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Android SDK vs Xamarin: 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; Xamarin: Create iOS, Android and Mac apps in C#. Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Android SDK and Xamarin are primarily classified as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" and "Cross-Platform Mobile Development" tools respectively.

"Android development", "Necessary for android" and "Android studio" are the key factors why developers consider Android SDK; whereas "Power of c# on mobile devices", "Native apps with native ui controls" and "Native performance" are the primary reasons why Xamarin is favored.

Google, 9GAG, and Asana are some of the popular companies that use Android SDK, whereas Xamarin is used by Rdio, Olo, and Rumble. Android SDK has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1071 company stacks & 878 developers stacks; compared to Xamarin, which is listed in 74 company stacks and 65 developer stacks.

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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
Pros of Xamarin
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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
  • 27
    Platform-tools
  • 21
    Eclipse + adt plugin
  • 5
    Powerful, simple, one stop environment
  • 3
    Free
  • 3
    Больно
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    Power of c# on mobile devices
  • 81
    Native performance
  • 78
    Native apps with native ui controls
  • 72
    No javascript - truely compiled code
  • 67
    Sharing more than 90% of code over all platforms
  • 45
    Ability to leverage visual studio
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    Mvvm pattern
  • 44
    Many great c# libraries
  • 36
    Amazing support
  • 34
    Powerful platform for .net developers
  • 19
    GUI Native look and Feel
  • 16
    Nuget package manager
  • 12
    Free
  • 9
    Enables code reuse on server
  • 9
    Backed by Microsoft
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    Faster Development
  • 7
    Best performance than other cross-platform
  • 7
    Use of third-party .NET libraries
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    Easy Debug and Trace
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    Open Source
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    It's free since Apr 2016
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    Xamarin.forms is the best, it's amazing
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    Mac IDE (Xamarin Studio)
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    That just work for every scenario
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    Power of C#, no javascript, visual studio
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    C# mult paradigm language
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    Microsoft stack
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    Great docs
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    Compatible to develop Hybrid apps
  • 4
    Microsoft backed
  • 3
    Small learning curve for Mobile developers
  • 3
    Well Designed
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    Ability to leverage legacy C and C++
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    Ionic

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      Build times
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      Visual Studio
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      Complexity
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      Scalability
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      Price
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      Nuget
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      Maturity
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      Build Tools
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      Support
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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 Xamarin?

    Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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    Jobs that mention Android SDK and Xamarin as a desired skillset
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    United States of America Texas Richardson
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    San Francisco, CA, US; Palo Alto, CA, US
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    San Francisco, CA, US; New York City, NY, US; Portland, OR, US; Seattle, WA, US
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    San Francisco, CA, US; New York City, NY, US; Portland, OR, US; Seattle, WA, US
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    What are some alternatives to Android SDK and Xamarin?
    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.
    Ionic
    Free and open source, Ionic offers a library of mobile and desktop-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building highly interactive apps. Use with Angular, React, Vue, or plain JavaScript.
    React Native
    React Native enables you to build world-class application experiences on native platforms using a consistent developer experience based on JavaScript and React. The focus of React Native is on developer efficiency across all the platforms you care about - learn once, write anywhere. Facebook uses React Native in multiple production apps and will continue investing in React Native.
    Flutter
    Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
    Corona SDK
    It is a cross-platform framework ideal for rapidly creating apps and games for mobile devices and desktop systems. It builds rich mobile apps for iOS, Android, Kindle and Nook. Build high quality mobile apps in a fraction of the time.
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