How to create your own android app without any coding for free

There are tons of resources available for you to learn android , and almost all are absolutely free . Being open source , Android SDK and toolkit can be downloaded from the official Android Developer website . Android website itself have great articles to start your learning .But learning a language is not an easy task. It takes weeks of training before you could even try to develop your own app. But i will tell you an alternative. This option is for those guys , who wants to develop their own android application without even writing a single line of code . All you need is the imagination .

So how you are going to do it ? Actually there are many websites that offers the users to develop their own android applications , but most of them on a subscription plan . Subscription fees depends upon the pack you are going to choose and will cost you anywhere not less than $33 . If you can’t shell out money , don’t be disappointed . There are a couple of web services that offers this for free of cost. I tried out two of them Appypie and Andromo , both are free , but subscription packs are also available . But i would recommend you to start with the free service before moving out to a paid service. As i said , i tried out Appypie and Andromo but ultimately i ended up with Andromo . I felt Andromo will be more friendly for a novice user . But Andromo requires you to sign up before starting , whereas Appypie will let you develop your app but need to complete the registration procedure before actually building it . Here i will be using Andromo .

STEP 1

Go to http://www.andromo.com

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Complete the signing up procedure . It is free !

STEP 2

Give a name for the project . The name given will be the name of the app

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Click create after giving a name

STEP 3

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Here you can see the basic information about your app. You can choose the target device – whether google play store or amazon app store or samsung app store  , the category , app version etc. Click save and continue once you are done here .

STEP 4

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This is the main page of your app. Click Add an Activity button to evoke a drop down menu , where in you can choose the type of activity . Choose the activity of your choose to evoke the sub menu where you can add further details. You can choose as many activities as you can , but requires a minimum of one . Please be careful about choosing the activity , as this will be the content of your app. Once finished don’t forget to click save and continue .

STEP 5

Here you can choose the style of your app . Colours , Themes etc .

STEP 6

Go through the Dashboard ,  That is the layout . Choose from the available layout . Once you customized , click Save and Continue

STEP 7

Monetization tab gives you the options to add ads in your apps. Please note that  free version of Andromo comes with inbuilt ads of the Andromo inside your app.

STEP 8

Services tab let you choose the push messages and Google analytics

STEP 9

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Now click the Build My App button to start the building procedure. All the compiling and building will be done by the Andromo servers and this will take some time. Once the building is completed , they will send you a notification into your registered email upon which you can download your app by clicking on the Actions button . If you are not satisfied with the app , you can go back and edit each and every step. That is it . Now you have made your own Android App. If you want , you can publish it into Google Play store. We will update you on this later. For now i am winding up this post. Hope this was helpful for you.

Got a better idea?  . Have something to say ? . Please do it it comments . Happy to help 🙂

Apps I Love : Greenify

Last week i told you about the battery problem my phone is encountering . The battery was draining at the rate of 6 % per hour , that too during the night time when i was not using it . The problem was persistent from the very beginning itself. Oh , by the way , did i tell you that my phone is a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini duos . I tried almost all the so called battery saver apps . Some are helpful , but most of them are just craps that further drains my battery . To my dismay , i found the phone a little bit irresponsive when i installed the most downloaded and popular app on the play store . And another app evoked knox , the security app preloaded on galaxy phones , which warns me about a suspicious activity by that app . Most of the battery saver apps gives you a fair idea about the apps that are draining your battery , the condition of battery , time remaining and some gives you the option to force stop the apps running in background . Anyways , i was lost in the battle .

But then i came across an app called Greenify . This app will hibernate those apps that are running in the background and there by saves the battery for you. This is nothing new , as you can do this yourself without any app. Just go to settings>application manager>running apps. Select the app , then Force stop. But you have to repeat this for each and every app that is running in the background. Greenify saves your time and effort in this . With a single touch , most of the apps are hibernated.

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I have rooted the phone and hence more options like hibernating the system app is also possible. To know how to root your phone click here. Let me tell you , from my experience , most of the apps that were eating my battery away were the stock apps or the system apps like google play magazines , movies , music , search , flipboard ( yes it is a pre loaded app on s4 mini) , location manager etc. I was quite impressed by the free app that i purchased the donation version that gives me the option to hibernate system apps and also enables some experimental features along (xpose installer need to be installed) .

So on a scale of 10 , i will rate Greenify free 8/10 and Greenify Donation 10/10

Get Greenify from Play Store.

Give a try and let me know whether that worked for you or not. Happy to help 🙂

 

Rooting the Android

This article is written exclusively for Samsung Galaxy phones

 

If you haven’t heard of rooting , i’ll explain it to you in my way . Rooting is essentially unlocking the phone from the restrictions imposed on the hardware and software by the network operator or the manufacturer itself. Every phone that comes into the market are unrooted by default. But by rooting it , we can have more controls and tweaks over the phone. But rooting makes the phone’s warranty void. But we have means to unroot the phone. So you don’t have to worry much about that.

So why should i root the phone ?

I will give you one good reason to go for rooting. I use a samsung galaxy s4 mini for my personal use. Tell you what , that phone just sucks . I mean i had to charge it every morning and evening to keep it on. The charge was not lasting for not more than 18 hours , with out any wifi , bluetooth or 3g . Reason ? The apps . My phone had some battery hogging apps , some preloaded . I used some battery saver apps , but they are just useless, unless you have the super user authority . For super user access you have to root the phone. Most of the apps that we use very commonly , if given root access can be more fun . Take for an example the app called Greenify. Greenify lets you hibernate the apps that runs in the background and eats your battery. But without root access , Greenify can’t work properly . With root access you can remove those useless apps that comes preloaded with the phone.Also if you are a guy who loves customizing your phone , then you must root it . There are huge collections of customized ROMs and themes available for rooted android phones.

Is it safe to root the phone ?

Rooting a phone doesnot harm it , of course the warranty is now void. But i would recommend you to have a back up of your important data . Also please be aware that installing some of the custom ROMs can indeed impair your phone. Please go through the android forums and follow the comments properly before attempting to flash the ROM .

What all things i need to root a phone ?

Rooting a phone doesnot require any additional hardware , all you need is your phone , data cable and the computer .

How can i root my phone ?

Do the following things before you start

  • Drivers for your phone need to be downloaded , if not present , into the computer
  • Make sure your phone battery is charged atleast 60%
  • Download the Odin for your phone from the internet. Just do a google search.
  • Download the root file for your phone . Again google it . I would recommend xda forum . You will get almost all the informations there .
  • Follow the instructions
  • enable USB debugging in your phone. Usually you can find this in settings>developer options>usb debugging

Once every thing is ready , you can start rooting

  • Connect the phone to the computer through data cable
  • Switch off your mobile phone .
  • Press the volume down key , Power key and the center key together till the phone boots
  • Now you are in the download mode of the phone , which you can make out from the warning yellow triangle on the screen. Press volume up key to continue
  • Now open the odin application on the computer.
  • Once the phone is added , click the PDA button on the application . Choose the root file (*.tar) . Click start on the odin
  • You will see the progression on the phone screen. Rooting usually takes 30 -50 seconds. Once completed the phone restarts by itself
  • After reboot , you should see the superuser / SuperSu app on the apps menu in the phone. Now you can exit the odin in the computer. You phone is now rooted. Enjoy .

How to unroot ?

Not happy with a rooted phone . Don’t worry , unrooting is a kids play .

Download the official firmware of your phone from samfirmware website ( samsung only) . Follow the instructions. Locate the files into odin . Flash it into your phone .Restart it . TADA you phone is unrooted .

 

Know a better way ? Have some suggestions. Please feel free to correct me. All your comments are valuable to me . Happy to Help 🙂