Useful Android Libraries

There are many third-party libraries for Android but several of them are “must have” libraries that are extremely popular and are often used in almost any Android project. Each has different purposes but all of them make life as a developer much more pleasant. The major libraries are listed below in a few categories.

Standard Pack

This “standard pack” listed below are libraries that are quite popular, widely applicable and should probably be setup within most Android apps:

Name Description
Retrofit A type-safe REST client for Android which intelligently maps an API into a client interface using annotations.
Picasso A powerful image downloading and caching library for Android.
ButterKnife Using Java annotations, makes Android development better by simplifying common tasks.
Parceler Android Parcelable made easy through code generation
IcePick Android Instance State made easy
Crouton Context-sensitive, configurable alert notices much better than toasts
Hugo Easier logging using annotations

Convenience

  • ButterKnife – Using Java annotations, makes Android development better by simplifying common tasks. Downloadand install as a jar. Make sure to setup eclipse integration for this to work.
  • Dagger – A fast dependency injector for Android and Java.
  • Parceler – Android Parcelable made easy through code generation.
  • IcePick – Android Instance State made easy
  • Hugo – Easier logging within your app
  • AndroidAnnotations – Framework that speeds up Android development. It takes care of the plumbing, and lets you concentrate on what’s really important. By simplifying your code, it facilitates its maintenance
  • RoboGuice – Powerful extensions to Android using dependency injection.
  • Calligraphy – Custom fonts made easy
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Extensions

  • Otto – An enhanced Guava-based event bus with emphasis on Android support
  • EventBus – Android optimized event bus that simplifies communication between components.
  • Tape – Tape is a collection of queue-related classes for Android and Java
  • RxJava – Reactive Extensions for the JVM
  • Priority JobQueue – Easier background tasks
  • ACRA – Crash reporting made easy and free. Check the setup instructions and open-source backend.

Networking

  • Picasso – A powerful image downloading and caching library for Android.
  • Ion – Powerful asynchronous networking library. Download as a jar here.
  • Android Async HTTP – Asynchronous networking client for loading remote content such as JSON.
  • Retrofit – A type-safe REST client for Android and Java which intelligently maps an API into a client interface using annotations.

ListView

Easy Navigation

  • PagerSlidingTabStrip – An interactive indicator to navigate between the different pages of a ViewPager.
  • ViewPagerIndicator – Paging indicator widgets compatible with the ViewPager from the Android Support Library and ActionBarSherlock.
  • JazzyViewPager – Pager with more animations
  • ParallaxPager – ViewPager with Parallax scrolling effects
  • SlidingMenu – Library that allows developers to easily create applications with sliding menus like those made popular in the Google+, YouTube, and Facebook apps.
  • MenuDrawer – Library for easy menu drawers
  • Android Satellite Menu – Radial menu which is configurable reminiscent of the “Path” menu style.
  • ArcMenu – Alternate radial menu modeled after the “Path” menu style.
  • AndroidSlidingUpPanel – Sliding Up Panel
  • DraggablePanel – Panels that can be dragged
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UI Components

Drawing

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Scanning

Persistence

Compatibility

Resources

Check out the following resources for finding libraries:

References

 

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3 thoughts on “Useful Android Libraries

  1. I created Integrated Rating Request (https://github.com/mediavrog/integrated-rating-request), which is an open-source Android library is aimed at app developers who want to improve the way users are asked for ratings. (as popularised by Circa in http://bit.ly/125IFe6)
    It worked well for circa and their app ratings improved.

    It provides full design customisability, is based on a rule engine which is adjustable and/or swappable and supplies a list adapter decorator for automated management of the integrated rating request element in any list. Let me know what you think and if it is useful for you.

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