Installing Google Android SDK 1.0 On Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop - Page 3

4 Creating A First Android Application ("Hello, Android")

This example is taken from It's a good test if your Android SDK is working as expected. We will create a small application that displays Hello, Android on an Android phone.

First, we create a new project (File > New > Project...):

Select Android Project and click on Next >:

Fill out the project details as follows:

Afterwards, you should see this window (navigate to HelloAndroid > src > > > HelloAndroid > onCreate(Bundle) to see the source code in the source code window). Click on the Maximize icon in the upper right corner of the source code window to maximize it:

You should then see the source code in a bigger window. Modify the code so that it looks as follows:


import android.os.Bundle;
import android.widget.TextView;

public class HelloAndroid extends Activity {
   /** Called when the activity is first created. */
   public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
       TextView tv = new TextView(this);
       tv.setText("Hello, Android");

Save the file. To run the code, go to Run > Run Configurations...:

Highlight Android Application and click on the icon in the upper left corner that looks like a white sheet of paper:

The following window should come up. Fill it out as shown, click on Apply...

... and then on Run:

When you do this for the first time, the following message appears. Click on Proceed to continue:

Finally, the Android emulator comes up. It can take a while until the Android phone has started up (so please be patient), but afterwards you should see Hello, Android in the display:

Congratulations, everything is working as expected!


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By: vikram

Thanks for a such nice how to. 10/10 !!

By: rio

You do not need eclipse to install and develop android Application...

 Eclipse plugin is just wrapper to command line...

Take a look at my tutorial:


By: andy

thanks! worked great.

By: Reid Miller

Thanks for the guide! This combined with Google's excellent documentation and sweet emulator aught to keep me busy.

Thanks again!

By: Turupache

- Thanks! I can't do this without you! Thanks a lot! =)

By: Matija Grabnar

Clear, concise, and accurate. This is an exemplary piece of documentation that got me up and running with zero frustration.

 Thank you so very much!

By: Anonymous

worked great for ubuntu 8.10 - thanks!

By: Anonymous

Very clear and easy to follow. This got me going in no time. Five stars!

By: Kentamanos

Great article, thanks! Just a quick FYI in case anyone else has the same problem I had (I've seen other posts on other forums about it now).

If the URL for the ADT Eclipse plugin repository doesn't work ( try it without the https, and just http ( That worked for me (secure version kept complaining there was no repository there).

By: Anonymous

Thank you for such a detailed article.

By: Benny Iskandar

Hi, I've just following steps , but it failed when performing the "Running project" action. The handset display emulator only display the text below : "Android _" .  But there is nothing happen after then . Please see the eclipse console displays the log below :

[2009-01-11 08:17:31 - Emulator] emulator: warning: opening audio output failed

[2009-01-11 08:17:31 - Emulator] [2009-01-11 08:17:31 - HelloAndroid] New emulator found: emulator-5554

[2009-01-11 08:17:31 - HelloAndroid] Waiting for HOME ('android.process.acore') to be launched...

[2009-01-11 08:17:34 - Emulator] emulator: emulator window was out of view and was recentred

[2009-01-11 08:17:34 - Emulator]

Is it because the audio output failed, so i can not continue the work ? And anybody can help me to this problem ? Thanks and need your help , please .

By: Ageless Stranger

Works in ubuntu 8.10 (intrepid), perfect Howto thanks 

By: Ivan

The instructions are perfect...I  have installed on ubuntu 8.10 (and all it's the same)

Testing the emulator on a centrino 1.5G it's slow (but you can see android without having to buy a phone)

By: criso

Thanks for the instructions! Really helpful!

By: ashish


the steps were perfect

i installed android successfully. :)