Android Mobile Application – The Demand of the Next Generation

The expensive iPhone and its unique technology, features and mobile applications, though of exceptional class, are well beyond the reach of the rapidly growing next generation of mobile users. Android mobiles are now the preferred choice of working executives, housewives and senior citizens from the Middle income groups, college goers and highschoolers. With the increasing popularity of Android mobiles, Android mobile applications development is also bound to grow in order meet the demand from a diverse section of subscribers.

The Android operating system that powers most Smartphone of today was released as early as 2007 by Google and has been providing a host of features for both the end users and application developers. Android mobile applications have come to the rescue of mobile service operators looking to woo the next generation mobile users, who are constantly seeking new, challenging and useful applications that allow them to customize / personalize the otherwise standard device.

Developed using the structured yet friendly Java language, Android mobile applications span a range of functions from utility to enterprise apps, catering to almost all requirements of the next generation mobile users including music, videos, shopping, bill payments, banking, web-based apps, social networking and instant messaging. The growing demand arising from increased mobile penetration, availability of moderately priced smart phones and improved telecom services, drive scores of dedicated application developers to effectively harness the capabilities of the Android SDK to deliver outstanding Android mobile applications, in the process paving the way for a healthy competition.

The Android SDK offers an easy-to-use development platform which has a lot of in-built features to develop quality applications for the mobile users. Tutorials, in-built code and 3D graphic libraries, testing, debugging utilities, as well as handset emulator and multi-tasking facilities on the Android OS can be utilized effectively to build conventional / modern scalable applications for the Smartphone. The OS has the capacity to seamlessly integrate with a wide range of connectivity /communication technologies such as CDMA, GSM/EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wi-MAX, UMTS and more, and can ably deliver corresponding services depending on the hardware of the underlying mobile device. Since the next generation 4G services are expected to be rendered on Android mobile applications are bound to capitalize on the large volume of data, speeds, and quality of the services to effectively showcase their presence.

Android mobile applications developed on the Android SDK are quite cost-effective as the SDK is open source software, constantly tested and improved by a tenacious group of self-motivated programmers. Any trained java developer will be able churn out a range of rich and challenging mobile apps with relative ease and also get familiar with SDK using the documentation and samples provided with the package. Java being a structured language allows re-use of code, further reducing the time/effort and cost of developing Android mobile applications.

The Android OS has also been designed to cater to additional hardware requirements of 3G, GPS, compass, accelerometer and the standard camera functions, enabling applications to support all mobile hardware configurations in the present as well as the near future, making it an ideal platform for servicing evolving mobile phone designs.


The Growth of Android Software

Android is one of the leading mobile operating systems in the world. With unmatched performance and functional capabilities, Android has attained a great level of excellence and importance. The Android software is considered to be the most appealing and accentuating feature of a mobile phone, tablet or any other device. It offers a great level of sophistication and convenience. In doing so, it supports a wide and diverse variety of attractive and alluringly exciting applications that include games, business apps and a lot more.

The popularity of the Android Operating system has significantly increased the production of devices that are compatible with this OS. Many developers of the Android based devices have stepped in the worldwide electronics market and are introducing hundreds of compatible phones and tablets with each passing day.

Android Phone is a device induced with power and performance based smoothness. It is, therefore, the perfect companion of everyone. It does not matter if the individual is a gamer, application lover, photography enthusiast or a businessman, an Android operating system based phone is the best communication device for everyone.

There were over 300,000 Android applications that were available for download in the Android Market, as of October 2011. The number has ever been increasing. Number of applications that have been downloaded by users has even exceeded 10 billion. Such applications can be obtained from Android Market, now named as Google Play, which is run by Google and is updated with new applications by developers on daily basis.

The Android OS has had several updates since its original release. Each newer version came with new features. Newer versions also fixed the problems that were found in the older ones. The most recent version is called Jellybean (4.2), which was released on November 13th, 2012.

Android phones come with all the abilities of smartphones, for instance messaging, storage, connectivity, Java support, multiple language support, media support, web browser, streaming media support, multi-touch, multitasking, Bluetooth, voice based features, video calling, tethering and screen capture.

HTC-Dream is known to be the first phone that ran Android software as its operating system. Since then the Android phones have added numerous brilliant features and functions. Almost all the mobile and tablet manufacturing companies are now launching devices that run Android operating system. The most recent Samsung Galaxy series of smartphones are considered the best in the market.

According to the details provided by a research company, Canalys, by Q2 2009, Android had a share of 2.8% of the global shipments of smartphones. By Q4 2010, it reached 33% and gained the position of best selling platform for smartphones. As per a Q4 2012 report by NDTV, the sales of smartphones powered by Android software were more than 44% in the worldwide market of smartphones.


Android Mobile Application Development: Trends to Follow

Talk about mobile platforms and mobile application technologies the name that hits your mind after iPhone app development is Android application development the hottest platform to work on after iOS. Outsourcing android app development is big trend across the globe, which most of the companies are exploring to leverage on the present mobility boom and according to Nielsen; a US based Market Research Company, Android platform is the fastest growing mobile platform and leading the race to become leader in the Smartphone segment pitted to beat rival Apple’s iOS. But then as everyone says iPhone apps has their own benefits just like the android apps do.

The biggest advantage of android mobile application development is that android is an open source platform so the android developers don’t have limitations that other mobile platforms generally face. Outsourcing the android apps to an offshore android development company is the best way to approach when it comes to android mobile app development with prime focus on quality and IT expertise.

Some of the latest functionalities in Android app development recently that have become popular include Location based services where companies can get a LBS app on Android where in the application can find out the location of the customer via GPS and give them the detailed information they are looking for, Cloud based service integration which enables the companies to efficiently manage IT and also extend its reach using mobile apps. Experts are also saying that android phones will become credit cards in near future and people will be able to purchase things with the help of the android mobile as a result of which the e-commerce companies will be able to extend themselves on the mobile platform which will make shopping easy and fun for the customer. A good example of which is NFC, it will be the next big wave in creating a USP for Smartphone.

Furthermore, if we talk about Android market, the android app store, Distimo Research Company says that it has shown a significant growth last year when it comes to downloading of applications and it has also predicted that the growth will be tremendous in coming couple of years. We all know tablets have all the capacity to replace the PC’s and laptops in the near future android operating system is planning to launch more interesting ideas for android tablets which makes android OS even more interesting platform to work on. With more recent development of Google buying Motorola mobility, Android is now even in stronger position to compete on the world stage.

Therefore, with variety of OS and new technological trends android app development is becoming very popular. Choose an offshore android development center for your company and become the part of the latest technology and trends.