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Android SDK vs Android Studio: What are the differences?

Android SDK: An SDK that provides you the API libraries and developer tools necessary to build, test, and debug apps for Android. Android provides a rich application framework that allows you to build innovative apps and games for mobile devices in a Java language environment; Android Studio: Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.

Android SDK belongs to "Frameworks (Full Stack)" category of the tech stack, while Android Studio can be primarily classified under "Integrated Development Environment".

"Android development" is the primary reason why developers consider Android SDK over the competitors, whereas "Android studio is a great tool, getting better and bet " was stated as the key factor in picking Android Studio.

Google, Instacart, and Slack are some of the popular companies that use Android SDK, whereas Android Studio is used by Google, Lyft, and 9GAG. Android SDK has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1084 company stacks & 907 developers stacks; compared to Android Studio, which is listed in 928 company stacks and 692 developer stacks.

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I've just finished my Masters degree and I am looking at routes into developing my Java knowledge.

The University I studied at requested that all practical Java assignments were done in Java Swing and as such I have a strong understanding in that area of development. Looking at job prospects, many employers are now looking for Java Spring or Android developers.

The plan is to move away from Java SE and skill up in Android development. I was planning on learning Spring Boot to gain exposure in web application development, however looking at StackShare, Django seems to be the more attractive choice for developers.

Does anyone have any advice on which routes/stacks would be the most advisable to adopt. If Spring is not receiving as much exposure or support as Django, is it worth adding to my stack?

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Jeffrey Dabo
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Though Java is a strong language and basically the first language to be used in Mobile Development (Android), the framework Spring Boot is not as modern as the Django framework which is based on one of the most popular languages today - Python. Moreover the Python language is far more simpler in syntax and just as powerful as Java. However, Java has scaled up it's performance and the Spring Boot framework can support dynamic web development as well as android development. Whichever way you choose to go, there will be no regrets - trust me.

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Spring is generally more an enterprise solution, while I see Django being more startup oriented. Django is lightweight and fast (development time, not runtime!). Spring seems to have more focus on microservice architecture than django, if that matters to you at all. Starting your project in Django, it automatically creates a backend 'admin panel' for you to use and customize. You will not find this in the more serious Spring Boot.

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The problem I have is whether to choose Android Studio or Visual Studio? I have to develop a simple app for a school project that can work on both iPhone and Android.

The most important factors for me are Android and iOS compatibility. Although note that i would like to become a Software Engineer when i finish my course. (I'd like to work for Apple, just saying!)

After that id like easy integration for Google Ads and such if i do develop another app that people actually use to support development. (I'd also like to stick with one easy programming language that's compatible with a wide variety of platforms since i'm a beginner and have only ever used Pascal)

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First of all - Android Studio and Visual Studio are IDE's. Tools to create code. What you are asking is programming framework. I assume that when you are talking about Android Studio you mean Native Android Development and by Visual Studio you mean Xamarin.

If you want to create crossplatform app then Native Android Development is NOT a way to go. Xamarin might work for you, BUT - you'd rather recommend you to go with Flutter. It's much more performant than Xamarin, programming model is friendlier for developer and technology seems just more refined. It's also officially supported by google, so no worries about support.

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Omran Jamal
CTO & Co-founder at Bonton Connect · | 7 upvotes · 400.8K views

We actually initially wrote a lot of networking code in Kotlin but the complexities involved prompted us to try and compile NodeJS for Android and port over all the networking logic to Node and communicate with node over the Java Native Interface.

This turned out to be a great decision considering our battery usage fell by 40% and rate of development increased by a factor of 2.

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Pros of Android SDK
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    Android development
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    Necessary for android
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    Android studio
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    Mobile framework
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    Backed by google
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    Platform-tools
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    Eclipse + adt plugin
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    Powerful, simple, one stop environment
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    Больно
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    Free
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    Android studio is a great tool, getting better and bet
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    Google's official android ide
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    Intelligent code editor with lots of auto-completion
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    Its powerful and robust
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    Easy creating android app
  • 3
    Amazing Layout Designer
  • 3
    Great Code Tips
  • 3
    Great tool & very helpful
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    Easy to use
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    Built in Emulator
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    Keyboard Shortcuts are Amazing Out of the box

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Cons of Android SDK
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      Slow emulator
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      Huge memory usage
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      Complex for begginers
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      No checking incompatibilities
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      Using Intellij IDEA, while Intellij IDEA have too
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      Lags behind IntelliJ IDEA
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      Slow release process

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    What is Android SDK?

    Android provides a rich application framework that allows you to build innovative apps and games for mobile devices in a Java language environment.

    What is Android Studio?

    Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.

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