In a move that is apparently aimed at wooing more developers to Android platform, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has released a sample app that seeks to make it easier to create apps for different platforms. Simplifying the process of creating apps for multiple form factors is expected to lead to more apps as developers spend less time to build them. Google’s sample app for developers is called Universal Music Player.
Until now, app developers have had to customize their apps for various form factors. In other words, after building an app for a smartphone, a developer requires to work through adapting the same app for device platforms such as tablets, wearable and car dashboard if they want reach users in these segments. However, that requires a lot of work and takes much time, which is why Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) thinks Universal Music Player can help to simplify the app customization process.
Multiple device platforms
With Universal Music Player, app developers will be able to learn how to make their customization work easier. Google’s Android mobile OS is available on various platforms and comes in versions such as Android Auto for vehicles and Android Wear for the wearables. The OS also powers the largest number of mobile devices in the world today. The ability to easily adapt an app for various form factors means that Android app developers will be able to quickly design and extend the benefits of their apps to users regardless of the device they are using.
Universal Music Player supports app design for various form factors using a single codebase. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s sample audio app makes use of various Android 5.0 Lollipop feature such as MediaBrowserService, MediaSession and MediaStyle notifications. These features ensure that developers can conveniently implement playback and media browsing across multiple devices with the use of a single app version.
Microsoft trying Google’s trick
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s idea of removing barriers in app customization is similar to what Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) also wants to achieve with Windows 10. The company wants to have the new Windows 10 OS powering PCs, smartphones, tablets and other devices.