Posted on September 7th, 2012, 3:28
Android, the framework developed in alliance by Google and Open Handset is an operating system and software platform built on Linux OS. Today, in the era of smart phones and tablet PC's Android offers the community of developers opportunity to develop a variety of applications to bring out the functionalities of the new age devices. Reports from Canalys gives forth a figure of over 300 million devices using Android OS by end of the year 2012.
The android platform opens the broad way for application development as this does not differentiate between the third-party application and core application for smart phones. The IT giants who work on android application development offers services in the various functional sectors which include Business and office applications, Communication, Internet and chat messaging, Multimedia, travel, security, GPS and Wi-fi applications besides applications for remote and web service accessibility from any android device. The operating system with robust support for Graphics, Audio, Media and core library facilitates programmers to work on third party applications and tools.
However, with a large number of Android software development technologies having emerged in the industry the recent years showcases the fact that the android platform has lesser vulnerability to failure. Further, this operating system offers a number of benefits when associated with the software development. The android technology based systems being low investment ones and license free can be used for wide variety of application development for the new age devices. Further being reasonably priced, the application developers use this for upgrading, enhancing and altering the software without any extra expenses on software development.
The release of Android mobile operating system for smart phones in 2008 and the increasing popularity of android phones, has given the android application development a momentum in the field of mobile applications. The applications are developed using the android software development kit (SDK) which consists of core applications, application framework, core libraries, and virtual machine other important components. The core applications are an email client, SMS program, browser, calendar, maps, contacts, and others. All of these applications are written using the Java programming language. The application framework which is a set of services and systems includes Views, Content Providers, Resource Manager, Notification Manager and Activity Manager all of which are essential in developing innovative applications.
Today with android development leading mobile operating system worldwide, each new android release enhances the mobile user experience and creates compatibility challenges for device manufacturers and system-on-a-chip (SoC) providers. With a single generation of a mobile application processor spanning through multiple versions of an Android operating system, the leading android software developers help the mobile device manufacturers and and SoC providers to adapt to new versions with ease.
By ensuring such smooth adaptation process, the android experts help the clients to focus on their core business and engineering of newer innovations. The new age brands which uses applications based on android software development are the iPad, iPhone, Motorola, LG, Samsung, Nokia, BlackBerry and even Sony Ericsson.