The Facebook API for Android - Creating Your Own Facebook Android App
The Facebook API for Android allows you to create your own app based on the social network. Learn more about the API and how this works.
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If you want to know more about the Facebook API for Android, then you have arrived at the right site. As we all know, Facebook users are increasing continuously, and the number of daily active users carries on growing too. But, have you ever asked yourself to create your own app through Facebook rather than using the standard features like update status, wall-to-wall post, uploading pics and vids, and playing social games? Let's pay attention to the following post about the Facebook API for Android to be able to create such an app on your own.
Before we start with the explanation about Facebook API for Android, it's good for you to know first what exactly the Facebook API is. An API (Application Programming Interface) is actually a feature that has been given to the Facebook developers so that they can develop their own applications and then use the app on the Facebook page. As a simple example, the social network-based games like Zynga Poker or Words with Friends are developed using this kind of API. As a matter of fact, no programming skill is required in order to create or develop a basic application using this useful Facebook feature. By using the Facebook API, people can also add Facebook to their own site in order to build a social and personalized website.
Now, we will discuss how to utilize the Facebook API for Android on Windows platform. Initially, you'll need to install the Android SDK, Eclipse Plugin, and Git on your own computer. Then, you will have to clone the GitHub repository. After you have installed all of them, open Eclipse and then create a new Android project. Afterwards, you'll use this project for the Facebook Android SDK source and then reference it from the application. Thus, you simply must get the content by picking “Create project” from existing source and then specifying the Facebook directory from the Git repository.
Once the SDK project has been produced, you can create your own app. To accomplish this, you need to create a new Android project, and after it's created, you'll have to add a reference to the Facebook SDK project. Just after the Facebook SDK is referenced, the app manifest needs to be adjusted to allow the app to make network calls to Facebook itself. Then, you will have to export the signature for your application to make sure that users are only communicating with your application on the Android. This operation can only be done by running the key tool.
For training purposes, you can find mobile apps from the Play Store.
The last thing that you'll need to know about Facebook API for Android is the way to install the app appropriately. To install it successfully, you must debug your own application in the Android emulator by making use of the binary image. Do not forget that your own application will still work correctly even though you have not installed this image. It is also recommended to utilize the default platform dialogs for “Sign in” rather than utilize the Facebook App that will require you to “Sign in” at the time you run the application in the emulator.
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