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Microsoft is actually a great Android developer - 'To-Do' is another reason why!

It may seem suprising to some, but Microsoft is actually a fantastic Android developer. In fact, I'd go as far to saythat their app offerings for Android are far superior to than their offerings for the Windows App store. For starters the full suite of Microsoft Office apps are great, as is one drive and one note, and the Arrow App Launcher is actually one of the best custom android skins available (seriously - check it out!).

To round this out, over the last few days Microsoft has released 'To-Do' which as you've guessed it - is a to-do list. It really could not be simpler - the app allows the creation of lists and then as part of each list allows tasks and items to be added.

The design is simple and clean, and a nice move away from the boxy interface design that still dominates some of the earlier Windows apps for android. It's fast, lightweight, cloud based (of course) and has a widget - so there is not much more you could ask for!

Of course there is lots of co…

How to create an android app without coding skills?

I recently decided that I wanted Droid App of the Day to have an official app. Now I have absolutely zero coding skills, so I had to be a little creative in how I managed to get the app created. Luckily, there are a few services out there that allow apps to be created without any coding skills.

In my opinion, the best is by far called Andromo. Over the next few months I will post about the apps I create, as well as the process of uploading those apps to Google Play. Hope you enjoy!


Free for a single app, or a low yearly fee for unlimited apps - Andromo allows the creation of apps without any coding abilities. It does through a simple interface where a large number of activities can be added to the app, along with the ability to customise images, icons, etc.

For the official Droid App of the Day app, my priorities were the ability for content to be easily accessed from within the app, the ability for people to watch my video reviews and the ability for information to be catagorised nice and cleanly (price drops, etc). See the screen shot below for an example of the interface and activity types.



The breadth of apps you could create in Andromo is almost limitless, with quite powerful function able to be utilised with only a few presses. Of course, adding the activities is only one small part of getting an app to look professional. You also need high quality icons, images, etc - all without breaching copyright,

Now, not only can't I code, but I also am not a graphic designer. How then do you create icons for your app? Easy. You don't! Instead, I relied on free icons from Icon Finder which allowed me to make my app look professional with no design skills. Of course, you have to be careful as to the attribution requirements for free icons (most are licensed under Creative Common licences), and luckily, Andromo includes the ability for licensing information to be flashed on the screen of your app the first time it is run!


The final step is high quality images, such as the banners at the top of the screen. In this regard, I used Canva. What is Canva? In short, Canva allows you to create high quality, professional style designs for almost any online purpose in only a few clicks. I simply made a custom sized banner and within a few clicks had some great graphics for my app! I really can't recommend Canva enough!


Once everything is loaded into Andromo, you simply press 'Build' and within a minute or so you will receive an email with the APK file, ready to install on your android device. I really can't say enough good things about Andromo. It is fast, simple enough for beginners and powerful enough for more advanced users, and allows the creation of fantastic android apps without having to enter a line of code. It is great to use and really intuitive.

So how was the finished product? Well I'll let you judge. The official Droid App of the Day App is now on Google Play, ready for anyone to download, so head over and check it out!


 


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