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 4.4 KitKat (API level 19) and above.
Integrated development environment (IDE)
Esri supports and recommends the use of Android Studio (latest stable release) 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.
Android SDK support
The Android SDK Tools are required for development with this SDK . This component of the Android SDK is included with Android Studio. If you are developing with a different IDE you may need to install and set up these tools manually. Depending on your 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.
Java 8 language features
Android Studio 3.0 introduced support for a subset of Java 8 language features that vary by Android platform version. These language features are used throughout the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android documentation and samples. To ensure these code examples compile when used in your app, set the compatibility of your app module in Android Studio to use Java 8 language features. If using a different IDE, you may need to manually configure Java 8 language use, or alternatively change the code examples to be compatible with Java 7 instead, for example by replacing lambda expressions with anonymous classes.
ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android uses OpenGL ES 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. The 2D MapView uses OpenGL ES 3.0 if available on the device, otherwise OpenGL ES 2.0 is used. The 3D SceneView requires OpenGL ES 3.0.
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 Server version 10.2 (or higher). To use ArcGIS Server data when your app is offline, use ArcGIS Server version 10.2.2 (or higher).
To create mobile map packages for use in your ArcGIS Runtime SDK apps, use ArcGIS Pro version 1.3 (or higher).
ArcGIS Desktop version 10.3 (or higher) is required if you're using the Create Runtime Content capability. You can createArcGIS Runtime SDK content in ArcMap's user interface or with the Create Runtime Content geoprocessing tool.
ArcGIS Runtime SDK works with ArcGIS Enterprise version 10.2 (or higher) portals. However, when your app uses web maps, it must use web maps built with the 2.0 (or higher) version of the web map specification, which come from Enterprise version 10.2 (or higher) portals. When you save a web map from an 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 portals that support the 2.0 web map specification.
Versions of supported specifications
Specifications supported at 100.3.0 include the following.
- GeoPackage versions 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2
- Military standards: APP-6(B), APP-6(D), MIL-STD-2525B (change 2), MIL-STD-2525C, and MIL-STD-2525D
- Web Map Service (WMS) versions 1.1.0, 1.1.1, and 1.3.0
- WMTS version 1.0.0