Why develop apps for Android?

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Why develop apps for Android?
« on: February 18, 2020, 02:09:46 PM »

Why develop apps for Android?

Apps are developed for a variety of reasons: addressing business requirements, building new services, creating new businesses, and providing games and other types of content for users. Developers choose to develop for Android in order to reach the majority of mobile device users.

Most popular platform for mobile apps

As the world's most popular mobile platform, Android powers hundreds of millions of mobile devices in more than 190 countries around the world. It has the largest installed base of any mobile platform and is still growing fast. Every day another million users power up their Android devices for the first time and start looking for apps, games, and other digital content.

Best experience for app users

Android provides a touch-screen user interface (UI) for interacting with apps. Android's user interface is mainly based on direct manipulation, using touch gestures such as swiping, tapping and pinching to manipulate on-screen objects. In addition to the keyboard, there’s a customizable virtual keyboard for text input. Android can also support game controllers and full-size physical keyboards connected by Bluetooth or USB.

The Android home screen can contain several pages of app icons, which launch the associated apps, and widgets, which display live, auto-updating content such as the weather, the user's email inbox or a news ticker. Android can also play multimedia content such as music, animation, and video. The figure above shows app icons on the home screen (left), playing music (center), and displaying widgets (right). Along the top of the screen is a status bar, showing information about the device and its connectivity. The Android home screen may be made up of several pages, between which the user can swipe back and forth.

Android is designed to provide immediate response to user input. Besides a fluid touch interface, the vibration capabilities of an Android device can provide haptic feedback. Internal hardware such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and proximity sensors, are used by many apps to respond to additional user actions. These sensors can detect rotation of the screen from portrait to landscape for a wider view or it can allow the user to steer a virtual vehicle in a racing game by rotating the device as if it were a steering wheel.

The Android platform, based on the Linux kernel, is designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Since Android devices are usually battery-powered, Android is designed to manage processes to keep power consumption at a minimum, providing longer battery use.