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Here’s the suggested sequence for developing Android applications using Windows 7

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Set up required software

Set up an Android device or smartphone

First project: download and compile an open source application

Part 1: Getting the source code

Part 2: Import, Modify, and compile a project

Part 3: Modify application and deploy to a device

 Keeping your development environment up to date

  1. Alif
    August 21st, 2013 at 13:22 | #1

    Any clue on the PC configuration (RAM, i3/i5) for Android development? What’s your PC configuration and experience so far?

    • wpgeorge
      September 18th, 2013 at 23:54 | #2

      Excellent question, Alif.

      Just like I try to use low-cost smartphones for development, I also try to use a minimal hardware configuration. At the moment I have had good results with:
      - A Toshiba netbook like this one running with 2Gb RAM (upgraded from 1GB RAM) and an ATOM processor
      - Windows 7 Starter. Fine for development but you may be looking for the advanced features (remote desktop).
      - No more than 10-20Gb disk space.

      With this environment, my experience with Eclipse/Java/SDK updates has been smooth

      If you want to develop with ease, then any Windows 7 64-bit (AMD or Intel) would do it. Rather than spending too much on hardware, I think that you need to consider spending on Internet bandwidth. Updates to Java/SDKs, etc. are quite demanding with regards to downloads.

      G.

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