Projections indicate that 70% of world’s population will own a smartphone by 2020. Android have greatly contributed to this due to the creation of its open source operating system, which enables people to develop apps and build mobile devices.
Android allowed device makers to install its OS on their devices for free without the need of paying a fee for a licence or developing a OS by their own.
This has opened up opportunities for people to acquire a smart device thanks to development costs reductions that lower final products prices.
Besides, It’s no secret that Google continues making efforts to bring mobile access to all the world, and even partnered with some local manufactures in developing countries to sell smartphones at affordable prices. That can only benefit both users and developers.
Enabling multiple app stores
Now, this can give us a perspective of how Android helps to expand the mobile market and why is close to become the most popular OS.
Being Android an OS for everyone, it “encourages through competition the creation of a stronger mobile ecosystem” as they quote.
Google does not require manufacturers to preinstall any of their apps and, even more importantly to this matter, not all android-based device comes with the Play Store app installed.
This makes it the only major mobile OS to enable multiple app stores and let them coexist in the market. Even though Android has released more apps than its competitors, all manufactures can create their own app store and develop amazing apps suitable to their customers.
What do you think about these properties of Android OS and the benefits it provides to mobile technology accessibility?