The Droidcon – a global developer conference series – serves as a networking hub for the best of Android. This time, however, it showed one thing above all: Android is becoming more and more popular in Europe. Does this mean that Android is going to push iOS down to second place for the first time ever?
This year’s German Droidcon was a 3-day event, with technical talks covering the latest trends and newest technologies in the mobile software development. More than 1,000 developers from Europe's startup scene were in attendance.
Android developers community in Europe is much bigger than the US
By drawing a comparison between Droidcon Berlin and its counterparts it is so obvious that Android developers community in Europe is much bigger than the US. All new startups emerging in Germany and mostly Berlin increase the number of attendees at the event. They are mostly contributing to the open-source community and sharing their experience and newly designed tools.
The essentials in brief:
Applications are getting more professional and their competitive advantage has gone far from quality and mostly focusing on user experience, user privacy and security, and bringing more user engagement.
Huge demand for Senior Android developers
Based on packed conference halls for all the Kotlin talks, the new language supported by Google is becoming very popular. This new language is growing pretty fast. It makes developing more fun, and shows that there is a huge demand for Senior Android developers who are familiar with Kotlin and all the great new gadgets and innovations introduced by Google.
During all the networking between developers, it’s obvious that Industry of Things is getting more trend in startup’s market and there are fabulous ideas out there to appear in Kickstarter for getting more financial support by their backers.
The growth of the Android scene in Europe is, of course, just an indication of a long-term dominance in the European market. Just recently though, Android has always been a leader in both markets (US and Europe), but in the meantime, it went down in the most important EU markets (Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy and Spain), while iOS was able to make good progress as expected due to the new iPhones. So let’s see if the iPhone X can help resist the “new” hype of Android.
So how to summarize?
- The Android developers community in Europe is much bigger than the US
- Most of the talks with beginner materials were overcrowded which shows there are many newcomers
- The packed rooms for every Kotlin talk, shows that this new language is growing fast
- There is a big demand for Senior Android developers who are familiar with Kotlin and all other new technologies introduced by Google
- Test platforms and services based on real Android devices are growing