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One of the strengths of the Android platform compared to iOS, for example, is that it has an open source basis, which makes it easier to produce your own applications and distribute them without waiting for a lengthy approval process. You can set up your own Android app on your PC as long as you have the right software installed, and you can even take it for a test drive using an Android emulator so you can see what it will look like when it's run on a smartphone. There are two techniques that you can use to produce Android applications with a PC. The first uses the Android Software Development Kit (SDK). This lets you write raw code and helps you get it working in the Android environment. The second uses App Inventor, a Google Labs tool that's still in beta. This provides you with a simple drag-and-drop environment that you can use to generate new applications made up of building blocks of code and media. You also need to get your computer ready for the Android SDK. Android platform

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A newbie's guide to Android development William J. Francis covers Android development basics, such as the necessary tools to get started and a typical project hierarchy. Introduction Android is a great platform. Introduction To develop apps for Android, you use a set of tools that are included in Android Studio. In addition to using the tools from Android Studio, you can also access most of the SDK tools from the command line. Developing with Android Studio is the preferred method because it can directly invoke the tools that you need while developing applications. However, you may choose to develop with another IDE or a simple text editor and invoke the tools on the command line or with scripts.

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