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November 26, 2013

Top 10 Android Apps For Web Application Developers

Android’s market is booming and now has a large user base. Little more than one year back, iPhone was the king of the Smartphone industry with its horde of useful applications but, when Google purchased Android, Android entered the application competition with a big bang.

Here we give you a brief on our top 10 Android apps for Web application developers:

AndFTP:

It is an FTP client app that enables you to access your Web browsers through your mobile phone. It supports FTP, SFTP, SCP and FTPS.

Just like a standard FTP client, you can create files and folders, upload and download files with resume capability, rename, remove, copy and set permissions. It has very easy to navigate interface and it’s free.

kWS — Android Web Server:

kWS is a fast and lightweight HTTP Web server. It’s hardly Apache and only supports server-side includes, but can be useful for testing and demonstrating HTML, CSS and JavaScript applications. If you are loading pages from it using your local Wi-Fi network, you will hardly be able to spot a difference from any other Web server you have access to.

View Web Source:

While surfing the mobile Web, if you come across something for which you want to check out the page’s source code, then the View Web Source app is just the right app for you. It will download the full source code of any Web page into a text editor, where you can make changes or notes, and copy/paste it out to an e-mail for later review.

JavaScript Reference:

This one’s a reference app. This app is copied from the W3CSchool’s private documentation, and makes use of a clean and user-friendly interface. The app has detailed properties and methods for each object with examples. It’s a remarkable resource that includes all integrated JavaScript objects, such as browser objects and HTML DOM objects.

Magic Color Picker

Magic Color Picker is a free powerful color selection tool suitable for designers, artists and programmers for selecting colors using different color models. It makes you able to browse different colors through color-wheel. This application provides you the value of colors in different formats like RGB, HSV, YUV, HSL and hexadecimal. This also provides different choices for the display of Web palette.

WordPress:

As most blogs use WordPress, this application is designed to facilitate the bloggers who want to stay updated with their website. By using this application you can write new posts, edit content, and manage comments with built-in notifications. This application is open source and free.

Webmaster’s HTML Editor Lite:

This app not only allows you to edit HTML, it also enables you to edit and work with CSS, PHP and JavaScript, and features syntax highlighting and code completion.

Adobe Photoshop Express:

The ultimate photo editing software can now be on your mobile. With Photoshop Express you can edit and share photos virtually anywhere. Touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add artistic effects. Access all your photos and videos directly from your photoshop.com account.

Analytix for Google Analytics:

If you have been using Google Analytics (GA) for your website, you most probably want to install Analytix app that can fetch most of the details in real-time from your Google Analytics account. This application is secure, fast, light weight and supports date range comparison, Graphs and charts for each report, custom date ranges, favorites, geo-location reports, Regex-enabled searches which come in very handy for SEO work.

Hacker’s Keyboard:

There’s nothing terribly wrong with the standard Android keyboard or third-party alternatives. They’re just not designed for coding. Hacker’s keyboard provides a full five-row desktop-like experience with multiple layouts and language options.

The apps that we have mentioned here are very useful for Web application development on Android devices. But we have just skimmed the tip of the iceberg. There are numerous other Android Web development apps that are equally useful and fun. Please tell us about your favorite apps in the comments!


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Nitin Soni works as a software developer at Cygnet-Infotech, a offshore software development company. For any query or suggestion, stay in touch with him on Twitter.

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