Android Application Development

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Android Application Development

Android is a free, open source mobile platform that is not limited to a device or a product. With Android you could build an mp3 player, a handheld GPS, or even a DVR. Android software development is the process through which new applications are created for the Android OS. These applications are usually developed using the Android software development kit (SDK), but there are also other available options. We will cover some basics to help you start building your Android app. 

As previously mentioned, the Android Software Development Kit will help you make apps. This collection of tools includes Eclipse/Android Studio and ADB. Android has two primary integrated development environments (IDE) and Eclipse is the default one. An IDE serves as the main program where you’ll write the code and put your app together. The main alternative is Android Studio, which is part of a prolonged beta. Android Studio is intended to be the replacement for Eclipse as the primary IDE for Android. No matter which IDE you choose, using it is similar in manner to Photoshop: there are many amazing things you can do but you’re likely to only learn the individual tools and aspects as you need them.

Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is a tool with the primary purpose of aiding in development. It’s included in the Android SDK and you can use it to load software or make adjustments to your devices when it’s plugged into your computer. 

You can always refer to the official Android Developer Guidelines for specific information on how to program your apps. Development can be confusing, and if you’re new to Android development, it would be helpful to browse through some of the guidelines and tutorials. There’s other resources besides the official guidelines, such as Sample Code. 

Design guidelines are the counterpart to developer guidelines. Google has put increased focus on teaching its developers to make apps that look good in addition to working well. This means a lot of the work has been done for you to cover the basics like simple animations and buttons. Android Design Guidelines is the place to get more information on this. 

The process of creating your own Android app can be rewarding if you use the necessary resources and tutorials while having the patience to learn to the details. Best of luck in bringing your app idea to reality.