How To : Installing Android SDK

Android it’s a new operating system for mobiles alike : Windows Mobile,IPhone OS,…..
developed by Google and Open Hand Set Alliance it’s freely to download and use.

Why to Choose Android ?
As we already said not only the OS is freely to use with no charges but also developing
Applications using their SDK is out of restrictions(i.e. I don’t have to have a Mac or .net
and visual studio), I can develop it freely and then publish it on Android Market or sell
it by any other means.

How To install The SDK ?
To start with this phase we will first download the SDK from here (please read The
License carefully to be on a legal terms), and since it’s development will be involved
using Java we will have to get the Eclipse Java EE with JDK and all other components
to run the JVM.

(following steps will be explained according to their test on Linux operating System
UBUNTU 9.04).

Step 1:
Inside Eclipse we will add the ADT plug-in made to make Android development better
by integrating the SDK with our Eclipse configurations.
(Source :

1.Start Eclipse, then select Help > Install New Software.
2.In the Available Software dialog, click Add….
3.In the Add Site dialog that appears, enter a name for the remote site (for example, “Android Plugin”) in the “Name” field.
In the “Location” field, enter this URL:
Note: If you have trouble acquiring the plugin, you can try using “http” in the URL, instead of “https” (https is preferred for security reasons).
Click OK.
4.Back in the Available Software view, you should now see “Developer Tools” added to the list. Select the checkbox next to Developer Tools, which will automatically select the nested tools Android DDMS and Android Development Tools. Click Next.
5.In the resulting Install Details dialog, the Android DDMS and Android Development Tools features are listed. Click Next to read and accept the license agreement and install any dependencies, then click Finish.
6.Restart Eclipse.

Step 2:
After adding the plug-in we will have to reference the SDK in order to work on the Android
Virtual Device which is our emulator for testing our Applications.

Choose : Window → Preference and Select the Android tag and reference the SDK files.

(Note : if you cant see a target name items like ones in this picture that’s not weired we are going
to explain how to setup them I only made this tutorial after doing all these steps 🙂 ).

Step 3:
now are SDK doesn’t have AVD(Android Virtual Device), so we are going to download one
along with the documentation and the Google API’ s .

Choose : Window → Android SDK and AVD Manager Then choose from the menu available
Packages and download what will you need to start (I.e tryout 1.6 and 1.5 with their
documentation) .

Then you will get a result like this

Step 4 :
At Last start new project then Others and Choose Android Project and start learning and
developing for Free !.

But !, Why Mobile development ?
It’s a new trend, people are looking at these days one of most profiting technologies and
it’s easy to enter this business alone or with a team, development for Smart Mobile phone
is very exciting a lot of Optimizations , Tricks , Memory Management and new constraints
which will make it more Fun and enthusiastic for you.

How To install Android:

Android Google Online Help and Documentation:

Android Developers Group:


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