As per a study published on Fliplet.com titled “Ten enterprise mobility statistics that may surprise you,” by 2015 the number of mobile workers will surpass 1.3 billion globally. Further, as per a mobility survey by CIONET in 2013, Apple ruled the roost at 65% for enterprise application development, Android was a close second with 55% market share. We elaborate here on the top 5 Android app development benefits for businesses seeking an enterprise application.
Android is an open-source platform and the software development kit (SDK) is freely available to developers. Further, being a Java-based platform, it is easy to master and execute. There are three stages to development on Android:
Deployment to Android App Store
Also, with Material Design, Android app developers can add intricate details at a very low cost, giving the best ROI.
Figure 1: Source: IDC, Aug, 2015 (http://www.idc.com/prodserv/smartphone-os-market-share.jsp)
From the pie diagram above, the market share of Android becomes quite evident. For companies that are adopting bring your own device (BYOD) policy, it is feasible to opt for Android as the enterprise app development platform because Android is available on a wider variety of devices to users of all economic groups.
Android offers versatility with easy customization options, thus enabling developers to create applications with diverse functionalities. Whether it is complex technical customization or web application integration, Android provides ample space for executing customizations. The platform is designed to accommodate the varying requirements of business. It offers flexibility to integrate communication tools, data management functions, and multimedia tools with easy updates.
Security and Distribution
Google rolled out major security fixes in 2012 across the Android platform, making it a highly secure platform. It further pushed an address space layout customization making it extremely difficult for malware to locate data structure for executing codes. Further, an automated system pushes periodic notifications to users to decrypt their devices. For distribution, Android apps can be marketed via various marketing channels and can be easily found in the marketplace.
Wearable devices are fast gaining traction amongst businesses for the quick communication that can be pushed via smartwatch notifications. As per statistics provided on bolston-technology.com, 54% of enterprises already have a bring your own wearable (BYOW) policy, and 40% are planning to adopt it soon.
If your company is designing its mobile strategy and considering a single stable platform to start development with, Android app development is a feasible option. The platform gives width for the applications to grow and expand as per the needs of the company with easy feature integration.
The industry average to develop and launch an application on Android platform is 8 to 18 weeks based on a study by fliplet.com. If you want to implement a mobile strategy in the shortest span, Android will be the most recommended platform for its market perpetuation and ease in development.