And as we recommended in Part 1, testers should start by downloading and installing the SDK and building one of the included apps. For the Android platform, the steps for building your first app is explicitly laid out at Android Developer's SDK page. The instructions provided take you through the following steps:
- Preparing your development computer
- Downloading and installing the SDK starter package
- Installing the ADT Plugin for Eclipse
- Adding Android platforms to your SDK
- Getting the latest documentation
- Downloading other SDK components
- Getting started with an application project
Since we're building apps to learn how to test them, then you need to add some debugging tools into the mix once you build your app. And the Android SDK includes a fairly extensive set of tools to help you debug your programs. Two debugging tools I'd concentrate on are logcat and Android Log. All the Android debugging tools are describe here.
So there you have it. Another mobile platform that comes with free tools and the ability to develop and run apps without having to own a device, as well as debugging tools that will help during testing.