I am new to the Android platform, but a few weeks ago I bought a Samsung Galaxy S2 mobile phone running Android 2.3.3 (gingerbread) and I absolutely love it. It has gotten me really interested in developing applications for it and as I already have experience writing applications in Java from my university days the learning curve should be pretty small.
All that’s really needed to get started is:
- A Java Integrated Development Environment (IDE) such as Eclipse
- The JAVA Software Development Kit (SDK) – The latest version is JDK version 7
- The Android SDK available here
Android itself is open source so there are heaps of great resources online to get started developing applications. Google themselves have a great developer resource at their website http://developer.android.com/guide/index.html
which has a lot of source code examples and tutorials. If I manage to build anything exciting I’ll be sure to post it up on here.
Wish me luck!
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