A discussion with a few Android Developers at the conference makes it clear that Android is not a particular tool, but it’s also a platform that will continue to evolve for the next decade. In other words, the framework (Android) may have evolved from the mobile device it was developed for, but the tools and development tools (the Android Studio) will evolve with it.
At first glance, this looks like a situation in which Android developers will be able to develop faster, in greater detail, and in more detail on different devices than they can now. So in the future, if a developer has ten apps ready to go for a new Android phone, they can now have them on as many devices as they want.
However, any developer who did so today would be out of luck, since Android Studio is not capable of creating more than one app per phone. This is what many developers want: more flexibility in order to develop apps faster. With more rapid development cycles and fewer problems, developers will be able to create more apps quicker than ever before.
Toolsets for the platform will continue to evolve. Therefore, the ability to create games will become a priority for developers. There are already plenty of game-making tools available on the Android Market; there is still room for improvement.
Even though Android Studio is not yet a viable alternative to developing websites for Android, it is now possible to use it to create a new site, with an existing web site by simply adding it to the IDE and saving it as a “web app”. In this way, existing web sites can remain on a developer’s computer while he continues to work on an app.
So this opens up a world of opportunities for web developers and makes working with Android more flexible. Anyone who has worked with HTML or Java before understanding how XML files are stored. To get something from a web page to an app, it needs to be converted into an XML file and then saved as an app.
Android Studio Full Features
The Android Studio provides the fastest tools for building apps on every type of Android device. We all know Android to be a complete set of software for mobile devices such as tablet computers, notebooks, smartphones, electronic book readers, set-top boxes etc. It also contains a Linux-based Operating System, middleware and key mobile applications.
Visual layout editor
Create complex layouts with ConstraintLayout by adding constraints from each view to other views and guidelines. Then preview your layout on any screen size by selecting one of the various device configurations or by simply resizing the preview window.
The Layout Editor enables you to quickly build layouts by dragging UI elements into a visual design editor instead of writing layout XML by hand. The design editor can preview your layout on different Android devices and versions, and you can dynamically resize the layout to be sure it works well on different screen sizes. Read on
Install and run your apps faster than with a physical device and simulate different configurations and features, including ARCore, Google’s platform for building augmented reality experiences.
The Android Emulator simulates Android devices on your computer so that you can test your application on a variety of devices and Android API levels without needing to have each physical device.
The emulator provides almost all of the capabilities of a real Android device. You can simulate incoming phone calls and text messages, specify the location of the device, simulate different network speeds, simulate rotation and other hardware sensors, access the Google Play Store, and much more.
This is the opportunities to reduce your Android app size by inspecting the contents of your app APK file, even if it wasn’t built with Android Studio. Inspect the manifest file, resources, and DEX files. Compare two APKs to see how your app size changed between app versions.
Android Studio includes an APK Analyzer that provides immediate insight into the composition of your APK after the build process completes. Using the APK Analyzer can reduce the time you spend debugging issues with DEX files and resources within your app, and help reduce your APK size. It’s also available from the command line with apkanalyzer.
Intelligent code editor
With this feature, you can write better code, work faster, and be more productive with an intelligent code editor that provides code completion for Kotlin, Java, and C/C++ languages.
Android Studio is the official Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Android app development, based on IntelliJ IDEA. On top of IntelliJ’s powerful code editor and developer tools, Android Studio offers even more features that enhance your productivity when building Android apps, such as:
- A flexible Gradle-based build system
- A fast and feature-rich emulator
- A unified environment where you can develop for all Android devices
- Apply Changes to push code and resource changes to your running app without restarting your app
- Code templates and GitHub integration to help you build common app features and import sample code
- Extensive testing tools and frameworks
- Lint tools to catch performance, usability, version compatibility, and other problems
- C++ and NDK support
- Built-in support for Google Cloud Platform, making it easy to integrate Google Cloud Messaging and App Engine.
Flexible build system
Powered by Gradle, Android Studio’s build system allows you to customize your build to generate multiple build variants for different devices from a single project. You can create and configure build types in the module-level build the Gradle file inside the android block. When you create a new module.
Android Studio automatically creates the debug and release build types for you. Although the debug build type doesn’t appear in the build configuration file, Android Studio configures it with debuggable true. This allows you to debug the app on secure Android devices and configures APK signing with a generic debug Keystore.
The built-in profiling tools provide realtime statistics for your app’s CPU, memory, and network activity. Identify performance bottlenecks by recording method traces, inspecting the heap and allocations, and see incoming and outgoing network payloads.
With the Android profiler, the Android Profiler in Android Studio 3.0 and higher replaces the Android Monitor tools. The Android Profiler tools provide real-time data to help you to understand how your app uses CPU, memory, network, and battery resources.
The conversion of an XML file back into an app takes time, and the application developers are having to pay someone to do it. This is why many web developers now choose to work directly with Android instead of outsourcing it. There is no need to convert from web format to mobile format.
When it comes to the core design language of Android, the ability to combine the XAML and the Android Studio design environment to create user interfaces is a game-changer. The ability to edit a layout in the web browser and have it show up on the screen is an idea that has existed for years. However, with Android Studio, this is possible on any device, and it’s almost instantaneous.
Other than Android Studio, another tool that developers should use regularly is Android Studio Output. This tool gives the developer the ability to copy the compiled code of their app to a Zip file, which can then be uploaded to the Android Market. This is the fastest way to create a new app since most apps are short and simple enough that a developer can start with an existing app, and add their own content as needed.
One of the biggest problems facing mobile developers today is the number of applications available. There are literally hundreds of thousands of apps in the Android marketplace today. However, with the Android Studio and Xamarin technologies available today, developers can create hundreds of apps in a single day.
Touch screen devices have been around for a while, but the experience is significantly different on one that is on a touch screen compared to a normal screen. An app created for a touch screen can deliver a whole new level of interaction between the user and the application. This is why Android is popular on touch screen devices.
In the future, if the Android developers continue to evolve the platform and implement the next wave of developer tools, it will be even more user friendly and it will be easier to use. But the bottom line is that Android is not a tool that developers should feel limited by. – it’s a platform and it will continue to evolve, develop its own features, increase functionality, and reach out to new users.