Android Development

Build amazing apps for Android with Visual Studio.

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Tools for building apps

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Quickly learn how to build Android apps with Visual Studio.

Android app development

Create native or hybrid apps

Build rich native apps using C# and Xamarin with 100% of the native APIs exposed to you. Or get maximum performance benefits using C++ with code that could be reused with iOS or Windows. C++ developers can also do Java debugging within Visual Studio. If you are more comfortable with web apps we have you covered with Apache Cordova support for you to use HTML/JavaScript.

Android app development

Fast Android emulator

Fast Android emulator

So you can focus on your tasks

Experience your app like your users do by simulating driving conditions, 10-point multi-touch, device simulation, and more. Device profiles enable you to target a wide range of Android hardware from the emulator. With support for Android Studio and Eclipse you can use this even if you don’t have Visual Studio. Free!

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See it in action

Measure and learn

Distribution, crash reports and feedback

With HockeyApp you can distribute your apps to testers through the web, allowing them to receive updates as they become available. Receive early feedback to make customer driven enhancements. Also gain insights from crashes to continuously improve the quality of your Android apps.

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Measure and learn

Azure App service

Azure App service

Build cloud-connected Android apps

Build Android apps with Azure App Service Mobile Apps. Work with data in the cloud or on-premises. Sync data for offline use, authenticate users, and send personalized push notifications from a secure and scalable mobile app backend. Create a new app or connect an existing project—all in Visual Studio.

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