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May 29, 2020

What Does an Android Developer Do?

Android, Google´s mobile OS. Used in millions of phones and tablets worldwide.

Whether you are a developer or not, you have heard the word "android". The developers are mobile developers that specialize in developing Android applications.

The android developer, build applications that later on are published on the Android marketplace. The android marketplace is where all the developed apps are posted and where consumers download either free or paid apps.

This marketplace is the direct competitor of Apple´s app store. Android is the mobile operating system that competes with the iPhone. There are android phones and tablets.

Android developers can work for companies, or as freelancers. If they work as companies they are part of the software team in the mobile department. Developers are not required to have previous work experience the majority of the time, and they are certainly very needed in the industry.

User Experience 

Today´s mobile developers are focused on the user experience rather than on anything else. Any mobile developer needs to build applications that can impact users. They work very close to designers. This kind of developers either build the user interface, build the entire mobile application, or help other developers by creating tools that might be useful.  

Android developers build applications using C, C++, Javascript and other tools to program. The android developer works very close to Product development as what they decide for the product is then turned into a design, and finally into a program.

Android developers as most developers are 90% debuggers and 10% coders. They build and then they correct. They work for their mistakes and to improve them. Developers have to stay tuned to new updates and ways of developing as android is continuously providing new tools to improve their offer. 

What does the Android developer must know?

The android developer is a technical developer. Their trending knowledge has to be high, both in what the market demands and in the user experience. The android developer has to know databases too, as most of the applications are connected to data. API knowledge is required too,  as the apps may integrate third party data. The android developer has to be a critical thinker, based in logic analytical and mostly, a problem solver. 

If you are a web developer and are interested in becoming a mobile developer for IOS, then I recommend you two books to get started. The first one is “Hello, Android: Introducing Google´s mobile development platform” It is written by Ed Burnette. It teaches the beginner in a step to step process how the development works. The second book is “Android application development all-in-one for dummies” it is written by Barry Burd. This is a compilation of 8 books so it is a complete volume of how android development functions.

Android Studio

The most used environment to build android apps, is the official Developer platform: Android Studio. The platform comes with many features that make it the reason why developers choose to build on it. A visual layout editor, an APK analyzer, a Fast Emulator, an Intelligent code editor, a Flexible build system, and a realtime profiler.  

In the visual layout editor, you can create layouts by adding constraints from each view. You can later preview your layout on any screen size. In the APK analyzer, you can reduce your android app size by inspecting the inner contents of your APK file. It works even if it wasn’t build in Android Studio. You can still use this Android Studio feature with external files.

 In the fast emulator, you can install and run apps faster than with a mobile device. You can emulate and test different configurations and features. In the intelligent code editor, you can write better and more productive code with an editor that provides code completion for Kotlin, Java, C, and C++. The flexible build system allows the developer to customize and generate multiple builds in a single project. In the real-time profiler, the developer uses the tool that provides realtime statistics of the CPU, memory, and network activity. Incoming and outgoing network payloads can be seen too.

In conclusion, the Android developer is a mobile developer that builds applications for the Android operating system. This application can be either for mobile phones or tablets. Android is the direct competitor of IOS. Developers submit and post their apps to the android marketplace, also called "Google Play" The Android OS was developed by Google. Developers work using Javascript, C, and C++. It is widely recommended to use android studio to build the applications as it comes with many features that can´t be found in another place. The best feature it has is the intelligent code editor, that with the use of machine learning it provides code completion. Android developers and mobile developers, in general, are very close to designers as they "design-think" the entire application before writing the code. Mobile developers have to know the best practices of user experience, as their whole work depends on their knowledge.

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Lucas Bonder
Technical Writer
Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.

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DevelopersMay 29, 2020
What Does an Android Developer Do?
Android, Google´s mobile OS. Used in millions of phones and tablets worldwide.

Whether you are a developer or not, you have heard the word "android". The developers are mobile developers that specialize in developing Android applications.

The android developer, build applications that later on are published on the Android marketplace. The android marketplace is where all the developed apps are posted and where consumers download either free or paid apps.

This marketplace is the direct competitor of Apple´s app store. Android is the mobile operating system that competes with the iPhone. There are android phones and tablets.

Android developers can work for companies, or as freelancers. If they work as companies they are part of the software team in the mobile department. Developers are not required to have previous work experience the majority of the time, and they are certainly very needed in the industry.

User Experience 

Today´s mobile developers are focused on the user experience rather than on anything else. Any mobile developer needs to build applications that can impact users. They work very close to designers. This kind of developers either build the user interface, build the entire mobile application, or help other developers by creating tools that might be useful.  

Android developers build applications using C, C++, Javascript and other tools to program. The android developer works very close to Product development as what they decide for the product is then turned into a design, and finally into a program.

Android developers as most developers are 90% debuggers and 10% coders. They build and then they correct. They work for their mistakes and to improve them. Developers have to stay tuned to new updates and ways of developing as android is continuously providing new tools to improve their offer. 

What does the Android developer must know?

The android developer is a technical developer. Their trending knowledge has to be high, both in what the market demands and in the user experience. The android developer has to know databases too, as most of the applications are connected to data. API knowledge is required too,  as the apps may integrate third party data. The android developer has to be a critical thinker, based in logic analytical and mostly, a problem solver. 

If you are a web developer and are interested in becoming a mobile developer for IOS, then I recommend you two books to get started. The first one is “Hello, Android: Introducing Google´s mobile development platform” It is written by Ed Burnette. It teaches the beginner in a step to step process how the development works. The second book is “Android application development all-in-one for dummies” it is written by Barry Burd. This is a compilation of 8 books so it is a complete volume of how android development functions.

Android Studio

The most used environment to build android apps, is the official Developer platform: Android Studio. The platform comes with many features that make it the reason why developers choose to build on it. A visual layout editor, an APK analyzer, a Fast Emulator, an Intelligent code editor, a Flexible build system, and a realtime profiler.  

In the visual layout editor, you can create layouts by adding constraints from each view. You can later preview your layout on any screen size. In the APK analyzer, you can reduce your android app size by inspecting the inner contents of your APK file. It works even if it wasn’t build in Android Studio. You can still use this Android Studio feature with external files.

 In the fast emulator, you can install and run apps faster than with a mobile device. You can emulate and test different configurations and features. In the intelligent code editor, you can write better and more productive code with an editor that provides code completion for Kotlin, Java, C, and C++. The flexible build system allows the developer to customize and generate multiple builds in a single project. In the real-time profiler, the developer uses the tool that provides realtime statistics of the CPU, memory, and network activity. Incoming and outgoing network payloads can be seen too.

In conclusion, the Android developer is a mobile developer that builds applications for the Android operating system. This application can be either for mobile phones or tablets. Android is the direct competitor of IOS. Developers submit and post their apps to the android marketplace, also called "Google Play" The Android OS was developed by Google. Developers work using Javascript, C, and C++. It is widely recommended to use android studio to build the applications as it comes with many features that can´t be found in another place. The best feature it has is the intelligent code editor, that with the use of machine learning it provides code completion. Android developers and mobile developers, in general, are very close to designers as they "design-think" the entire application before writing the code. Mobile developers have to know the best practices of user experience, as their whole work depends on their knowledge.

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Lucas Bonder -Technical Writer
Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.

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