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What is Android Eclipse : Download Eclipse for Android Development ?

Sometime back, we blogged about Installing Android Emulator on your computer. We mentioned how installing this emulator will help you try and play around the android application directly on your personal computer without the need of a mobile. However that tutorial will not be complete unless we teach you something about Android Eclipse and how it will be helpful for you in android development.

This post will help you learn about Eclipse, ADT. At the end of this post, you should be able to answer "What is Android Eclipse", "What is ADT", What is required in order to develop my own android apps, "How can you develop Android Apps and try that on emulator"... If you are not interested on android app development, then this post won't be helpful to you.

What is Eclipse in Android ?
It is basically an open source IDE (integrated development environment) for Java projects. Its the place where you create and craft the software applications, being supported through various stages of its lifecycle. Google officially supports Eclipse IDE, and has created the Android Development Tools plugin for Eclipse and integrated its AVD Manager virtual device management into the tool as well. In short, you not just create any other software (Java App) but you create Android Oriented apps and these can be easily be tested on android emulators (virtual device). You can create Android APK using this!

What is ADT in Android ?
ADT (Android Developer Tools) is a plugin for Eclipse that provides a suite of tools that are integrated with the Eclipse IDE. It offers you access to many features that help you develop Android applications quickly. ADT provides GUI access to many of the command line SDK tools as well as a UI design tool for rapid prototyping, designing, and building of your application's user interface.
Because ADT is a plugin for Eclipse, you get the functionality of a well-established IDE, along with Android-specific features that are bundled with ADT.
Tutorial on this :

Where to Download Eclipse ?
If you need to install Eclipse, you can download it from It is recommended that you install the "Eclipse Classic" version.

Downloading the Android ADT ?
Google themselves provide a very nice step by step tutorial about ADT. Just follow these simple steps listed in :

What else required to develop android apps ?
Well even though have developed the apps, still want to test them. You would need Android Emulator to test these applications. We have already written a tutorial on that. Check the below link :

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