Android application development made easy for you .Net buffs with Xamarin Designer for Android better known as Mono for Android. Xamarin a leading provider of development software to simplify the creation and operation of cross-platform mobile apps targeting phones and tablets running iOS, Android and Windows, last week announced availability of the Xamarin Designer for Android. So now you can save time and increase productivity with rapid prototyping and creation of sophisticated native Android app interfaces
The tool gives developers drag-and-drop visual environment to create native user interfaces for Android apps from within Visual Studio or Xamarin's IDE. The product enables editing of properties for all native Android widgets and interface controls from within a visual designer, and produces standard Android XML layout files. The product also allows developers to design dock-specific layout configurations including car, desk and television. You can also view and edit layouts by language, region, and country and telephone carrier.
The developers get twin benefits of working on NET frameworks, along with complete access to all of the native APIs and UI toolkits unique to each operating platform, allowing developers to create truly unique native experiences on each operating system. The Android application developed is backward compatible starting from Android API level 4.0 ICS to Froyo.
Let’s have a look at the pricing of the product. The emulator only version is for free, then you have Professional version for $399, Enterprise version for $999 and Enterprise Priority version for $2499. As the price of the package increases the offering bundled into the package also increases.
There are a lot of other cross platform mobile application development tools available but the differentiating factor for Xamarin Designer is its ability to create native applications in the .Net environment. If you wish to port the same application to iOS or windows going ahead then you can re-use most of the code written for Android application and come up with the same application for iOS using the Xamarin Designer for iOS.