You are about to build an app that will feature on Android devices and it is important that you understand the important benefits that Android has over iOS and other operating systems. Today we are going to take a huge step back from Android app creation and look at the Android operating system in a little more details.
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History of Android operating system
The Android operating system was first released in beta status back in November 2007 and since it was first released it has seen many changes. Since April 2009 the Android operating systems have been given strange code names to each update, all based around sweets and in alphabetical order. They are as follows:
Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0–4.0.4),
Jelly Bean (4.1–4.3), released 4.3 in July 2013
KitKat (4.4) awaiting release.
So now when people mention something sweet about Android you will know what they are talking about. I often hear comments like, “but your system is only an ice cream sandwich, mine is a jelly bean”. Sounds strange, but you soon get used to it.
Why is the Android Operating System so popular with app makers?
1: Audience size – As of the 3rd of September 2013, Google made public that over 1 billion devices use the Android operating system. That is one huge audience for you to pitch your apps to. Apart from the huge audience size for Android, you also need to consider the other advantages such as how easy it is to develop for Android.
2: Open Source – Android is an open source platform, meaning that it is very easy to develop and implement changes to apps. The changes and developments can be undertaken and implemented immediately, unlike with Apple. The reason that Android is open source is because it is a Google product which is owned by the open handset alliance group.
3: Free market – The Android market also benefits from the open source nature of Android, once an app has been developed the app maker has the freedom to distribute the app openly on the internet, another advantage over Apple’s iOS system.
So, now you know, the Android Operating System is not only versatile, but it also offers access to an enormous audience, allows you to develop and publish at your own free will and is continuing to grow and dominate the mobile world. Now its time that you started your Android app career.