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Android Application Development


Android is a popular computing platform based on the Linux® operating system. The initial commercial version of Android hit the market in 2008 in the form of a mobile phone platform, back when the most popular cell phone for a business user was the BlackBerry, when the iPhone was beginning to make meaningful waves across all sectors, and when the majority of phone users were still tapping out texts from a flip phone.

Android has "paid its dues," so to speak, in the smartphone market for the past decade. The success of Android and iPhone devices has rendered the one-time business mobile device market leader BlackBerry to be the subject of a Bruce Springsteen song: Glory Days. Interestingly, Android's unprecedented success has helped push BlackBerry into a diverse set of offerings, including shipping devices running the Android platform. (Kudos to the BlackBerry team for pivoting and adding value to their shareholders and the broader market despite experiencing the retreat of their earlier dominance.)

In 10 years' time, Android has effectively become the world's most popular operating system by a number of measures. Despite the robust popularity of the flashy and capable Apple iPhone platform, Android shipments worldwide meaningfully outpace Apple's offerings. While Apple's devices continue to demand an ever-increasing price point, Android devices scale the global marketplace. Yes, there are super-pricy Android models sitting next to the latest iPhone, but there are also relatively low-cost Android phones and tablets available for sale at Walmart and on Amazon.

As Android has matured, it is finding its way into a variety of devices, including televisions, projectors, automobiles, and even recreational vehicles. Want to dim the lights in your camper or activate the awning? You can use the Android-based touchscreen interface to manipulate the controls. Or, use your smartphone equipped with Bluetooth to communicate with the RV's Android-based control system. There are many of these types of interfaces finding their way to the market. Some user experiences are simply fantastic (like drone controllers), and some are less than fantastic, like the controls in my uncle’s RV. This article introduces the Android platform and discusses how you can use it for both mobile and non-mobile applications. The ambition is to get you on a path to making awesome apps for whatever platform arena you feel called to make your contribution.

->    Writing well designed, testable, efficient code by using best software development practices

->    Integrating data from various back-end services and databases

->    Creating Android Application/user interfaces by using standard Android Developing softwares and tools like SDK, NDK, FASTBOOT, Android Studio, Emulator, etc