The App Team specialises in android app development for the android suite of smartphones like Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei and HTC.
We've had extensive experience in Google's smartphone technology and our developers have mastered everything within it.
Android is big and so are the design challenges that come with it. Our approach towards Android development is focused on addressing the issues of Android fragmentation. Our priority is to make sure that your app looks beautiful and works smoothly across all Android devices, regardless of screen size, OS version, and processors.
Our android app developers create apps for all of Google Play’s major categories including:
- Social Apps
- Utility Apps
- Education Apps
- Health Care Apps
- Finance Apps
So- what is the Android fragmentation problem?
As you have no doubt noticed- unlike Apple which exclusively owns the iOS format, there are a large number of Android manufacturers present in the global market. Android is an open source operating system and therefore it is free and available for device manufacturers to utilise- without even licensing fees! Whilst this seems like a great thing, and it is, it is not without its pitfalls. This poses particular issues for android app development; Australia is certainly not immune with a report from Statista stating Android having just under 50% market share in June 2021.
When defining Android Fragmentation, we need to consider the vast number of manufacturers present and how they each utilise, and modify, the Android operating system (OS) to suit their needs. Each manufacturer is also responsible for releasing regular security updates- which in some cases does not happen. According to recent research from the approximately 2 Billion active devices running the Android OS around 50% are running outdated versions. While iPhones receive major OS updates for three or four years, a high-end Android smartphone would be fortunate to receive two over its lifetime, and the budget models most likely would not receive an update at all. Not having the benefit of the latest features is one issue, but moreover it is the security vulnerabilities and performance deficiencies that become apparent as the device gets older that is the real worry. And this is not just a problem for the users, it is a major headache for Google also.
Googles Project Tremble is a program devised to solve the issues of Android Fragmentation by separating the Android OS Framework from the manufacturers code implementations in their hardware. This however is not Google taking over responsibility for rolling out updates, the manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, and Oppo will still bear the responsibility for releasing updates, Tremble is an OS optimisation the aims to speed up the process of compiling and rolling out updates- which in turn can allow an increase in their frequency also.
Important to note as well is only those devices running Android 8.0 Oreo as a minimum will benefit from Project Treble. As an example- If you’re looking for a phone with Treble support, currently Google’s Pixel series, Huawei’s Mate 10 and P20 Pro, Samsung’s Galaxy S9, and basically all of the 2018 flagship phones are seemingly all supported.
The landscape is forever shifting in the mobile app world, and a lot needs to be considered specifically for Android app development. Australia has a large userbase for the Android OS, so it is important your app developer is across all facets of the various operating systems and their nuances.