5 Must Have Android Tools for App Developer
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5 Must Have Android Tools for App Developer


One cannot deny the fact that with the advent of mobile phones, application technology is moving rapidly ahead – gaining conformity from this dynamic and repulsive generation. As of July 2015, Android users were able to choose between 1.6 million apps.

 

This surely keep users yearning for more from android applications. There are high expectations for more innovative, intuitive and engaging mobile apps in android platform. For this to happen, there are many different tools available. But, there are plenty of challenges to face in choosing the right tools. Today, I shall talk to you about 5 android app development tools which no one told you about.

 

Genymotion

Let’s get it straight about Genymotion. It is fast, efficient and really cool third-party emulator that can replace default Android emulator. The ability to run on a virtual machine is something which differentiates Genymotion with another android emulator tools. For the default Android emulator, one is required to go the plug-n-play way, but imagine the same, in with better efficiency and better experiences – in less setup.

 

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Well, that is Genymotion for you. It comes with an inbuilt multi-touch Appcelerometer which is resourceful in building apps that require parts of the SEK.

Titanium Appcelerator

The beauty of Titanium Appcelerator lies in its ability to develop cross-platform mobile applications. Even though, if you want to develop a dedicated android app, it gives a lot of flexibility in terms of rendering the UI using the platform’s native controls.

 

Talking about the scripting part, Titanium goes with Javascript. But, contradicting the PhoneGapp application interaction, instead of fiddling with the HTML DOM, the JavaScript interacts with Appcelerator Titanium’s API.

 

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Titanium offers UI objects for buttons, text fields, lists, etc., while at the same time these are supported by the mobile platform’s authentic representation of the relevant native controls.

PROGaurd

Well, this one is a multi-utility tool used for shrinking, optimizing, and obfuscating a simple Java application. PROGaurd works for removing unused code and renaming classes, fields and methods with semantically obscure names, and pre-verifies the processed code for Java 6 or for Java Micro’s faster class coding. The PROGaurd application tool utility lies in creating more compact code, for smaller code archives, cross-network rapid transfer, quicker loading, and smaller recall footprints.


Moreover it also lists dead codes, so it can be removed from the source code. The core advantage of PROGaurd lies in its compact template-based configuration.

 

PROGaurd-app-developerSource: http://threedimensionsblog.blogspot.in/2014/08/scala-on-android-motivation-building.html


If you are looking for any add-on apart from what is all overwhelmingly offered, then make a note – it also has an optional graphical user interface alone with plugins for Ant and for the JME Wireless Toolkit.

 

IBM Bluemix

IBM Bluemix is a cloud-based, multi-language-supported PaaS service. Generally, programmers go with Simplicite aPaaS for Bluemix for developing agile custom enterprise applications. It comes preloaded integrated DevOps deployed to build, run, and manage applications on the cloud.

 

Various programming languages supported by Bluemix include Java, Node.js, Go, PHP, Python, Ruby, Sinatra, Ruby on Rails and along with extended support to Scala with the help of build packs. Offering some of the high-end enterprise-level services that can easily integrate with cloud applications, Bluemix does not demand any installation and configuration know-hows.

IBM-BLUEMIXSource: http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/au/en/paas.html


Over and above supplementary frameworks and services, Bluemix comes equipped with a dashboard for creating, viewing, and managing the apps and services so as to monitor your application's resource usage.

 

Xamarin

Xamarin is one of the most widely used cross platform app development tool. The uniqueness of Xamarin is that it allows developers to create native Android applications using the same UI controls as one would use in Java.

 

But, the forte of Xamarin lies in offering flexibility and elegance of a modern language. This includes using C# blended with.NET BCL, and dual first-class IDEs - Xamarin Studio and Visual Studio. Even though, being a cross-platform tool, Xamarin tools is also used to write native Android apps with the UI.

 

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Also, there is a provision to share the code across multiple platforms. Apart from the debugger, for code completion, Xamarin Studio incorporates C#, an interactive Android UI builder for creating user interfaces minus the XMLs.

 

Conclusion

These android app development tools come handy in developing an effective and efficient app. But due to the inevitable change which technology carries with itself, one cannot remain sure about its longevity.

 

Therefore, it is always recommended to stay updated especially when it comes to android app development tools. The Android app users all across the globe rest high expectations on developers to ensure smart and smooth apps for optimizing the utility of their devices.

 

But the root of all solutions lies in the code which a developer develops and the tools one incorporates for developing Android apps.

 

Author Bio:

Shahid Abbasi is a marketing consultant with Peerbits. The company is one of the top android app developer. Shahid likes to keep busy with his team, and to provide top-notch mobility solutions for enterprises and startups.




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