Android Mobile App Development

Android is an operating system (OS) for mobile devices that’s based on the kernel of the Linux OS for PCs. It’s designed for devices with touch screens, so the user interface (UI) is based on direct manipulation of the display.

User inputs in Android commonly include touch gestures such as pinching, swiping and tapping to control on-screen objects. Android also supports other forms of physical interaction like shaking or turning the device.

Google has also developed specialized versions of Android for devices that have a touch screen, such as vehicles, televisions and wristwatches. Additional devices that use Android include cameras, game consoles and note books.

This versatility has resulted in a rapid proliferation of devices with Android mobile apps. These apps can provide benefits in the following areas:

  • Open source
  • Costs
  • Distribution
  • Security
  • UI
  • Approval process
  • Integration
  • Adoption

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The Basics Of Android Mobile App Development

Google releases Android’s source code under an open-source license, which generally means that the source code can be modified, distributed and used at no charge. However, Android devices usually contain some proprietary software when they actually ship, such as the software needed to access Google services.

Android’s open source makes it especially popular with businesses that need a mobile OS they can customize for a low cost. It has also resulted in the development of a large community of users and developers who have adapted Android for a variety of purposes, including installing Android on devices that already have another OS and adding new features for advanced users.

Developers use the Android software development kit (SDK) to write apps for Android. They also use the Java programming language in most cases, which can be combined with C and C++. Android supports the Go programming language, although the number of Go application programming interfaces (APIs) is limited at this time. Android also supports the Kotlin programming language as of May 2017.

The Freedom Of Open Source

Android’s SDK is open source, so developers can directly interact with the Android community. This process provides developers with greater access to the technology framework needed to develop Android apps. Developers are thus able to develop and implement these apps more quickly.

The Android community uses the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which provides the source code for Android. The AOSP allows developers to easily modify and distribute customized versions of Android. The quality of community-developed releases is generally comparable to that of official releases.

These releases typically provide users with new features more quickly than the official distribution channels from the manufacturer or carriers. Community releases of Android also provide support for older devices that are no longer officially supported and allow Android to run on devices that already have other operating systems.

Android Developing Comes With Low Costs

The costs of developing, testing and distributing Android apps is much less than with other mobile platforms. Android’s open source means that the SDK is available to developers for free, allowing the apps to be easily developed on any platform.

Android apps also cost less to test because they can be demonstrated directly to the client from any location with a smartphone. Developers pay a one-time registration fee to distribute an Android app, rather than recurring royalties. Updating these apps is also a straightforward task compared to other development platforms.

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Distribution Options For Android Mobile Apps

Android apps aren’t dependent on a single marketplace for distribution. A wide selection of marketing channels is available, allowing you to accurately target your customers. You can also create your own channel for selling and distributing Android apps. You can therefore use a variety of strategies to market your apps and increase your market presence. The availability of multiple sales and distribution channels allows you to maximize your revenue streams for Android apps.

Updated Security Measures For Android

Early Android users faced numerous issues relating to security that often resulted in hardware malfunctions. Google responded to these threats by implementing address space layout randomization (ASLR) for Android, which prevents hackers from exploiting vulnerabilities in an OS’s memory.

This technique has made the current versions of Android highly secure against viruses. Google also sends regular notifications instructing users to modify their passwords and other system settings as new vulnerabilities and methods of attack are discovered.

Options For User Interface Customization

An app’s user interface (UI) is often the determining factor in its success. The UI of Android apps can be easily customized, allowing developers to use their creativity when making an app more interactive and easy to use. Android provides a variety of options that allow applications to be easily customized, including data management functions and multimedia tools, which contribute significantly to the success of mobile apps.

Getting Your Android Mobile App Approved

The process of obtaining approval to distribute Android apps is simple compared to proprietary platforms. This process is the same for all organizations, whether they’re a small startup or established app developer. The apps are uploaded to Google Play, which has an approval policy that’s easy to understand. The developer agrees to the policy, allowing the app to enter the Android market. Users are then able to view and download the app.

Easy Integration For Increased Revenue And More

Android provides an effective method for developing apps that are part of a larger architecture. The ability to easily integrate a mobile app into a customer’s business operations and adjust it to meet that customer’s needs therefore makes Android a desirable development platform. Customers are thus able to extend the functionality of their apps, allowing them to generate more revenue by increasing their customer base.

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Quick Adoption With Java

App developers tend to adopt Android readily because these apps are written in Java, which is in common use. Developers who are already proficient with the Java core are therefore able to develop Android apps with minimal training. The primary area of training for experienced Java developers will typically involve Android’s unique interactive elements.

How To Develop Your Mobile App For Android

NS804 develops native Android apps with Java, which allows us to leverage the built-in functions that make iOS apps great. We were founded in 2012 to help customers capitalize on the Mobile Revolution and have spent the last five years improving our expertise in mobile app development.

Learn more about our process and how to develop the perfect Android mobile app for your business – contact us online or call 804-292-2637.