Android is the fastest growing development environment. Unlike Apple, Google has made the Android operating system freely available for other handware and big handset manufacturers like Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericcson have adopted it for best-selling new handsets. Many experts are predicting that Android will be the dominant app platform in the future, with Apple retaining a smaller but significant market share.
Building native apps is easier than iOS because Android uses a Java framework which can be easily picked up by any experienced software engineer. However, making an Android app look good can be more challenging than the Java development. Distribution through Google’s Android Market is relatively quick and there is no approval process to launch a new app.
With Google’s recent emphasis on Chrome and web apps, we will hopefully see some good things in future Android browser support.