Android: Popular Mobile Operating System Essays

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To first introduce the topic, Android is an incredibly popular mobile operating system. In recent years it has gained a huge following and a person can find Android enabled phones and tablets everywhere. According to Kerr (2013), as of November 2013 Android devices are currently dominating the smart phone market at about 80% of all smart phones being an Android device. Personally, I currently use a Droid Razr which is outfitted with Android Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), which is not the newest Android release, but it is among the most popular at this time. I also previously owned a Droid 1, which is what really put me on the Android path. While my usage of Android products doesn’t account for much market share, I am still a firm believer in Android, and the numbers really show that many more people are similarly minded. As Android’s popularity increasingly grows though, it comes to a point where to be effective as a programmer in a mobile market; you have to learn the Android ropes. The ropes for Android programming start in Java programming, which makes the transition quite easy for most programmers as Java is still a very popular language. This brings up a few questions though. Now that I know where to start, where is this path going to go and how is it different than normal Java? Are there many challenges in this transition from JRE to Android?

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