Android Marshmallow is powering a wide range of devices and it is having a discernible impact on app development for Android platform. Marshmallow offers several new features for improving the quality of interactions that you have with your customers. But to take full advantage of the new Marshmallow ecosystem, you have to do much more than having a quick flip of the Target & Compile SDK to API 23. There are several new ideas in app development that you can bring to fruition by the optimal usage of Marshmallow features.
The question of "which platform to build an app for first" has been a popular one for the past five years. Now with the rise of startups the questions has become even more pertinent and paramount.
With the introduction of Google's Material User Interface concept, developers have already started updating their mobile apps with advanced design components such as buttons, dialog, dropdown menu, icon buttons, inputs, switches, toolbars and more for a brand new look & improved UI. But no matter how thoroughly you read the specified design guidelines, most of us still wonder while taking the switch from Holo (the dead Android Theme Google first introduced with Android 3.0 Honeycomb) to Material Design concept.
Over the last few years we have been hearing stories of Android's tremendous growth as a mobile operating system. Recent surveys showed that Android devices account for close to three-fourth of all smartphones in the world. Now if you thought it's all about Android everywhere, here is some food for thought - Apple iOS accounts for almost as much user base on Facebook as compared to Android. It is quite an achievement for one of the world's most popular mobile operating systems which has always been known for its classiness but has not had the numbers on its side for the last few years.
Whosoever thinks that the smart phones are only a passing trend and will soon be long gone, is definitely only kidding themselves. In this age where texting, video calling is replacing traditional calling and people carrying out important activities straight away from their smart phones, one can safely predict a prolific increase in the requirement of highly efficient and technically sound apps.