With Smartphones and tablet computers getting popular, the Android OS is ready to become popular as the Windows Operating System has been for many decades. It is the open source feeling which makes Android more appealing. Most of the hardware manufacturers are forced to install Android on on their new devices instead of other Operating Systems. Android seems to be much more suited for cloud computing than its competitors. And its superb software architecture tempt the user to keep connected on the information superhighway – the Internet.
The need for Android Developers
The open source community keep working for improving Android for the sake of millions of users around the globe. Along with that, a new type of developer is also arising. The factor that makes Android way beyond its opponents is its quest to seek ideas from non-developers even from different backgrounds. Android has a wide array of Apps to choose from, and this is a major asset to the OS. And invitations are always open for people who are curious to create new applications for Android. They are welcomed with open hearts.
Evolving an Idea
The most basic thing you should need is an idea about the Application you are planning to create. It helps a lot if you pick up something you’re good to go with. Most of the times, people love to associate their activitieswith their own personal interests.
You can’t start working on an Android app straight away. Because an app developer always need to familiarize with the concept of the operating system, its feel and functionality. Eventhough advanced app developers have the choice to run emulators on their Windows / Linux desktops, it isn’t the best way to get friendly with Android. I personally believe this should happen in an Android device itself. Get over the Android market place to get more cool ideas, and to see the process of downloading and setting up applications on the phone.
To take the shift from an Android user to Android Developer, it requires a honest assessment of your own programming abilities. For those who are good with Java can go to Android website and download the SDK, and get okay with it. Android Apps are mainly created in Java.
Now its the time to set up your development environment. This include several plugins and components like:
- Eclipse Classic application environment, get it from Eclipse.org.
- Android SDK, get it from Android.com.
- The Eclipse ADT plugin, , get it from Android.com.
Android Virutal Device
It will require an Android Virtual Device (AVD) to test an application which is being developed. It’s always a good idea to set up an AVD before you start developing your Application.
You should set up AVD within Eclipse
Depening upon the app category, components like Actities, Services, Broadcase receivers, Content Providers etc would be needed for creating your App. You can now start working on your own Android app. After many test runs, and effective bug fixing, you can submit it to Android market for it to be available for users to download.
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