Android OS Get New Digs from Google
Google recently updated their IDE to make Android app development more user-friendly. Previously an Eclipse-based integrated developer environment, Google has now switched the Android platform to IntelliJ Idea Java IDE, an easier to use platform.
Die hard app developers who wouldn’t give up Eclipse unless their life depended on it can continue to use the old IDE with an additional plugin to make it compatible with the new format. Android app developers can now use Google’s Android Studio to code new mobile apps.
“The pivot around the IntelliJ IDE is a shift for Google. IntelliJ is less complex and more friendly than Eclipse and should help Android reach a broader section of developers,” says app software development expert Al Hilwa.
New features include:
- Standardized templates to create a uniform look and feel for all Android apps (similar to iOS apps developed in Xcode)
- Lint tools for working out bugs and compatibility issues
- ProGuard shrink and obfuscator
- Gradle compatibility
The Android platform has always been open source, allowing any hopeful app developer to try their hand at Android app development. This move toward an easier to use and full featured IDE is likely to encourage even more app developers to give Android a go. With iOS app development on the rise, many app developers are looking for easy solutions to translate iOS apps into the Android format to reach larger audiences.
The iOS app development industry is lucrative for skilled app developers, but the number of Android based mobile devices makes cross coding appear even more attractive. Popular Android based devices like the Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Droid, and the Google Nexus are making Android apps more popular than ever.
Mobile users looking for an affordable mobile device often turn to the less expensive Android platform over iOS. Even with the lower-priced iPad Mini, Android tablets often have an attractive price point with popular mobile apps in the Google Play Store selling for less than the average iOS app.
Only time will tell if mobile app developers will embrace the new IDE whole heartedly, but as a whole, Android developers are generally accepting of change and welcome new additions with robust features- which IntelliJ offers. Overall, the IDE change over promises a feature set that will be easier for new developers to use, and welcomes by seasoned developers for the additional tools and debugging features that promise to cut down on development time.
If you’re an Android developer, do you plan to switch to the new IntelliJ or use the pluggin on your existing Eclipse platform? Will you give the new IDE a try or do you prefer to stick with what’s worked for you in the past? What features would you like to see included in a future Android IDE update?
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