Google TV users will be happy to know that support for the platform is finally coming soon to the Android SDK. This will allow developers to unleash their apps on all Google TVs on the market, which in turn could help manufacturers eventually push more units given the renewed interest. Since the Google TV Market announcement at Google I/O, the platform has had a lot of road bumps in both TV network and user adoption. However, since the SDK update will provide new APIs (such as channel line-ups),developers will have a wider array of tools to use while crafting applications. These new options take the form of an add-on pack to the Android SDK, which interested parties can download here. If you have a Logitech Revue and are interested in a leak of Honeycomb, we got you covered with a walkthrough from earlier this month. That build has fewer features (no Netflix!), but will give you an idea of what the Market environment will look like, and how it works.Apps that are supported by Google … [Read more...] about Google TV To Be Added To The Next Update of The Android SDK; Developers, Start Your Engines!
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As more and more Chromebooks support running Android apps, it's becoming more important than ever to make sure developers create Chromebook-friendly apps. Google offers extensive documentation to help developers, but there was no way to test these apps without buying a real Chromebook. Thankfully, that could change soon, as recent code commits indicate a Chrome OS emulator will be arriving soon in the Android SDK. If you're unfamiliar with it, the Android SDK is the Android development kit created and maintained by Google. After you install the SDK, developers can download an Android emulator to test their apps on a wide variety of Android versions, screen size, and hardware platforms. Many different 'images' are provided, which recreate a wide variety of devices (like the Google Pixel) and Android OS versions. A recent pull request on the Android emulator section of the AOSP repository shows that Google will soon offer Chrome OS images for download, allowing developers to run an … [Read more...] about Google is working on a Chrome OS emulator for the Android SDK
The Android 3.1 update that's been rolling out to Motorola XOOMs all week (yes, including the Wi-Fi versions) contains quite a few improvements to the Android experience, such as better stability, resizable widgets, and an extended app switcher. However, one thing this update does not contain (and actively cleans up if you had it before) is root. This article deals with a couple of advanced topics. If you’re unfamiliar with some of the terms, hit up our primers here: Rooting Explained + Top 5 Benefits Of Rooting Top Android Apps Every Rooted User Should Know About: Part 1 (Apps 1-8), Part 2 (Apps 9-16), Part 3 (Apps 17-25) How To Fully Back Up And Restore Your Android Phone Using Nandroid Backup Whether you want to regain root on your 3.1 XOOM or root the whole thing the very first time, publicanimal from xda has you covered with full instructions of unprecedented clarity and presentation. We've got the summary, assumptions and prerequisites, numbered and sub-numbered steps, a … [Read more...] about [How-To] Got The Android 3.1 Update On Your Motorola XOOM 3G Or Wi-Fi And Lost Root? Here’s How To Gain It Back
Most of us will never need to install the Android SDK. The reason why is right in the name — Software Development Kit. It's built for people writing Android apps who need tools to work with Android from a computer. But those tools can also be handy for folks wanting to do some more advanced stuff. Stuff like manually updating software or rooting their phone. Fastboot and ADB are vital if you're into "hacking" at the Android software. And Google provides it free for everyone. What to choose? There are two ways to get a working set of Android tools on your computer. The easy way is to just install Android Studio. Everything needed to run and use the Android command line tools is part of Android Studio, as well as a way to keep the tools updated. While it's designed for folks who want a complete development environment and includes a code editor, Android emulator, and compiler, you can use just the command line tools and never open the rest. If you're not afraid to get your feet … [Read more...] about How to install the Android SDK on Windows, Mac and Linux
The first public Android P beta is here, and it arrives as the second developer preview. The main way to load the Android P preview is to enrol in the Android Beta Program, which makes it super easy to opt in and out of the program. If you're more hardcore, or want to manually flash the Android P developer preview, we have those instructions, too. The Beta program If you don't want to mess with unlocking your bootloader or the command line, you will get an update to the Android P if you're part of the Android Beta program. That means that if you have one of the eligible devices, you can simply visit the Android Beta portal and opt-in to the beta, which will then prompt Google to send your phone or tablet an over-the-air update. Head to Android Beta program portal on your Pixel phone. Sign into the Google account associated with that phone. Scroll down to Your eligible devices. Find the device you want to enrol in the Beta program and tap Enrol device. Follow the prompts to accept the … [Read more...] about How to get the Android P beta on your Pixel right now (or roll back to Oreo)