Android is a Linux based operating system that was specifically built for touch screen devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and was released by Google in 2007. Since then the Android community has been developing applications and currently has around 675,000 apps available, and there has been an estimated 25 billion app downloads.
The first Android-powered phone was sold in October 2008 and it has since become the world’s leading smartphone platform taking a market share of over 65%. There are around 500 million activated Android devices and there are over 1.3 million activations per day.
Android applications are packaged into an APK (application package file) before being uploaded to Google Play or any other Android distribution platform such as the Amazon App Store or GetJar. This is very different to the iPhone application delivery method because Apple will only allow apps to be downloaded through their own app store, whereas you can package an APK file and even host it on your own website. Appitized’s iPhone app developers are very jealous of this feature.
Here at Appitized our developers have been using and developing Android applications since Google released the operating system back in 2007. Our development team have over 35 years of Android development experience between them. Because of this in depth knowledge our design and development team understand how to build feature-rich applications that blend complex functionality and great user experience into one solution.
Our graphic design team have all studied and, more importantly, keep up to date with the official Android User Interface Guidelines meaning that your applications conform to the guidelines set by Google’s Android UX Team.
All of our Android development packages come with a bespoke content management system we call the Appitized App Panel – this allows you to edit content of your application in real-time, connect with 3rd party systems and send messages to your customers via the Android Cloud to Device Messaging Framework which is similar to Apple’s Push Notification system.