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Android development - device knowledge

 
Robert Stegall
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Hi, Jeff,

When developing for the Android, is it necessary to have a number of different devices available for testing?
Or is this a lesser-concern because of the platform?

Thank you,
Robert
 
Jeffrey Friesen
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Hi Robert,

Android's SDK includes an emulator that offers pretty good feedback on how an app will run on a device. You can create multiple Android virtual devices (descriptors that provide desired device information, and which are processed by the emulator on startup) to emulate various device configurations (e.g., smartphone or tablet), to see how your app will run on these configurations.

I believe it's still a good idea to have an actual device for testing purposes. For example, I have an Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet, which I plan to use for testing Kindle-oriented Android apps when time permits.

All the best.

Jeff
 
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