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Top 3 Tools to Run Android Apps on Different Platforms

Introduction

If you want to create an application using Android, you should have some tools which will help you to create an app for different platforms like Windows, Linux or iOS. In this blog, we will discuss tools related to running/deploying your Android app in the emulator. Emulators like Genymotion, BlueStacks & Oracle’s Virtual Machine are used to run Android apps.
We will learn more about these emulators and cover topics like installing it and running Android apps in different emulators:

Top Tools That Help You Run Android Apps On Different Platforms

1. Genymotion


Genymotion is the fastest and an effective Android emulator that can be used to run Android applications. Genymotion is the evolution of Android Virtual Machine, tested by 3,00,000 developers. You can test your Android applications using Genymotion. You can also directly launch Genymotion from Android Studio.
You can refer the blog below to know the process of installation
https://acadgild.com/blog/how-to-install-genymotion-for-windows/

2. BlueStacks


BlueStacks is an application used mainly for desktops. BlueStack works for Android based applications on PC – Desktop. The applications that are on Play Store can be downloaded and installed on your system. All the applications and games can be run on BlueStacks.
Refer the blog below to know the process of installation
https://acadgild.com/blog/how-to-install-bluestacks-in-windows-2/

3. Oracle Virtual Machine (VM)


Oracle virtual box is a cross-platform virtualization software that enables you to run multiple operating systems on Windows, Linux or Mac. Users of virtual box can load multiple guest OSs under a single host operating system (host OS). Each guest can be started, paused and stopped independently within its own virtual machine (VM).
Refer the blog below to know the process of installation
https://acadgild.com/blog/how-to-install-oracle-virtual-machine-vm-for-android/
Whenever you are trying to build your app, you will come across the term Gradle. Let’s discuss Gradle in brief.

Gradle in Android


Gradle is a build tool with a focus on the whole project automation and support for a multi-language development. It was implemented in Java and it is very popular because of its open source compatibility.
The Gradle build system is designed to support complex scenarios while creating Android applications like:
Multi-distribution: The application must be customized for multiple clients
Multi-application: Supports the creation of multiple APKs for different devices while reusing the code.
Example: build.gradle(Project:MyApplication)

buildscript {
repositories {
jcenter()
}
dependencies {
//classpath for gradle tools version
classpath 'com.android.tools.build:gradle:2.1.0'
// NOTE: Do not place your application dependencies here; they belong
// in the individual module build.gradle files
}
}
allprojects {
repositories {
jcenter()
}
}
task clean(type: Delete) {
delete rootProject.buildDir
}

To read more about Gradle, refer the blog below: https://acadgild.com/blog/introduction-gradle-android/
Further, have you ever wondered how a message passes between two apps? Let’s discuss how this works.

Intents in Android


An Intent is a simple message object that is used to communicate between Android components such as activities, content providers, broadcast receivers, and services. Intents are also used to transfer data between activities.

Use of Intent

⦁ For launching an activity
⦁ To start a new service
⦁ For broadcasting messages
⦁ To display a list of contacts in ListView

Example:

Intent sendIntent = new Intent();
sendIntent.setAction(Intent.ACTION_SEND);
sendIntent.putExtra(Intent.EXTRA_TEXT, “This is my text to Send”);
sendIntent.setType(“text/plain”);
startActivity(sendIntent);

To read more about Intents, refer the blog below:
https://acadgild.com/blog/introduction-intent-android/

Conclusion

These tools are very useful to run Android apps on Windows platform. Moreover, these tools are free of cost and are efficient for deployment of Android apps. It makes your life easier while running your apps as an Android developer.

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