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In the last 10 years, Android has made a name for itself, not only with its candy-themed platform updates, but also with its widespread, and unexpected, success. In its lifetime, the open-source mobile operating system has grown to include 1.4 billion active users and 80% of smartphones today run Android software. Over 1 billion Android phones were sold in 2014 alone.
Mobile developers in the programming community are the minority – just over 9% of total developers in the world say they’re focusing on mobile devices, according to Stack Overflow’s 2015 developer survey. Of these mobile developers, however, Android developers make up the larger group, with 44.6% self-identifying as Android developers, compared to 33.4% who say they are building for iOS. Even so, many companies struggle to find enough developers to complete their Android projects. This trend is likely to continue as the overall number of smartphone users – and Android users, specifically – continues to grow.
Rob, the co-founder and president of Yapper, wants to help you connect with others in a more effective way. Our Mobile Development graduate created this app to reverse the goal of social media. Instead of meeting online, you can now better connect digitally with people who you’ve met in person. Recently, the Yapper team was tasked with organizing Washington’s presence at SXSW 2015. They’ve been named the “Official App of the DC House at SXSW.”
TLDR: If you’re from DC, and you’ll be traveling to SXSW, you should absolutely download Yapper.
You may know the feeling. An idea is brewing for years. Then, one day, you find the courage to make your dream a reality. That’s how Celeste transitioned from Product Manager at The Los Angeles Times to entrepreneur with her virtual wardrobe app, Boudoir. Here’s how she did it.
After a nudge from a friend, Jonathan took Business Fundamentals & Tactics in New York City. During the course, he came up with an idea for Lost and Found, a missedconnections app, which became the focus of his final project. Since, he’s kicked his idea into hyperdrive and is committed to building his app full-time.
Have you ever written down a great idea on a scrap of paper, only to have it vanish a few minutes later? Well, not anymore. After a little BEWD andDash, Sean is on the road to success with his app Trapper, a writing tool that helps people capture ideas in the moment. Don’t take our word for it—try it for yourself! You can download the app in the iTunes App Store.
Who says you can’t find a job on your phone? Companies have been dabbling in mobile networking for years now, and Renuka Agarwal thinks she can do it better. With her newfound back-end web development skills, she launchedBOND, a user-friendly mobile app that makes networking easy and fun.