How to Create an Android App

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A very simple and easy business model for making money online is to build an Android app.

Mobile apps are relatively simple to make when compared with PC software and distribution is also very easy thanks to the existence of mobile app stores that let people search for an easily download and buy your software.

Android in particular makes the process even simpler, thanks to the much simpler approval process for new apps compared with Apple and the lower cost for becoming a developer.

Getting Started – The Conventional Route

When you first get started, you will most likely take the conventional route of using Android Studio. This is the main ‘IDE’ (Integrated Development Environment’) that can provide you with all the necessary tools in one place and streamline the process with helpful tips, straightforward testing and the like.

This can be downloaded from the Android developers website and should come with the Android SDK included. That SDK is one of the key tools that you’ll need – it’s a set of instructions you can access that specifically relate to the capabilities of Android. You will also need the Java Development Kit (JDK).

From here you’ll be programming in Java and writing code that refers to the Android SDK. Unfortunately, you’ll likely find that this is all a little complex not only to use but also to set up.

For that reason, many people will decide to take other routes…

Other Options

There are several other options when it comes to building Android apps. One is to use ‘app builder’ software which will allow you to build apps without knowing any code. These are very limited in terms of what you can build though and they take away a lot of freedom.

A ‘compromise’ position then would be to use something like Basic4Android. Basic4Android is a tool that makes coding for Android much simpler and easier and even streamlines the testing process. If it’s a game you’re looking to make, then a similar options is to use Unity which will make it much easier.

Then of course you can always outsource the creation of your app, though it’s often harder than you might expect to find a capable of coder.

 

The 4 Best Photo Editing Apps

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Create Great Social Media Graphics
Seeing and sharing pictures in social media is fun! I enjoy seeing pictures of my friends because I feel connected even though we may be miles apart.

In our quest to share (or maybe overshare) our lives, I find myself using several photo editing apps more frequently than others. I’m often asked what I use to add text, create a collage, or edit the picture. In response to those requests, here are my “go to” apps when sharing pictures with my friends (like you).

The 4 Best Photo Editing Apps

1. Pic Collage – A free picture app that I use on my iPhone.
Pic Collage is an easy to use app that is like the “Swiss army knife” for pictures and graphics. I can add different backgrounds, images from the internet, text and more. The picture effects are plentiful, and I can crop, add a border, blur, and modify the color – all with the tap of a button!

Bottom Line – this is a very easy app to use on my iPhone, and I can modify my creations at a later date.

2. Photogrid – A free picture app that I use on my iPhone
Photogrid produces higher quality graphics than PicCollage. However, I’m not as familiar with Photogrid, so I use it when I have more time to create a graphic. I like Photogrid because the pictures are more clear, and the text is super crisp. The creations look very high end. The features are robust and are similar to PicCollage. My favorite feature is the “poster” feature that has editable borders and graphics for a more upscale look.

Bottom Line – this is a good app for creating higher-end graphics. The major disadvantage is that I can not update or modify an image once I have saved it to my phone.

3. Canva – A free web-based platform that I use on my laptop
When I want to produce something unique, I turn to Canva. Mainly, I use Canva when I want to share quote graphics or words of inspiration! Canva has great features, and I can even purchase photos for $1.

Bottom Line – this is a great, easy to use internet-based platform that allows a drag and drop approach to graphic design. I highly recommend Canva for beginner to expert users.

4. Photoshop Elements – A paid software program that I use on my laptop
Photoshop Elements is a more sophisticated software program than the other 3 discussed in this list. I use Photoshop Elements for most web page images and social media banners. If you are not familiar with Photoshop, then I recommend you complete several tutorials before you pay for the software.

Bottom Line – this is a good software program if you have the time to learn how to use the range of features this product offers.

Conclusion
Which picture editor is the best for you? If you are a casual user on your iPhone, then Pic Collage or Photogrid is best for you! If you are a casual user, but would like a larger screen to edit your pictures, I would recommend Canva. Photoshop Elements is your editor of choice if you will be an avid, more consistent user.

 

Android App Development Benefits for Professionals

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Processing of business operations has become easier with Android app development. With a surge in BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategies, it has become more important for the businesses to adopt Android app developments. It’s helped enterprises of all sizes create customised solutions to cater to the specific business needs and demands.

Not only within the office, Android mobile apps also help the companies to get connected with the world outside. By developing cutting edge mobile apps, companies have been able to cater to the needs of their customers and thus improved their bottom lines considerably.

To thrive in this increasingly digital environment, it is essential that enterprises get on to the Android app development bandwagon. Though applications can be developed on various OS, there are some well-defined benefits of developing apps on Android. The key benefit of Android as a platform is that, it is completely free and it is also an open platform built on Linux.

Initially the acceptance of Android was very limited, but it has now become the most accepted Mobile apps development platform since Google’s acquisition. Now, Android is one of the strongest contenders of other OS like Apple.

Other significant benefits of Android Mobile app developments include:

High ROI against Low Investment

With Android the development and licensing costs get lowered considerably, since the Software Development Kit (SDK) is freely available. So you can build sophisticated and advanced applications at the lowest expenditure. Some of the most popular apps are developed in Android and are used extensively across the world.

Easy Integration

Google always puts stress on user experience and this is the reason why it has made Android highly customisable. It can be easily integrated and tweaked to meet your business needs and the changing market trends. Android is the best suited solution for all kinds of inter-application integrations and it helps you develop the most engaging apps. With Android, the app developers can use their imagination and creativity fully to create engaging apps, which is never the case with other platforms.

Easy Adoption

Coding Android apps is much easier than coding apps on other platforms. Android based applications are coded in Java and anyone with an in-depth knowledge of Java can create mobile applications for Android OS.

Easy Distribution

With Android you don’t have to rely on a single distribution channel, Google Play, the official app marketplace. You can use a lot of other third party distribution marketplaces and create your own distribution and sales channels as well. This results in a deeper market penetration and helps you to reach a wider section of audience.

Better Hardware Compatibility

Android apps run seamlessly on devices from various manufacturers, which mean similar user experiences for all your customers and employees. Android also runs well on devices with varied hardware configurations. So with Android you have better flexibility than any other OS.

So there are many benefits of Android app development for professionals. Want to expand your reach, hire Android apps developers and get your apps developed right away. Not only will you be able to serve your customers better you will also be able to maximize your ROI. What are you waiting for? It’s high time that you start taking advantage of the many benefits of Android app development.