Android Programming – Easy and Interesting


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Mobile software development is one of the fastest emerging fields in the market. With Android being one of the big players in the industry, mobile application developers always try hard to enter the domain. Read the article and know about the stepwise development process, of an android app.

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Android Programming – Easy and Interesting

  1. 1. Android Programming – Easy and InterestingAndroid is one of the most popular operating systems, that serves as a big playground for themobile application developers. If figures are believed, approximately 700k android apps arecurrently hovering over the internet, and downloading of Android apps has crossed 25 billionmark. Available at free of cost, the Android SDK enables the developers to design and develop awide range of android apps and generate huge revenue for the business. Android programminginvolves meticulous integration of varied development processes, for the creation of robust, user-friendly, scalable and efficient android apps. Therefore to make the process easier, android hasbeen constantly improving its OS, by releasing new versions like Cupcake, Ice cream sandwichand Jelly bean.An Android SDK offers best environment to themobile application developers. One of the mainreasons of the worldwide popularity of Androidprogramming is, its capacity to create unlimited user-friendly apps. However, Android programming isdefinitely not an easy task and requires thoroughknowledge of Java for application development.The first step in the process of Android based mobilesoftware development requires the installation of anIDE (Integrated Development Environment). The software provides the necessary tools, requiredfor the coding purpose, like editor, compiler, debugger and more. Even so, Understanding of Javais mandatory for efficient android app development. The two major tools, generally used for thispurpose are Eclipse IDE & Netbeans.Next step involves understanding and utilization of Android programming specific tools, profferedby Android SDK. Users can add Android Development Tools plug-in, depending on the softwareusage.Now comes the installation of Android SDK, whichshould be done on virtual devices, in order to avoidadditional configuration of the hardware devices. Forexecuting the application in an ideal way, the emulator isused, which runs the app on the desktop of your system.This also include the creation of an Android project,incorporating all the codes and resources, which areutilized in the application. The extension “.apk” is used onthe application, which assists in installation of the app,onto the device.After installing SDK, the main step is to test theintegration. The testing part is done by the debuggingtools present in the SDK. These tools along withemulators assist in checking the apps in a number ofvirtual devices.Android programming is one of the most popular development process. A large number of mobileapplication developers are using their knowledge and expertise to create innovative apps. WithAndroid based devices covering a total share of 68% in overall smart phones sale till Q2 2012, itwont be wrong to say that open source development platform is at its peak.