Inside the Mind of an Android App Developer
Somewhere right now a mobile app developer is thinking hard – should I be developing my app on Android or competing mobile OSes?
It’s a recurring dilemma for first-time developers. Choosing a comprehensive mobile ecosystem where your apps will reside and operate is not a breezy decision to take. But once you take into account the strengths and weaknesses of the various mobile OSes today, your decision-making process finally gets some traction.
Let’s take Android app development companies as an example. We sat down with some of them and got valuable insights on why some developers want to make Android their first home.Android is designed to accommodate various hardware types. This opens up all kinds of nifty possibilities for Android app developers. For instance, the Android OS has had access to three kinds of sensors – motion, environmental and positional sensors. You can see how developers can hope to leverage and integrate these sensor-based functions in their apps for virtually limitless applications. No matter if it’s the calculation of commonplace conditions like position and direction or uniquely esoteric functions such as speed, temperature and whatnot, there are options galore for Android app developers.
Top Android developers will tell you one thing. Go native or go home. Going native in the mobile apps industry means to use recommended programming tools and suites to craft your apps. For instance Android app development companies may use Java and C# to make their Android apps ‘native’ and pristine. Some developers simply retool their web apps to run on HTML5 for mobile platforms.
The Google Play Store, also gives app developers a huge edge by implementing a robust user feedback experience mechanism. Whereas Apple makes its developers wait for weeks for approving their apps, Android apps can be released almost instantly if they conform to Google’s release rules. Another advantage developers can gain is that user feedback is generated instantly and any suggestions can be taken into account for iterative releases down the road.
Sure enough, some of these Android app development companies even had different versions of their apps for other OSes as well. But developing for Google’s open-source ecosystem is what gave them the impetus to expand.