A development kit that software developers can use to create applications.
The Android platform is a software stack for mobile devices including an operating system, middleware and key applications. Developers can create applications for the platform using the Android SDK. Applications are written using the Java programming language and run on Dalvik, a custom virtual machine designed for embedded use, which runs on top of a Linux kernel.If you want to know how to develop applications for Android, you\'re in the right place. This site provides a variety of documentation that will help you learn about Android and develop mobile applications for the platform. Here are some key features of \"Android SDK\":
· Application framework enabling reuse and replacement of components
· Dalvik virtual machine optimized for mobile devices
· Integrated browser based on the open source WebKit engine
· Optimized graphics powered by a custom 2D graphics library; 3D graphics based on the OpenGL ES 1.0 specification (hardware acceleration optional)
· SQLite for structured data storage
· Media support for common audio, video, and still image formats (MPEG4, H.264, MP3, AAC, AMR, JPG, PNG, GIF)
· GSM Telephony (hardware dependent)
· Bluetooth, EDGE, 3G, and WiFi (hardware dependent)
· Camera, GPS, compass, and accelerometer (hardware dependent)
· Rich development environment including a device emulator, tools for debugging, memory and performance profiling, and a plugin for the Eclipse IDE
· Eclipse IDE
· JDK 5 or JDK 6 (JRE alone is not sufficient)
· Android Development Tools plugin (optional, but recommended)
· Not compatible with Gnu Compiler for Java (gcj)
· For the base SDK package, at least 600MB of available disk space. For each platform downloaded into the SDK, an additional 100MB is needed.
What\'s New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Android SDK Platform-tools revision 8 or later.
· If you are developing in Eclipse with ADT, note that the SDK Tools r14 is designed for use with ADT 14.0.0 and later. If you haven\'t already, we highly recommend updating your ADT Plugin to 14.0.0.
· If you are developing outside Eclipse, you must have Apache Ant 1.8 or later.
· Added webcam support to Android 4.0 or later platforms to emulate rear-facing cameras when one webcam is present, and to emulate both rear-facing and front-facing cameras when two webcams are present. Webcam suport is for Windows and Linux only. Mac support will come in a later release.
· Changed default.properties to project.properties and build.properties to ant.properties. Any existing projects that you build with Ant must be updated with the android update project command.
· Changed Ant build.xml file to support improvements to the build system and added and modified Ant commands to support these changes. For a list of An...