Just about every Android device owner has had an app idea at one point in time or another. But the main problem is that not every Android device owner can develop their own app(s). Either they have no programming knowledge whatsoever, have no time to learn Android programming, or simply don’t want to learn programming at all. Another stopper for Android programming is the lack of money to buy an IDE that might appeal quite highly to the person in question. Even though there are several IDEs and tools that are freely available, these might not appeal so highly to the person that’s just starting out.

The upside is that there are various Android developing IDEs and tools that require little to no programming experience whatsoever. Although the full fledge IDEs are usually the much better bet when it comes to programming in general, the option to develop Android apps is still there for those that managed to fall into the listed categories above or might have another reason.

The other main question to all this is “Can I make money with these other IDEs/tools”? Simply put, YES, you can. Make no mistake about it. Many are in this with hopes of earning money. You just have to check any and all licensing information concerning the IDEs/tools in question. You’d normally find all the needed information either in their licensing agreement and/or in their provided FAQ section(s).

The Other Android Developing Options

Below is a list of IDEs that allow anyone, even freely, to develop Android apps. Do note that some of these don’t even need you to download anything. Just use them and you’re good to go!! You didn’t even have to configure much of anything while you’re at it for some!! These are listed in no specific order. Please note that this is just some of the options currently available. The full list gets really big!!

App Inventor

App Inventor

App Inventor (now App Inventor 2) is completely free to use and develop apps with. There’s no downloading or much of anything else needed to use it. If you don’t have a device to test your app with (in real time), there’s an emulator you can setup and use. As you can see from the screen shot above, App Inventor is really something for those who like jigsaw puzzles!! But don’t let that trick you. There are all kinds of apps and games that can be made with it. Not just something “simple” like in the tutorial videos on their site. But even much more complex apps can be made and distributed.

Pros:

  • Free to use.
  • No need to download.
  • Built in emulator.
  • Can be used to make complex apps.
  • Commercial apps can be made.
  • Lots of support.

Cons:

  • Might seem too simplistic to some for complex/advanced app developing.
  • Lots of examples but the graphics might appear “disappointing” (lack of better words).
  • Needs the companion app to be installed first on an Android device for testing.

Good Barber

Good Barber

Good Barber is an app creator meant mostly for developing apps in the information sharing category. Things like news, blogs, music, videos, articles, and etc. The idea being, you design the app in this category that you want to make and Good Barber handles pretty much everything else. No fuss, no muss, and not that much else for you to deal with. Good Barber provides various testing tools for various purposes and continues to add features. Once it’s designed using their tools, just fill it the blanks with your content. Said content can be directly linked and loaded into your app from just about anywhere like your blog.

Pros:

  • Doesn’t get much easier for these types of apps!!
  • Lots of tools, templates, help, and things to work with.
  • Continuous add-ons to include more features into your app(s).
  • Good Barber has various methods for you to attempt to earn money with your created app. Do check their information FIRST.

Cons:

  • Is a 30 day trial and you’ll need to pay for things eventually.
  • Not really intended for all around app making like games or utility type apps.
  • It’s a “both ways” setup. Some might see it as a 100% gift from above. Others might see it as “I’ll keep looking for something else to use”.

Andromo

Andromo

Andromo is one that goes both ways with the programming. No coding and coding included for adding things in that you might want. Andromo can be used to create games and apps with a large variety of features. There’re a long list of features that can be included into your app right from the start. There’s a high focus on making your app make money for you too. Once you’re done, the app you created gets emailed to you. This one is not free but the prices are not that bad at all. Of course, the more you pay for Andromo, the more features you get to work with.

Pros:

  • Lots of features and capabilities right from the start.
  • Can be expanded with coding.
  • Still doesn’t need coding. This mostly depends on what’s currently available and what you’re trying to make,
  • High focus on trying to make money with your app or your app creation services.

Cons:

  • Not free if you’re planning, or really want, to make money with this.
  • Going “both ways developing” might seem weird to some that are looking for a completely no coding setup.
  • The high focus on your app making you money might not deliver the results you hoped for. Do note, don’t blame Andromo for your app not being liked!! A lot could happen.

TheAppBuilder

TheAppBuilder

TheAppBuilder is a website just like the other tools listed above. The main difference is that with this site, you really don’t need any programming at all. Or much of anything else!! This is because it’s a service to develop your app(s) for you. Basically, you give them the description, pay for it of course, and they produce the app and various other help to get your app out there and possibly making money for you. The entire process could be done in a few short days or up to several weeks. It just depends on what you’re trying to make. The idea in presenting this website is to give you yet another option to create your app without programming. This website does quite a lot of this!! It wasn’t YOU doing the programming, was it?!! But for those at a complete loss for programming, graphics, sound, and etc, this might actually turn out to be a good option for you.

Pros:

  • Good sized collection of expert programmers to develop for you.
  • Pretty nice option for the programming, graphics, sound, and technically impaired!!
  • Might not take long at all depending on what you’re trying to make.
  • Fully native apps with various testing so it will work on just about every Android device.

Cons:

  • Still costs just like other things listed here.
  • Just like any app you create, you might or might not make any money from using this site.
  • You still have to be able to describe your app exactly how you want it to look and work. Not so great for the person that isn’t well spoken!!

Basically, you have the upside of having various choices of developing an Android app without having to know one iota of programming or other things fully involved with developing apps. The downside is that you still have to take the time to learn how any tool you choose to work with works. With the exception, of course, being TheAppBuilder. Not much learning time there!! You have free options out there and the not so free options. In any case, it’s on you to determine which tool(s) you want to work with.

Next up, game engines for Android!!

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