Welcome to the Android Dev Guide! The Dev Guide provides a practical introduction to developing applications for Android and documentation about major platform features. It explores the concepts behind Android, the framework for constructing an application, and the tools for developing, testing, and publishing software for the platform.
The Dev Guide holds most of the documentation for the Android platform, except for reference material on the framework API. For API specifications, go to the Reference.
As you can see in the panel on the left, the Dev Guide is divided into several sections:
The first step in programming for Android is downloading the SDK (software development kit). For instructions and information, visit the SDK tab.
After you have the SDK, begin by looking through the Dev Guide. If you want to start by getting a quick look at some code, the Hello World tutorial walks you through a standard "Hello, World" application to introduce some basics of an Android application. The Application Fundamentals document is a good place to start learning the basics about the application framework.
For additional help, consider joining one or more of the Android discussion groups. Go to the Developer Forums page for more information.
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