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Java Vs Android: Which is a Better Career Option?

Java Vs Android

They say it doesn’t hurt to learn both, welcome to the Java vs Android debate. Java works as your gateway to a safe haven of opportunities, whereas Android is currently skyrocketing as a technology and makes for a great source of passive income, a sort of an add-on to your day jobs, and if you are more serious about it, it can give you booming prospects.

The Java vs Android debate has been raging for some time now. Though it would be difficult to carve out one’s clear benefits over the other, let’s try to break it down for you anyway.

What do you stand to gain by learning Java?

The thing with Java is that it is a core and a mature language. You could compare it to denim: will never go out of vogue. Java exists in the very fabric of our daily lives due to its excellent scalability, stability, and maintainability. From running server-side applications to running systems governing ATMs, Java is the answer to almost everything today and for the technology that is being conjured up for an exciting future.

Java is poised to become the king of the IoT (Internet of Things).

Java is an Object Oriented language with a rich API. It internally embraces best practices of object oriented design and strongly encourages you to write a cleaner code. Many of the documented Design Patterns use Java as the language de facto.

Talking about superior coding, the integrated development environment (IDE) available for Java has a fantastic source code editor that is designed to simplify and speed up input of the source code

Applications written in Java are compiled into machine-independent bytecodes, that makes them run consistently on any Java platform.

It is recommended that you learn Java first as you are bound to branch out over time anyway. AcadGild offers immersive mentor-driven courses in Core Java and Advanced Java based on your level of expertise.

Besides, you will need to know Java well even if you want to get into Android app development, as Java serves as the main application development platform for Android. We could even call Android as a subset of Java.

What are the hiring prospects in Java like?

With proficiency in JavaEE, you are more likely to get scooped up by big corporates. One advantage of sticking with Java is that the rate of change incorporates with respect to technologies is pretty slow, so you could stay working on JavaEE for a good long while.

At the end of the day, Java jobs are more stable than Android jobs.

If you’re looking to work with organization-based projects, it will be a good idea to pursue advanced Java, and if you want to move to freelance developing in the future, Android is the answer for that. Android is quite new and has a lot of competition in both organization level projects and freelance developing.

What’s the pay like?

The salaries of Java/J2EE developers range from US $95,000 to $115,000. And according to Indeed, as of October 2016, the average Java Developer salaries for job postings nationwide are 77% higher than average salaries for all job postings nationwide.

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How will learning Android development help your career?

Android is an open source mobile operating system built on Linux that isn’t hard to break into. Android development is not too radically different from developing in Java in a regular environment. One way to look at Android development is to see it as an advanced version of Java development.

Android will linger in our lives for more than we expect it to, as it is no longer only limited to mobile technology. Today we see Android making inroads into other technologies too (the navigation application called CarPad and even Amazon Kindle), but it comes with its fair share of uncertainties. You can never know when the Android OS may get replaced with a more robust platform (this line of thought often fuels the Java vs Android debate). But for as long as it is around, it will remain as a force majeure due to its ability to provide high-end functionality to devices.

Android app development is easy. All you need to do is download the Android software developer kit or SDK online (free of cost) and get started. You can even make a hobby out of app development; its ease of usage (you can develop for Android on a Windows, Mac, or Linux-enabled system), ability to edit, high memory and performance, rich development environment, ability to support media files in various formats, among other conducive features, makes it an easy language to pick up.

Android applications are scripted in Java with the help of a rich set of libraries. Hence, those who know Java, stand to gain an edge over others in understanding Android development. Besides, learning Android development can be largely beneficial for budding entrepreneurs as it will help them reduce overhead costs by making their own apps.

AcadGild’s Android Development  gives you the opportunity to learn to build your own marketable apps. The specialization builds upon Android basics, studio tools, architecture, activity lifecycle of apps, and much more. Core components, such as Intents, Adaptors, SQLite, and Fragments will also be taught in detail.

What hiring prospects to expect?

Many MNC companies (mostly startups) are coming in the market with their products based on Android and this trend will certainly continue in the future. According to Mondo, Android sees an upward trend in hiring of contract workers over full-time staff, with 48% of hiring managers indicating that they plan to hire more contract workers, rather than permanent staff, over the next 12-18 months.

Freelancing jobs in Android development have been on a constant rise.

Android currently offers booming job prospects and a dynamic revenue model. According to International Data Corporation, shipments of devices powered by Android have grown from 81% in 2015 to 84.7% in 2016, which tells us that Android continues to remain a dominant and the go-to platform for affordability.

How about the pay?

According to Indeed, Android developer salaries in 2016 ranged from US $96,000 to $115,000. According to Mondo, salaries of Android developers increased 6% over the last year. Besides, the ad-based revenue is high for Android as compared to other platforms. (The Java vs Android debate kinda stalls here as the salaries are mostly comparable. But Android might just have an upper hand since it gives you plenty of options to freelance too.)

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If there was an answer to the Java vs Android debate, I believe the answer would be to gain a foothold on Java first. After all, Android and Java both share the same syntax with only a little difference. A person familiar with Java can easily make the switch to Android.

So why not get cracking before the rest of the world catches on?

Hope you find this Blog spot helpful and keep visiting www.acadgild.com for more updates on the courses.

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7 Comments

  1. Great blog. I have been look for this guidance on what to choose in between java and android as career. I have found your blog very informative it will now surely help me in choosing between java and android. You have given each aspects about both in detail.Thanks for this.

  2. Priya,
    Great article on Java. I currently work with identity & access management but considering of switching to j2ee programming. However, l’m in my 50s. Do you think any employer would even consider me? Perhaps freelance maybe. How many old programmers have you seen? Thanks.

  3. Android applications are developed utilizing the Java language. hence java is a better career than java. Thanks for sharing.

  4. A great article, but for me, I honestly think the major driving force of any job hunt should be how much a programming role will pay now and in the future. And to do this you have to collect loads of information. Not just on what programming language pays the best. But what cities or countires.
    Wheever I go on the hunt for a new job I always scoure the net for the latest info. Here are just a few of the best websites I have found for providing great fincaial information for programmers to make better decitions regarding the wage they will be paid.

  5. Insightful article!
    I think Even getting a job as java developer has a good future as Java is evergreen. One can work in Java for a lifetime as it is pretty vast. There are lots of areas in Java which one can explore and learn. Also, apart from regular job, a java developer or Android developer can earn by doing small freelancing projects.

  6. It is quite simple and easy to look about Java theoretically. It is possible for you to become a good Java developer for implementing the approach and the language limitations and best design practices.

  7. Undoubtedly, both technologies are prevailing now a days. But according to me, Java should be learnt first as android also use Java and to build a building you need to set the base first.

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