Android app templates have been gaining in popularity over the past few years, and that’s no wonder. They’re a huge time saver for experienced developers, helping them to cut through the slog of creating an app from scratch and focus their talents instead on the unique and customised parts of creating a new app.
App templates are also an indispensable learning tool for novice developers who want to improve their coding skills by studying the building blocks of an app while building their own.
We've combed through the thousands of Android app templates available at CodeCanyon to find the 15 best available.
The templates we’ve chosen reflect the most popular Android app categories. Almost all are made with Android Studio, use Google Material Design, support AdMob, give users the option of removing banners and interstitial ads, and come with step-by-step instructions and/or video tutorials on how to configure the templates from scratch.
Hands down one of the best and most popular Android app templates is Universal Android App. This awesome app lets users create just about any app they want by pulling in unlimited content from blogs, timelines, feeds, channels, playlists, webpages etc. and easily combining them into one customisable app.
The template supports the most popular web content sources, like WordPress, YouTube, Facebook, RSS, etc.
Customers say Universal Android App is “packed with lots of features, easily adaptable” with “good support service from developer”.
2. The City
Cities are complex spaces, and any app that helps locals and visitors alike navigate them is bound to be a hit. The City is a great app template for developers who want to create an app for their city featuring the most interesting sights, the best restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, and more.
All the app data is stored in a local SQLite database, so the app works in offline mode. And the template has some great features: like MapView to show place location, a featured category for recommended places, ability to filter searches, a save history of searches and much more.
Customers say of The City app template:
The code is very well structured and clean, the documentation is excellent.
As online shopping becomes more and more popular, e-commerce businesses are constantly working to improve their customer’s online shopping experience.
The E-Commerce App template aims to make it easy for developers to create efficient and easy to use e-commerce mobile apps. The template allows users to create category and product menus, add currencies and taxes, user profiles and more.
User ManoharOfficial says of the E-commerce App template:
Awesome and organized code/documentation. Would like to purchase more in the future.
4. Dating App
Love in the 21st century often involves the Internet, and the appropriately named template Dating App is just what you need if you want to try your hand at creating your own app for those looking for love online.
Built with Android Studio, the template's notable features include a beautiful gallery and user profiles. Users have the ability to comment, like, reply and send gifts, see potential dates that are nearby, make in-app purchases, send real-time direct messages with photos, and of course can block other users.
Users say of the app: “My app has been updated to Google Play Store and is running fine” and “Very good documentation, easy to setup, perfect code quality, outstanding design.”
There seem to be no end of amazing content-rich websites on the internet, and though most of them are responsive and show well on mobile phones and tablets, some clients will want to convert their sites into beautiful apps that allow their visitors to access key features easily and seamlessly.
Customers say Universal Android WebView is a “great template”, with “fast support and excellent documentation”.
6. Store Finder
When you’re out and about and you need to find the closest store to you for a particular item, having a store finder app on your mobile app is a godsend. This kind of indispensability has made the Store Finder app template popular among developers.
Made with Android Studio, the app features a long list of must-have features like voice call, email and SMS integration, Google directions, and social media logins. Users also have the ability to draw in the map, use map pins and share to Facebook and Twitter, and more.
Customer Seolio says of Store Finder, “The app design and code quality is second to none.”
Android News App template is the go-to template for those looking to create a mobile news app for Android devices. Users can view the latest news in different categories, save articles as favourites, get notified about the latest articles, and more. It comes with an easy-to-use admin dashboard for modifying the news categories and other details.
User jadeofheavens says of Android News App:
5 Stars: not just for the customer support but definitely for the code quality, features and documentation. A person like me who knows nothing about Android Studio made an app within half hour.
The Android Live TV app template allows users to create apps that show live TV on Android devices. The app supports a wide selection of video formats and all streaming protocols. The application is extremely easy to configure, and detailed documentation is provided.
User kenwenr says of Android Live TV:
The Application is very good and easy to customize. I had some issue with Google Play Store when it was uploaded, but thanks to the support I was able to fix the problems and now I am LIVE on Play Store.”
My Social Network template allows you to create your own personal social network app where you can publish posts, read the posts of friends, have a personal conversation with friends in real time, and more.
User Joespace says of My Social Network:
Very good app, well coded and well documented. It's easy to install if you follow the steps.
Games are without a doubt one of the most popular app categories on Android devices, and the FlappyBot game app template is one of our most popular games. It's written in Java with Eclipse, and a narrated video tutorial is included for a quick start. The player touches the screen to move the flappy bird up and the aim is to keep it alive as long as possible. The game saves the top ten high scores on the user’s device, and users can share their scores on Facebook.
The template allows developers to edit the game by adding more obstacle columns, change bird speeds or delays, etc.
User Neogoapp says of FlappyBot: “Good documentation and tutorial”.
Another great game template is the native Android jumping game, Jumper, also written in Java with Eclipse. The aim of the player is to keep the figure jumping as high as possible. This game also saves the top ten high scores on the user’s device, and users can share their scores on Facebook.
This game can be re-skinned and edited to add more bars, more special items, more coins, etc.
12. Your Radio App
Your Radio App template allows you to create your own mobile Internet radio-streaming app. With a powerful admin panel, the app can manage unlimited radio stations and categories and supports many formats.
User Owindrich says of Your Radio App: “Very nice app, works well, lot of options and nice interface.”
Create your own recipe application with the Cookbook Recipe App template. This native Android app template gives experienced and novice developers alike an easy way to make their own recipe app, as it doesn’t require programming skills and the code is easy to configure and customise.
The app has many great built-in features like a drawer menu with categories, shopping list, favourites, a powerful search, Google Analytics, various animations and effects, and more.
Cookbook Recipe App stores recipes in a local SQLite database so users can run the app without an Internet connection.
14. HD Wallpaper
If you’ve been searching for the perfect template to create a great wallpaper app, look no further. The HD Wallpaper app template allows developers to create an app which delivers gorgeous wallpapers and backgrounds to the user’s Android device.
The app features multiple galleries of high-resolution images, easy tap, swipe and scroll functions, and offline caching of wallpapers.
Users say of HD Wallpaper: “Superb app with good support” and “nice app and good design too”.
xMusic will appeal to Android developers who are looking for a template to help them create an online-offline music player app. This app plays millions of free songs from SoundCloud via the SoundCloud API, but can switch to music from the user’s own library if they prefer.
Some of the great features the template offers are a powerful Equalizer with many pre-set music styles, support for sleep mode and a number of playlists, a powerful search, and much more.
Reviewers praise the well-written code and excellent support.
These 15 best Android app templates of 2017 are just a small selection of hundreds of Android app templates we have available at CodeCanyon, so if none of them quite fits your needs, there are plenty of other great options to choose from.
And if you want to improve your skills building Android apps and templates, then check out some of the ever-so-useful Android tutorials we have on offer.