Android OS today commands a sizable share of the mobile app development market. With over 2.5 billion active users spread across the world
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The Android Apps are ruling most of the business industries such as social media, messaging apps, e-commerce apps, on-demand apps, and enterprise apps.
- Features of Android
- Beautiful UI Android OS basic screen provides a beautiful and intuitive user interface.
- Connectivity GSM/EDGE, IDEN, CDMA, EV-DO, UMTS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, LTE, NFC and WiMAX.
- Storage SQLite, a lightweight relational database, is used for data storage purposes.
- Media support H.263, H.264, MPEG-4 SP, AMR, AMR-WB, AAC, HE-AAC, AAC 5.1, MP3, MIDI, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, JPEG, PNG, GIF, and BMP.
- Messaging SMS and MMS
- Multi-touch Android has native support for multi-touch which was initially made available in handsets such as the HTC Hero.
- Multi-tasking User can jump from one task to another and same time various application can run simultaneously.
- Resizable widgets Widgets are resizable, so users can expand them to show more content or shrink them to save space.
- Multi-Language Supports single direction and bi-directional text.
- GCM Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) is a service that lets developers send short message data to their users on Android devices, without needing a proprietary sync solution.
- Wi-Fi Direct A technology that lets apps discover and pair directly, over a high-bandwidth peer-to-peer connection.
- Android Beam A popular NFC-based technology that lets users instantly share, just by touching two NFC-enabled phones together.
Android applications are usually developed in the Java language using the Android Software Development Kit. Once developed, Android applications can be packaged easily and sold out either through a store such as Google Play, SlideME, Opera Mobile Store, Mobango, F-droid and the Amazon Appstore.
Android powers hundreds of millions of mobile devices in more than 190 countries around the world. It’s the largest installed base of any mobile platform and growing fast. Every day more than 1 million new Android devices are activated worldwide.
This tutorial has been written with an aim to teach you how to develop and package Android application. We will start from environment setup for Android application programming and then drill down to look into various aspects of Android applications.
Android is touted as the top choice for startups and enterprises. Here are a few reasons for building an android app:
- Easy access to tools and systems to Android developers.
- The end devices and hardware are relatively less expensive.
- Rare compatibility issues with every updated OS version.
Quick and Easy to Develop:
- The availability of the easy working model makes it so quick to develop apps.
- The flexibility of apps has resulted in exponential growth in the last 5 years – with time metrics and the cost of app development becoming an important feature of this platform.