Native Android. It doesn’t mean an android from a specific location; rather, it’s an application that is developed specifically for the Android operating system.
Most popular apps are on both the Google Play and the iOS App Store. Why would developers create an app for a single operating system, and what kind of apps are Android only?
Here at Seamgen, we develop for both Android and iOS. Read along to learn more about native Android apps, and to see our list of five great recently released native apps.
Why Native Android?
Developing for one specific operating system allows developers to tap into the ecosystem of that specific operating system.
This could involve the type of swipes, gestures, or location of features that all contribute to how the user interacts with the app. When the app works in tandem with the rest of the operating system, user experience is improved.
As each ecosystem and device have their target demographics, so do apps.
Some may be broad, like a weather app offering a better experience than the stock weather app. Others are more niche, like a game. Developers may also develop for Android when their targeted demographic is within the Android ecosystem.
The best example would be UI customization and widgets. iOS has a fixed UI, while Android allows for third parties to play around with the UI.
Although we couldn’t possibly include all the best native android apps, we chose 5 apps that showcase the benefits of Android development.
1) Google Now Launcher
Upgrade the launcher on your Android device for a fast, clean home screen that puts Google Now just a swipe away.
Launchers are unique to the Android landscape, as they change up the whole UI. The Google Now Launcher, which is baked into pure Android phones, is first on our list. The launcher brings Google Now to the Android phones without it. (i.e. skinned phones such as those from Samsung and LG).
Below are some key features:
- Swipe right from your Home screen to see Google Now cards that bring you just the right information, at just the right time.
- Quick access to Search from every Home screen.
- Say “Ok Google” to search with your voice, or tell your phone what to do: send a text message, get directions, play a song, and much more.
- A-Z apps list, with fast scrolling and quick searching of apps on your device and the Play Store.
- App Suggestions bring the app you’re looking for to the top of your A-Z list.
2) Buzz Widget
Launchers are not the only way to customize your Android experience. Widgets play a big role in what information can be displayed on the home screens.
Although there are numerous widgets out there, we picked Buzz Widget since it’s the widget you control. While other apps come with a preset widget, Buzz Widget takes it a step further and gives full display control to the user.
3) Muzei Live Wallpaper
Continuing along the track of Android customization is the live wallpaper refresher, Muzei. Breaking away from boring wallpapers, Muzei refreshes the home screen with famous works of art. This app combines art and tech, so historical artwork can be a part of your daily routine.
4) ADV Screen Recorder
ADV Screen Recorder, true to its name, records your screen. While not catered to every Android user out there, it is there for those into streaming mobile gaming or mobile tutorials.
5) Google Daydream
Virtual Reality is becoming increasingly popular, as seen by our CES 2017 coverage. While Apple’s involvement in VR is nothing but rumors, Google has released Daydream, a headset that is native Android. Although not compatible with every Android phone, newer phones are expected to be able to support the headset.
Daydream experiences allow you to:
Travel through space, get front-row seats, and play games that put you in the action.
Daydream lets you experience already existing apps like YouTube, Netflix, and the Wall Street Journal in a whole new light.
Thanks for Reading!
Thanks for reading our list of the top native android experiences in 2017! The year is still young and there are many more apps to be developed and released. Want yours to be one? Check out our portfolio. Want to read more tech trends? Check out our other articles!