Realm has released the Android version of its mobile database solution for developers, which soft-launched on iOS over the summer. The open-source library bucks the trend of cloud-based databases by storing information on your device.
Since launching on iOS, Realm has attracted 20,000 developers to its product in just a short few weeks. Apps like Cloth and Breeze have already shipped with Realm inside. The team began development in 2011 and graduated from the Summer ’11 Y Combinator class.
Realm claims that its solution reduces the development time of an app by as much as half. Once deployed, the code has a smaller footprint and runs faster queries than its competitors.
While Realm’s iOS and Android code is open-source (it also uses a library that isn’t open source yet), the company also sells enterprise software licenses. For instance, Zynga hired Realm back in 2012 to build a database that allowed it to shut down a number of cloud clusters required by its previous solution.