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It was finally time to get a smartphone. A shiny new Samsung Galaxy S III is on its way to me as we speak, so what better time to download the Android SDK and run a Hello World app on an emulator!


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I found the set up tutorial to be surprising easy to follow with the exception that if you're running through eclipse, make sure you have that version's repository added otherwise Android will barf looking for certain dependencies.

The emulator takes its sweet time loading, but I'm sure that's a great reason to beef up the development box. Soon...apps...

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07 July 2012 - 04:27 PM
Nah, all the emulators take that long. I think they purposely delay it as if it was a real environment (which on most Android phones can be not quite that snappy).

But good on you for getting the SIII. I have been eyeing that one or the HTC One X which are commonly said to be the top two high performance phones in the industry.

Let us know if you have any issues developing for it!



08 July 2012 - 12:20 AM
I'm rather fond of the apache cordova project when it comes to mobile development. It allows you to develop in javascript for an array of mobile OSs.


08 July 2012 - 10:15 AM
Interesting project, thanks for pointing it out caleb. There is only one slight problem... why implement a Java library so you can then write apps in JS/HTML/CSS when you can just write Java for your app to begin with? I think this project is doing nothing but adding another layer of complexity to compensate for those who don't know Java.

Only reason I can see for doing this is if you already have a Cordova project and want to quickly port it over instead of rewriting it properly.

But perhaps I am missing something. :)


08 July 2012 - 04:58 PM
I like using Phonegap which is based off the same apache cordova project because you can use one code base (html css yada yada) and it supports both iOS, android, blackberry etc... Not only that but if your a web developer then you can hit the ground running. The only reason to go native is for better UI and if say your making more graphic intensive(game) programs.


08 July 2012 - 07:33 PM
You lucky you. :happybday:


11 July 2012 - 09:33 AM
Nice phone!

I'm still too cheap/poor to buy a decent smart phone but the company I work for is looking at branching into mobile app development this Summer *crosses fingers for company issued phone to test on*.
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