With more than a humongous 200,000 applications and over a billion downloads, Apple’s App Store has been the uncrowned king of the app domain so far. However the equation has changed, only a bit though, ever since Google’s Android mobile platform has come to the fore. Apparently, having familiarity with the qualms and grudges developers have had with the App Store, Google has that what can be called as ‘the second-mover advantage’ with its Android Marketplace. In fact, Android app development has surfaced as a crowning event in the mobile industry. It’s open source nature has attracted hoards of developers and mobile platforms, so much so that it has went on to become a highly sough-after platform for developers.
It’s not just the open source character, but the features and functionalities too have been pivotal in grabbing the eyeballs of developers and publishers. It’s equipped with all the essential features that would facilitate developers in creating marvelous applications for smartphone users. In addition to being a mobile platform, Android is also a Linux Kernel-based operating system.
Owing to its open-source attribute, developers can perform operating system level customizations with tremendous ease and at a reasonable cost. It further tenders support for Java, enabling developers to build applications using Java and its own signature Android Framework. Amongst its various useful features, some of the most notable ones are:
Support for GSM, CDMA, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, UMTS, and EV-DO, to enable sending and receiving of data across netwoorks.
Comprehensive libraries comprising a wide range of 2D and 3D graphics, along with broad array of libraries for host of audio, video, and image files, including JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG, MIDI, MPEG 4, AMR, AMR WB, H.263, H.264, MP3, AAC, to name a few.
Feature-sets for video camera, touchscreen devices, GPS applications, magnetometer, accelerometer, etc.
SQLite for storing data, P2P through Google Talk, and Interprocess Communication (IPC) messaging system.
Android’s software development kit, commonly known as Android SDK, consists of robust tools and applications to help developers design the user interface, as well as debug the application. The kit involves applications for diverse versions of Android platform, such as Android 1.0, Android 1.5 and the likes. Goggle has leveraged its various applications and services to empower its SDK with innumerable tools and applications. Some of the core applications incorporated in Android SDK suite are, a full-fledged email client compatible with Gmail, Google Map application, an SMS program, a fully-featured web browser and music player, an image viewer, an Android Marketplace client, among many other things.