We have developed an Android App and another for the iOS. I had to do the Android App and originally used Eclipse. I was slightly familiar with Eclipse because my son and I had looked at the Minecraft code about two years back. We had thought about developing a Minecraft Mod but it turned out to be a bit more than we were willing to do at the time.
Fast forward a year and we looked at developing an app but my son wasn’t that into it because he didn’t have a phone that would run Android apps at the time. So here we are in near present time looking at it again. Now Google has their own SDK for app development – Android Studio.
We jumped right in. The first tutorial was good. It allowed us to take input from the user and return it back to them on the screen. I think we will modify it slightly. Then we may publish it so he can have it on his phone and show his friends. I think that will be pretty cool for him and maybe a first step towards something larger.