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Testing applications with Android SDK emulator

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To test an application in Android environment without misconfiguring the smartphone or tablet is now possible using the tool Android SDK.

Available in both 32&64 bit platforms and different environments, Android SDK is an emulator useful to configure a device in the lab environment to check the functionality of an application before the deployment in production environment.

Installation

First step is to download from the website the latest release of Android SDK with the correct platform that fit into the working network.

 

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Unzip the downloaded file .zip (adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20130219.zip) and save it in a local directory, “Android SDK” for instance.

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In order to work, the program Eclipse needs Java environment JRE or JDK installed on the computer paying attention to the used platform 32 or 64bit.

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To fix the warning message, edit the system variables from Start > Control Panel > System and Security > System > Advanced system settings and add the variable:

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Enter the directory adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20130219/eclipse/ and double click the file eclipse.exe.

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The program is then executed showing the startup screen.

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If no different needs, leave default settings and click OK.

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Main screen is shown.

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From File > New menu you can access the available options.

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This tool allows to test Android applications to be installed in the production environment (Lotus Traveler for instance) before the actual deployment.

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