The whole mobile sphere has changed the past couple of years, and all this happened so fast that anyone could easily loose track of all this progress. Even the Android ecosystem has undergone many improvements- the users got new hardware (smartwatches), new software (Android Studio & Gradle) and the latest OS (Android Marshmallow). The tech giant Google made some important changes in the core functioning of its Android architecture.
Nowadays, device manufacturers, developers and the Google itself is contributing a lot towards the refinement of the Android App Development process. Companies associated with app development now have a stable OS, millions of apps, billions of users and at present they are planning to simplify and improve Android infrastructure. Now the question arises is how to make development process better?
It is a project automation tool which has replaced the Apache ANT as a primary build system for the Android-powered applications. The primary reason behind its popularity is that this tool can automate almost anything- from dividing the apps into different flavours, signing with correct configuration, defining external dependencies and do several other things.
2. Android Studio
The Android Developers favorite IDE for Android development finally became stable with the version 2.2. The latest version comes loaded with some pretty amazing features and functionalities that allow developers to come up with superb apps that too in a stipulated time period.
3. Android Marshmallow
Google said that Marshmallow or Android 6.0 was one of the biggest improvement of the Android OS since the beginning of the Android development. Every part of the Android has undergone major modifications and users have really started liking all the features. Well, the new version won’t be running on old Android phones, but Google has said that they will fix this issue in upcoming versions.
- Android Marshmallow on the outside- Material Design
You will read a lot about the bright new Android UI. The material design is considered as one of the most important innovations on the Android OS. This new UI design has completely changed the look and feel of the Android Apps. By adding vivid colours, animations at small & big steps, large fonts etc have made the UI live and more user-friendly.
- Android Marshmallow on the inside– ART (Android RunTime)
Users generally talk about the design, UI components, animations etc but developers are interested in what’s under the hood. And the new Android engine is a masterpiece- a brand new runtime system called ART. With the introduction of Marshmallow, it has become a primary system that has completely replaced the Dalvik. ART is great because of several things:
1. It uses AOT (ahead-of-time) compilation, which helps in compiling the intermediate language which cuts down the execution time of the apps, less CPU usage and less battery drainage.
2. It offers a multi dex support right out of the box. The latest APT properly recognises the application in a way it quickly breaks byte-code in multiple DEX files which can be further packed together in a single APK.
To stay ahead of its rivals, Google keeps on launching new updates and software in the market which not only make the App development hassle-free and less time-consuming.