Android apps with PhoneGap – the missing basic steps

The getting started guide for Android apps on Phonegap misses out a few key pieces of information.

  1. Don’t install your Android SDK in Program Files, or any other folder with a space in it. Eclipse will fail on the build, and uninstalling and reinstalling the SDK somewhere else is just a pain.
  2. If you want to deploy to your device in developer mode and you’re on windows, you’ll need the USB driver. This is buried in the Android SDK installation guide
  3. Another way to deploy to your device is plain old file transfer. Unlike iOS, you don’t need a specific developer or enterprise license to do this. This involves exporting a signed app, which is a bit more involved.

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