Bug 44427 - Download required Android Support Libraries / Google Play Services zips in \AppData\Local\Xamarin\ at install time.
Summary: Download required Android Support Libraries / Google Play Services zips in \A...
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 42614
Alias: None
Product: Android
Classification: Xamarin
Component: General ()
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Macintosh Mac OS
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Assignee: Jonathan Pryor
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Reported: 2016-09-16 17:25 UTC by Pierce Boggan [MSFT]
Modified: 2016-10-25 21:56 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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Description Pierce Boggan [MSFT] 2016-09-16 17:25:20 UTC
# Enhancement
Many developers are hitting issues surrounding the zips associated with the Android Support Libraries / Google Play Services libraries.  I've listed a few here:
* https://stackoverflow.com/questions/33869051/build-unsuccessful-error-with-android-project-in-xamarin-forms
* https://stackoverflow.com/questions/30915969/error-even-after-installing-android-v4-support-library-in-xamarin
* https://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/42982/android-build-failure-unzipping-failed

Additionally, even if developers don't hit this issue, the first time developers try our product, it can take anywhere from 2-3 minutes (on a fast internet connection) to download the required zips and decompress them. Couple this with a slow emulator (assuming they aren't using HAXM and/or Hyper-V VS Android emulators), and it could take 5 minutes for developers to see something on their screen. Additionally, _most_ (all?) developers targeting Android will be working with these now, so it's ideal that our experience is solid with it.

Downloading/decompressing these at install-time would help to resolve many issues and make for a much better first-run experience for Xamarin.Android.
Comment 1 Mike James 2016-09-16 17:50:26 UTC
+1 on this.