What is the Future of App Development?
Nicely, timely and efficiently – that is the way things are done now in order to have them done effectively. This is not always possible for traditional people. We are living in the time where traditions are changing on daily basis. People who do not keep with time are as good as lost. The truthfulness of what is being said here can be verified by the fact that we have moved from computer applications to mobile applications in order to do things while on the move. Doing things while on the move is what is trending now.
As it is, there is more than one app for any given task that you want to accomplish under the sun. They have varying degree of user-friendliness and effectiveness. What you can be sure about is that even the least of the apps serves its purpose far better than an individual who tries to do it all on his own. That explains the humongous demand for mobile apps in the market – any market, for that matter. But for our convenience, we shall talk about mobile apps market.
What is interesting in this regard is the fact that Android app developments alone have 80% of the market share. There are a number of reasons for that. They also explain why the platform provided by Android is going to sway mobile app development in the time to come.
Application used to be extremely complex task. Thankfully, things began to look up with Ice Cream Sandwich. The real break came with inclusion in Android ecosystem of such stimulating products as Gradle, Android Studio and Android 5.0 Lollipop. These sync perfectly well with ever-increasing mobile devices due to facilitation of hassle-free working of apps from one platform to another which any given device is designed for. What’s more, Android app development allows for open source and open access tools that are available in the market.
Built on IntelliJ platform, it is extremely stable and comes with exhilarating themes, featuring plugins that control the file versioning process, and deep code analysis.
It is no small virtue to have dynamic, instead of graphical, preview of updates in UI files – preview not just on one device but across several others having different screen sizes and resolutions.
Apart from what help it extends for building an all-new app, it also supports transition of already existing mobile app that is based on a different platform.
This project automation tool justifies the claims made on gradle.org. This is how it reads:
“From mobile apps to microservices, from small startups to big enterprises, Gradle helps teams build, automate and deliver better software, faster.”
It does what it says. It supports the language of your choice on any platform. It little matters whether you opt for mono repository or multiple repositories. Nevertheless mono repositories are known to be more efficient. But the point is that with Gradle you CAN build anything, automate and scale anything to the state-of-the-art devices with which markets are flooded now.
This has truly proved lollipop for Android app developers. It is said that it has introduced fundamental changes in Android and it requires developers to see them and use them to the best of their capacity. Subsequent to this development, Google introduced Material Design for improving the looks of apps, and Art that offers AOT compilation that helps reduce execution time, uses less storage area and saves power.
Up till now Java has been used to build Android apps development. But there has come up more efficient languages which not only make the task of building apps easy but also speedy. These include Scala, Groovy, and Kotlin. Groovy is already used in Gradle with great results. There is not reason why it should not be tried in Android app developments as well. The way iOS developers have put Swift to good use should encourage the Android app developers to emulate them on Android platform.
With the concurrence of all the exhilarating tools and languages and proliferating innovations in smartphones tell-tale one thing: the sky is the limit as long as Android app development is in question.