Software Packaging Problem: How to create an Android installer (apk) ?

by Andrew Shu » Tue, 25 Aug 2009 01:05:33 GMT


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 Bryan,

In the Android developer docs ( http://developer.android.com/guide/ 
publishing/app-signing.html#releasecompile) it mentions 2 build tools-
one being Eclipse and the other Ant. It sounds like you want to look
up more information about Ant and finding or writing tools that use
it. I personally use Eclipse so unfortunately I don't have any info to
offer there.




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