Not everyone is a fan of Microsoft’s Windows or Apple’s Mac OSX, but that doesn’t necessarily mean these people are not Android fans. Ubuntu operating systems are becoming more and more popular because they are completely free and some people even consider them to be the most stable among the operating systems. Many of these Ubuntu users are wondering if they can test Android apps using their computers. From this article you’ll learn how to install the Android SDK developer kit, in order to use its emulator to test Android apps.
First thing you must do is download the Android SDK application from Google’s website. Make sure you download the Linux version, as the Windows version will not work under Ubuntu. Before installing the application, you must make sure you have Java installed on your computer. If you are not sure whether you have it or not, go to System and Administration. From the Administration panel you should access the Synaptic Package Manager which will give you the complete list of applications. If you can’t find Java on the list, you should download it and install it before doing anything else.
After all the preparatory operations are completed, you’ll have to extract the installation files and then execute the Android SDK setup file. After the installation has started, when you reach the settings part of the installation, make sure you check the “Force https” box, before moving on with the installation. In the installed packages section, update all the components and hit the Install button. Now you must wait for the files to be downloaded, which might take a while, especially if you have a slow internet connection. After the files are downloaded, create a virtual device which will act as a virtual phone.
The final step is to launch the emulator by pressing the Start and the Launch buttons. To run an Android app, you must download it to your computer, but you won’t be able to run it from your computer. In order to execute an app, you must upload it to a file sharing site and use its URL link to run it straight from there.