As of today (Dec 2016), Android Mobile OS has the largest installed base across the world and would remain in this position for more time given its presence across wide variety of devices, starting from economical android phones to high end HTC and Samsung phones.
There was a time around 4 years ago when app entrepreneurs would first target iOS users with their app and then pick android once the iOS one picks up, but this strategy is not a thumb-rule anymore; in fact most of the apps entrepreneurs targeting young generation in developing economies prefer to launch their apps on android first than iOS and we now have millions of awesome apps and games on android performing as good as they’d on itunes.
Every App publisher needs to hire android application developers to either create an app from scratch or to replicate an existing iOS app into a scalable android app and no matter what stage your project is in, you should go over these pre-requisites before you start hiring android app developers:-
Ask us if you are not sure about either of these questions, and we shall be glad to assist you in answering these.
1. Android App development using Android Studio
Since 2015, Android Studio has become the de-facto official IDE (Integrated development environment) for android application developers. Android programmers use Java programming language with Android studio IDE to create native android apps.
Development using Android studio is rapid, so as testing and performance optimization. Some of the cool new features that it offers over conventional eclipse based development are:-
Android application developers at Agicent App Development Company are now using Android studio only for any new project coming on board since early 2016. We’ve also started switching the legacy eclipse based android projects to studio environment, so that they become future proof and highly scalable.
2. Android App development using Eclipse ADT
Almost every Android application developer in the world has used Eclipse and Java for android development until 2015.
Android Development Tools (ADT) is now a discontinued Google-provided plugin for the Eclipse IDE that is designed to provide an integrated environment in which to build Android applications. ADT extends the capabilities of Eclipse to let developers set up new Android projects, create an application UI, add packages based on the Android Framework API, debug their applications using the Android SDK tools, and export signed (or unsigned) .apk files in order to distribute their applications
Eclipse ADT was the official IDE for Android but was replaced by Android Studio. There are many apps in the market that are still based on eclipse but a switch to android studio is imperative.
We suggest all our existing and potential customers and readers to switch their android apps to eclipse environment asap, and keep them future ready. Android app developers at Agicent can do such tasks in matter of days and in minimum app development costs.
3. Mobile App Backend Development3. Android App development using cross-platform tools
There are some times and reasons when app entrepreneurs want to use cross-platform app development frameworks and tools to create apps that run on both iOS and Android devices without writing separate codes for both. They are not native apps, but offer you many features like you are used to already.
You can use traditional web technologies like C#, php, angular JS, HTML, JS to create such cross-platforms and some of the most famous frameworks so far by 2016 are following-
Xamarin using C#; ionic and cordova and react-native using js, html5, css; Unity using C# for games.
Although, the best android apps can be done by native android development but soon cross-platforms tools may become an equal or more preferred development approach, especially in case of game development where Unity 3D is already ruling the roost.
You can hire cross-platform android app developers from Agicent to create a rapid prototype or MVC app that can run on both iOS and android and test the waters quickly. A switch from cross-platform to native can always be done later on if need arises.
4. Android NDK (Native Development Kit) App development
The NDK (Native Development Kit) is a tool that allows you to program in C/C++ for Android devices. It is intended to integrate with the SDK and used only for performance-critical portions of a project. An NDK is not recommended to develop regular apps since it only increases the complexity, however in apps or portion of apps where processor dependency is so higher the NDK becomes a useful tool.
Processor oriented apps like multimedia applications and video games use native code for processor-intensive tasks; for anything else you can do better with regular SDKs.
We’ve used NDK in some OCR Apps, scanner apps, and couple of VR games prototypes.
We at Agicent App development Company have a pool of well screened and experienced Android Application developers who can work on any level of complex to simple android apps. We are one of those specialized android app development companies who can work on both SDK and NDK (for special apps) and have a great expertise in creating highly optimized android apps.