By: Tim DelChiaro
Abstract: Tutorial from the RAD Studio XE5 doc wiki
Go Up to Mobile Tutorials: Delphi Mobile Application Development (iOS and Android)
A FireMonkey application destined for the Android target platform can optionally be tested initially on an Android Emulator running on the Windows development platform. The larger part of the testing process uses the Android Device target platform and requires a test Android device connected by USB cable to your development system. You do not need to use the Platform Assistant in developing apps for the Android target platform. (PAServer is, however, required for developing Mac OS X and iOS apps.)
The following Android development tools are installed on your development system during RAD Studio installation:
We recommend that you install the Android development tools using our product installer. However, if you already have the Android development tools installed on your system, or if you want to install the tools yourself, you can choose to skip this step in the installer. For specific instructions on installing the Android development tools yourself, see Installing the Android Development Tools.
You can view and manage your installed Android SDKs by opening the SDK Manager.
Instructions and download sites are available for various Android devices here:
For example, for a Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 tablet, you install the Google USB Driver using the Android SDK Manager, as follows:
If you install the SDK and NDK during the RAD Studio installation, an Android emulator is created for you, so you do not need to create an emulator yourself.
An Android emulator enables you to run an Android application on your development system instead of on a live Android device. An emulator can be useful during development cycles, but typically has significant performance problems not seen on live Android devices.
For steps to follow in creating and running an emulator, see Creating an Android Emulator.
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