Supported operating systems
The operating systems that the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android supports are the same as those listed for the Android SDK developed by Google. Generally, development is supported on Mac OS X (Intel), Linux, and Windows-based operating systems. Refer to Google documentation for the specific operating system versions that are supported.
Software and platform requirements
The apps you build will run on Android phones and tablets with the Android platform version 4.1.x "Jelly Bean" (API level 16) and above.
Android SDK support
The following is required for development with this SDK:
- An appropriate Java Development Kit (JDK) must be installed. JDK 6 or higher is required; JDK 7 is required when targeting Android 5.0 and higher. A Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is not enough for development. JDKs can be downloaded from the Oracle website. More information is available on the Android Developers website in the topic Installing Android Studio.
- Android SDK Tools. The downloadable component of the Android SDK which is included with Android Studio.
Integrated development environment (IDE)
Esri supports and recommends the use of Android Studio for development of apps that use ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android, as this is the IDE officially supported by Google for Android development.
Refer to the Install and set up topic for more information.
IntelliJ IDEA is the IDE upon which Android Studio is based. However, IntelliJ IDEA comes bundled with an Android plugin and supports Android Gradle based build system so you can work directly with the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android in IntelliJ IDEA. More information about support for Android development in IntelliJ IDEA can be found here.
OpenGL ES 2.0
ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android uses OpenGL ES 2.0 technology to render map images. This technology makes the product much more versatile and usable by reducing the memory footprint, dramatically improving rendering speeds and using less power.
You need to configure graphics acceleration when using an Android emulator. Information on how to enable it can be found here.
Requirements for ArcGIS software and connected services
To connect your app to ArcGIS Server data or services, use ArcGIS 10.1 for Server or later. To use ArcGIS Server data when your app is offline, use ArcGIS 10.2.2 for Server or later.
You can use Portal for ArcGIS version 10.2 or later with your app.
ArcGIS 10.3 for Desktop and higher is required if you're using the Create Runtime Content capability.
ArcGIS Pro 1.3 or higher is required if you're using mobile map packages and tile packages.
Web maps built with the 2.0 or higher version of the web map specification are required (from Portal for ArcGIS 10.3 and above). Note: When you save a web map in an ArcGIS Runtime app, you are saving a web map that adheres to version 2.8 of the web map specification. These should only be saved back to portals that support the 2.0 web map specification (Portal for ArcGIS 10.3 and above).