The smartphone boom has led to the rising demand of Android developers. Android is a free, open source, mobile based operating system which was introduced by Google by the Open Handset Alliance in November 2007. If we look at the geographical demographics of various mobile platforms, we infer that Apple is quite prominent in US, Europe and parts of Australia while Android is pervasive and others have minor contribution in the market. It is powering millions of devices worldwide. Indeed, this technology has achieved tremendous popularity in a short span of time.
It is worthy to note that India ranks second in the world for the number of active mobile phones. If the facts are to be believed then out of 6 billion mobile phones, about one billion is being used in India. Usage of smartphones has acquired virality, it has become an imperative part of life for people from all walks of life.
Being open source in nature and licensing allows the developers and gadget manufacturers to modify the code and utilize it as per their requirement. It is enjoying the cutting edge competition and has managed to maintain a firm position in the market. As per the analysis, it has been observed that demand and supply of android based smartphones have swelled in the past few years. According to IDC, Google’s operating system has over 90 percent market share in the country. The high dominance in the market is because it is used by key smartphone players in India. Domestic vendors such as Micromax and Karbonn have adopted it. While Chinese players like Huawei and ZTE are also in the list and multinationals like Samsung and Sony are already using it.
Considering the supremacy of Android over other mobile platforms, Mobile Apps industries are seeing Android Application Development as one of the best remunerative business opportunities. There is a heavy demand for experienced and skilled android developers in the country. The scope of android application development in India is very positive.
Trends in android job market in India
- As per the news published in a leading newspaper, it stated, active mobile connections in India shall exceed 900 million by 2016 which implies 72 percent penetration.
- India is the third fastest growing mobile applications market.
- Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) cites, mobile connections in India have reached 659.99 million in January 2012.
- As per the estimates, the average time spent by an Indian user on mobile apps is 52 minutes per day.
- Mobile Value Added Services (MVAS) market in India is speculated to reach 482 billion INR by 2015
The above futuristic projections depict a growing requirement for mobile application developers.
Requisite skill-sets for developers seeking android jobs
- Knowledge of C, C++, Java, Android SDK
- Expertise to comprehend and implement client requirements
Hot job locations for android developers
Currently the app market is hot for experienced android developers in Bangalore, who can make cutting edge and innovative apps on the android devices. Other top job locations for android developers include Delhi, Mumbai , Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai.
On an average, the salary of an android developer in India is between 2.5 lakh/annum to 5 lakh/annum. It varies depending upon parameters like years of experience, expertise, city and certification.