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10 Android apps developers will love

Android may now be less fragemented than iOS in developer eyes

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When it comes to tablet apps, iPad vs. Android comparisons spark spirited debate. In terms of apps for developers, Android tablet apps are more often free -- and more often less polished. That said, there are plenty of apps that developers will find handy when working on their Android tablets.

While Android takes a lot of flack for "fragmentation," in many ways it is now less fragmented than iOS from the viewpoint of a developer. It's straightforward to create a single Android app that will work properly on a large range of devices, measured in OS level, CPU power, available memory, and device size. On iOS, developers often find themselves writing separate iPhone and iPad apps to optimize both.

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Algoid -- programming language

Algoid is, in Hollywood terms, Logo meets Android, complete with Turtle graphics. Don't be put off by the fractured English of the write-up in the Play store: Algoid is a for-real IDE with an interpreter, debugger, and scope explorer, as well as an editor with autocompletion and syntax highlighting. Algoid is primarily for educational use, but it isn't restricted to kids by any means. I can see it getting used in many educational programming settings, both formal and informal. The author has also released a desktop Java version of Algoid, and a Raspberry Pi version, although I haven't tested either of them. Algoid -- programming language, CyaNn, free


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