When Apple was first founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in April 1976, to develop and sell personal computers, the technology was astounding, and nothing like anything we had seen before. With digital technology so advanced, people were convinced that no other competitor would ever compare. Then something quite remarkable happened when Android stepped up to the mark. Android, Inc. was founded in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. The aim of Android was to develop…
“Smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner’s location and preferences”–Andy Rubin
At this current time Android’s intentions were to create operating systems for digital cameras. However when Google acquired Android Inc for $50 million in July 2005, it was in question whether Google were planning to enter the mobile phone market, and they did! Google then developed a platform for mobile devices powered by the Linux Kernel, and has firmly rooted the Android brand as it is today. Since 2008 Android has had numerous updates to streamline improvements in its operating systems, and with its interface features and customer usability it’s definitely considered to be a force to be reckoned with!
In recent years Android has slowly been converting more and more iPhone consumers into Android customers, because of its elite functionality. Thanks to this, there has been a sudden surge in the needs and development of Android applications, but what does it take to make an Android app?
All apps have the ability to extend the functionality of the device it’s using within a certain technical area, so when it comes to Android application development solutions, all are written using the SDK (Software Development Kit). The SDK provides an extensive set of development tools which includes software libraries, a debugger, a handset emulator, documentation, a sample code and tutorials. Java is used as the main programming language as it has complete access to the Android APIs (Application Programming Interface). Other development tools are usually available like the Native Development Kit, the Google App Inventor which is a great visual environment for any trainee programmers, and of course a variety of cross-platform frameworks for mobile web applications.
Of course, if you’re a non-technical person and this sounds highly over whelming, then there are a range of IT companies in the digital world that would help you fulfil your vision, and build your Android App for you at a cost. Although the downside of this is that you may have to pay out a little extra to get what you want, on the plus side of things you will be working with a company that can provide a team of experts, which usually has an extensive background in Android application software development. Most services will abide by development guidelines and regulations, which guarantees that your Android application won’t contain any dodgy surprises. Also most IT companies will provide comprehensive application testing, security checks and also product support on launch, and in some cases thereafter.
Once your Android app is good to go, you can sell it on Google Play, where users can download it for a small fee or for free. Google play is the primary app store that is installed on all Android Devices that comply with Google’s compatibility requirements.