The Android operating system has been designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Developed Initially by Android, Inc., backed financially by Google (later bought by Google in 2005), Android was introduced in 2007 with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance (a consortium of hardware, software, and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices).
Android is the buzzword in technology, holding a market share of 42% across various devices worldwide.
Unlike iOS and Blackberry, Android is an open-source platform that allows you to develop customized applications. The tools needed for their development are free, and there is no need to purchase an extensive developer phone or register your hardware as a development device.
Here are the Top 5 Android Development tools currently trending in the market.
- Android SDK
- Native Development Kit (NDK)
- Titanium Mobile SDK
- Hypernext Android Creator
- ADOBE AIR
5 Android app development tools you shouldn’t miss
1. Android SDK:
The Android Software Development Kit (SDK) provides you with the API libraries and developer tools necessary to build, test, and debug apps for the Android platform. It is one of the most popular SDKs used for Android.
Aspiring new Android developers can download the ADT Bundle to develop apps quickly. It includes the essential Android SDK components and a version of the Eclipse IDE with built-in ADT (Android Developer Tools) to streamline your Android app development. These are some of the pivotal components in the ADT Bundle
- Eclipse + ADT plugin
- Android SDK Tools
- Android Platform tools
- Current Version of the Android platform
- Current Version of the Android system image for the emulator
2. Native Development Kit (NDK):
The NDK is a toolset that allows Android developers to implement parts of their app using native-code languages such as C and C++. NDK can help developers as they can reuse existing code libraries written in these languages. The most significant point to be considered here is that NDK will not benefit most apps.
The developer needs to balance its gains over drawbacks as the native code may not always increase the performance but generally increases the complexity. Use NDK only if it is essential to your app but not because you prefer to program in C/C++.
3. Titanium Mobile SDK:
With over 5000 APIs, Titanium allows you to deliver an immersive user experience at a fraction of the time compared with traditional native platforms.
Although Titanium Mobile SDK suffers from some disadvantages like flexibility limitations, User Experience issues, and complexity issues, Titanium still stands in the first place for Android and other cross-platform apps development.
4. Hypernext Android Creator:
HyperNext Android Creator (HAC) is an easy-to-use software creation system that allows almost anyone to build their Android apps. Mobile apps developed on HAC enjoy good support on a wide range of devices.
HAC operations are based on HyperCard that treats software as a stack of cards. Therefore, it is well suited for mobile phone applications which allow single window operation.
The programming language used in HAC is “HyperNext” which is much more similar to English, making it user-friendly to learn and implement.
5. ADOBE AIR:
The Adobe® AIR® runtime enables developers to package the same code into native apps for iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and other Android™ devices, reaching the mobile app stores for over 500 million devices. Running on Action Script, HTML, CSS, AIR allows users to develop cross-platform mobile apps saving time and minimizing the development cost.
Along with these tools, there are some other tools like PhoneGap, BatteryTech SDK you can leverage to develop custom mobile applications.
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