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Installing ADB using Android SDK
You might have just got your first Android and are excited about exploring all the possibilities that your friends have been talking about. You went just far enough to be asked to do an “adb” command in the first step. What fish is this ADB, you start wondering and upon Googling, seeing some black screens with command lines, you decide to just ditch it and destroy the ticket to the journey you have just planned. The truth is, ADB is really not as difficult as you might be wondering. Well, the process might be long and seem complicated, but it really is not. All you need is the Android SDK and you will be up and running in no time at all. There are tutorials out there which teach you how to install ADB by just copying several files. I do not recommend those method as it can pose security risk to your device. Remember, you are exposing your device to an application that can alter the system files. It always safest to install it the right way using the proper tools. Hence, we will be installing ADB using Android SDK – which is the best practise.
What is ADB?
ADB is short for “Android Debugging Bridge”. It is a command line interface that interacts with your device’s file system to perform various tasks. Back in the Cupcake (Android 1.5) days, ADB was an essential tool for modders. Today, most of the tasks are automated by the modders so you can depend lesser on ADB. Then again, knowing how to use ADB will be in your own advantage on the long run. ADB has a built in logging engine called the logcat which is one of the best tools for troubleshooting – but we’ll keep logcat for some other day’s rant. Lets first get our ADB installed.
Getting the SDK and JDK
ADB comes in a package with the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) which you can grab from here. Download it. Now, the first thing that you will need is the Java SE Development Kit (JDK). This is not a toolbar installation so do not ignore it. Hence, while your almost 70MB Android SDK is downloading, why not put a little more burden on your bandwidth and download the JDK as well? Click the “download” button under the “JDK” in the table and you will be taken to another page. Accept the license agreement, and download the version for your system. If you are running Windows 32-bit, get the Windows x86 version. If you are running Windows 64-bit, get the Windows x64 version. We will need to install the JDK first before installing the Android SDK.