Open source and free-for-all.
The origin of the Android mobile platform is a foggy and mysterious one, but what we do know is that sometime in 2005, Google acquired the company that we now know as Android. Android was, and still is, a smartphone operating system.
Like Apple’s iOS, Android provides a stable framework that enables the creation of applications within a set of pre-defined rules, known as an SDK. Generally the OS will ship with some basic modules like Texting, Phone, and Camera—but it’s up to a third-party developer to create applications that aren’t native to the phone.
In the years following Google’s acquisition of Android, the platform slowly rose as a viable alternative to then Apple’s reigning iPhone market. The iPhones were expensive and often required a long term contract with a phone service provider. Developers were also in short supply. Apple’s Objective-C was new and difficult to use, but Google’s Android OS offered a cheaper alternative, and one with a less exclusive SDK. Since the platform was written in Java, a well known language, enabled millions of developers to contribute in an open source effort.
In 2012, the Google Play store launched in opposition to Apple’s iTunes store and catapulted the platform into the mainstream, later selling more apps and devices than anyone ever expected.
At VND, all of our programmers are well versed in the fundamentals of Object Oriented programming. The Android SDK is a familiar territory for our programmers, and we’ve been able to quickly introduce our client’s applications into the Google Play store, which is a more inviting and relaxed process than Apple’s. Between Android’s lax restrictions on what an app can do within any phone and our combined 20 years of experience with the Java platform, our team can materialize any idea into a fully functioning app that can roam free throughout the web and app store, unrestricted.
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