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Best way to build Android apps - Visual Studio or Android Studio?

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Anonymous User at Taro Communitya year ago

Can I build an android app through visual studio code or do you guys strongly recommend using android studio code instead? I was considering using VS code since that’s the platform I’m used to using and heard that it works well for android apps as well.



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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    a year ago

    You should 100% use Android Studio.

    I did ~5 minutes of research searching for "Build Android app with Visual Studio" and it seems like you need to install a bunch of extensions just to get it to work while Android Studio works out-of-the-box for Android (obviously). I also think you need to use Xamarin for Visual Studio, which I've seen many engineers complain about as janky.

    Android Studio is a quality IDE, and your skills with it are highly transferrable as it's a branch of IntelliJ, an open-source IDE platform that many other IDEs are based off of.

    I also recommend these resources around becoming an Android master:

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    a year ago

    Definitely use Android Studio.

    Beyond being a better tool for the job, if you work professionally as an Android Dev, your team will almost certainly use AS, and that should be an input into your decision.

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    Mid-Level Software Engineer at Walmart
    3 months ago

    Definitely Android Studio. Having working in Android since 7 years now I see Android Studio being used extensively to build Android apps. Although Android Studio is considered to be a heavy IDE the recent version HedgeDog is as smooth as it gets.