The Android smartphones, tablets, and phablets produced by various companies are not governed by Alphabet. Therefore, despite being powered by the same version of Android, the devices developed by different companies come with differing hardware features. That is why, by targeting a wide range of devices powered by different versions of Android, it becomes possible for developers to create mobile apps.
They need to concentrate extensively on the accessibility, functionality, efficiency, usability, and security of the mobile app while designing, creating, and testing the mobile app to keep users engaged irrespective of their Android device preference. They will need to explore ways to make the app offer a customised user experience across various platforms and versions of the operating system. In order to build a stable Android app, they further need to resolve a range of popular challenges.
The market share of individual versions of Android differs, as stated earlier. The most recent iteration of its mobile operating system – Nougat – has a market share lower than its predecessors – Marshmallow, Lollipop and KitKat, according to the new data published by Google. Each new Android update comes with many new features and improvements. In order to have an ideal user experience by taking advantage of these new features, developers have to incorporate unique features in the app. They will need to ensure that the app offers a rich and optimised user experience on devices powered by older Android versions at the same time. To make the application popular and profitable in the short run, developers need to target several versions of Android.
Android is open source, unlike most smartphone operating systems. Alphabet helps manufacturers of devices to configure their operating system according to their particular needs. Also, the Android devices released by various manufacturers are not governed.