Android has been trending in the news because of this recent Gartner report, showing the Google OS as the clear number one among new tablet sales in 2013, surpassing iOS.
Not surprisingly, the subject of Android development has been steadily rising in popularity in Safari Flow. During 2013, Android was the twelfth most popular topic among Safari Flow users. During the first two months of 2014, it climbed to our ninth most popular topic. And the week following the release of the Gartner study (March 3), Android surged to the sixth most popular topic. “Android” is also the sixth most common search term since the beginning of the year.
But it’s difficult to ignore the irony that the vast majority of our Flow users sign in with their Apple mobile devices to learn about Android. Of all the visits from mobile devices to Safari Flow, the iOS share increased from 56.7% in 2013 to 62.4% in 2014. Android devices, meanwhile, have dipped slightly from 41.2% of the visits in 2013 to 35.8% in 2014.
Getting started in Android development?
On Wednesday, we’ll offer five tips to help you get started with Android development. Follow our blog (click + on the bottom right of this page) to get a reminder when the post is live.
In the meantime, check out our Android topic page to get a sampling the most popular books and videos about Android. And here are three titles released this year that we highly recommend:
Android: How to Program, January 2014
by Paul Deitel, Harvey Deitel, and Abbey Deitel
Android Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach, February 2014
by Dave Smith and Jeff Friesen
Learning Android, January 2014
by Marko Gargenta and Masumi Nakamura