The world of technology is continually evolving because of the various platforms and tools that in turn have helped in development of an array of exciting new mobile applications. The business of mobile application development is constantly on a rise. There are many front runners leading the way and shaping out the future of mobile application development. Subsequently, the market has also witnessed a surge of several mobile app development companies and entrepreneurs trying their luck in the business. These companies are constantly thinking of inventive ideas to create applications for Android, iPhone, and Windows Mobile phones. The growth for Android and its applications is tremendous as the demand for Android phones increases leaps and bounds.

Everybody, Android Studio is here!

Android application development is an area of interest for many companies as these applications are easy to develop and put to market without any hassle. Companies also find an added incentive in developing Android based apps – cost-effective solutions to ensure that the applications are developed well under the decided budget. Just when you thought that things couldn’t get any better, Google has gone out one step ahead to ease Android application development by introducing an integrated development environment (IDE).

Google recently announced the induction of Android Studio in its platform at the Google I/O conference held in San Francisco. Android developers are given the flexibility of using the Android Development Tools (ADT) plug-in for the Eclipse IDE. However, Android Studio is still exclusive to the first dedicated IDE for the mobile OS. Google has based its Android Studio on the same idea behind IntelliJ Java IDE.

According to tech experts, IntelliJ is less complex and friendlier than Eclipse. This should eventually allow Android to reach out to a broader section of developers. Google’s counterpart Apple has also been steadily investing a lot of time and effort into simplifying Xcode IDE. Apple aims to make it easy for developers to write apps for the iOS iPhone and iPad that compete with Android. This has further encouraged Android to enhance their techniques in providing a seamless IDE to its developers. In a way, Android Studio levels the playing field.  Based on the concept of simplicity and usability, it allows any beginner level programmer to take up the challenge of Android application development on their own.

The Enhanced Feature-set

Android has made sure to come up with an enhanced feature-set for Android Studio to aid the entire experience of Android application development. For example, you can pick from a number of templates to build your apps. The advantage of selecting a template is that you will be developing an application with a standardized Android look and feel. Android Studio allows developers to write efficient code. To combat version compatibility issues and other bugs, you are provided with Lint. ProGuard is also part of Android Studio to bar the code from reverse engineering.

The software is also able to work with the automated build system called Gradle. If you are looking to automate the process of building, testing, publishing and deploying Android apps then you should consider Gradle. With Gradle, you can also synchronize all Android application development activities with software lifecycle management tools such as Maven or Ivy.

This is only the Beginning

Google has put a disclaimer for potential users by declaring that Android Studio is still in its preliminary stages. The recent version out in the market is 0.1; implying that several of the features are still incomplete or may create problems.

As promised, Google is aiming to offer an enhanced user experience to customers. Android Studio also consists of a feature called Cross-Platform Single Sign-on. Through this facility, a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) can minimize the amount of times a user signs into services. The feature allows the device to share log-in credentials among trusted services using the OAUTH 2 protocol.