There are numerous avenues and routes for powering our mobile devices today. These options become even more However, for both large developers, and small indie companies, one must always consider which platform to debut, test or even solely produce their app on.
While a large developer can likely have their choice of various software’s to launch their product, various independent developers (which there are certainly plenty) may have to either slowly roll out platforms, or just stick with one or two. While you have your choices (iOS, Blackberry, Windows) don’t look over the benefits of Android. In some cases, we recommend beginning to host on Android, or simply using Android as your sole resource.
Here are a few Reasons Why
1. Easy Barrier of Entry
When developing an iOS product, one must have a mac in order to do so. In contrast, an Android product can be developed with Windows, iOS, and Linux. Another big plus for Android is that in order to host your product on the Apple Store, one must pay a yearly fee of $99. Whereas to host a product in the Google Play store it’s a mere one-time payment of $25.
This is another plus for Indie developers who don’t want to worry about recurring fees.
2. Effectiveness of the Google Play Store
One common complaint of Apple developers, is that it takes weeks for an app to appear on the app store. Whereas the Google Play store will have your product listed within 24 hours.
Similarly, when updating an Android app, one can put through any updates a day. Whereas Apple hosted products require the same lengthy process as when registering an app.
Java is a very powerful and useful language, and learning how to properly use it can lend itself to a wide variety of opportunities — namely in Windows and Linux. However, Apple on the other hand, requires that you use one of their developmental languages (Objective C or Swift).
These languages cannot be used for other operating systems, therefore using Java can lend itself to many opportunities in the developmental world, and it’s a language that many developers already know.
4. Android Studio
Android Studio is an IDE designed and developed specifically for Android app development. It is incredibly fast and efficient, and you can setup a new Android project for different types of Android apps within seconds. Some key features include:
- Option to preview a layout on multiple screen configurations while editing
- Build variants and multiple apk file generation
- Lint tools
- Supports developing apps such as Android Wear, TV and Auto apps
- Enables app integration with Google Cloud Platform
- Gradle-based build system
As mentioned before, since Android is often written in Java, it can be ported to other operating systems such as Blackberry, Symbian and Ubuntu. Similarly, Android can be ported to Chrome OS, too.
This is in stark contrast to the limitations of Apple iOS products.
While Apple used to reign supreme in regards to revue, it’s not so true anymore. According to DAU-UP, While Android had a slow start in 2014, by December 2014, revenue per user went from 20% to 65%. Also note that advertising costs are generally lower on Android devices, which means that apps can advertise to more users on their devices than iOS can on theirs.
7. Market Share
One of the biggest reasons as to why indie developers should develop for Android first is for their market share statistics.
According to figures via IDC, Android absolutely dominated the competition regarding him number of smartphones shipped worldwide in the first three months of 2015, with 78% market share. The estimated total number of Android devices, as of December 2014, is north of 1.6 billion.
This is a staggering amount, and a very large potential market of users. Compare this with an estimated 395 million iOS devices, and 46 million and 45 million Windows and Blackberry devices you can see why you want to look into developing on Android.