Android’s market of smartphones is getting bigger according to Statista research the global mobile OS market share, in terms of sales to end users, from 2009 to 2017. In the first quarter of 2017, 86.1% of all smartphones sold to end users were phones with the Android operating system that means every 86 devices out of 100 are Android-powered.
Android OS is penetrating globally and its leading position makes it the major trigger that drives Android applications development. We will provide an overview of the best and mainstream frameworks for Android-based applications creating.
The Best Frameworks Key Features
- Simple usage.
- Easy learning curve.
- A wide range of useful tools.
- Easy platform integration.
- Wide known and popular programming languages used in the development process.
- Huge developer community.
- High demand and implementation.
The frequently used frameworks while developing Android Applications
RxJava. Framework/tool unites iterator, observer patterns and functional-style programming. Used while building an architecture of Android-targeted projects, widely used due to combining two sides: backend and frontend.
Realm. Used to develop a mobile database. This framework helps to speed up application development. It is easier and faster in comparison with massive and heavy SQLite.Search speeds are faster when compared to alternative database frameworks/tools. Our team has worked with Realm for a long time and applied it to every project as it is fast and flexible.
Dagger. Simplifies the application of dependency injection. A systematic way to apply dependency injection across software system removing a lot of boilerplate code that can occur is provided. It is used primarily for Android-based apps. Dragger 2 produces simpler generated code, solves the performance issues by having injection occur at compile time. It is also used to simplify the graphs creation within Android projects.
Retrofit. Exchanges data between a backend side and an application. It is easy to operate as it provides functionality for custom headers, multipart request body, file uploads and downloads, mocking responses, etc.; offers an extremely convenient way of creating and managing network requests. Our Android team has a deep understanding of Retrofit, so complex requests writing (e.g., OAuth authentication) is done in a few minutes.
ButterKnife. Provides field and method binding that helps to simplify an app development. ButterKnife lightweight library enables to use dependency injection along with annotations that provide a binding between fields, methods and the layout views. It is simple to use in order to avoid extra coding.
Gson. Used for converting between Java objects and JSON strings. It helps to avoid writing a boilerplate code to parse JSON responses. It can be combined with any networking library including Android Async HTTP Client or/and OkHttp.
Glide. A library that is used for image uploading, rotating, caching, small memory usage within Android application. It has been applied to many Google open source projects: it provides animated GIF support and handles image loading/caching; enables to load the image noticeably faster than other libraries as there is no need to resize; helps to create, customize image-rich Android apps providing a great user experience (UX).
Braintree. Provides a diverse range of payment systems to be integrated in different projects. It requires payment for the transactions that are made via the app being an open source tool. This tool is widely used in any application where there is a need to integrate a payment system.
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Drawing a line
Reviewed frameworks/tools are simply useful while tech solutions development - applications that offer a number of key features. Yet none is ideal to solve all the problems that arise during development. Selecting the tools is not so easy and it takes some time, making it a challenging process.
Any framework/tool has its own features that can be extremely useful while developing one app but not suitable for another. This depends on the project requirements and expectations.
Most significantly, each tool requires special knowledge that ultimately forces teams of developers to select the framework that can be mastered in record time.
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