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  • 1. Basics
  • 2. • Android is a Linux-based operating system designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices. • Initially developed by Android, Inc., which Google backed financially and later bought in 2005, Android was unveiled in 2007. • The first Android-powered phone was sold in October 2008. • Interact with the OS by swiping, tapping, pinching, reverse pinching, shaking, rotating the device etc. • Since April 2009, Android versions have been developed under a codename and released in alphabetical order: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. • As of 2013, over 500 million active devices use the Android OS worldwide. Source: What is Android?
  • 3. Android 4.2, Jelly Bean
  • 4. Installing/Removing Apps
  • 5. Installing/Removing Apps • Press and hold app’s icon and drag to the remove trash can. • Settings > Application Manager > Select app to remove > 1. 2.
  • 6. Chris Demmons
  • 7. Live Demo • Settings overview • Screen capturing • Etc.
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  • 9. What is App Inventor? A web-based app development tool that allows non-developers to create Android apps. Using it is like putting a puzzle together.
  • 10. App Inventor resembles … Scratch LEGO MINDSTORMS
  • 11. Image source:
  • 12. Designer – add components (e.g., buttons, labels, sounds, text fields, accelerometer etc.)
  • 13. Block Editor – adjust the app’s layout using drag-and-drop functionality in order to define the behavior of your app.
  • 14. Getting Started with App Inventor Install current version of Java in order to run the Block Editor Find and install drivers if your phone’s USB drivers aren’t pre-packaged  Locate your phone’s model number behind the battery. (e.g., SGH-T959ZKATMB) and search the manufacturer’s web site for an appropriate USB driver.  Extract USB driver to C:ProgramAndroidappinventor- extrasusb_driver_samsunga  You may need to install the drivers via Device Manager [USB, Android Debug Bridge (ADB Interface), and CDC Abstract Control Model (ACM)] Phone settings:  Tap Menu >>> Settings >>> Applications. o Unknown Sources box should be checked. o On Development screen, place checks next to USB Debugging and Stay Awake. o On Sound & Display screen make sure Orientation is not checked. o USB connected and USB debugging connected icons should display on your phone.
  • 15. Select Resources • Android App Inventor Tutorials: • Google Labs: • Blocks Reference: • FAQ’s: • Stark, J. (2010). Building Android apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly.
  • 16. Want to Hangout?