How to develop an Android application

Since the Google Android is a pretty open-source device program, that means that anyone can create and publish apps for it! But this is easier said than done I am afraid – unless you have the knowledge at your disposal to write the code for an application. Well, believe it or not, you can write a very cool app for the Android, even if you are not a computer programmer. Don’t believe me?

Well, here are the steps that you would need to go through in order to successfully make and publish an app. And who knows? You might just end up with a huge online app hit!

Step 1.

You need to know the basics of the Android technology. You need to understand the basic framework so that you can understand how your app fits into it.

Step 2.

Development is the next phase. Once you understand how Google Android works, you can then move on to developing your app. Of course, this starts with a good idea, and goes on from there! There is a lot of help for people like you who are just learning to develop an app, so utilize it! Watch some tutorials, read some articles, and educate yourself. You might find that it is not quite as hard as you think it is to develop an Android app!

Step 3.

Publishing is the final stage of any app development, and this will cover how you prepare and release your app for use by others. There is a method to this, and it would be a huge shame to put a lot of work into an app, only to have it go to waste because you do not know how to publish it!

Creating an app for the Android is NOT as hard as you think it is. The key is just to keep going… when  you come to something you do not understand, take a little bit of time and learn it.

New Android Apps to get Excited about

Looking for new ways to make your Android phone even better? Well, apps are the way to go for that, and if it is apps that you want, then Google has what seems to be a very realistic answer – it is apps you shall have! Here is a quick overview of a few that you may have missed. You will not be let down by the power of these android programs, at least, that is what they say!

Wapedia.

Miss having Wikipedia on your mobile? Well, Android has a new app called Wapedia that can let you access this worldwide fountain of knowledge from your handheld! Beautiful image rendering, speeds up to 2 G, and all of the information you can handle – sort of like a laptop, right? Well, this is a sweet app for those of you who love the sweetest online encyclopedia.

Facebook

Have a facebook that you want to be able to check with your Android phone? Well, there is an app that can do that for you! You can follow your friends, send messages, write on people’s wall, and much more with the Facebook app for Android. Forget about needing a computer to stay connected – those iPhone users have nothing on you!

WpToGo

Need to blog while on the run? With this app, you can blog to your wordpress site straight from your Android mobile phone. Using text, imaging, tags, and categories, you can post full blogs or simple previews, all while never getting back to your desktop! Tired of disappearing from the online world when you leave your home? Take it with you with this sweet app.

As you can see, there is no shortage of high quality apps for the Google Android run phones.

Android Project Managers Still need to Check Out the PRINCE2 Learning Aid iPhone App – and Here’s Why!

We know what you’re thinking: this is an Android site, and we’re Android fanatics. So mentioning anything iPhone might be a little over the top. We understand where you’re going with this completely. After all, would you bring an Android phone to the iPhone opening day party? Probably not unless you want to get attacked by an Apple army.

But if you’re a project manager and you’re rocking an Android right now, you still might want to hear us out. You see, the PRINCE2 certification exam is a big deal in the UK, and we know that we have a nice UK audience. So if you’re thinking about trying to study for the exam on the go, you definitely need an app like this. But what do you do if you don’t have any way to get what you’re really looking for? It can feel downright frustrating when you look up and realize that you don’t have an app that can work with the phone that you have. After all, who wants to go out and get an iPhone just to help them study for an exam, albeit an important one?

That’s where you have to let the developer know. PRINCE2 training is something that should be available to you even if you have an Android phone. Yet if the developer doesn’t know that you’re looking for Android porting, they’re not going to make an Android one. Generally speaking, if enough people get together and request support for the Android platform, you can expect to see an Android version in the near future.

That’s because these software development houses know that the more people they can please with free apps, the more publicity they’ll receive for their services as a while. So don’t think that your voice doesn’t count — as you can see, it definitely does!

Must have Apps!

In 2013, it’s not about what games you have. It’s not about which smart phone, which console, which gadget… What really makes the crucial difference to your digital experiences these days, is what apps you’re using. Apps have levelled the playing field for smart phone and tablet users in a big way. Sure, an iPhone may look a little different to a Samsung Galaxy Ace, but they can both run pretty much the same apps and as a result, have similar uses.

If you’re new to the world of apps, here are five of the very best, all of which are cheaply available for most Android and iPhone users.

1. Angry Birds – The most ubiquitous gaming experience of our era is firm proof that apps are now commercially outstripping their far more expensive console-based counterparts. This addictive little game challenges players to fire suitably angry-looking birds at their enemies – which happen to be pigs – by flinging them across the screen, adjusting velocity and trajectory through the power of touch screen technology. Bus journeys will never be the same again.

2. SpeedQuizzing – This relative newcomer is fast emerging as one of the most revolutionary apps of the decade so far. Many of us believed that smart phones had broken the pub quizzing tradition by giving contestants the means to cheat, but this clever app may just be the pursuit’s salvation. Players simply download speed quizzing software to their device and then play along in real time to a question master, using the screen as a buzzer. No time for cheating, and a newly dynamic quizzing experience.

3. Snapchat – This app’s been getting a lot of press lately. It’s founder allegedly turned down offers of $3billion from Facebook and $4billion from Google for the rights to Snapchat. He believes it’s worth even more… For the end user, it’s certainly worth a shot, allowing the sending of picture messages and videos with optional captioning to other devices. The messages self-destruct upon opening, so you can be (relatively…) safe in the knowledge that the file will never fall into the wrong hands.

4. Instagram – If that all sounds too much like child’s play, check out Instagram. It’s like a significantly pared down Photoshop with an in-built hipster aesthetic, perfect for users who like to tread the line between being artistic and narcissistic.

5. Facebook – Don’t forget the most significant digital firm of our times! Facebook’s app neatly packages all the social media site’s functions into a parcel that’s better suited for use with smart phones and tablets.

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Useful apps for having fun

Do you have your Smartphone at the ready?  Then look no further for fun app-lenty.

Pandora
It’s been on the scene for a while but Pandora is an internet radio service that remains a nifty way of streaming music and a method of tailoring your own radio stations based on a single song, musical genre or artist by using stream recording software. The Music Genome Project relies on tags and classifications to determine automatic music recommendations based on a listener’s preferences then saves them to your device.

Eventster
Hailed as Pandora for your events, this app helps you to find the best events around you. From clubs to concerts, festivals to theatre, sales to sporting events, Eventster is a giant database of live events and will show you what’s hot and where to find it. Filter events by keyword, category, date and location, browse popular events as voted for by the online crowd and find out what your friends are doing.

Vine
Launched by Twitter, Vine is a clever mobile service that allows users to create and share short looping videos of no more than six seconds in length. With unlimited uploads, users can instantly post videos on Vine before sharing them via Twitter and Facebook.

Grosvenor Casino
The Grosvenor casino app offers a range of fun games and is the ultimate live and online casino companion. Users can locate their nearest Grosvenor Casino with the app’s club finder and send messages to their friends via Facebook or Twitter. A must for budding poker players and blackjack fiends.

WhatsApp
If you’re SMS obsessed but constantly reeling at the size of your monthly Smartphone bill, seek some textual healing by downloading WhatsApp Messenger. It’s a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to send unlimited messages without incurring the usual costs associated with sending text messages. WhatsApp uses your 3G or Wi-Fi, allowing you to message your nearest and dearest, regardless of whether they’re iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows or Nokia users. Create groups and exchange images, audio and video messages.

Pinterest
A bit like an online scrap book, Pinterest allows you to collect and organise the things you love.  Make a wishlist or collection or plan a project or event with this clever tool. Pin things as you find them– gather articles, photos and videos and add to your boards. Any pin on Pinterest can be repinned and all pins link back to the original source. Boards can be secret or public – you can follow and be followed and invite others to pin with you.

Fat Booth
Take face-on shots of your friends and prepare to be astonished at the supersized results Fat Booth creates. Transform miniature mates into monstrous lard mountains in a moment, save the images to your photo gallery and provide your social networks with side-splitting amusement.

Comics Creator
This user-friendly app lets you create your own comic strips, stories or photo journals. Choose from a library of backgrounds, characters and dialogue bubbles, upload doodles or use a shot from your Smartphone. Share your inspired creations via email and MMS.