Android is an open-source operating system by Google, the search engine giant. It is today’s one of the largely used mobile platforms. It runs in more than 82% of smartphones all over the world. It is an app-friendly OS and thus the performance of the devices running the OS entirely depends on apps.
Android-device users can download apps from Google Play Store and add desired functionality to their devices. Rising trend of smartphones also encourages mobile developers to build applications for Android platform.
Now, more and more developers are showing interest in building applications for Android powered smartphones, tablets, laptops and other types of devices. However Android application development is not without any pitfalls.
It’s full of challenges
Android application development market is getting bigger with each passing day. Google Play is the official platform for downloading apps for Android powered devices. Each app performing well on the store is already supposed to encounter following issues:
Issues because of multiple device vendors
Because Android is an open-source mobile operating system, it is available for free to be used by any computing device manufacturer. Openness is the real beauty of the OS but in the mean time, it is also the ugly part of the entire game-play of Google’s mobile OS. With the feature of open-source, Android can be customized the way you want. You can trim some of its features to power a specific device. This kind of openness causes fragmentation and of course, lots of difficulties in Android application development process. It’s really hard for developers to build an app which is supported by the entire OS ecosystem.
Issues caused by the lack of usages policies
Google, the originator of Android platform, sometimes does not appear to be quite serious for the reputation of its platform. It simply allows developers to do whatever they want to implement. The lack of usage policies allows every Peter, Harry and David to design and submit apps in Google Play Store. Often time, these apps are low in quality.
Issues caused by diversity in software and hardware.
There are many types of Android versions powering devices. These have been launched within a quick period of time. This has caused many compatibility issues, such as not all the apps can run on all the Android powered devices. These issues bother most developers as they can never become assured that a particular application will run on all the Android devices.