The pace of mobile application development has grown rapidly. In order to outsmart rivals, businesses are leveraging applications built for mobile devices to stay ahead of the curve. The Android platform has surged to the forefront and has overtaken the iOS platform in terms of overall consumer spending in 2016-17. Currently, 85% of individuals prefer native apps to mobile websites, according to a finding. The year 2021 will also witness the existence of 430 billion enterprise app markets, with an expectedly large share of apps configured for the Android platform.
Speed your Android Mobile Application Development Process
Android Oreo has been successful in bringing an AI-based mobile platform that can be accessed by everyone and everywhere. In order to speed the development process, Android recommends using the following tools and technologies:
• One of the latest tools used in Android mobile application development is Gradle. Gradle provides Android developers with an automated option for segregating apps, incrementing build or version numbers, and defining dependencies with a soaring popularity.
• Android Studio 3.0 offers a dynamic preview of UI updates on various screen sizes and resolutions. The stable interface is powered by deep code analysis as well as plug-ins that control file versions. It also supports the transition of an existing app on the hybrid platform.
• When it comes to cross-platform capabilities, Xamarin allows building Android apps that can be compatible even with devices running on the iOS platform. App builders can save development time by sourcing a single code base to multiple platforms in a seamless manner.
• Revolving around the JVM (Java Virtual Environment), Kotlin is a new Android app development programming language that has boosted overall prospects with Google devices. The language interoperability with Java makes it an ideal choice for coding.
Android Oreo: Promising Potential
The Android Oreo 8.1 rollout offers users higher level of personalization along with superb navigation and tapping features. It also comes with better security options and ways to enhance battery usage and life. Some of the newest features that will impact Android app development process and will make the process smoother are:
1) Run-time: The Ahead-Of-Time (AOT) compilation enables shorter execution time and minimum drain in Android app development resources. The Android app developers can compile intermediate bytecode into system-dependent binary code ahead of runtime, saving disk space, memory, battery life, and startup times (no JIT warmup phase), etc.
2) Augmented Reality: The Vuforia Augmented Reality tool comes in handy for Android app developers. They do not have to induce virtual reality into a GPS-powered app, thanks to computer vision technology to recognize real-world images and 3D targets during the process of application development.
3) Outreach: One of the essential facets of development is the number of users and devices compatible with the Android apps. Titanium Mobile SDK boasts more than 5,000 operating system APIs and allows Android developers to develop apps that can run on any number of devices.
4) Localization: With apps built to focus on user-needs based on geographies, platforms such as Gimbal— an efficient and secure platform—can provide an altogether new experience thanks to the efforts of developers.
5) Drag and Drop: One of the newest resources for building apps with drag and drop approach is the DropSource tool. DropSource tool has boosted the Android app development scenarios. It leverages ‘restful APIs’ for automated programming of mobile apps.
6) Machine Learning: Neural Networks API, hardware accelerated machine learning runtime, support machine learning capabilities for Android apps. It enables fast and efficient computation and inference for running computationally intensive operations for machine learning on mobile devices.
So next time when you hire Android app developers, ask them how familiar are they with these Android Oreo features?
The Latest Buzz
Android 8.1 Oreo was released in December 2017 specifically targeted towards Pixel and Nexus devices. Certain apps like system settings and Google Maps has a new feel with the inverted black-on-white color pattern on the associated bar in the Android Oreo. This is done to reduce the ‘burn-in’ of the app resources.
With an eye on 3.5 billion people who will use a low-end smartphone in the most part of the developing world for the first time, Google has launched the “Go” initiative in 2017. Go initiative allows powerful Android apps to run efficiently on gadgets with less than 1 GB of RAM.
With more advancement in cloud technology, Android capabilities are focused on the ability to perform in a cloud environment. The apps are now configured to fetch data from the cloud, thereby, saving the internal memory of a user’s smartphone.