Tools for Android Development
1. Android Studio
As the official integrated development environment for all Android applications, Android Studio always seems to top the list of preferred tools for developers.
Google created Android Studio back in 2013. It replaced – or should we say it eclipsed? – Eclipse Android Development Tools (ADT) as the primary IDE for native Android app development.
Android Studio provides code editing, debugging, and testing tools all within an easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface. It is free to download and is supported not only by Google, but also by a large and actively engaged community of Android developers.
2. ADB (Android Debug Bridge)
Android Studio includes the Android Debug Bridge, which is a command-line tool or “bridge” of communication between Android devices and other computers that can be used during development and the overall debugging and QA process.
By connecting an Android device to the development PC and entering a series of terminal commands, a developer is able to make modifications as needed to both devices.
3. AVD Manager
Another useful feature of Android Studio is the AVD Manager, the short form for Android Virtual Device. The AVD Manager is an emulator used to run Android apps on a computer. This allows developers the ability to work with all types of Android devices to test responsiveness and performance on different versions, screen sizes, and resolutions.
As we mentioned above, there was Eclipse before there was Android Studio. For a long time, Eclipse was the officially preferred IDE for all Android application development.
Even though Google no longer offers support for Eclipse, many developers still use it to create Android and other cross-platform apps, as it works very well with many different programming languages.
Crashlytics kit on Fabric platform
Fabric is the development platform behind Twitter’s mobile application. It gives developers the ability to build better mobile apps by providing them with a suite of “kits” that they can pick and choose from. These kits include everything from beta-testing to marketing and advertising tools.
Google purchased Fabric from Twitter in January of 2017. Uber, Spotify, Square, Groupon, Yelp, and more big-name companies have utilized Fabric in developing their mobile applications.
FlowUp allows you to monitor the performance of all your production apps. Handy dashboards let you keep track of your stats and metrics, including CPU and disk usage, memory usage, frames per second, bandwidth, and more.
FlowUp is a monthly subscription-based SaaS solution with pricing determined by the total number of users in the company.
7. GameMaker: Studio
For Android game developers, one of the most popular development tools is GameMaker: Studio. GameMaker provides everything you need to create 2D games using very little code. It is an extremely user-friendly application with a simple drag-and-drop interface.
GameMaker: Studio is targeted to beginner and novice gaming developers.
Another Android emulator, Genymotion helps developers test and preview an application on over 3,000 device scenarios. Genymotion is popular among gaming developers because it comes with pre-installed standard Android images and graphics that are quite useful in the testing process. It also provides greater speed than testing an app on an actual Android device.
Genymotion is a cross-platform development tool and supports many different programming languages and environments.
Back in 2013, Google endorsed Gradle as a build system for Android apps.
Based on Apache Maven and Apache Ant, Gradle is one of the most popular development tools for creating large-scale applications involving Java.
Developers like using Gradle in conjunction with Android Studio because it’s very easy to add external libraries using a single line of code.
10. IntelliJ IDEA
From the developers at JetBrains, IntelliJ IDEA is designed for ultimate programmer productivity. It’s extremely fast and features a full suite of development tools right out of the box.
At $149 per year, IntelliJ IDEA certainly isn’t cheap. However, there is a free, open source community edition available and the full extended version is free to students for one year.