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 unveiled in 2007 along 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 today with a market share of 42% across various devices worldwide.
Android apps are open source unlike their competitors like iOS and Blackberry. The tools needed for their development are free and there is no need for the purchase of a special developer phone or register your hardware as a development device.
Here are the Top5 Android Development tools currently trending in the market
- Android SDK
- Native Development Kit(NDK)
- Titanium Mobile SDK
- Hyper Next Android Creator
- ADOBE AIR
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 Android. It is one of the most popular SDK used for Android.
Aspiring New Android developers can download the ADT Bundle to quickly start developing apps. 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 important 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 more Details about Android SDK and installation instructions can be had from http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html
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 be proved to be a lot of help for the developers as they can reuse existing code libraries written in these languages. The most important point to be considered here is that NDK will not benefit most apps. The developer needs to balance its gains over draw-backs, as the native code may not always increase the performance, but generally increases the complexity. Prefer NDK only if it is essential to your app, never because you simply prefer to program in C/C++. More information regarding NDK downloads and other bug fixes can be found here http://developer.android.com/tools/sdk/ndk/index.html
3.Titanium Mobile SDK:
Although the Titanium 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
More Details about Titanium Mobile SDK and download details can be had from http://www.appcelerator.com/platform/titanium-sdk/
4.Hyper Next Android Creator:
HyperNext Android Creator (HAC) is an easy to use software creation system that allows almost anyone to quickly start building their own Android apps that work. Apps developed on HAC enjoys good support on a wide range of devices.
HAC operation is based on HyperCard, which treats software as a stack of cards, where only one card is visible at a time and hence is quite well suited for mobile phone applications which allow single window operation.
The programming language used in HAC is “HyperNext” is much more similar to English, making it user-friendly to learn and implement.
More Details about HAC can be had from http://tigabyte.com/index_hac.html
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 mostly to develop cross-platform mobile apps saving time and minimizing the development cost.
More Details can be had from http://www.adobe.com/in/products/air.html
Along with these Tools, there are some other tools like PhoneGap, BatteryTech SDK that should not be missed out.
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