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Whats new in Android 4.4 SDK

Google recently announced the new Nexus 5 and the next version of the Android operating system: Android 4.4 KitKat. It also quickly released an updated version of the Android Software Development Kit and the Android Developer Tools. With the SDK and associated tools app developers can now start to tweak their apps to take advantage of the many changes introduced by Android API level 19.

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Google is releasing revision number 18 of its Android emulator, which should be a real treat for Android developers of the world in dire need for better tools to build the next big hit in Google Play Store. According to a post made on Android Developers’ blog, the latest revision will bring “a dramatic performance upgrade and support for a broader range of hardware features, notably sensors and multi-finger input”. The most prominent addition to revision 18 of the Android SDK is the built-in GPU support for Android 4.0.3 R2, which allows the emulator to use the computer’s GPU for…

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The Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is a versatile command line tool that lets you communicate with and control an Android-powered device over a USB link from a computer. It comes along with other useful tools and code bundled with the Android Software Development Kit (SDK). The ADB program includes three components: A client, which runs on your development machine. You can invoke a client from a shell by issuing an adb command. Other Android tools such as the ADT plugin and DDMS also create adb clients. A server, which runs as a background process on your development machine. The server…