10 reasons to learn Android in 2017
As the graphic below shows, Windows is not anymore the most popular operating system. According to a new report from web traffic analytics firm StatCounter, Google’s Android is the most popular operating system worldwide in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile combined.
Looking at overall internet usage, Android represented 37.93 percent of the global OS Internet usage market share in March, while Windows accounted for 37.91 percent. Last week, at Google I/O, Sundar Pichai – CEO announced that Google has crossed the 2 billion milestone of active devices with Android.
If you are still looking for reasons to make you start learning mobile app development, let’s find which are the first ten most important reasons to learn Android in 2017:
Everyone can learn how to develop apps
Yes. Programmers don’t necessarily have like square heads, super big IQs, or six fingers to each hand, don’t type super fast and some of them DO have girlfriends. They just became good at it. You wonder how? Well, here is the tricky part: they did the this…
You’ll learn how to learn
Only by working every day and searching for new things, you will encounter tons of problems, bugs and errors – and by fixing them, you will learn how to search for terms and where to look for answers.
Logical thinking and problem solving
Programming languages are all about logic and problem-solving. You will learn how to break down problems into small, logical steps.
It can be used to automate repetitive tasks
Knowing how to do a certain repetitive task, you can automate it by writing a script to work for you. From auto-resizing images in Photoshop, to do some cron-jobs, or even to notify you every Monday evening to listen your favorite Jazz artist.
More job opportunities
I believe this reason explains itself and you don’t need other explanations. There is a high demand for Android developers almost everywhere in the world.
Every acquaintance will be envious of you
As said before, programmers don’t necessarily have super big IQs, but their logical thinking makes them look much smarter than an average person. Trust me on this.
You can make anything
Android OS is used on a big scale of products, from your ordinary smartphone, tablet or smartwatch, to cars, refrigerators or smart houses. It’s a great opportunity for you to learn an open source platform with such a widespread applicability across devices.
Monetization of free apps
Currently the free apps depend on the hit-driven methods, but in coming years, it is expected that Google will come up with new monetization methods to help developers get higher monetary benefits.
With no developmental restrictions like iOS platform, Android is highly flexible to pursue many developmental possibilities.
Native Android apps are developed using the Java programming language, and can easily be ported to other mobile operating systems like Blackberry, Symbian and Ubuntu. In addition, Android apps can also be ported easily to Chrome OS. Not surprisingly, Microsoft has also announced that it will provide an easy method to port Android apps to Windows 10 devices.
So… wondering where to start?
Google! Programming is an enormous topic so you will surely find everything about it on the internet. Think about what you want to achieve, then search the web regarding that topic. You will be able to gain tons of introductory knowledge this way, as well as which programming language you’ll need to learn. This is key, easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy!
From there, search for online tutorials to guide you along the way. There are blogs and other dedicated websites, like this one, where you can learn programming from zero to hero.