What are the best resources for Android development?

Smartphones and other mobile devices dominate our lives today and in the foreseeable future. If you're a forward thinker who wishes to start creating Android apps, this list can be your starter pack. App dev experts, let us know which ones worked for you or add to the list!

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    #1Android Developers

    Android Developers

    Stay up-to-date with the latest in Android development through the Android Developers website. It contains various resources for Android app developers, from the Android Studio IDE and links to the Android Developers channel on YouTube.

    Websites

    Free

    Andrew Mitchell
    Written on May 6, 2019
    "Top result when I looked up android development. Very accessible for someone looking to get into android programming. found their youtube from this site too. will definitely check it from time to time as I go through the process of creating apps. "
  2. 13

    #2Android Studio

    Android Studio

    Android Studio is the official Android app integrated development environment (IDE). Use it together with other specialized tools to come up with your own Android app. Download it on your Windows, Mac or Linux computer for free.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Arthur Jimenez
    Written on May 6, 2019
    "For those like me who wish to enter the Android app development field, Android Studio is a great resouce. It's free, and I find it easy to use. BUT, it takes up a lot of RAM and disk space. Do other Android developer programs do this too, or is it just my computer? I'm due for an upgrade anyway, might as well get my PC up to speed for my new hobby."
  3. 8

    #3IntelliJ IDEA

    IntelliJ IDEA
    IntelliJ IDEA is an IDE for the JVM platform created by JetBbrains. It features coding assistance, built-in tools and integration and plugin ecosystem, supporting a lot of languages and frameworks. It has a free version and a paid subscription version. 
     
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    $14.9- Varies by plan

    Dong Fang
    Written on May 6, 2019
    "IntelliJ IDEA is a complete tool for any Android developer. I also like how flexible the payment plans are. I know paying annually will save me money, but I can only pay on a monthly basis right now. It's just perfect for me right now! Bonus tip for aspiring programmers - you can apply for a free IntelliJ student or faculty license. :)"
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    #4AIDE

    AIDE

    AIDE is an Android development IDE for tablets and smartphones. This app offers learn-to-code features for beginners. Intermediate and advanced developers also use it for JAVA, C and C++ development. Download it on Google Play for free.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Alice Wan
    Written on May 6, 2019
    "AIDE is godsend! I agree that it should be part of this list. For the longest time, I've been looking for a an online Android IDE I can rely on. It's perfect for small Android programming projects. Best of all, you can do it on the go."
  2. 2

    #5Unity

    Unity

    Unity is a cross-platform game engine developed by Unity Technologies. This platform is primarily used to develop video games and simulations for PC, consoles, mobile devices, and websites. Download the free trial version for Mac or Windows.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $25- Varies by plan

    Jordan Oliver
    Written on May 6, 2019
    "I've been exploring Unity Android build settings, and all I can say is it's bomb! Very powerful (popular for Android game development). I got the plan for hobbyists, so I can get the training courses. Hoping to come up with my own game soon!"
  3. 2

    #6B4A

    B4A

    B4A is an Android development IDE you can use to develop applications using the BASIC programming language. Its features include visual editor, debugger, and UI cloud service. Download the free trial version on Anywhere Software's website.

    Software

    Windows

    $59- Varies by plan

    Yolanda Franco
    Written on May 6, 2019
    "I wanted to see if there's an Android app maker that is easier to learn than Java. I read in some reviews that B4A uses Basic, which is exactly what I'm looking for. Not sure if there's a difference with the language difference and all. But now that I've learned a bit, I'm getting more and more encouraged to try Java."
  4. 2

    #7DroidScript

    DroidScript
    DroidScript lets you write apps for your phone or tablet using JavaScript. No need for a PC. Just edit code directly on your device. It has a comprehensive collection of samples and active documentation. Get it on Google Play for free.
    Apps

    Android

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Tiffany Wong
    Written on May 6, 2019
    "I'm surprised how much you can do with an app you can download and install in mere seconds. I think DroidScript was undersold by the developers. Of course, it's not gonna be able to do everything, and I don't expect it to. Still will donate through their website to show my appreciation."
  5. 1

    #8Eclipse

    Eclipse

    Eclipse is a widely used Integrated Development  Environment (IDE), especially for Java development. However, it is also useful for  C, C++, C#, COBOL, D, Fortran, Haskell, JavaScript, Julia, and many more. Download it for free.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Hemant Jayaraman
    Written on May 6, 2019
    "Eclipse is not my first choice for Android programming - I use another dedicated software for that. It's a great resource for someone starting, but it gets a bit hard when the application is more specific."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for Android development
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Android DevelopersWebsites 20 Free
2Android StudioSoftware 13 Free
3IntelliJ IDEASoftware 8 Paid
4AIDEApps 3 Free
5UnitySoftware 2 Paid
6B4ASoftware 2 Paid
7DroidScriptApps 2 Free
8EclipseSoftware 1 Free
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