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Hi, I have the following questions about Andriod development

1. Do I need to have an Android phone to properly test my an app that I'm writing ? Or is there a simulator/VM that will let me test effectively?
2. Is there a separate SDK/Eclipse plugin for Android tablet vs phone app development?
3. Can I assume that an app that was developed for the phone will work reasonably well for the tablet platform?
4. What is the status of Android for tablets? How mature is it, in light of recent statements by the Apple CEO dismissing it as bizarre (http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/18/apple-cook-android-bizarre/) ?

Sincerely,
Femi
 
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Hi!
If you are new in Android then please refer this Link it's very useful to you.

1.http://androidtutorials.org/
2.http://www.edumobile.org/android-course.html
3.http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/Learn-Android-Programming--Make-Money---Myth-or-Reality-/1621095

it's all free and you can access it very easily.
 
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Femi Byte wrote:Hi, I have the following questions about Andriod development

1. Do I need to have an Android phone to properly test my an app that I'm writing ? Or is there a simulator/VM that will let me test effectively?
2. Is there a separate SDK/Eclipse plugin for Android tablet vs phone app development?
3. Can I assume that an app that was developed for the phone will work reasonably well for the tablet platform?
4. What is the status of Android for tablets? How mature is it, in light of recent statements by the Apple CEO dismissing it as bizarre (http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/18/apple-cook-android-bizarre/) ?

Sincerely,
Femi



1. There is simulator for android.
2. No.
3. Mostly yes. but still you have to take care for that while developing application.
 
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What is the status of Android for tablets? How mature is it, in light of recent statements by the Apple CEO dismissing it as bizarre (http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/18/apple-cook-android-bizarre/) ?


Apple has a competing product, so I wouldn't take anything one of their officers says too seriously. Sort of like taking advice about Toyota cars from the CEO of Hyundai.

An Android version optimized for tablets (3.0, or "Honeycomb") is expected in the first half of this year. Searching for "android honeycomb" or some such phrase will find information about it.
 
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Femi Byte wrote:Hi, I have the following questions about Andriod development

1. Do I need to have an Android phone to properly test my an app that I'm writing ? Or is there a simulator/VM that will let me test effectively?

Sincerely,
Femi



As someone already pointed out, there is a simulator for Android and you can test your app there. However, it is very easy to create an unusable interface and not notice it because in the simulator you're using a mouse which lets you be very accurate when tapping on a button or somewhere on the screen but on a real device you're using a finger which is not nearly as accurate for tapping a specific place. So when designing the screen, make sure you gie the user a big enough target that they don't accidentally tap something else.

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