Best Android Developer Tools

Android offers a ton of opportunities for developers: it is a versatile, open platform used by millions of users worldwide with a fantastically easy distribution platform to help reach a large audience. Fortunately, there are also plenty of android application development tools to get you started and plenty of support. Better yet, the number of these tools is increasing all the time, while each one continues to become more efficient and intuitive. There has never been a better time to create your own Android app! If you still can't understand how to create app by yourself, check this page

In this post, will be run down a selection of the best tools for Android development, from IDEs and game engines to emulators and design tools.
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The Top Ten
1 AVD Manager

The AVD Manager tool is bundled with Android Studio. AVD stands for ‘Android Virtual Device’, so essentially this is an emulator for running Android applications on your PC. This is useful because it means that you can test your apps quickly without having to constantly install them on physical devices. More importantly, the AVD Manager allows you to create lots of different emulators with different screen sizes, specifications and versions of Android. This means you can see what your creation will look like on any given device and thereby ensure support across the most popular gadgets. Performance is getting better all the time, especially with the fast virt mode, which runs an Intel version of Android on your PC and removes the need for instruction level emulation.

2 Android Device Monitor

Another built-in Android development tool, the Android Device Monitor allows you to monitor your device or virtual device during runtime and get access to information such as how many processes are running on what thread, network stats, the LogCat and more. It’s great for testing the performance of your apps and seeing what’s going on under the.

3 Android Debug Bridge

The ADB shell is a useful little command-line tool that you can use to communicate with or run commands on a connected Android device (virtual or physical). It comes with Android Studio and for the most part you won’t need to worry about it. Every now and then though, you’ll be following a tutorial and find you need to open it up. To do so, navigate to the platform-tools folder of your Android SDK installation or whichever folder adb.exe is located and open up a command line (Shift + RMB > Open Command Window Here).

4 Unity 3D

Unity 3D is the first of our recommended tools that doesn’t come pre-installed with Android Studio. It is a game engine and IDE for cross-platform game development. Unity is easy to learn and comes with a large variety of features for game development. While it’s possible to create a game with Android Studio, Unity lends itself to that kind of work much more readily and will save you considerable amounts of time and headache. You can even use it to create virtual reality apps for Daydream, Cardboard or the Gear VR!

5 Unreal Engine

Unreal Engine is also a game engine and is a alternative option for those interested in cross-platform, full-featured game development. Like Unity, Unreal offers easy support for Android and is actually graphically superior along with being open source. That said Unity has slightly better built-in support for mobile and 2D creations and is the preferred option for most mobile game devs. Which one you ultimately decide to go with is your call and a they are both free, there’s no reason you can’t give them both a shot.

6 GameMaker: Studio

GameMaker: Studio is another tool for game developers, this time for 2D games. This is a little easier than using Unity or Unreal 4 and enables you to create apps with effectively zero code. If you do want to add a little more customization though, then you can get to grips with the very beginner-friendly GML or ‘GameMaker Language’. However, what you get in ease-of-use, you lose to some extent in power and functionality. It’s also worth noting that GameMaker isn’t free, although there is a free trial available for those that want to give it a shot.

7 B4A

B4A (or Basic for Android) is a lesser known Android development tool from Anywhere Software, focused on ‘rapid’ development. As the name suggests, this is an IDE and interpreter that allows developers to create apps using the BASIC programming language. For those that aren’t familiar with BASIC, it’s essentially a much simpler, procedural programming language that reads closer to regular English. Despite essentially being a one-man project, B4A manages to pack in a lot of useful advanced features, including wireless debugging over Bluetooth, a visual editor for adding and arranging views and more. It’s not free but it’s how I got started on Android and I highly recommend it. You can do pretty much anything that you would do with Java, but a lot more quickly and with less boilerplate. Any performance penalty seems minimal. That said, it’s still worth learning the official method for creating apps and especially if you hope to use specific libraries (though that said, ...more


It would seem that Android developer tools have a fondness for acronyms! AIDE is ‘Android IDE’ and is unique to this list in that it runs on Android. That means that you can create apps using your phone or tablet and then test them right there on that same device. Obviously this lacks some of the advanced features of Android Studio (okay, a lot of them) and there’s no real advantage to using this over a more fully-featured Android development tool. Where it comes in handy though is for learning Java and the Android SDK. The ability to follow tutorials with highlighted code and then test them in real time is a real boon for those struggling to get started. It’s not free and whether or not it offers good value is up for debate; but it is certainly at least worth looking into.

9 Visual Studio With Xamarin

Visual Studio is Microsoft’s IDE which supports a range of languages including C#,, JavaScript and more with extensions. Using Xamarin, which now comes bundled in, it’s also possible to create cross-platform apps using C# and then test on multiple devices connected to the cloud. It’s free to use and a good choice if you plan on releasing a utility app for both Android and iOS and don’t fancy writing your code twice. It’s also useful for those that are already familiar with C# and/or Visual Studio. One downside however is that it is considerably less convenient to access and use libraries written in Java and as with any alternative, you lose some of Google’s support and advanced integrated features.

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