Mobile Application Development Tutorial

It is very easy to see the opportunity involved with Android mobile application development, as it has only been a few years since the first Android device was released, and it has already evolved into such a complex piece of technology.

At that point, it did not even compare to the popular iPhone, but then again, that was only the first version of the Android device. Since then, the advancements have brought new meaning to the Android name. Following the G1 was the Donut, otherwise known as the Android 1.6, followed by 2.0 closely after, and here we are today with version 4.2 Jelly Bean that implements brand new camera features. “So,” you may ask, “what’s next?” Well, everyone is now waiting for version 5.0, coming in the near future.

Operating system – what hardware do you need?

You can make use of several different operating systems, such as Windows, Linux and Mac OS X to develop your Android mobile applications on. For the purposes of this tutorial, I use the Windows 8 operating system.

The following platforms are supported by Android:

– Windows 8 – 32 and 64-bit

– Windows 7 – 32 and 64-bit

– Windows Vista – 32 and 64 bit

– Windows XP – 32-bit

– Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later – x86 only

– Linux

If you use a 64-bit operating system, you must make sure it can handle 32-bit applications as well.

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