How to Download the Android SDK

SDK stands for software development kit. The Android software development kit allows developers to create new applications to be run on Android Operating Software (OS).  Applications can be programmed in different languages and the development kit provides the necessary tools to port/ transfer the application code i.e. create an executable binary for the Android system.

Instructions

  • 1

    Learn the basics of cross compiling

    You should learn the idea behind the remote development kit before proceeding forward. Cross compiling means to compile an executable binary for a remote system by using the resources of another system. For example in this case, we will be cross compiling the code for the Android system by downloading and installing the kit on our Personal Computer (PC).

  • 2

    Linux is a must

    A know how of Linux is also necessary before attempting to try Android Application development. Linux is a type of operating system which is based on the principle of free and open-source software development and distribution. There are many variations of Linux present online; Android, Angstrom, Red-Hat, Ubuntu, Fedora to name a few.

  • 3

    Know how of Ubuntu

    We will be using Ubuntu in our tutorial so you should have a basic idea of Ubuntu. You should know how to browse files, folders and how to execute Applications from the command line.

  • 4

    Downloading packages in Ubuntu for Froyo

    You will have to install the following packages in your Ubuntu system from the command line. Open the terminal and type the following commands.

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get install curl

    sudo apt-get install git-core

    sudo apt-get install bison

    sudo apt-get install sun-java5-jdk

    sudo apt-get install g++

    sudo apt-get install flex

    sudo apt-get install gperf

    sudo apt-get install zlib1g-dev

    sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev

    sudo apt-get install xorg-dev

    This will install the necessary libraries required for the cross-compilation of an Android System using Froyo as OS.

  • 5

    Downloading Packages for Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich

    sudo apt-get install curl

    sudo apt-get install git-core

    sudo apt-get install bison

    sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk

    sudo apt-get install g++

    sudo apt-get install g++-multilib

    sudo apt-get install flex

    sudo apt-get install gperf

    sudo apt-get install zlib1g-dev

    sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev

    sudo apt-get install xorg-dev

    sudo apt-get install libgl1-mesa-dev

    This will install the necessary libraries required for the cross-compilation of an Android System using Gingerbread or later versions as OS.

  • 6

    Check version of Java

    Verify that you have the correct version of Java installed on your Ubuntu. Java version 5 is required for Froyo development while Java version 6 is required for Gingerbread and later versions. The version of Java can be verified by the following command.
    java -version

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