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.