Supported operating systems
The operating systems that 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
Depending on your Integrated Development Environment (IDE), you may require an appropriate Java Development Kit (JDK) to be installed. JDKs can be downloaded from the Oracle website. Android Studio no longer requires a separate JDK to be installed.
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 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.
OpenGL ES 3.0 for geoanalysis
OpenGL ES 3.0 or above is required if you are using the geoanalysis tools (see the com.esri.arcgisruntime.geoanalysis package). These analysis classes primarily perform work on the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).
Requirements for ArcGIS software and connected services
To use ArcGIS Server data or services in your app, use ArcGIS 10.2 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 Pro 1.3 or higher is required if you're using mobile map packages and tile packages.
ArcGIS Desktop version 10.3 or later is required if you're using the Create Runtime Content capability (you can create ArcGIS Runtime content in ArcMap's interface or with the Create Runtime Content geoprocessing tool).
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 2.9 of the web map specification. These should only be saved back to a portal that supports the 2.0 web map specification (Portal for ArcGIS version 10.3 and above).