Basics

An overview about the Android SDK

The Android SDK was announced officially on November 12, 2007.
Here is a small table showing the SDK release date,Version & API Level of the version.

Date of Release SDK Version API Level
18 Aug 2008 Version 0.9 Beta 0
23 Sep 2008 Version 1.0 1
09 Mar 2009 Version 1.1 2
30 Apr 2009 Version 1.5 3
15 Sep 2009 Version 1.6 4
26 Oct 2009 Version 2.0 5
03 Dec 2009 Version 2.0.1 6

The Latest version of Android SDK is 2.0.1
You can download the latest SDK version here

Android Market

  • Android had a 2.8% share of the worldwide smartphone market. By the following quarter (Q3 2009), Android’s market share had grown to 3.5%.
  • Android would become the world’s second most popular smartphone platform. while BlackBerry falls from 2nd to 5th place. iPhone remains in 3rd place. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile remains in 4th place.
  • Taiwan’s Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC) predicted that in 2013, 31.8 million Android phones and 126 million Android-based portable products would ship.
  • How to get started with Android?
    Here is a video, it will show how to install android into eclipse & how to start a simple android application.
    The video will explain you Step-by-step process of

    • from where we want to get SDK,
    • how to install it in eclipse,
    • how to install emulator to run an application ,
    • how to start a sample android project &
    • how to run the android application
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