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By David Gassner | Thursday, May 28, 2015

Android Developer News from Google I/O 2015

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The 2015 Google I/O keynote was short on gimmicks, but offered plenty of meaty new technology.

This year’s keynote opened with a game of Pong—full-conference-center, wrap-around-the-auditorium-Pong, but Pong nonetheless. It was all much lower-key than in years past, letting the technology do most of the bragging.

The keynote featured a smorgasbord of new technologies and additions/improvements to existing platforms. A stream of presenters followed each other across the stage, each talking about what was new for 2015. They covered Android, Chrome, and Chromebooks, virtual reality, 360-degree camera arrays, a stripped-down version of Android for the internet of things, and many other geeky new toys.

Here’s what’s coming to an Android device or Android developer workstation near you.

By Todd Perkins | Friday, November 21, 2014

Build Your First Android App

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Android smartphones and tablets are everywhere today—in all sizes and varieties. And creating apps for them isn’t as hard as you might think.

I’m going to show you how to set up your local development environment, create your first Android Studio project, and compile and run your first Android app.

By David Gassner | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Importing Android Projects for Eclipse into Android Studio

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Android Studio has been in development for two years and has been available in the form of early access preview or beta editions for most of that time. Android developers have had plentiful opportunities to get to know the product as it has evolved—but since it’s been in constant flux, many developers have continued to use the venerable Eclipse bundle that includes the Android Developer Tools (ADT) plugin.  But this week things got real–Android Studio 1.0 has finally been released.

That was expected. A series of Release Candidates had appeared over the past few weeks and it was clear that a final release was imminent. But something else also happened. At the same time as the Android Studio release, Google removed all download links for the Eclipse/ADT bundle from the Android developer website. If you already have the Eclipse/ADT bundle installed, you can keep it using for now, but Google has stated that it won’t be doing any further development on the product or fixing any outstanding bugs.

So that means that as of RIGHT NOW, Android Studio is the only Google-approved IDE for Android developers. (Sorry, I didn’t mean to yell, but this is really really important.)  In this article, I’ll describe how to import Eclipse projects into Android Studio, and how to deal with some common issues you’ll encounter.

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