Google offers developers a robust suite of tools they can use to develop applications for the Android platform. Even though the Cordova CLI takes care of most of the process of creating, managing and testing applications, there will be times where you will want to have more control over the process. Even though the CLI can launch a Cordova application in the Android platform emulator, when you encounter problems with an application, and you want to know more about what’s going on, you’ll need to use the development tools that come with the Android Development Tools (ADT).

Instructions for using the CLI to create and manage Android projects can be found in Chapter 4. In this chapter, I’ll show you how to configure ADT and use it to help you test and debug your Cordova applications.

If you’re not developing for Android or you plan on using only the CLI and/or PhoneGap Build to build and test your applications, then you can likely skip over this chapter. However, there are some cool tools included with ADT, so what you’ll learn in this chapter should simplify your Android application testing and debugging efforts.