Android Basics

Create great apps.

The Android OS and platform was established in 2007 by Google and the OHA (Open Handset Alliance).  HTC is a founding member of the OHA.  HTC released the world’s first Android phone, the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1) in 2008 and has since released numerous Android devices.

The primary resource for Android developers is Google’s Android developer site: (or

The HTC Developer Center will provide additional Android tutorials and resources such as API documentation and sample code to supplement and provide support for HTC specific feature devices with the HTC OpenSense SDK.

Getting Started

  • Download the Java Runtime Environment for your OS platform from
  • Download the Android SDK from
  • Use an IDE for development (highly recommended), specifically Eclipse as the Android SDK provides support for Eclipse (but other IDEs can be used as well).

Learn More

See the Developer Center for Android quick guides for reviewing the essentials for beginners and advanced developers alike. See external resources for additional links to external resources.