Best Frameworks for Building Android Apps

Ask a developer that how would he create an Android app and he will be able to reply you without any hesitation but ask him which app developing framework would be best to use for creating an Android application and he may find himself to be in a dilemma while replying to this query.

Just imagine that you have to convert an iOS app into an Android App. How will you do that? Will you create the entire code again as per the Android Playstore requirements? Obviously, you won’t do that. It will consume too much of your time and skills. That is where a mobile application development framework comes into the use. An ideal mobile app framework would be the one that help developers to take an app from one ecosystem and convert it into the app for another ecosystem.

Well if you are thinking that deploying an app is a more complex process and a mobile app development framework is merely a part of it then let me tell you, nobody here is denying that. But, having a good development platform helps to make the overall experience convenient and flexible.

Why Android?

vbpawQ35The reason why Android is considered to be operating system for developers as compared to the others is because it provides a lot of flexibility to the developers. The applications that are being developed by them on the Android can be operated on various devices.

However, before you zero down on one Android app development platform, you would want to consider some of the factors including the extent of flexibility that the framework provides, the language it allows development in and its track record among others.

Before you start feeling more anxious about the framework that you should use, allow me to list down few that are considered to be the best in the pool:

Appcelerator

You can create native mobile apps using Appcelerator from a single JavaScript code base. The platform’s website has also apparently claimed that more than 34 billion devices run the Appcelerator-powered mobile apps. It also offers the facility to conduct mobile test automation which is quite helpful because manual app testing is time-intensive and it’s still not completely foolproof.

jQuery Mobile

An HTML5 framework, jQuery framework’s biggest asset is that you should create single version of the code and that code will be responsive, that is, it will be valid to run on all the devices. The application or website that you will create using jQuery mobile will not only run on various devices but also on all the operating systems.

Corona SDK

If you are a beginner in mobile app development or you want to develop your app in record time then Corona SDK is the right platform for you. Though it is most frequently used by the game developers, you can use it to develop other applications too. Keeping bar the standard languages, development is done in one of the most easily adaptive languages named Lua which makes it even harder to resist.

TheAppBuilder

Using HTML5, TheAppBuilder is an entirely codeless interface which helps the developer to develop apps faster. The brownie point of using this platform is that it lets you submit the mobile app directly to the Google Play.

PhoneGap

You know that an Android mobile app development framework is really special if it is sponsored by Apache and Adobe. This platform lets you see the effect of changes at the same time as you are making them. Also, being a cross-platform network it supports JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS.

Though these platforms are the best for building Android mobile applications, just remember that each framework has its own set of pros and cons and you should consider them all before finalizing one. Do not get excited too soon with the idea of one code operating in all the systems.

Always keep it in mind that mobile development world is transforming rapidly and it will continue to evolve in the years to come. In fact, if you will trace the changes from the past you will realize how much the development tools and methods have changed. For now, you just need to accept the reality of cross-platform mobile development tools and choose the right framework that can serve your purpose.

Ashish Sharma

Ashish Sharma is a content marketing head at WeDigTech – An offshore mobile app development company in India working on iPhone AppsAndroid Apps, Windows Apps. Helping Enterprises & StartUps for Web & Mobile Applications Consulting and Development from domestic to MNCs.

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