Android dominates the mobile market. There are far more Android devices, Android apps, and Android loyalists than its smartphone cohorts. In terms of revenue, however, Android still lags far behind Apple.
Usurping Apple from its trillion-dollar throne is no easy task. Google has been working hard to roll out innovations in the wake of the recent Stadia failure and public clash with Oracle.
Tech entrepreneurs and Android development teams should follow this year closely as many monumental changes to Android app development could help increase profits, boost user engagement, and maximize development cycles.
The Android platform is already one of the most popular development platforms on the market. As a result, the Android market has seen a steady influx of business-oriented apps that have changed the game.
However, the most valuable part of the platform is Android’s enterprise frameworks which allow for custom apps to be built that perfectly suit the specific needs of your business.
Built-in management settings
The enterprise Android platform comes with many complex management roles that can be custom set to fit the needs of your environment.
Device provisioning is a great example of the many built-in systems that come standard on the Android platform. This allows companies to choose how they register device IDs and what they can be used.
Commonly, this feature is used for sending push notifications but it can also be used to send reports to the user about operations or account changes. Regardless of the specific need, device provisioning can take a long time, however, using a platform that can automate that process will lift that burden away immediately.
Advanced passcode management, password lifecycles
Password management is the real first line of defense when operating online. The Android Enterprise Platform has several password-based security protocols that can set the strength of your app to whatever you believe is necessary.
The platform will automate password generation, password expiration, and password authentication without needing any human oversight. The Android platform makes it simple and easy to create secure apps that are long-lasting and always safe.
Hardware security management
Most importantly, the Android platform comes with provisions in the instance that a machine utilizing its platform is either malicious or unknown.
The detection of threats, both through software and hardware detection methods, is an automated process that could end up saving your company. By utilizing an advanced credentials system the Android platform can guarantee a level of security that many other platforms cannot.
Developers can create enterprise apps and protect company hardware
Of course, the primary purpose of the enterprise Android platform is to create apps that work to optimize the operations of your company and help to keep your company safe.
The Android platform comes with all of the software needed to create apps for every business, from cafes to big banks, every business can build an app on Android.
Android Jetpack gets major improvements
Android Jetpack is a suite of libraries and tools (also known as AndroidX) that helps developers rapidly create robust Android applications. This framework removes the need to rewrite boilerplate code and collates APIs into distinct, easily-accessible libraries and frameworks.
Android Jetpack is the new framework by which developers can easily create, prototype, and test code.
Creates a consistent namespace (androidx.*)
Supports better semantic versioning
Creates a common umbrella for support libraries
Every startup should begin the migration process as quickly as they possibly can. Not only does using Jetpack save developers time, but it is also required for future Android OS updates.
Kotlin and Jetpack
Furthermore, Jetpack is improving Kotlin, the Google-created static programming language.
Why startups hire Android developers who use Kotlin:
Android Jetpack improves upon Kotlin
Kotlin is a free and open-source language
Native to Android
Safer memory allocation
Interoperable with Java
This year is proving to be an auspicious one for tech. Google, in the face of failure, is working to make Android app development quicker, safer, and more profitable for Android app creators.
Enterprise apps supplemented by new and improved AI, Instant Apps that allow users to try games without ever downloading them, and new support libraries are just the beginning of Android’s seachange.
Android Jetpack, most notably, brings a suite of APIs, libraries, and updates that make it easier to write efficient code.
Whether you own an established app development firm or are just starting your software startup, you should adopt these Android app development trends.