
  • Web site that talk about apps and mobile technology (you should know keep up to date with these)
    • TechstarsApp showcase:
      • Search on android app and find many articles on different apps
  • I will use windows
  • Linux is fine
  • You can use MAC, but will need to be a fairly experienced MAC user. Otherwise, try using a windows virtual machine or, if your machine can boot into windows, use that.
  • You must download and view powerpoint documents in class
adobe connect
Adobe Connect
  • Go to
  • Log in as guest
get eclipse
Get Eclipse
  • Complete information is also here:
  • Download Eclipse Indigo Classic (v3.7.1)
    • Note, if you have eclipse, please upgrade to Eclipse Classic v3.7.1, that way, we all have the same version.
  • After downloaded, decompress in a directory name eclipse
  • Note, there is no installation for eclipse. Once it is decompressed, you are ready to run it. But you can only start eclipse by opening a file browser and double clicking on eclipse.exe
get jdk
  • Go to
  • Get JDK6 or JDK5 (not JDK7 and not JRE)
    • Scroll down a bit to JDK 6
    • Perhaps you already have JDK5 or 6
      • Check c:\program files\java\jdk1.X.yyy, where X=5 or 6
get android sdk
Get Android SDK
  • Go to
  • Install
    • Will check that the correct version of jdk is installed.
    • install in c:\Android
  • After installing SDK, the SDK manager should run
    • Select SDK Platform-tools
    • Download each API version (or at least the ones >2.0)
      • However, don’t download every package within the API version (it takes to long). Instead, select SDK platform, samples, googleapi and then the package for you phone.
    • Also, download Android Support package
    • And, google USB Driver package
install adt eclipse plugin
Install ADT Eclipse plugin
  • For instructions, also see
  • Start eclipse
  • Help –> install new software
  • Click Add, in the top-right corner.
  • In the Add Repository dialog that appears, enter "ADT Plugin" for the Name and the following URL for the Location:
  • Click OK
    • Note: If you have trouble acquiring the plugin, try using "http" in the Location URL, instead of "https" (https is preferred for security reasons).
  • In the Available Software dialog, select the checkbox next to Developer Tools and click Next.
  • In the next window, you\'ll see a list of the tools to be downloaded. Click Next.
  • Read and accept the license agreements, then click Finish.
  • When the installation completes, restart Eclipse.
  • Configuring the ADT Plugin
    • Select Window > Preferences... to open the Preferences panel (Mac OS X: Eclipse > Preferences).
    • Select Android from the left panel.
    • You may see a dialog asking whether you want to send usage statistics to Google. If so, make your choice and click Proceed. You cannot continue with this procedure until you clickProceed.
    • For the SDK Location in the main panel, click Browse... and locate your downloaded SDK directory. (maybe it is already correctly filled in)
    • Click Apply, then OK.
  • In Eclipse
    • Help -> install new software
    • Select add
    • In location, put
play with our set up
Play with our set up
  • Enable USB debugging on you phone
    • Go to settings
    • Approach 1 (depends on phone)
      • Open Applications
      • Development
      • Check USB Debugging
    • Approach 2
      • {} Developer options
      • Check USB debugging
    • Approach 3
      • Look around and check USB debugging
  • Start eclipse
  • Window -> open perspective -> other -> DDMS (! Not <DDMS>)
  • Plug your phone via usb
  • Under devices (upper left) you can see your phone
    • If you can’t see you phone, check if you have a notification on you phone asking about whether to use USB debugging. Do not select USB storage
  • In the upper middle, select the File Explorer tab
    • Expand mnt
      • Expand sdcard
        • Expand DCM
          • Expand Camera
            • This is where your pictures are
    • Expand data
      • Should not work, since this is a protected directory that holds apps private data
  • On the lower/middle left, select LogCat. This shows system messages.
    • The messages are have level (debug, error, info,…)
      • You can select which messages using the menu in the middle right
    • Messages have tags and text
    • We will use these messages extensively for debugging
  • Near the top is a row of buttons. One button is a camera. Click on the camera and see your device screen shot
play with adb
Play with ADB
  • Open a command prompt
  • Change dir to c:\android\android-sdk\platform-tools
  • > adb devices
    • Shows the devices you have plugged in and the serial number
  • >adb shell
    • Opens a shell on the device
    • > ls
    • >cd /data
    • >ls
      • Still fails
    • > su
      • If you have rooted you phone, this will succeed
    • > ls
      • Works!
    • > ps
      • Shows everything running
make a emulated android device
Make a Emulated Android Device
  • Start eclipse
  • Windows -> AVD Manger
  • Opens a new window (maybe after a short delay)
  • Select new
    • Name: Test4
    • Target: Google APIs API level 15
    • SD Card Size: 1GiB
    • Snapshot Enabled
    • Level screen as default
    • Click “Create AVD”
  • Click on the device you just made and click on start
  • It can take sometime to start. Be patient
  • You should see the emulator in the eclipse DDMS fairly quickly, even as the device is booting up