Android Developer


What Skills Needed To Become An Android Developer

The technology is evolving and mobile phones and applications are popping up all over the place. With millions of device user around the world, the work of the mobile app developer has become more fulfilling, enriching and necessary. If you are already a web developer then many of the technologies and concepts will be already known. But, if you are a newbie, then you will be requiring solid full stack skills, as well as a strong understanding of cloud and web technologies.

Beneath is the list of must know tools to become a successful android developer:

Technical Skills

When developing an android app, the very first requirement is android device for building and testing app functionalities. Here are some tools, an android developer must know:

  • Java Programming Language

The building block of android development is the Java programming language. You should be aware of basic programming structures and syntax of Java. Lists, loops, variables and object oriented concepts like static vs class methods must be familiar to you. Be comfortable with documentation to learn new parts of Java SDK.

  • Structured Query Language (SQL)

Organize the databases within android apps by learning the basics of SQL, a set of instructions which is used to interact with relational databases.It will help you to manage large amounts of data and store it locally. SQL provides a basis for the integration and exchange of data from different sources.

  • Android Software Development Kit (SDK)

SDK is free and easy to obtain.  The Android SDKs are modules of Java code that helps in accessing device functions like the accelerometer and camera. Each Android SDK comes with numerous examples which can be found in official documentation, thereby making it easy to understand.

  • Android Studio

Android Studio is the program with which Android developers write code and assemble their apps from various libraries and packages. It is built on top of the well-respected IntelliJ IDE and features many of the capabilities like a full-featured IDE. It comes with out-of-the-box support for the most common Android SDKs.

  • XML

XML is a standard way to encode the data for internet-based applications. It allows information to be passed between devices that can be understood consistently. XML will help you to create layouts that will serve as the foundational UI definition for Android applications.

Soft Skills

Apart from programming skills, a developer should have some interpersonal skills like mentioned below:

  • Collaboration & Communication

Team collaboration is very important in most developer positions. You should create exceptional products by accepting feedback on your work, teaming up with other players and compromising with coworkers. Always ensure that you can easily explain to both technical and non-technical people about what you are working with.

  • Passion & Perseverance

Perseverance is the drive and ability to start and continue on the path towards any goal. It is an essential trait for success. While developing an app you will be requiring deep passion to power you. Being an Android developer, you can take advantage of frameworks and libraries posted on sites like GitHub.

  • A Drive for Learning

You should have a thirst for knowledge to become a successful android developer. Constantly explore latest technology and upcoming changes evolved by android developers. A good developer always, ask questions and keen to learn about technology advancement.


Demand for mobile applications is rapidly increasing and so of mobile app developer. Being a newbie you are just required to improve your technical and nontechnical skills. Dive into Android app development and increase your chances of getting an amazing job of an Android developer.

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  1. Maribeth says:

    Thanks for shirnag. What a pleasure to read!

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