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An Android app development tutorial by DhiWise- Learn how to quickly build an Android app

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October 28, 2021
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Android development is trending these days and there is no doubt that it will continue to dominate the world of mobile application development.

The android operating system has nearly 72% of the market share with 3.48 million applications in the Google Play store. And therefore, when it comes to mobile application development Android apps grab most of the attention

Further, Google has recommended  Kotlin for Android development. Kotlin provides better code readability, robust tooling, support for multiple libraries, java interoperability, an easy learning curve, and code safety,  making it the most suitable language for Android development.

Today we will walk you through the basics of Android development and even show you how to build an Android application with DhiWise Kotlin App Builder.

We will cover the following topics

  1. Android and Kotlin
  2. Android Development tools
  3. How to develop Android application with DhiWise

Android and Kotlin

Android is the most popular operating system used in mobile devices. It is based on the modified version of the Linux kernel, which means the OS is portable, multi-user, and able to handle complex multitasking.

The Android operating system gives extra flexibility to work with a variety of mobile software and hardware. Also,  the market for Android continuously increasing worldwide, and the Google Play store policies are highly lucrative for Android apps.

On the other hand, Kotlin is the most favored language for Android application development. It is a statically typed, general-purpose programming language that is interoperable with Java.

Kotlin is the fastest-growing language on Github with strong community support and the most loved language on Stack Overflow. Moreover, it is the best fit for multiplatform mobile application development and provides a high level of safety compared to Java.

Using Kotlin for Android development has multiple benefits such as,

  • The app is cheaper to maintain
  • Facilitates faster development than Java
  • Reduces app development cost
  • Code is more simple and easy to understand

Android Development Tools

Here are the basic tools and skills you will require to build an Android application.

  • Kotlin Programming language skills Kotlin
  • Android Studio 4.1
  • Android Build System
  • Build tools version 30.0.1
  • Compile SDK version 30
  • Min SDK version 23
  • Target SDK version 30

How to develop Android application with DhiWise

Before starting the tutorial, let’s first understand about DhiWise.

DhiWise is the web and mobile application development platform designed and built for developers to accelerate the process of app development. It provides support for multiple modern technologies such as Kotlin, Node, React, Flutter, Laravel, and Swift.

Furthermore, its variety of features helps to speed up the app development process such as design to code conversion, Firestore integration, API integration, Github and Gitlab integration, etc.

Here are the steps to quickly build a modular, efficient, and scalable application with DhiWise Android builder as compared to the traditional approach of app development.

  • Create your Android project

To start building an application, first, create an app project with DhiWise and add the Project name and description. In the Project, you can add multiple applications according to your product requirement.

  • Select a technology to build an application

In the next step, you need to select the technology in which you want to build an application. Here you will see six technologies- Node.js, Android(Kotlin), React, Flutter, Laravel, and iOS.

As we are building an Android application, select Android(Kotlin) to start building an app.

  • Fetch your design

Next, you can fetch your Figma design and convert it into code. If you have Adobe XD or sketch file, just upload it to the platform, DhiWise will convert your design to a Figma file.

In the case you do not have any design files, there are ready-to-use templates and app screens provided by the platform.

To fetch and use Figma design in DhiWise, you will need Figma id and token.

  • Manage Screen and Navigation

Once you have fetched your Figma design successfully you will be directed to the next step. Here you can manage the screens, set up splash screen, add actions, set navigation, and change the view for each screen component.

Not only that, if you have already done the prototyping in the Figma you do not need to set up things again.

Furthermore, you can improve your UI responsiveness using the relative positioning of UI elements, handle dimensions constraints, visibility behavior, circular positioning, widgets, and more by setting up constraint and positional dependencies.

  • Set up social Authentication

To secure your app from unauthorized access, you will need to add login authentication. DhiWise enables you to configure your app authentication with customized social media authentication.

  • API integration

Suppose you want to call an API to navigate, you can easily do so with the lifecycle method where you can add API Integration.  

There are two ways to add APIs to your application in DhiWise. You can either upload the Postman file from the collection or you can start creating a new API using DhiWise API Panel.

Further with DhiWise, you can handle API requests and responses.

  • Firebase Integration

Next, you can connect your application to the Firestore database for offline query handling, comprehensive read and write access for arrays, and numeric operators and scalability.

For Authentication, you will need a JSON key file from your Firebase service account to connect with DhiWise and get instant access to your database.

  • Create and Manage your Constant File

DhiWise facilitates developers to create and manage their constant files.

  • Create and Manage local Database

It’s super fast to create and manage your app database with DhiWise. One can create multiple tables, set attributes, data types, and default values.

The database generated by the Kotlin app builder will be stored in the local database i.e Room DB.

  • Configure App  Product Flavour

Android product flavor is nothing but your application variant. It enables you to create multiple versions of your application using a single codebase.

With DhiWise you can easily manage and organize multiple development environment-specific values.
 Once all the above steps are done you can finally build your application and generate a source code. The generated source code can be downloaded, reviewed, and synchronized with the GitHub and GitLab repositories.

Summing Up

So this is all about building an Android application with DhiWise Android builder.

Here is the YouTube Video link for “Quickly create an Android app using DhiWise.”

Now, you have a better understanding of the DhiWise Android app builder and how you can quickly build Android applications with the DhiWise. So, it’s time to create your next app with DhiWise! Try DhiWise for free and give us your valuable feedback!