Android is the global leading mobile platform that everyone is talking about. Rocketing from the market underdog position in 2008 to its present position as undisputed leader of the entire sector, Android has been one of Google’s greatest success stories.
What began as a smart phone platform has now made its way to tablets and, even, notebook computers. Android continues to gain traction in both consumer and enterprise applications.
Like its industry counterpart, iOS, the Android platform has realized great success through the development of a thriving developer community that creates a multitude of addon applications for Android. To date, Android developers have created over 300,000 applications for the platform. That number continues to grow as alternative sources, like Amazon, get on board with Android application distribution.
Between Q1 and Q2 of 2011, the demand for Android developers exploded by over 20 percent. Developers with Android skills are at the gates of a new opportunity in the technology sector.
GSTF’s Android Development Chapter aims to:
- Advance Android development through industry development initiatives
- Promote and evolve a Common Body of Knowledge for Android Development
- Foster the advancement and competency of Android developers through professional development activities
- Validate Android qualifications and certify professional development skills for those pursuing higher qualifications in the industry
Android Development Chapter Chair – Jeff Allan
Jeff Allan is a pioneer within the mobile application sector. Since the introduction of Android, Jeff has led several research and analysis efforts that have culminated into authoritative positions within the industry. The 2011 and 2012 editions of the Yearbook of Experts lists Jeff as a leading global authority in the field of mobile applications.
Jeff first came to prominence as the head of mobile application design firm Hop Skip Go, in the United States. During his tenure with HSG, Jeff led efforts that created Android applications that topped Android rankings. Jeff’s philosophies on application development, distribution, and marketing have set the standard in the industry.
Jeff later began writing for various international publications about Android application development and the business of mobile applications. Industry magazines and websites have published his work more than 300 times since 2010.
Jeff continues to remain active with the Android development community, while also maintaining a parallel interest with the iOS development sector.