Expansion of Android Landscape Increasing App Developers’ Pain Part 1

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Android Fragmentation - A Pain for Android Developers Android Fragmentation - A Pain for Android Developers

Android is rapidly expanding mobile platform with increasing user base as well as number of devices where Android OS anchored on. This expansion is good for users and businesses taking benefits from it, but proves painful for the app developers who have to address user experiences and testing issues so far.


When Google had formulated handset alliance against the rival Apple, nobody had idea that its opensource concept would take ground at such rapid pace. Today it has number one position in terms of number of apps in Google Play store and in count of total download and still it is an expanding frontier.


Last year Android OS devices have passed the mark of more than one billion handset shipment. Thus, it has recorded growth of 81.5% in global smartphone market share and beaten its rival Apple first time. Unfortunately, Android developers are not happy with these figures at all.


Pain in Beating Android Fragmentation

Reasons are obvious, as Android platform is inherently suffering from hardware as well as OS fragmentation issues and beating them is a big challenge in itself for Android designers and Android programmers. Android OS has different forks on different smartphones and tablets lines resulting from different manufacturers. Moreover, OS selection of its users aiding enough intricacies for Android developers and QA teams because they need to design excellent user experiences in different OS ranging from Froyo to Lollipop.


No doubt, they have more than enough options in terms of IDEs available, tools to apply, and they have to integrate cross-platform codes across the numerous platforms of mobile landscape.


Pain in Cross-Platform Development

Today mobile app developers themselves don’t like to recognized as iOS only or Android only or Windows mobile only developers. They don’t want to lose customers who have projects for all major mobile OS platforms or more than one mobile OS platform. Of course, mobile application development companies have collected pools of different mobile OS app developers in a single premise with desired infrastructure particularly, in outsourcing community thriving across the world.


Cross-Platform Frameworks and Tools

However, freelancers and their groups still don’t like to stick with a single technology label and looking at the cross-platform app development technologies with eyes full of hopes. If we look at the evolution of cross-platform technologies for mobile app development, we can easily recognize the reasons behind the hopes of the contemporary mobile apps developers.


For instance:


  • Xamarin framework using C# and .Net
  • Kendo UI of Telerik and its NativeScript framework
  • XDK and INDE development environment form Intel
  • Opensource API from Apache Corodova based on HTML, CSS, and various scripts including JavaScript
  • Silver implemented by RemObjects is opening corridor for newly introduced Swift of Apple in this bandwagon of cross-platform too


Thus, cross-platform frameworks and tools have extended code capacities of Android developers from simple HTML to Java and further extending to the C#, .Net, and now Swift for Android developers. The thirst for offering native experiences using cross-platform technologies is posing real-life challenges for Android application developers and Android app development companies like Lujayn and its outstanding team.