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Android apps are written in the Java programming language. The Android SDK tools compile your code along with any data and resource file into an APK: an Android package, which is an archive file with an .apk suffix. One APK file contains all the contents of an Android app and is the file that Android-powered devices use to install the app.

Android provides a rich application framework that allows you to build innovative apps and games for mobile devices in a Java language environment. The documents listed in the left navigation provide details about how to build apps using Android's various APIs.

As you build your app and distribute it across the world through Google Play, localization becomes an increasing important tool to reach more users. Localization involves a variety of tasks, but most important is creating quality translations of your app's UI strings and marketing materials.

Managing the translation process across multiple languages can be a challenge, especially if you need to locate translators on your own. That’s why Google Play offers the App Translation Service right from the Developer Console. It's a single place where you can go to source professional translators, get cost estimates, and then send your strings and other materials for translation.

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