Maven: The Complete Reference

14.13. Internal Android Maven Plugin Goals

The Android Maven Plugin supports a number of goals that are part of the default lifecycle and are invoked automatically. In most cases you will not have to invoke these goals directly, but it can be useful to know about them and their configuration options.

android:apk
The apk goal creates the android package (apk) file. By default the plugin signs the file with the debug keystore. The configuration parameter <sign><debug>false<debug><sign> can be used to disable the signing process.
android:deploy-dependencies
The deploy-dependencies goal deploys all directly declared dependencies of <type>apk</type> in this project. This goal is usually used in a project with instrumentation tests, to deploy the apk to test onto the device before running the deploying and running the instrumentation tests apk. The goal is automatically performed when running through the integration-test life cycle phase on a project with instrumentation tests (e.g. mvn install or mvn integration-test).
android:dex
The dex goal converts compiled Java classes to the Android Dalivk Executable (dex) format. The dex execution can be configured with the parameters dex.jvmArguments, dex.coreLibrary, dex.noLocals and dex.optimize.
android:generate-sources
The generate-sources goal generates R.java based on the resources specified by the resources configuration parameter. It generates Java files based on aidl files. If the configuration parameter deleteConflictingFiles is true (which it is by default), this goal has also deletes any R.java files found in the source directory, deletes any .java files with the same name as an .aidl file found in the source directory and deletes any Thumbs.db files found in the resource directory.
android:internal-integration-test
The internal-integration-test goal is called automatically when the lifecycle reaches the integration-test phase. It determines whether to call the goal instrument in this phase based on the existence of instrumentation test classes in the current project. The goal is internal to the plugin lifecycle and should not be used as separate invocation on the command line.
android:internal-pre-integration-test
The internal-pre-integration-test goal is called automatically when the lifecycle reaches pre-integration-test phase. It determines whether to call the goals android:deploy-dependencies and android:deploy in this phase and if necessary invokes them. The goal is internal to the plugin lifecycle and should not be used as separate invocation on the command line.