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Building Smartphone Applications using Google Android
 

Building Smartphone Applications using Google Android

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This is a short talk by Peter showing how he migrated his iPhone app to Android.

This is a short talk by Peter showing how he migrated his iPhone app to Android.

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    Building Smartphone Applications using Google Android Building Smartphone Applications using Google Android Presentation Transcript

    • Building Smart Phone Applications Using Google Android An Introduction by Peter Messenger Senior Developer – Qmastor http://www.petermessenger.com
    • Why Learn Android?
      • Like to teach myself new technology
      • Develop applications for my charity website
        • http://www.physiotherapyexercises.com
      • Developed an Iphone version as experiment
        • Exceeded expectations, 100 downloads a day on average for last year, was in top 50 for medical apps – doubled website hits
        • Other platforms ASP.NET (web), Xbox/Windows (XNA), Silverlight (desktop), Internet TV (Samsung)
        • Heard about Android, wanted to see what it could be done
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    • Google Android
      • Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google and is based on a modified version of the Linux kernal
      • Code is written in java, controlling device via Google developed java libraries
      • Unveiled in November 2007
      • Free and open source licence
    • Google Android
      • Many different phones and devices now use the operating system
        • HTC, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony Ericsson
      • Tablets
        • Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Archos
      • Android’s market share in the US greater than IPhone
      • Still trailing IPhone in rest of world
    • Google Android
      • Includes Android Software Development Kit
        • Debugger
        • Libraries
        • Emulator
        • Sample Code and Tutorials
        • http://developer.android.com/index.html
    • Google Android
      • Officially supported development environment is Eclipse (very similar functionality to Visual Studio)
        • http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/
      • Uses Android Development Tools plugin for Eclipse
    • Google Android Marketplace
      • Currently 140,000 applications available
      • 1.7 billion downloads
        • http://www.androlib.com/appstats.aspx
    • Google Android Marketplace
      • Approximately 65% of marketplace are free
      • 86% are applications, 14% are games
      • Developers get 70% of any application sales (similar to IPhone)
      • Much less restricted model for distribution
      • Currently cannot sell applications in Australia (free is ok)
        • http://www.android.com/market
        • http://www.androidzoom.com/
    • My thoughts to date
      • Still very much a novice developer, developing the same application for IPhone and Android
        • Java is much easier to learn than objective C.
        • Eclipse is seems much easier to use than Apple development toolkit
        • Examples, code templates seems much easier to follow and are more complete
        • Seemed to be able to develop application in less than half the time
    • Links
      • Wikipedia
        • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)
      • Android Market Statistics
        • http://www.androlib.com/
      • Android Developer Website
        • http://developer.android.com/index.html
      • Android Marketplace
        • http://www.android.com/market
    • Questions?