Android-powered devices are all over the smartphone and tablet devices market since the demand has risen considerably. Android is one of the popular platforms for mobile development companies are engaged in a plethora of Android app development projects.
Since Android is an open source platform, developers have the incredible advantage of making ample use of the technology for innovative mobile apps and projects and also attend to the growing demand from the users.
Mobile developers are particularly adept in harnessing the best qualities of the platform for building applications. Most of them prefer using Java language and also Scripting Layer for Android (SL4A) for writing the mobile applications. Also all iOS versions from 2.2 Froyo onwards allow Flex to be a language for Android application development projects. Also after this version, all versions support Adobe Flash and Adobe AIR technologies.
Android application developers perform their programming tasks with the help of Android SDK which is becoming more and more feature-rich. But it requires an extremely competent and competitive mobile application development company for testing, debugging and deploying mobile apps.
The Eclipse IDE is one technology which helps in quick Android application development which is convenient and hassle-free for the developers. The technology works well when customized and enhanced using Android plugins, which expands the Android universe and also adds much more features and abilities which were not possible with the vanilla version.
Android Emulators help a great deal when the developers need to ensure if the entire process of mobile application testing and debugging is working well. The emulators are great for getting a virtual view of the end mobile app. The features of the OS are simulated to perfection and also worked virtually on mobile phones and tablets supporting the Android OS.
Android app developers also use the APIs and include a plethora of libraries which help in attributes required for the app. The platform also supports use of C/C++ libraries along with some core media libraries and the SGL graphics engine. One can also utilize the 3D libraries based on OpenGL ES 1.0 APIs for creating apps for the Android 4.0 version.
Mobile app developers who are dedicatedly working for the Android platform opt to publish mobile apps which they have created for sale in the Android Market. This application store helps in distributing free as well as paid Android-based apps. There are more than 500,000 mobile apps in the store right now but the demand for more apps has not subsided. The smartphones which support the Android ecosystem have grown tremendously too. This platform reigns in the mobile application development market due to the sheer size of its ecosystem although it is yet to eclipse the iOS market in the total number of apps in the Apps store.
The Android platform has won over other mobile platforms because it has managed to gain a substantial market share in terms of tablets which were launched since the past year. Many apps were downloaded from tablets alone. Due to their balance in price point factor, many users who cannot afford the pricey Apple products have preferred going for Android. Also, there are multiple options with the platform too.