Android Build a Simple Android App Getting Started with Android Android Project Basics

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Gradle is the preferred Build Tool for Android and is integrated in with Android Studio. Gradle automates and manages the build processes for your application. Not to get too deep into the woods, the code you write in Android Java is compiled down with the JavaC compiler. That code goes through another process known as Dexing. Before Dexing can occur, perhaps you have code from Maven libraries (code from 3rd party sources) that you want your app to capitalize on - well, Gradle will integrate that code into the compile process, allow the JavaC compiler to do its thing, Allow the DEX files to be created with all of your methods to be ready for packaging into the binary APK file that actually runs on your device. You can enjoy a more detailed and technically accurate explanation by visiting the documentation here: