Many people want to know if it is possible to build Android apps on a Mac computer. The answer is yes. Here are some simple steps to take in order to develop Android apps on a Mac machine.

Android app development on a Mac
Developing Android apps on a Mac

Install Java Development Kit

To begin, you should be familiar with Java before building Android apps on a Mac computer. A Java Development Kit must be installed. It is convenient to use the Oracle Java Development Kit. This will be easy to use on a Mac OS X 10.8.  You can choose to create an Oracle account, but it’s an optional step.

Install Eclipse

You need to have an IDE (Ingegrated Development Environment) installed to do the actual development. A widely used IDE is Eclipse, and it has support to many SDKs with plug-ins, including Android. This has the best support from the Android team and is simple to use. Most Mac users will select the classic version. Eclipse will be extracted and launched. It may be necessary to install Java runtime as well.

Install Android SDK

Android SDK gives you the API libraries and other tools that are needed to build, test, and debug Android apps. It’s a free download from the Android developer site. The SDK package will include an Eclipse plug-in.

Developing Android apps on a Mac is just as simple as developing them on Windows. After you have installed the above programs, it will be a good starting point to build an Android app on a Mac device. With very little time or trouble, you’ll be ready to begin the wonderful journey of Android app development.

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