Developing a mobile app for the Android operating system is highly essential considering the number of users it has. Android has the lion share of the smartphone users. Any business that wants to remain competitive must consider servicing their clients on their mobile devices.
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The Following Frameworks Should Be Used To Develop An Android App
With the Xamarin framework, developers can program their Android app with C#. The framework provided by Microsoft enables the creation of an Android app with many useful functions. A special feature is the test environment in the Microsoft cloud. Various devices can be used to check the program code. This framework is used by more than 1.4 million developers who develop their own app. This is due to the age of the framework (2014) and the integration into the Visual Studio IDE.
The well-known Unity framework was developed by Unity Technologies and offers a wide range of functions for the development of 2D and 3D applications and games with augmented reality. It is perfect when it comes to developing games that are supposed to contain particularly impressive physical effects or have good lighting. This easy-to-use code collection is already used by more than 60% of all games developed with virtual realities. A free version is available for developers. More functions can be activated in the "Pro" version. The developers are free to decide whether they want to program in C # or UnityScript.
Kotlin is a framework and at the same time offers a complete IDE for Android. Since 2017, Kotlin has even been recommended by Google as a development environment. It is also interesting for developers that the Kotlin programming language is 100% compatible with Java. Because of its advantages, it is used as the primary programming language by some developers. The speed and flexibility of Kotlin has also been recognized by other large companies such as Trello, Uber and Twitter. Since developing an app can generate costs, they switch to more efficient frameworks.
The Corona SDK framework has been available to developers for more than 10 years to develop particularly fast apps and games. These should be up to ten times faster than when developing with a different framework. This also keeps the app programming costs low. This is achieved through the integration of the Lua programming language. This is based on C ++ / OpenGL and enables high speed and flexibility. Corona SDK can be downloaded free of charge for both Mac OS X and Windows. The extensive API increases the efficiency of programmers and therefore leads to low-cost app development.
Native App or Web App
When it comes to developing a mobile app for Android or iOS, the programmers have a choice. You can develop a separate app for both systems or you can use the advantages of a web-based app. Both variants offer different advantages and disadvantages.
A web app is a specially programmed website. This can be called up on any device with a browser and adapts to the environment. Developers and companies only have to develop an app once, but it still works on almost every device. This means that the cost of app development can be massively reduced. At the same time, more users who can use the app and its functions are reached. Another cost reduction is the elimination of the commission in the Google or Apple app stores. When developers program an app, sales and marketing cost extra. At the same time, app development costs are saved due to the simplicity.
In order to develop web apps, developers need knowledge of HTML5 and other web technologies. However, HTML5 has the advantage of offline storage. This means that an app that has already been loaded can also be used without an internet connection. Web apps are also found with a Google search and can be used directly without additional installation. A shortcut on the home screen as a bookmark replaces the conventional app icon.
While web apps can be published quickly, there are some drawbacks. Certain hardware functions cannot be used and access to sensors is restricted. In addition, push notifications can only be implemented to a limited extent if developers program the app. Web apps reach their limits with larger calculations, high storage space requirements or the display of 3D. Native apps can be used better here.
Develop Native Apps
Native apps are developed for one operating system. This only works on a few devices and must be adapted for every other OS. The cost of a native app is a bit higher, especially if Android and iOS are to be supported.
The advantage of native apps lies in their performance. Complex tasks and high-performance processes are processed quickly. In addition, all sensors and hardware elements can be integrated into the app. Native apps are more suitable when a lot of data is stored and processed, as there is no limit to the memory. If the app convinces many users, the reviews in the app stores can generate new users.
For a low cost, developers should create an app from a website and later develop the native applications.