How to set up your computer for Android application development

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The thought of creating our own Android apps amuses most of us. “I have an excellent idea for an app,” we tell ourselves. “I could do that so much better than this developer,” is another common one. We’re never going to be able to bring those admirable ideas to light or improve upon someone else’s work if we don’t start.

Starting can be difficult, though. It can be even more difficult if you don’t have the tools to begin your Android coding journey. We’re going to show you what those tools are, how to download them, and how to get them ready for you to start programming your own apps.

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HTC One M7 from Verizon getting Android 5.0 today

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The HTC One M7 smartphone from Verizon is receiving the Android 5.0 update starting today. The carrier made this official a few days ago, so its arrival today should barely surprise the customers. Verizon has been kind enough to offer a full changelog as well, so we know everything that’s new with the update for a device that is transitioning from Android 4.4. Read more

Android distribution numbers show Lollipop nearly breaking the 10% barrier

android distribution april 2015The latest Android distribution numbers for the month are in, and it looks like Lollipop has taken a massive jump thanks to the release of some high profile devices running 5.0 right out of the box. Android 5.0 captured 9% of the market share, although Android 5.1 only snagged 0.7%, a side effect of how many phones shipped with older software over the past month.

KitKat and Jelly Bean are still pretty dominant, with 4.4 making up 39.8% of Android devices and the multitude of Jelly Bean versions capturing a similar 39.2%. These numbers are down only a few percentage points from last month. Read more