Saturday, December 31, 2011

Kindle Fire as a cheap Android development target

I've been itching to try Android development for a few months now but I really haven't wanted to buy a smart phone with expensive service and a data plan just to screw around. With my new Kindle Fire, I can now try my hand at using the Android Development Kit (ADK) without a monthly contract. The Kindle Fire uses the older Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS which isn't the latest and greatest but more than meets my needs.

I was surprised just how easy it is to get started. Downloading the tools only took a few minutes. With the Java JDK from Oracle, the ADK from Google, and the Eclipse IDE, I was able to get an "Hello World app running is less than an hour. For now, I'm just trying to learn. I'll save dreams of creating a killer app till next year ... (wink).

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