Top Web Apps for Android-based Devices
Right now, more than fifty percent of the browsing happens through tablets and smartphones. Android and iOS are the most popular operating systems in the portable device world. Windows and BlackBerry are slowly trying to catch up, but they may never match the popularity of Android. Due to this reason, a web developer really has to concentrate on developing for Android in order to get maximum traffic to his websites. In this article, let me introduce you to six web development apps that will enhance your productivity on your Android device.
1. kWS – Android Web Server
A web server is a networked computer from which a website is served to a client system 24 hours a day. Whenever you are browsing a website, it is being served from a server like that. Do you know you can keep a server running on your Android smartphone? There is an app that helps you in this. It is known as kWS-Android Web Server. With the help of this app, you can browse websites through your phone’s Wi-Fi. It may seem a little bit faster as well.
The kWS app has support for HTTP version 1.0 and also for many file types. This app is a perfect miniaturized web server and can be used to test a developing website.
2. WordPress App for Android
WordPress is probably the most widely used blogging platform for independently hosted blogs. The application is open source and is available for Android as well (another open source operating system). Just as its desktop site, the app allows you to create and edit posts and pages, check comments, and view statistics.
If you want to have an FTP client running on Android phone, you can have AndFTP. This app supports FTP, SCP, SFTP, FTPS, etc., as well. It will help you set up a number of FTP servers through your Android device. You can see the files on your remote server and your phone. It is essentially the same as the other desktop FTP clients like FileZilla and SmartFTP. The various functions like deletion, renaming, access permissions, etc., are available on it.
4. Android Web Editor
5. View Web Source
On a regular Windows browser, you can view the source code of any website, but on an Android device, this is normally not possible. But here is an app that will help you in this. View Web Source is an app that will let you see the source of any website. It is available as a free download from Google Play.
6. Joomla Editor & Drupal Editor
If you are into web development, you may know well about Joomla and Drupal. These are two of the most powerful open source CMSes for website creation. They include many features, such as blogging, articles, forums, widgets, etc. Both of these applications have their own Android apps to help you work on your phone. Drupal Editor and Joomla Editor are both available for Android, and you can download them for free.
Make sure, however, that you have the most recent version of the apps, because some older versions don’t work well with current versions of Drupal and Joomla.
As a web developer, one cannot discount the popularity of portable devices. Android especially is highly popular among smartphones and tablets. iOS is second only to Android. In order to develop great websites for these platforms, you should install great web development apps. They will make the task easier for you.
When developing for Android smartphones, you really need great apps. These apps are some of the most popular and feature-rich. A web developer can no longer discount the mobile devices and tablets. Developing mobile websites from within a mobile device has become easier than ever now.
About the Author:
Laurel Shah works for Creating Websites blog and Blue Bugle. She has a lot of experience with technology companies dealing with internet services and computer hardware, before moving into online technology blogging as a full time career. She can be reached through twitter, @laurelshere.