Getting Started with Android

This guide describes how to set up your development environment for Cordova and run a sample application. Note that Cordova used to be called PhoneGap, so some of the sites still use the old PhoneGap name.

  1. Requirements

  • Eclipse 3.4+
  1. Install SDK + Cordova

  1. Setup New Project

  • Launch Eclipse, and select menu item New Project
  • Then specify new application project
  • Then specify an Application Name, a Project Name and Package Name with Namespace
  • Then select a graphic
  • Then Create a Blank Activity
  • Make sure the activity doesn't inherit from anything. You most likely won't have PhoneGap on your Eclipse Workspace. Once this is done, click finish

  • In the root directory of your project, create two new directories: - /libs - assets/www
  • Copy cordova-2.0.0.js from your Cordova download earlier to assets/www
  • Copy cordova-2.0.0.jar from your Cordova download earlier to /libs
  • Copy xml folder from your Cordova download earlier to /res

  • Verify that cordova-2.0.0.jar is listed in the Build Path for your project. Right click on the /libs folder and go to Build Paths/ > Configure Build Path…. Then, in the Libraries tab, add cordova-2.0.0.jar to the project. If Eclipse is being temperamental, you might need to refresh (F5) the project once again.

  • Edit your project's main Java file found in the src folder in Eclipse:
    • Add import org.apache.cordova.*;
    • Change the class's extend from Activity to DroidGap
    • Replace the setContentView() line with super.loadUrl("file:///android_asset/www/index.html");

  • Right click on AndroidManifest.xml and select Open With > Text Editor
  • Paste the following permissions between the <uses-sdk…/> and <application…/> tags.

          android:anyDensity="true" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.VIBRATE" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_LOCATION_EXTRA_COMMANDS" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.RECEIVE_SMS" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.RECORD_AUDIO" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.MODIFY_AUDIO_SETTINGS" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_CONTACTS" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_CONTACTS" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE" /> 
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.GET_ACCOUNTS" />
      <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.BROADCAST_STICKY" /> *Note You are adding a blanket list of permissions to your application. You should remove permissions you aren't using before submitting your application to Google Play.
  • Support orientation changes by pasting the following inside the <activity> tag.

  • Your AndroidManifest.xml file should look like

  1. Hello World

  • Create and open a new file named index.html in the assets/www directory. Paste the following code:

      <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="cordova-2.0.0.js"></script>
      <h1>Hello World</h1>

5A. Deploy to Simulator

  • Right click the project and go to Run As > Android Application
  • Eclipse will ask you to select an appropriate AVD. If there isn't one, then you'll need to create it.

5B. Deploy to Device

  • Make sure USB debugging is enabled on your device and plug it into your system. (Settings > Applications > Development)
  • Right click the project and go to Run As > Android Application