Android App Development

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To program in most languages, you need a piece of software called an IDE or 'Integrated Development Environment'. The most common IDE for Android development is Android Studio, which comes direct from Google itself. You can get it here.

An IDE is what gives you the main UI where you'll enter your code (you can't just start typing into notepad). It also highlights things you get wrong, offers suggestions and lets you run and test your creations conveniently. It creates the files you need, it provides basic layouts and generally it saves you a lot of time and effort.

What's great about Android Studio is that it is designed specifically for Android development (unlike the second most popular option, Eclipse). This means that when you download the software, you'll also get a lot of the other bits you need including the Android SDK (a selection of tools including the Android platform itself) and the Android Virtual Device, which is an emulator you can test your apps on. When you go through the installation, make sure you leave the boxes ticked to confirm that you want these additional components. You could manually add them later, but this will just complicate matters.

As mentioned, there are some alternatives to Android Studio. Eclipse is an older IDE that can be used for developing other things too (such as iOS apps) and that is a bit more flexible overall. It's also a much more fiddly to get started with though and not nearly as beginner-friendly. Another personal favorite of mine is Basic4Android. Basic4Android is an IDE that lets you code Android apps with the BASIC programming language. It makes things easier in a number of other ways too and is focused on 'rapid development'.

Setting Up Android Studio

Now you have Android Studio installed you've taken your first, bold step toward becoming a developer! A lot of people only manage it this far and then leave the software installed on their computer for months on end, feeling guilty every time they see it in the Start Menu. Eventually they end deleting it to make space for the next AAA title on Steam and so ends the whole sorry affair… Don't end up like them – it's time for some more affirmative action!

Before you can get started, you also need to install Java on your machine to use Android Studio. Specifically, you're going to need install the Java Development Kit (JDK). Java is the programming language you're going to be using to build your apps in this instance and you need to install the JDK in order for Android Studio to be able to interpret and compile your code (compiling means turning the source into something that is understood by the CPU – machine code). You'll find the Java Development Kit here. Just download and follow the instructions to install.

Now you can click on Android Studio to launch it. Once it opens up, you'll be presented with a menu where you'll be able to get started or configure some options. The great thing is that everything is handled for you at this point, though you may want to familiarize yourself with the SDK Manager (Configure > SDK Manager) which is where you'll update your Android SDK to support newer versions, as well as download things like code samples or support for Google Glass. But don't worry about that now but if Android Studio says you're missing something, this is where you'll probably need to go to find it.

Making an Actual Thing

Once your app opens, you should see a directory tree on the left with all the different files and folders that make up your app and a picture of a phone displaying 'Hello World!' in the center. Well, hello to you as well! (A basic app that displays 'Hello World' is what most new developers make first when they learn to program in a new language. Android Studio cheats though, because it does it for you!) You might notice that the open tab (along the top) is 'activity_main.xml', which is what the big phone is showing on its display. You may recall that activity_main.xml is the XML code that defines the layout instructions for your main activity.

If you selected 'Basic Activity' when you started your project, then you'll see a second XML file too called 'content_main.xml'. For the most part, these two do the same thing but the 'acitvity_main.xml' contains the basic layout that Android Studio created for you when you selected 'Basic Activity'. The stuff you want to edit is in content_main.xml, so open that up and don't worry about it for now.

(If this isn't what is open to start, then use the directory on the left to open it by choosing: app > res > content_main.xml.)

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Okay, so that was a lie. We're probably not going to be rich. At the moment the app we've made is pretty lame. You can try and sell it sure but you probably won't get that many good reviews.

So where do we go from here? There's so much more to learn: we haven't looked at the Android Manifest yet, we haven't talked about your private keysign (or how fun it is when you lose that) and we haven't even studied the Android app 'lifecycle' (nothing to do with The Lion King). There's issues with supporting different screen sizes and there's just so much more to learn.

Unfortunately, it would take an entire book to teach you the entirety of Android app development. So that's a good place to start: buy a book!

But more important is just to play around and try things. Don't set out to make your world-changing app on day one. Instead, focus on making something simple and straightforward and then build on that. Try changing the layout of the text and try adding in more buttons and more rules to make your app actually useful.

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Strategy for Android App Development

On a global level, Android is one of the most popular operating systems for mobile devices. In fact, Android is the operating system of choice in developing markets. Google has announced its intent to release a preview version of Android O, which creates more opportunities for Android developers to create unique and powerful apps based upon the many features unique to Android. This mobile operating system provides a friendly user interface, affordability, and ease of use. This is perhaps why developing solid strategies for the Android app development process is a savvy way to capitalize on its many popular features which require fail proof strategies necessary for the development of a successful Android app.

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Your research should guide the app development process when it comes to creating an Android app. This research should provide insight into what your target audience wants and needs in order to get an idea of what the end result of the app should look like.

Itemize the features and benefits and what each one will provide for the user. This is a very important piece to the puzzle because user satisfaction is paramount to the success of your app. Developing a fail-proof user-relevant app will ensure that users receive an invaluable return on the investment of selecting and downloading your app.

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Proven strategy is needed to develop an app that will withstand the rigors of testing to ensure a seamless performance. These proven steps include a complete process from conceptualization to fail proof testing on mobile devices to ensure that the app development process will create a successful outcome.

It becomes very important that your app development process need proven strategy in order to make it seamless. From unmatched conceptualization to error-free testing on actual devices, a complete process needs dominant leadership to manage the app development process powerfully and strategically.

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It's essential for app developers to decide which type of app will be most beneficial, free or paid and develop each version accordingly. A free app should provide standard features that allow upgrades to be unlocked for a fee, this attracts more users than a paid app.

There's also the option of partnering with other companies to promote their products with the help of your app. This often works by allowing users to earn points that give them discounts and add banners are effective at creating revenue for Android apps.

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Market your app aggressively to create maximum visibility. This calls for focused research. This research will unearth the best ways to market your app to achieve the maximum number of downloads. This effort should include everything from the description, title, graphics, videos, and screenshots.

All these components are the building blocks of brand awareness. These, as well as other factors, will help your app to rank well in the Google Play store, higher rankings create more visibility. App localization is a powerful piece to the puzzle, creating better conversion rates and increased organic growth.

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