An Android app developer develops apps that run exclusively on Android smartphones and tablets. Android was brought onto the market by Android as a competitor to Apple’s iOS in 2008, and has been popular for about five years. In 2010, Android achieved a larger market share than iOS and then, in 2011, overtook the then leader, the Symbian system from Nokia.
But times have changed! Today, Android has a dominant market share of 80%, and iOS is found in second place – with just under 14% between them. It’s no wonder that Android app developers are very much in demand nowadays – with Google’s app platform you can reach the most users. And according to recent market studies this shows no signs of changing before the end of the year.
What Android app developers should know
An Android app developer works primarily with the programming languages JAVA, C++ and PHP. Since Android is still quite new, many Android app developers have already had many years of experience with these languages and only later acquire the necessary additional knowledge for Android apps.
Android app developers must be familiar with the process of publishing Android apps for smartphones and tablets, and understand the differences between different Android devices and operating system versions. This is essential to ensure that the Android apps later work on as many device types as possible.
In addition, the online services that are heavily used by Android apps require solid understanding of API programming, client-server architectures and software development with databases.
In contrast to many other types of software, Android app developers don’t really need commercial software. Understandably, Google would like to strongly promote app development, and provides Android developer tools with development environment, SDK and optimized emulators for Google APIs for free. Google also offers a native development kit for app programming directly with C or C++.
However, there is also a long list of alternative free or commercial development environments for various languages such as Eclipse (all-round), IntelliJIDEA (Java), Cordova (HTML5) and Kivy (Python).
In contrast to Google’s Android developer tools, some of these alternatives allow cross-platform development, meaning the parallel development of the same app for iOS and other interfaces. This means that experienced professionals are often not just an Android app developer, but can also developer for iOS, Windows Phone and other interfaces.
If you are looking for an Android app developer, you should be clear in advance if the app is also planned to be used for iOS, Windows Phone and other systems. This is because depending on which development tools the Android app developer uses, the later transferring and version maintenance can be either more expensive or cheaper.
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