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Android SDK : installation on Ubuntu via PPA

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Android SDK is a development kit targeted at developing apps for mobile devices running Android. With the Android SDK, one can develop, debug, and test apps via an inbuilt emulator. The emulator can emulate the expected behavior of the Android OS on many platforms including Linux, Windows, and Mac.

Here, we will instruct on how you could install the latest version of ***Android SDK  ***under Ubuntu 12.04/11.10 or Linux Mint via our PPA. You can still install it manually if you like; check this page for more details.

Unlike most other SDKs, the Android SDK comes in parts and don’t function without one another. The list of repositories for installation packages on Ubuntu and Linux Mint doesn’t already contain the Android SDK. This is why we would need to add a PPA i.e. Personal Package Archive. This essentially lets us include an additional repository that will let us install the Android SDK via the terminal.

Since it’s the terminal, you’d be guaranteed to have the most recent version of the SDK.

This process will install the following:

      1. The Android SDK and ADK
  1. Eclipse IDE for JAVA
  2. JAVA JDK 6

Install Android SDK

1. Open Terminal

Do this using the keyboard shortcut [CTRL][ALT][T] or [command][option][T] in Macs.

2. Add the new PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/sdk

The above command will include the required repository containing Android SDK.

sudo apt-get update

This will update your system to conform with the latest in the repository.

sudo apt-get install android-sdk

This installs the Android SDK. Be patient and let the process complete.

This completes the installation of all of Android SDK components on your Linux PC.

3. Install the ADT plugin in Eclipse

Start up Eclipse that was installed in the previous step.

In the menu-bar go to **Help **> Install New Software

Android SDK

In the pop-up dialog, click the ***Add ***button and enter the following details and click **OK.**
Fill in the following details
Name: **ADT Plugin**(but you can enter whatever you like really)


Check on **Developer Tools** and click **Next***.*

Shortly, you’ll come upon a list of tools to be downloaded. Click Next.


Accept the terms of the license agreements and click **Finish **to start the installation of selected items. Read the whole thing if you are into that sort of thing.

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When the installation completes, restart Eclipse so that changes take effect. You can now start developing your Android apps and games!

That’s it. Feedback is much appreciated.