Android on Acer Iconia W500P Tab

Hello Folks,
today I would like to share some interesting facts about Android on a Acer Iconia Tab W500P. I happen to have access to such a Tab today. On this Tab there is Windows 7 installed by default. Hmm, and Windows 7 is not a operation system optimized for touch input, in my opinion.

So I did a little research on how to get Android running on this tab. Continue reading

Download Android install files *.apk from play.google.com

Hello fellows of my blog,

this time I wanna give you a brief description how you can download (free) Android programs (*.apk) files directly to your PC. From there you can install them on your device. You would need that in case your Android device has no internet connection, by what reason ever.

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Updating Eclipse from Galileo to Indigo on Ubuntu 10.04 with Android SDK

Hello folks,
you probably know by now that I am working currently with Android using Ubuntu. On my laptop I still run Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 😀 and had problem setting up the new Eclipse version Indigo in combination with the current Android SDK r17.
Now I found a way that is pretty simple if you also wanna update your Eclipse version. Continue reading

run SL4A python script from within Android app

Hello folks,
in this post I wanna give you a short introduction how you can launch scripts (specifically python scripts) from your android application.

To follow this tutorial you have to have SL4A installed on your device / emulator.
In case you don’t know SL4A, you can check my previous post on that: https://norwied.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/scripting-on-android/ and I also found another quite good tutorial on how to install SL4A here: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/library/mo-python-sl4a-1/index.html

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Scripting on Android

Hello there,
so in this post I wanna tell you how you can use your favourite scripting language to write programs that run on your Android mobile phone. You know the typical way to program apps for android is writing them in java using the Android SDK. In combination with eclipse and the android development plug-in for eclipse that’s one of the easiest way to start your Android development.
But if you are not familiar with Java you probably have some difficulties to get along with learning Java first, before you can begin developing for Android.
In this post I show you a way you can use scripting languages and start directly with Android development

There is a framework you need to install on your phone called “SL4A” (Scripting Layer for Android)

Currently (MAR2012) the following Scripting Languages are supported:

  • BeanShell 2.0b4
  • JRuby
  • Lua 5.1.4
  • PHP 5.3.3
  • Perl 5.10.1
  • Python 2.6.2
  • Rhino 1.7R2

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Android AVD Manager

Hello there,
in this post I briefly explain how you can create new virtual device for your Android emulator on your computer.
If you wanna develop applications for Android and don’t have an Android mobile phone at hand, you can start with the emulator coming along with the Android SDK. By the way, you get the Android SDK for free here: https://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html

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