As an app developer, you encounter a variety of development environments, depending on the type of app you’re creating. 

Android devices currently used by more people than any other type of mobile device. This means that as an app developer, it makes sense to design specifically for Android systems. As app designers will tell you, there are lots of different IDE’s, or Integrated Development Environment to build apps with. Which one is the best?

What’s an IDE, Anyway?

IDE stands for Integrated Development Environment. These refer to a software environment for developers that facilitates the creation of apps. Like most things, not all IDE’s are created equal. We’ve put together this list of the best Android IDE’s for developers.


  1. Android Studio


Android Studio is the official IDE for Android app development. This has many features Like Visual layout editor, APK analyzer, Intelligent code editor, Flexible build system, Real Time profilers. Android Studio supports SDK and NDK for Native application development. This IDE supports Java, C++ and Kotlin languages, and is free to use.

      2.) NetBeans IDE

NetBeans is a free, open source integrated development environment for application development on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris operating systems. The IDE simplifies the development of web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile applications that use the Java and HTML5 platforms. The IDE also offers support for the development of PHP and C/C++ applications.

      3.) Unreal Engine

Unreal Engine is a development tools for a real-time technology. From enterprise applications and cinematic experiences to high-quality games across PC, console, mobile, VR and AR. Unreal Engine has multiple feature like Photoreal Rendering in Real Time, Full C++ Support, Robust Multiplayer Framework, VFX & Particle Systems, Film-Quality Post-Process Effects, Flexible Material Editor, Extensive Animation Tools, Built for VR, AR and XR,Content Browser etc.

     4.) Aide

AIDE is an IDE for developing real Android apps directly on your Android device.AIDE supports developing Java applications, HTML5/CSS/JavaScript based apps using PhoneGap, native-code languages such as C and C++. AIDE supports developing of apps using the NDK on Arm devices.

    5.) IntelliJ IDEA

IntelliJ IDEA is a Java IDE for developing mobile application. This IDE provides Smart code completion, Framework-specific assistance, Productivity boosters, Developer ergonomics, Unobtrusive intelligence, Detecting duplicates, Inspections and quick-fixes, Language injection etc. IntelliJ IDEA analyzes code, looking for connections between symbols across all project files and languages. 

This is not an exhaustive list of the best IDE’s available for Android developers. Use these as a guide to find the IDE that works best for you.