Mobile Apps – Why Is Android Mobile Application Development Becoming Very Popular

The world of mobile applications has just started evolving and we are already witnessing stiff competition, especially between Google which is the leader of the group that has launched Android and Apple Inc, which is the manufacturer of iPhone, iPad and iPod. Apple got the advantage of launching its smart phone earlier than Google, but on the other hand Google is said to be the undisputed leader among the search engines.

  • The Android applications can add a number of features to your mobile phone and convert it to a smart phone. Some of the factors that prompt the popularity of the Android applications are as follows.
  • The Software development kit (SDK) for Android application development is designed and made available through Google. There is a wide variety of tools in the SDK. The SDK includes the operating systems, middleware and APIs that are needed to start developing the Android application.
  • Android is an open source platform so the costs of designing the Android app are drastically reduced. Moreover if you are stuck anywhere when designing the application, there is a big community of Android followers to resolve your issue.
  • There are many core applications inside the SDK. This makes the task of the Android app developer quite easy. The SDK includes a handset emulator, tools for debugging, several utility functions, several business functions and other features too. This facilitates the application developer with a wide array of alternatives. It is the SDK that provides the platform for developing an application that offers better experience for the end-user.
  • The SDK is so advanced that the application developer has greater control over the features to be incorporated into the final Android application.
  • The open source platform allows the application developer to easily distribute the completed application. Once completed, the finished application is sure to be very user friendly.
  • When developing the Android mobile application, the designer is facilitated with P2P communication with the assistance of Google Talk. The designer can store the data with the help of SQLite.
  • The designer with the help of Android app development kit can publish an application and export it to be used by others too.
  • The Android app can be integrated with GPS, touch screen and video camera.
  • The SDK is equipped with quite a big library with books about GPS, Touch screen, and video camera.
  • The SDK enjoys the support of WiFi support as well as the Bluetooth and has a library of a number of 2D and 3D supporters.
  • With the Android SDK you can develop customized Android apps for sale or free distribution to particular clients or the public in general.
  • The Android application development facilitates the application developer, the business and the final user too.

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Android Takes Lead In The Market

Google created Android has taken a step forward in the war of smart phone platforms that is growing at a fast rate. It has snatched market share of RIM and Nokia’s Symbian OS, unlike the popular myth of overtaking share of Apple’s iOS. The biggest loser in market share has been Symbian who has lost about 14% in a year having only about 2.6% share according to latest statistics, whereas RIM has lost about 5.7% during the same period, and iOS has lost 1% of its users. Well iOS and Android cannot be termed as competitors since they target a different customer base when the prices are compared. But still, it can be said to have taken lead in the market when the figures are compared.

One of the main reasons for the Android’s popularity is that it has operating system based on Linux that is very secure and user interface that is appealing to users. It also has special Dalvik virtual machine devised for its integration. One of the fact which is not known by many is that Google has helped Linux in making OS for smart phones and tablet computers based on Linux OS while researching for Android development. Due to its feature of open source, it is available cheap to manufacturers. Software applications based on Android are available for download at stores such as Google Play and third party websites such as Amazon.

The four types of android applications are: activity, services and content provider. Let’s look at each of them.

Activity: It is most visible part of the application. It presents UI to an application known as view. It implements various UI elements such as textbox, labels, etc. Application moves from one activity to another by using method known as startActivity()

Services: Like different multitask figuring domains, there are applications running “out of sight” that perform different obligations. It calls the aforementioned sorts of applications “services.” The service is an Android requisition that has no UI. The recipient is a provision part that gets solicits to process goals. Like the service, a beneficiary does not, in standard rehearse, have a UI component. Collectors are ordinarily enlisted in the AndroidManifest.xml index.

Content Provider: The Content Provider is the android mechanism for data-store abstraction.

Android is named after its initial developer before it was bought by Google. Google unveiled Android with Open Handset Alliance that is open standards for mobile devices in 2007. It has about 7 million apps as on Oct 2012 and about 25 billion apps are downloaded by users worldwide.

Android Software Review – Easy Shortcut Review

Easy Shortcut is an application that helps you fly through your phone without digging through the menus. Like so many other android phone users, there may be many applications in your phone, while you use some applications more often than others. It will waste your time and energy to look for them in your menu for every time. So how to make it easier to access one application that you use most often? Easy Shortcut will help you figure it out. It helps you create and manage shortcuts on your home screen, making it easy and fast to access the application you like.

Shortcuts for Contacts You may have many phone numbers in your address list, while there are some people you contact more often than others, such as, your best friend, your family members, etc. It turns out that accessing your address list to fine the one you want to contact every time is inconvenient. Easy Shortcut helps you create direct calls/message shortcuts on your home screen.

Shortcuts for all Applications and Activities You can add shortcuts for all applications and activities. What you should do is accessing the Easy Shortcut, choosing any application you like to create a shortcut for the application. Do you know what is more interesting? The interesting function of it is that you can edit those applications’ names and icons. You can name them whatever you like and choose any icon from crop icon or SD card file.

Website Shortcuts Are you a fan of surfing the Internet? You can use the favorite to keep the websites you often use on a computer, avoiding the trouble to find them every time. But how to keep the websites you often use when you surfing the Internet by android phone? I think Easy Shortcut is good way to solve this problem. By using this application, you can create website links on your home screen. Every time you want to browse those websites, you don’t have to input the web addresses. It is very convenient for those who use their android phone to surf.

Custom Shortcut Custom shortcut is an application for senior users. The user can edit any application they like, but this needs professional knowledge.

E.g. there is an audio file myheartwillgoon.mp3 under SD card, three parameters are as follow: action:android.intent.action.VIEW data: file:///sdcard/myheartwillgoon.mp3 type: audio/*

The above is just an example, this app requires the user to have Intent knowledge. As a common user, there is no need to know how to edit it.

Shortcuts With “Shortcuts”, the last function of this application, you can see all the shortcuts on your home screen, besides, you also can edit and delete them directly, instead of backing to the home screen. But this tool only suitable for com.android.launcher. This tool only supported by android 2.0 or above system. If your phone have been changed some system packages, the application may not work properly.

If you want to keep your home screen tidy, and make it easy to access one application that you use most often, why don’t you take a look at Easy Shortcut?

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