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Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 31 2017

What is most valuable?

The SDK controls and real time connectivity with the handheld devices.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps fast development and debugging.

What needs improvement?

The simulator comes up pretty slow. In the real time agile environment the simulator is not efficient to launch quickly and has some drawback in receiving the push notification. Also working on the actual device has a pretty good than… more »

What other advice do I have?

For strictly native applications, use Android. For an application easily deployable on any platform like iOS or Windows, look for the PhoneGap solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. PhoneGap and Kony for development.
Vendor
Developer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 17 2012

What is most valuable?

- Open source SDK is a boon for developers, especially those who like to customize the underlying kernel/OS to suit their needs. - UI development through the XML template, is very comfortable for beginners. - Multiple platform support e.g. can be run on Windows, Linux, as well as Macintosh. - Can be very easily integrated with 3rd party open source libraries - Thriving user community helps get… more »

What needs improvement?

- Initial loading of emulator takes a lot of time - Developing apps for tablets is comparatively difficult because the emulator is extremely slow - Since all the applications need to be developed from scratch, as there is no template available, SDK is not suitable and requires use of various 3rd party libraries that provide ready to use APIs. - Developing apps based on GPS, video camera, location… more »

What other advice do I have?

A very good mobile app development platform with support for developing on various platforms like Wiindows, Linux, Mac, etc. Very good support for integrating 3rd party libraries. Development of apps based on camera, location, maps, etc. requires an actual device to test the app and the supplied emulator cannot be relied on completely.
Vendor
Developer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Jul 15 2012

What is most valuable?

* There are number of external libraries available which are very helpful in development. * Access to all the native functions of the phone like external storage, contacts, camera, call logs, connectivity, recorder, etc. * SDK has multi platform support, as development language is Java. Development can be done on windows, mac, and linux. * Development tools are easily downloaded and we can target… more »

What needs improvement?

* Emulators are slow, especially the ones above API level 12 (Tablets and ICS). Slow emulators can really hinder the process of development. * Tough to manage layout for different screen sizes (Android devices come in a variety of resolutions). * If an application is not built with OpenGL, then the application will not use the free GPU available with the device. Rather, the application will use… more »

What other advice do I have?

Google provides a comprehensive guide to ease the development of apps in Android. Due to the support from Google, and the fact that the Android app development can be undertaken anywhere, it's open source platform has contributed toward the immense success of Android. Although iPhone offers a lot of development tools, the freedom offered by Android is virtually unmatched. Almost the entire source… more »
Consultant
Infrastructure Expert at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 12 2012

What is most valuable?

As I wrote in my previous review of the iOS SDK, my major problem was lack of alternative platform support. The Android SDK does NOT have that problem at all, as it's available for most major platforms to date. The IDE is easy to use and has a ton of API's that allow you to tie into Google's large base of services offered.Plus, all of the applications are coded in Java, which is by far an easier… more »

What needs improvement?

Having the applications coded in Java is also a con, because Java can be annoying to code in sometimes. It requires some ridiculous work-arounds to do certain things, which are just one line code statements in C. Otherwise, I have no problem with the Android SDK.

What other advice do I have?

I give the Android SDK 1 star higher than the iOS SDK for its incredible multi-platform support. You can develop on Mac, Windows, and Linux. This is mostly because of the Java based code that the apps are coded in, but it is what it is.
Vendor
Developer at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Jul 02 2012

What is most valuable?

• It helps in effortless convenience for rich development surroundings and functionality by the software development kit (SDK). • Browser based on WebKit engine Integration • Use of tools are very simple. • It can be used on all operating systems such as (Linux, Windows, Mac OS) • Good for free lancer programmers because it is an open source system. • It gives an excellent platform to surf the web… more »

What needs improvement?

• Write the application from scratch. • Complete control over exactly what your game does and looks like; you can do anything. • Much more work and knowledge involved. • Write everything in Java.

What other advice do I have?

Being an Android developer this SDK platform will continue to grow as the developer community invests in it. The major benefit is that it is an open source which simply extends to cutting edge technologies as they show up.
Vendor
Manager of Data Center at a insurance company with 51-200 employees
Jun 27 2012

What is most valuable?

1. Good for freelancers – they can publish and sell applications to end users. 2. It is free and easy to use. 3. It includes documentation that serves as a tutorial, which is good enough to get you started. 4. Android is an open mobile device platform. Many vendors are migrating to use it; hence it holds the future for mobile market.

What needs improvement?

I am still expecting Android SDK to incorporate flash or similar video tool capabilities.Android powered smartphones are increasing on a daily basis, likewise is our dependence on mobile devices. As an IT professional, I decided to look for tools that will enable me develop some customized applications that will run on Android phones. I have some background in Java programming, so I settled for… more »

What other advice do I have?

The development environment is user friendly with options like Eclipse, command line, and other IDE, where one can easily develop, debug, and test an application before deploying it. Android SDK gives access to everything you need in programming mobile device capabilities.
Vendor
Manager of Development at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Jun 26 2012

What is most valuable?

Development in Java programming language which has a huge developer's user base Development can be done on all major platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux) The underlying operating system is open source and thus open for modifications if needed (flexibility) Applications built with Android SDK can run on a large number of devices from various vendors and are not restricted to a particular vendor Many of… more »

What needs improvement?

Applications need to be developed from scratch, so it is not suitable for huge applications, such as games. Third party SDK's, like Unity 3D, are more suitable for such purposes.

What other advice do I have?

I have managed development of various Android applications over the past couple of years.
Vendor
Developer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 26 2012

What do you think of Android SDK?

Valuable Features:

Simple Best Wide range of resources available(code, snippets, examples, samples, blogs...etc) Easy for any new Coders Efficient

Room for Improvement:

UI needs to improve, feel since I come from microsoft RAD developer environment
Vendor
Developer at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Jun 25 2012

What do you think of Android SDK?

Valuable Features:

Best SDK Can program in java IDE support Simulator support

Room for Improvement:

Nothing

Other Advice:

I am an android developer.

What is Android SDK?

Android SDK is the software development kit for developers who want to build applications for Android platform devices. The kit contains all the tools that a developer would require to create, test and debug their Android apps.

Android SDK is open-source, easy to install and use, and is compatible with all operating systems (Linux, Windows, and Mac OS).