“But I don’t want to compile the app, I just want to use the Virtual Device (Emulator).”
Guess what, Every time you “run” your app in the VD, Eclipse is compiling your app.
“How is that possible, I don’t even have a keystore.”
Yes you do, a debug keystore is created automatically in Eclipse so you don’t have to select your Keystore every time you “Run” your project in Eclipse. Eclipse does it for you. Isn’t Eclipse nice.
“Ok, but I don’t want to compile the app, I just want to export it to my device.”
Same difference, when Eclipse runs (compiles) the project it’s exporting the app to the VD. Look in the emulator and you’ll find an apk for your app. The only difference between this apk and the one you’ll export to your device, is that the one in the simulator is signed by the debug key.
Using the VD was nice the first few times, but quickly I found that exporting the app to my device was better for multiple reasons.
So, you’re ready to export your app?
Not so fast, first you’ll want to modify your “Manifest”. Yes, it’s nerve wracking to hack around the manifest the first time, but if you make a mistake Eclipse will point it out. If you totally destroy the manifest you can always re-download the source code, No Harm, No Foul.
Next: Modifying the Manifest
Then: Exporting the APK
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