The only thing constant in life is change. Change is inevitable. The human race is continuously evolving to being better, faster each day. Henry Ford wouldn’t have realized what he was giving to the world, motorcar. But looking in today’s world Model T is just a fossil, although a cherished one. Science & technology has evolved over time to achieve greater heights that ultimately benefit the mankind.
Technology has its fair share in building some of the most crucial networks of communication. With the world population brimming at seven billion mark, the need was to improve communication between people & a mobile phone was invented. Earlier models may only be simplistic but the current generation is purely over the top of its ancestors. Now you can browse the internet, take photographs, use Facebook, access emails, get directions via GPS, play games & other infinite things just with a cell-phone. The very latest tech update in cell phones is the Android platform. Android (promoted by Google Inc) is a free Operating system that caters to the rapidly expanding smartphone dimension, threatening Apple iPhone series. Like all smartphones, Android too depends upon Apps that makes Android App Development very significant for businesses across the world.
Android App Development is no piece of cake. Sure, Android is expanding at a massive rate but for developers, it poses some tough questions:
1. Multiple Devices: Android being a free OS system is utilized by every second phone manufacturer. From Samsung to HTC to Sony Ericsson, everyone is on the Android Bandwagon. The tricky question remains the kind of hardware these devices use so that app developers could a standardized format to develop apps. Device configuration is very important with the Android version so that developers could optimize their efforts in sync with the hardware-software combination.
2. Open System Vs Closed Systems: Android App development has a decisive phase. Unlike Apple iOS, Android is an open source system which complicates matters as developers have to re-align their app programming which is different from iOS, which means development has to be done again from scratch considering open source can be freely modified anytime anywhere in the world. Testing the apps & reporting for bugs can also increase project delivery pressures & costs alike.
3. Payments: Unlike Apple Apps store, payment on Android App store is a dodgy scenario at the moment. Apple has a far greater market penetration, serving about 90 countries to generate apps revenue but Android platform struggles to make a headway as independent manufacturers have their personal app stores as well. Since Android App Development is no free of charge, developers may face a problem in generating revenue for their apps.
4. Google means Free? Android is promoted by Google Inc, which to most people is a free service. Despite the fact that Google may be making millions through online advertising, most people who use Google Search, Gmail or Google Maps consider it a free service. So applying the same psyche to the Android app store, many people would be dissuaded to purchase paid apps on the Android platform, making it difficult to generate as much revenue as expected from the crowning champ of smartphone industry, Android system. So prudence should be to focus on both free & paid categories for App Development.