Why Android Development Is The Next Big Thing?

With LinkedIn ranking ‘Mobile Development’ at number 6 in the list of Top 25 Hottest Skills in 2015 on LinkedIn and increasing penetration of mobiles in the Indian economy resulting in subsequent increase in android development job market, there is high curiosity in the minds of students and young professionals to know more about why android is the next big thing.

This blog will shed light on the history of android development, app store penetration and hiring trends in Android development industry.

Android continues to be a leader in operating system by occupying 70.85% of the global market share followed by iOS which captures 23.1% of the total market share. The source code for Android is open-source which is developed in private by Google. Google releases the source code publicly when a new version of Android is released.

Google allows modification and redistribution of most of the published code. This has made It popular with technology companies that require an optimized, low-cost and customizable operating system for high-tech devices. Its open nature has encouraged a large community of developers and enthusiasts to use the open-source code as a foundation for community-driven projects, which add new features for advanced users.

With new features coming in with every new release, android’s market share is expected to increase even further. One of the most promising feature announced in Google I/O 2016 is ‘Instant Apps’. This feature enables users to use the app without downloading it completely which will ensure drastic improvement of app experience.

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The origins of the world’s most successful mobile operating system – Android can be traced right back to 2008 when the first version of android was launched. Since then Android has captured the market and is expanding. Even today the Kitkat version of Android continues to occupy 32.5% of the android market share followed by Lollipop, Jelly Bean and marshmallow.

The next version of android is supposed to be launched anytime during September/October this year and Google has let users decide the name of its next version and the name will be revealed in a few weeks. This version will bring along with it, many new features which will help google expand its market share.

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During its initial days, android suffered a lot of competition from existing iOS platform. Slowly and steadily by introducing new features and integrating with Google, Android became the market leader. As per statista report – A cumulative number of 65 billion apps have been downloaded from google play as of May’16, games being the most popular category followed by business, education. A total of 20L+ apps are currently published in the playstore.

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Job trends:
As per IAMAI-ICRIER report release quote from Mr. Ray “At present there are between 50 – 70 thousand professional mobile app developers in India. This number is absolutely insufficient. By 2020, we will have over billion phones connected on internet and we will need 2 million app developers at that time” which means a drastic increase in demand of android developers in the market.

According to glassdoor, salary of an beginner level android developer ranges from 2 – 8 l.p.a with average salary of 3.6 l.p.a in India. Market research suggests that product companies/startups offer salary packages as high as 20 l.p.a for developers with 1-5 years of experience.

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Android is continuously increasing its penetration in the Indian market and hence the demand for android developers is on rise. Indian economy needs additional app developers in the next few years to cater to this need.

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