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    Did you know 20 million app developers are required by 2020? IAMAI says so and there couldn’t be abetter time to learn android app development as the present time.
    IAMAI hasn’t claimedthis for nothing and there is an obvious surge in the global market for Androiddevices. There are well over 2 million Android apps available in the market place today. Around 40, 000 new (regular as well as low-quality) apps are added tothe Google Play Store every month.Following is an AppBrainreport giving an overview of new apps added monthly on Google Play Store sinceApril 2015

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    Android phones are in huge demand nowadays, and their popularity is not going to abet in near future. Android is free and open source platform. One more benefit of android is this that it is built on the versatile and robust system of Linux. Android makes it easy for the developers and offers a complete software stack which includes operating system, middleware and key mobile applications.

    Java is the core programming language to write Android applications. All that is required is your technical aptitude and basic knowledge of Java coupled with your innovativeness. Provided with this all, you could contribute to the booming Android community globally and have your slice out of this lucrative mobile technology.

    Given below are some simple to follow steps to initiate you in writing innovative Google Android apps:

    Downloading and Setting up Eclipse for Android App Development

    Developing Android apps can be a very exciting, fun and fruitful experience for Android developers. If you want to get initiated with creating useful and successful Android applications, you obviously need a proper development environment which includes some technical prerequisites. Fulfilling these will enable you to make use of different tools required to create an Android application.

    To get started, you need to setup the Android SDK, Eclipse IDE, and ADT Plug-in. We assume that you know what Android is and have a basic understanding of programming. However, hardcore programming is not required.

    Bingo, you have it all! Now, download the mentioned development tools, unzip the files and store in Program files. Following are the steps:

    1) Download and install the Java Development Kit (JDK)

    To start creating android apps, JDK must be installed. Click the link to download the JDK.

    2) Install the Eclipse IDE

    To develop android applications using eclipse IDE, you need to download and install the Eclipse. Click the link to download the Eclipse.

    3) Install the android SDK

    To develop android apps, you also need to download the android SDK. Double click on the exe file and it will be installed.

    4) Download and install the ADT plugin for eclipse

    Android Development Tools (ADT) is needed to develop the android application in the eclipse IDE. This provides the integrated development environment.

    To download the Android Development Tools (ADT), you need to follow given steps:

    1) Start the eclipse IDE, then select Help > Install new software...
    2) In the work with combo box, write
    3) Select the checkbox next to Developer Tools and click next
    4) You will see a list of tools to be downloaded here, click next
    5) Click finish
    6) Restart the eclipse IDE after completing the installation

    5) Configuring the ADT plug-in

    After the installation of ADT plug-in, you must specify the location of your Android SDK directory. To do so follow the given steps:

    1. In the "Welcome to Android Development" window that comes, select Use existing SDKs.
    2. Browse and pick the location of the Android SDK directory you recently downloaded and unzipped.
    3. Click Next.

    Your Eclipse IDE is now set up to develop Android apps. But you still need to add the latest SDK platform tools and an Android platform to your environment.

    6) Create an Android Virtual Device (AVD)

    To be able to run the android application in the Android Emulator, you need to create Android Virtual Device (AVD). To create the AVD:

    1. Select the Window menu > AVD Manager
    2. Hit the new button, to create the AVD
    3. Write the AVD name in the dialogue box that appears, e.g. youravd. Now choose the target android version e.g. android2.4.
    4. click the create AVD

    7) Create and Run Your New Project

    Now you are all set to create and run your new project. Following are the steps:

    • Create a new project: Navigate to ‘File>New>other>Android>Android project to give your new project a name. Feed other details and then click on “Finish”.
    • Feed your code: You need to go to the “src” folder-à click on “Activity”à Add blocks of codeà start code.
    • Run the Program: Click on “Play” buttonà Run Android application-à Unlock the device to get your first Android program.

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