A Quick Beginners Guide to Android App Development

A Quick Beginners Guide to Android App Development

Android is on a rapid rise when it comes to the popular mobile operating systems in the world. Unique and interesting mobile applications are always in demand throughout the year. Coming to the usability and user experience, it’s always android that leads the race. The improved functionalities in the operating system are the reason why people opt for it. If you are a developer or someone, who loves to make apps from in Android, then this guide will be helpful for you.

Take a look at the beginner’s guide for android app development and it will help you to master the process of developing an app for android. You do not need to know the basics of object-oriented training in order to learn it; this short guide will take you through the important stages of developing an android app.

Well, you need two things in order to start – Setup Eclipse and Android SDK. Once you have these, you can easily get started. If you have Eclipse, then follow the instructions below, once you have the ‘New Android Project’ window pops up.

  • Select ‘File/New/Project’
  • Go to the ‘New Project’ section and select ‘Android Project’

By following the above instructions, you give a project name to your app. The next step involves choosing the Android version for which the app is to be developed. Once done, it is necessary to assign a name to the project. Remember, you should not use any spaces while naming the app. Whenever you start making an app, then it is important to make a configuration. It helps you to specify how the app is going to start. For instance: you can control the network speed of the emulator and decide which emulator to use for different versions.

In order to set up an emulator, activate the automatic control feature with the buttons that are located on one side along with the manager button. Now, in order to create a new emulator, click the button at the right side. After completing this process, the next step involves creating the run configurations. To do this, click ‘Create AVD,’ select ‘Apply’ and then close all the configurations. Please note that it might take some time for the emulator to start. So, this is how you create your first app.

But, there are some more important things left.

Coding which is an important part of developing any mobile application has a vital role to play. As an android app developer, it is important for you to understand the full structure of the application. In order to do this, open the ‘Package Explorer’ and open your project. There will be five folders and two files. One of the folders will be titled as ‘src’ folder. Once you open it, you will come across a default code.

You can create a new activity by extending the activity class of Android and then move on to the on Create function. You will be able to view the Linear layout and then add the child elements depending upon the type of layouts.

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