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I already would work by some Cortex-A boards(for instance Cubieboard, Marsboard,...) I've already started working with integrated circuits:

  • Cubieboard
  • Marsboard

I've been directed to learn linux, but this poses a problem. I don't have enough experience with it - like the changes between distributions. In my case, I'd like to use Android and Ubuntu - but I don't want to scope my knowledge to just Cortex-A boards. Recently I've been turned on to rawbrawb in this question that I can use Android for modules.

To sum it up:

  1. What toolchain(s) will I need to work with Android on Ubuntu?
  2. Is the following package suitable for android experimentation? Free Download Android OS 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
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that site looks pretty sketchy from the url. you should get info from the official Android site, android.com. that will tell you what you need, etc. –  strugee Sep 17 '13 at 4:57
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The Android Developers website has everything you need to get started with Android development.

You need the SDK to develop Java applications; Eclipse is generally recommended but not mandatory as an IDE.

You need the NDK to develop native applications in C or C++.

Both the SDK and the NDK are self-contained. You don't need any other development tools.

If you want to learn Android development, you don't need a board: the SDK comes with an emulator. If you're interested in low-level programming, you do need a board. You'll need an Android image to go with it. Google does not provide a universal Android image: you need one with the right drivers for your board. Typically you can get it from the manufacturer or from a community built around that manufacturer.

For low-level programming, you may be better off with a plain Linux than with Android. Ubuntu provides a cross-compilation toolchain for ARM: gcc-arm-linux-gnueabi and friends. Other toolchains exist.

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