Android applications are becoming more and more popular due to its characteristics such as reliability and robustness. On the market you will find many mobile phones with Android platform. One of the main reasons for this is that Android is open source and accessing and using it is very simple. Now it has become necessary to consider Android-based smartphone users as a different market segment. This market segment will attempt to access the internet via its Android-based smartphones. This insinuates that websites must be compatible with the Android platform. This has increased the demand for Android applications.
Android is a group of software programs designed specifically for mobile devices. It consists of an operating system (OS), key applications and middleware. The apparatus and APIs necessary to start the development of the application on Android are provided by the Android SDK. The Android SDK also has a QEMU-based phone emulator, sample code, tutorial, and documentation. The Java programming language must be used to develop Android applications.
The features of Android are responsible for its popularity. The built-in browser is based on the WebKit engine, which is open source. The application framework allows replacement and reuse of components. The 3D graphics rely on the specifications of Open GL ES 1.0. In this, hardware acceleration is optional. The support of common media such as video, audio and images is extended to different formats like H.264, MPEG4, AMR, MP3, PNG, AAC, JPG and GIF. The Android application development environment includes debugging tools, device emulator, performance profile, memory, and Eclipse IDE plug-in. For mobile phones the Dalvik virtual machine has been optimized. For functions such as low-level memory management and threading, the Dalvik virtual machine depends on the Linux kernel. Graphics are optimized with the help of a custom 2D graphics library. SQLite is used to store data in a structured way. This list includes hardware dependent functions such as GSM phone system, Wi-Fi, EDGE, Bluetooth, 3G, accelerometer, GPS, camera and compass.
As Android is open source, application developers have the freedom to use information about the access location, device hardware, run services in the background, add notifications to the status bar and set alarms. The list of benefits won’t stop until the developer community stops contributing to its development.
Android is an open source and for this reason it is very likely that the developed application may be similar to that of others. A successful Android application must be customized to be unique. To develop a unique Android application, you need to hire the services of a professional and technically experienced Android application development service provider.