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What is Android?

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Android is one of the two world’s most popular mobile operating systems. Compared with iOS, Android comprises the lion’s 75% share of the global smartphone operating systems’ market. Developed by Google and a group of over 80 technology and telecommunications companies, Android is used by nearly 2 billion of consumer and business users worldwide. Launched to be operated on touchscreen gadgets like tablets and mobile phones, Android provides feature-rich design coupled with high capacity and performance rates. The OS leverages Linux-based software as its kernel while the Android’s source code being open-source. It means it has a free license for further use, development, modification, and sharing of software applications written on Android by independent software developers.

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What devices run on Android?

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Mobile apps created on Android were firstly designed to work well on such mobile platforms, like smartphones and tablet computers. Due to its exceptional flexibility, open-sourceness, and customizability, the Android OS drives greater usage across various platforms and devices. Technology vendors use either the original OS or custom Android-based operating systems to build into their gadgets, like cell phones, tablets, e-books, TVs, set-top boxes, digital media players, streaming sticks, and many others. New OS versions that come on the market enjoy enhanced versatility, security, cross-platform functionality, more backward compatibility, and greater interoperability with other software products. During the last decade, all this helps Android improve user experience and add more business value to enterprises that choose Android-backed business apps.

Business apps for Android: Trends, downloads and usage growth 2020

AAccording to Statista , the global figures of new smartphone users including home and business customers show exponential growth. The same holds true for the number of downloads of Android apps for business and home use.
Speaking of the business app category on Google Play, a recent survey has found that the three top Android app categories in terms of downloads are Games, Education, and Business applications. A vast variety of free and paid business apps are available on Google Play today – from both corporate and individual app software developers totaling over 200 thousand apps for business needs.

The most popular app collections for the business sector

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  • Design apps
  • Photo editing apps
  • Mobile banking apps
  • eCommerce apps
  • Business performance apps
  • Text scanning and editing apps
  • Communication apps
  • Budgeting apps
  • Network connection apps
  • Monitoring and analytics apps

When was Android released?

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The first version release of Android took place in 2008, just 3 years after Google managed to acquire Android Inc. along with its top app software development team. The new mobile operating system was built on Linux kernel and set to compete with other OS platforms, like Symbian, BlackBerry OS, and Windows Mobile. The latest mobile operating system version released is Android 11 rolled out in September 2020.

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Where Android is used: Enterprise

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The most commonly known industries that benefit from Android business apps are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Fintech
  • Hospitality
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Retail
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With new OS versions coming, Android significantly improved its UI/UX design and functionality, and availability across various platforms and devices. As of 2020, Android and its custom-built distributions can be found in every mobile device type made by the top global technology vendors. Apart from its huge traction among personal smartphone users around the world, Android has proven its potential and high efficiency at addressing multiple complex enterprise-grade challenges. According to the official website android.com, the software platform powered by Google is a perfect match for SMEs and large-scale companies, as it provides for increased performance and business resilience.

Advantages of Android enterprise

Multiple company devices support
From mobile phones to warehouse scanners to rugged tablets for office and field employees.
Smooth corporate apps management
Quick data syncing and monitoring to optimize workflows.
End-to-end security
Rock-solid defense against all types of cyberthreats to avoid private and enterprise data leakage.

Android development

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AOSP

(Android Open Source Project) is a repository led by Google that provides app developers with the source code and all the necessary guidelines required for robust software development of Android-backed applications.

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Android Studio

An effective application development toolkit for creating consumer and business apps to be run on any Android device.

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Android Jetpack

Designed to equip application software developers with a great set of libraries for a smooth and consistent coding process.

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Kotlin

A very powerful programming language that ensures high code integrity and developer friendliness.

5

Google Play Console

A great dashboard with tools to easily publish or update games and business applications along with the ability to measure visitor acquisition and drive the app install rates.

6

Android Things

A set of APIs, resources, and tools for seamless app development of IoT device applications.

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Android 5G

Cutting-edge technology for mobile phones and smart devices that provides unprecedented user experiences powered with Virtual and Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence.

1

AOSP

(Android Open Source Project) is a repository led by Google that provides app developers with the source code and all the necessary guidelines required for robust software development of Android-backed applications.

3

Android Jetpack

Designed to equip application software developers with a great set of libraries for a smooth and consistent coding process.

5

Google Play Console

A great dashboard with tools to easily publish or update games and business applications along with the ability to measure visitor acquisition and drive the app install rates.

7

Android 5G

Cutting-edge technology for mobile phones and smart devices that provides unprecedented user experiences powered with Virtual and Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence.

2

Android Studio

An effective application development toolkit for creating consumer and business apps to be run on any Android device.

4

Kotlin

A very powerful programming language that ensures high code integrity and developer friendliness.

6

Android Things

A set of APIs, resources, and tools for seamless app development of IoT device applications.

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