Android App Development in the IoT Ecosystem

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Posted: April 23, 2018

How Android is placed and what importance it is having in the technology spread and functional ecosystem of IoT? Let’s have a look.

Today Android has reached a mark in the mobile app space from where virtually everything seems to look up-to it to establish benchmarks, take references and set targets. And no doubts, Android app development is continuously growing as one of the most prevalent and expansive practices in the domain of mobile solutions. It is, as a matter of fact, the platform which attracts the most users these days and therefore offers the broadest scope and possibilities in terms of user acquisition. 

As a mobile technology keeps growing, the reach of mobile operating systems keeps expanding and this pulls in the best of benefits and opens up big avenues for the segment leaders. Now, as we see the mobile technology ticking big with gadget-based utility and wearables rendering performance and utility hikes to mobile users, it is proving to be of great value for the segment leader Android to work together with IoT.

The implied co-existence of Android and IoT

Internet of Things, being one of the leading technologies to power mobile communication and utility these days, it is only obvious that Android gets along with the idea to play and deliver it big and smart. Also, as IoT is growing across all utility verticals and expanding to deliver users in virtually all dimensions of application, it is increasingly becoming a common phenomenon which relates with wide range of users. Android registering the similar growth patterns, remains most relevant and important to the idea and acts as a driving force behind IoT. Also, as Android app development is gaining great push in the form of broadening userbase and offerings, it generalizes the OS’s virtues and makes it intrinsic to the idea of growth of Internet of Things, quite approvingly.

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The mass utility factor

Quite opposite to its technical identity, IoT is more of a generalized phenomenon. It is meant to be used by everyone. As a matter of fact, bank ATMs are the firsts of IoT devices to be used by us. And who doesn’t have access to it today. In order to target a bigger and broader userbase, IoT providers need to put up with the platform that rakes in the most users and shows signs of growth.

So, how does it reveal any Android connection. The reason for Android to be so highly placed and looked-up in the segment of IoT is that it reaches mass users, who represent different categories and classes. Which also prompts that Android users are going to be the biggest consumers to anything which is made to be served with the help of mobile app development. Hence, Android userbase happens to be the most potential market for IoT.

The compliance factor

IoT is not restricted to any particular industry or utility segment. It is used by healthcare, ecommerce, media, transport, hospitality and others. They have their own different needs that can be fulfilled by aligning and associating their IoT offerings with different supporting resources. Android fits the bill here as it is open to collaborate with different third-party APIs and facilitators. It offers great flexibility and adaptability as a platform. This allows developers to integrate auxiliary services and employ varied supporting resources that help them augment and enrich their IoT services to serve users more openly and better. This makes most of the providers and technologists opt for Android app development to get the agenda of compliance served. 

The Android market share

Not all IoT solution providers can have their own operating system and service infrastructure. Brands that are listed as the top IoT providers like Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft are all tying up with Android to make it big in the segment. The only current exception is Apple, which is being served by its own operating System iOS is placed ahead of Google with 22% of stake in its kitty. Of all these brands the one that stands first is Amazon with over 40% share. Google finds the third spot with its fast-growing 12% mark. IBM and Microsoft are both having 7% of market share each. Other contenders like Samsung, Intel and Cisco take up the rest 10% of the part of the market. If you bring all of them together, then the Android’s share is far higher as compared to that of iOS. However, these numbers keep changing at a fast pace with the changing market dynamics, user tendencies and technology disruption. Therefore, you can see a difference coming in, in terms of market size and proportions of IoT providers as we move ahead. But for now, Android proves to be the biggest game changer.

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Android is essentially the reason that you have so many brands and providers coming with their IoT offerings across different wearable and application utilities. For each segment and factor of usage you have about two or more tech-brands, influencers and publishers looking to grab their slot. You have eye-gears, GPS-trackers, AR/VR headsets, smartwatches, health gadgets and different types of sensors out there from different technology brands and OEMs operating within the Android environment – taking it as a first preference to reach and explore as a market segment. Which makes Android cast a big impact and buy an indispensable role in the ever-progressive IoT ecosystem.

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