Android sdk features

Once you've installed the SDK and downloaded the platforms, documentation, and add-ons that you need, open the SDK directory and take a look at what's inside.
Here below describes the full SDK directory contents, with components installed.


Contains add-ons to the Android SDK development environment, which let you develop against external libraries that are available on some devices.

A full set of documentation in HTML format, including the Developer's Guide, API Reference, and other information. To read the documentation, load the file offline.html in a web browser.


Contains a set of Android platform versions that you can develop applications against, each in a separate directory.


Platform version directory, for example "Android 1.6". All platform version directories contain a similar set of files and subdirectory structure.

Storage area for default fonts and resource definitions.

Storage area for default disk images, including the Android system image, the default userdata image, the default ramdisk image, and more. The images are used in emulator sessions.


Contains a wide variety of sample applications that you can load as projects into your development environment, compile, and run on the emulator.


A set of emulator skins available for the platform version. Each skin is designed for a specific screen resolution.

Storage area for file templates used by the SDK development tools.

Any development tools that are specific to the platform version.

The Android library used when compiling applications against this platform version.


Contains the set of development and profiling tools available to you, such as the emulator, the android tool, adb, ddms, and more.

SDK Readme.txt
A file that explains how to perform the initial setup of your SDK, including how to launch the Android SDK and AVD Manager tool on all platforms

SDK Setup.exe
For Windows SDK only. A shortcut that launches the Android SDK and AVD Manager tool, which you use to add components to your SDK.

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