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Top Must-Have Android Developer Tools

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Top Must-Have Android Developer Tools

Check out these helpful tools which provide useful functions for Android mobile app developers.

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Excellent warriors need brilliant swords to fight. Similarly, in modern IT, every coder needs the best Android developer tools to enhance their skills and efficiency. In this cutthroat competitive industry, you can’t survive with just good developers. You need to show that you have the best technology and resources for the client.

It is not just about showing your gears to attract clients but also to make sure that your Android apps are being built of the utmost quality in a productive timeline. So which are the best Android developer tools? Well, there are tons of tools out there, but not all of them are good enough. Let’s have look at the best Android app development tools.

B4A

Chances are you have not heard about B4A (Basic for Android), an Android app development tool that simplifies programming. It is an IDE that helps developers create apps using the BASIC programming language. BASIC is a procedural programming language that is very simple to code with, as it uses almost regular English to write the code. B4A has some interesting features like debugging via wireless Bluetooth, a visual editor to arrange and manipulate app views as per your needs, and much more.

If you think that B4A is only for newbies who do not know much about Android app development, think again. You can do almost everything with B4A that you do with Java, and it’s faster than Java.

LeakCanary

LeakCanary helps point out mistakes made by the developer. In this way, it keeps the “leakage” of code in check. The aim while building this developer tool was to give the most comfortable GUI for developers. The tool is automated, so it notifies you whenever it encounters some problem. It gives the developer a full stack trace, giving instant fixes for memory leaks right away.

Fabric

This is a very useful Android developer tool to quickly develop, deploy, and extend your Android app's functionality. A very stable and robust program, Fabric has helped a lot of Android app developers. Fabric gives developers an idea of user activities and where the users are most likely to engage with an app so that the development team can focus their efforts there. Also, as a developer, Fabric gives the opportunity to drive app installs and earn money from ad revenue.

AIDE

Android IDE (AIDE) is a unique entry in this list, as you can create Android apps using AIDE from your phone and tablets and also conduct tests on the same devices. AIDE supports programming languages like JavaScript, CSS, and HTML. If you have just begun your app development career, then you must learn how to use AIDE. It enables you to watch and learn from tutorials with highlighted code and test them in your mobile devices in real time. As a plus, you can also build websites using AIDE.

InstaBug

Do you hate bugs in your Android app? InstaBug hates them too. InstaBug has taken bug testing to a whole new level with amazing features like screenshot annotations, network logging, audio recording, and screen recording the tests and sending them to Android app developers for a detailed explanation. View a deconstructed model of the app in 3D to see how each subview looks. Many popular Android apps, like Yahoo, PayPal, Lyft, BuzzFeed, Dubsmash, Scribd, Kik, and many more, use InstaBug for their “bug hunting.”

Android Studio

We can’t end the list without including Android Studio. It is the granddaddy of all Android app development tools. Many developers consider it to be the best Android developer tool. It is also known as the official developer environment for Google’s Android operating system. It has a myriad of features, like visual layout, APK analyzer, intelligent code editor, fast emulator, flexible build system, and real-time profiler. It is like the Swiss army knife of Android developer tools.

Android Studio plays multiple roles in Android app development. It’s a compiler to create a file system to arrange your app project to create multiple APK files. It’s an editor for languages that developers use in app development. It includes the Android SDK itself.

Conclusion

For high-quality Android app development, you will need to have the best Android developer tools in your arsenal.

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