Developing Android Apps

Developing Android Apps

Android apps are pieces of software that run on the Android operating system. They can be installed on Android tablets, TVs and phones. They are excellent in using the camera, touchscreen and GPS features on the device. There are a lot of apps installed on an Android phone can, however, affect battery life and performance.

Understanding the Android platform and its design principles is essential in the creation of Android applications. It also requires a proper app architecture, which separates UIand OS-related code into components that have shared responsibility. These components can be activated at a time that is synchronized by the system, using an event-driven broadcast mechanism, which is activated by intents.

Java is the preferred language for Android development, though Kotlin has gained popularity in recent years. Both are supported by Android SDK. On the web, there’s an extensive community of developers that can help newcomers understand the language and resolve any issues.

The Android OS itself is divided into layers, with the app layer comprising the default standard apps that ship with the operating system as well as proprietary apps that come with a specific device such as the phone dialer or music player. The Android application layer comes with custom firmware, such as CyanogenMod or OMFGB. These can be installed to alter the functions of specific devices.

Another factor that prevents some apps from functioning is compatibility. If an app was launched to the US market, but isn’t compatible with your European device, it will not work on it, and will be listed as “incompatible” in the Play Store.

About the Author // Vlad Strajnic

Graduated from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia. Acquired master degree in visual design from SPD, Milan, Italy. Worked as an art director in NY and Milan. Currently, creative director of Crafty Labs.

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