For April, 2012

How to download Android source code

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Source code of Android can be downloaded by following these steps:

$ mkdir ~/bin
 $ PATH=~/bin:$PATH
 $ curl > ~/bin/repo
 $ chmod a+x ~/bin/repo
 $ repo init -u
 $ repo init -u -b android-4.0.1_r1
 $ repo sync

android-4.0.1_r1 can be replaced by any version displayed in the previous step. The download process will take a while.

Installing the Android Development Environment for Windows 7

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This post lists the main steps in order to install an Android development environment for Windows 7.  The developement environment relies on Eclipse.

  1.  Download a JDK (7u3)  from the following page:
  2. Install the JDK
  3. Set the environment variable JAVA_HOME that points to the installation directory of the JDK
  4. Download Eclipse Classic (3.7.2)  from the following page:
  5. Unzip the Eclipse package where you want to install it.
  6. Download the  SDK starter package from
  7. Install the SDK starter package
  8. Launch Eclipse and install the ADT plug-in
    1. Select “Help > Install New Software….”
    2. Add the Indigo repository:
    3. Add the repository
    4. Select “Developer Tools” and click next until it gets installed
    5. When Eclipse will restart, you will have to install some SDK’s.
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