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Top Reasons to go for Android Development for Ultimate Apps

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It is a true blue fact that Android development is the most popular OS right now followed by iOS. So, there arises every chance that almost every business should have an Android application built from expert Android developers. You can skip getting a website built for your brand if you have a very dynamic and robust app for your business.

Why go for Android development and get an app created rather than investing in website?

● Apps engage the user easily and if they like the user-interface of the app, they get addicted to it easily.

● If the app is dynamic enough, the users will stick to the app and more leads will be created easily.

● An app if created by expert Android developers, gives you every reason to earn huge revenue so that you can earn high ROI than you invested.

● An Android app is not very hard to get crated when it comes to budget required.

● It is now very easy to get a custom-made app built for your business.

● Flexibility in the creation of Android OS apps means you can literally convert every idea of yours into an app.

● There are a very few restrictions when it comes to the creation of Android apps and getting them accepted in the Google Play store is easier too.

This is a very thing when we compare it to the iOS app development. No doubt, most of the smartphones are Android OS powered and thus arises the need to get Android app development company do the work for you!

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Why is Android app development easier and popular among the developers?

● Android app development is open-source and SDK is completely free for use.

● It is a completely customizable platform which means any type of app can be developed by the Android developers. It doesn’t matter what type of app is to be created.

● Simple and complex- both types of apps can be created with ease.

● It is not difficult to learn SDK from Android because there are numerous resources offline and online.

● The product is from Google, so there is a huge community of developers and if one developer gets stuck at any stage, they get help easily.

● There is a high reliability on Android OS because they are product of Google.

Apart from the above mentioned points that are a delight for the Android developers, we are sure that the entrepreneurs would like to hire the developers for getting an app created. But there are a few things which should be considered before hiring an Android app development company:

Portfolio Check of the Company:

A company should have an awesome portfolio so that the examples can be seen to check the style of the developers.

Client Recommendations:

The past clients can tell you a lot about the attitude of the developers. You should check the reviews on the social media also.

To conclude, Android app development is very popular and a business must think of it to take the business to new heights!

Android 8 Oreo : What are new features in Google’s New Android OS?

So many Android developers and Android mobile phone users were waiting for the release of Oreo 8 Android OS. Android Oreo OS has finally released on 21st August 2017 to the public with new features and updates by Google.

We are giving here the key features you should look forward to from Android Oreo when it will be rolled out to your smartphones.

  • Picture-in-Picture

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If you are looking for Android App Development then make sure the developer makes full use of the new features in Android Oreo like this one feature “Picture-in-Picture”. Google has introduced new picture-in-picture functionality which is one of the most useful changes. This new feature will allow users to continue watching videos on a small virtual screen while getting stuff done within other apps. Google says that apps will be able to put themselves in picture-in-picture mode. The idea is to make you able to watch a YouTube video while you are sending emails in the Gmail app.

  • Background limits

For smartphone users, battery life is always a big concern that’s why Google keep on making improvements with the new Android OS. In latest version of Android Oreo also Google has increased the automatic limits on what apps can do in the background in many key areas like background services, location updates, broadcasts etc. Google blog post says, “These changes will make it easier to create apps that have minimal impact on a user’s device and battery. Background limits represent a significant change in Android, so we want every developer to get familiar with them”.

  • Amazing Text Selection features

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If you want to develop an Android app and want to incorporate this new feature then you can hire Android developers which are expert and can use this feature. Actually Google has been innovating continuously to improve the text selection feature. In Android Oreo, a text selection is more sensitive now. How you will get the benefit? If you sele ct the text which is an address then it will begin to give you direction while if it is a phone number then it will redirect to dial a call.

  • Notification Channels and dots

Google plans to group notifications into channels to give more control to the users over their app notification categories.

Google says, “Users can block or change the behaviour of each channel individually, rather than managing all of the apps’ notification together”.

Google is making it possible to snooze individual notifications which is very useful. You can snooze notifications for 15 minutes, 30 minutes or one hour.

Another new feature is notification dots which are visual indicators on app icons which will show if you have any notifications which is waiting.

  • Autofill APIs

Google wants to save your time by Autofill APIs. This will allow your favorite password manager apps to work with the Android OS so that you can access them just like you would a third party keyboard.

  • Better keyboard navigation

A big change in Android Oreo is the improvement of keyboard navigation. Google says that more users are navigating to apps using a physical keyboard due to the arrival of the Play Store on the Google Chrome OS. Google says, “In Android O, we are focused on building a more reliable, predictable model for arrow and tab navigation that aids both developers and end users”.

  • Camera app improvements

Google is spending more time reworking the camera app and now in Android Oreo, Google offers a new double-tap feature which lets you quickly get to 50% zoom. There is also a new dedicated button which lets you switch between photo and video modes. In Earlier version, users were forced to swipe which as per some users was not intuitive.

  • Better Audio

Google is adding Sony’s LDAC codec which was donated to Android by Sony. This will improve upon the Bluetooth A2DP protocol which is currently being used. Google is also introducing AAudio which will result in improved low latency audio. Google says that it is a “New native API that’s designed specifically for apps that require high-performance, low-latency audio”.

Conclusion

With these new features and updates in Android 8 Oreo OS, Google intends to make Android more intuitive, user friendly and powerful. This way Google’s Android is going to give more competition to the Apple iOS which is also popular among some category of smartphone users.

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