Android App Development Heats Up

The recession hasn’t been hard on everyone. There is one group of professionals who have barely noticed the economic slowdown. Android Application Developers have been extremely busy the past year creating new and innovative applications for phones that use the Android operating system. These developers have used this recession as a time for innovation. Industry reports state that 18 phones will be coming out within 6 months that utilize the Android operating system. The first phone that introduced the Android system is the T-Mobile G1. Google realized that there was potential at this point. This is all in an effort by Google to expand its reach of the mobile market share against its arch rival Apple.For those of you who have never stepped outside of your house, Apple introduced the iPhone 3 2 years ago that utilized an open platform that allows private developers to make, sell and profit from applications. This is done on an open marketplace that has become somewhat of industry within itself. Google’s goal is to find new methods to convince application developers to develop products for the Android system instead of Apple’s operating system.To put the rivalry in perspective, Android offers more than 10,000 applications. Apple offers over 100,000 applications, which is mirrored with Apple’s higher iPhone sales. With Christmas right around the corner, we can expect an increase in application sales as well as an increase in smart phone sales.Android application developers are being assisted with another highly anticipated phone release. Not officially called the “Google Phone”, the Nexus One is made by HTC.The phone will run Android version 2.1. According to the WSJ, “Google designed virtually the entire software experience behind the phone, from the applications that run on it to the look and feel of each screen. Google appears to want to throw its brand behind a device more directly, designing a phone without working with the wireless carriers that often dictate what features they allow on their networks.”The release date of the Nexus seems to be one thing that is still yet to be known. ABC News is reporting that the Nexus One will be made available through T-Mobile as early as January 5th which is right around the corner. Some speculate that the pricing could be around $199.However, the Nexus will not be the only phone coming out in 2010. Analyst Ben Wood of CCS Insight stepped out on a limb and predicted that handset manufacturers will produce a cornucopia of Android handsets in 2010. According to his estimates, there will be at least fifty new models released in 2010 alone. Thus far, each manufacturer is rumored to be planning the following:* Motorola: is embracing Android in a big way and is expected to produce at least 10 handsets in 2010* Acer: has confirmed they have 5-6 phones on tap for 1H 2010* HTC: is rumored to have 5 phones slated for 1H 2010* Sony Ericsson: has the X10 ready for release in Q1 2010 with the assurance that there are other Android handsets planned

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