Here is a collection of information about programming the Android platform.
Getting a tablet
If you have your own Android device you will be able to use it as your test device, they are all programmable.
If you need a device, the department has some Android tablets that can be checked out by group members. You will need to get authorized by the Administrative TA in order to check out a tablet or phone. Once you are authorized, you will need to stop by (ROOM TBA) in the interval of 12:45-2:30 to pick up your tablet or phone from Steve DiBlasio.
- You should be able to install the Android Studio development environment
on your Win/Mac/Linux machine.
- This environment includes a simulator and debugger,
and for most aspects of phone apps they can be developed
completely in the simulator. Only a few features like the
camera and the accelerometer do not work correctly in the
simulator. The actual phones run quite a bit faster than the
simulator, that is the main advantage of developing on the
- The developer site at developer.android.com
is a very thorough site which has all the resources you
need to get going.
- Here is a recommended order to get going
- Download and Install Android Studio from the above site.
- Work through the Getting Started training.