Developing apps for the Android platform can be both fun and rewarding, but it isn’t easy. While Android and Google have made amazing strides over the past few years, the Android platform can be problematic for developers. If you are inexperienced with the Android platform, or you are curious about developing for Android, check out our list of the top 5 problems with Android development and how you can overcome them:
Problem #1: Software Fragmentation
One of the biggest draws of the Android OS is that Android is open-source. Anyone can contribute to it or change it. This is also one of Android’s biggest drawbacks. Different Android versions or skins can affect the way that a user interacts with an app. For manufacturer skins, a user may have different controls or a different user experience based on the features of their phone’s Android skin.
Currently, Android is up to version 4.3 (Jelly Bean), but that does not mean that every user is using 4.3. In fact, only 40% of Android users have Jelly Bean. 22.5% of users are still on Ice Cream Sandwich (version 4.0), and a surprising 33% of users are still on Gingerbread (version 2.3). This software fragmentation makes it difficult for Google to roll out Android updates or bug fixes to all users at one time like Apple can with iOS.