Developing an Android application can be an overwhelming task. With millions of users across the globe, Android is one of the best platforms to reach out to your target audience. According to IDC, the number of smartphones with Android will rise to around 1.53 billion during 2015 and 2019, up from 1.2 billion in 2015, with a market share of a whopping 79 percent.
The power of ‘open source’ makes Android the favorite of developers. Android is undoubtedly a robust development platform and several developers are transitioning to Android.
If you are planning to launch an Android app, remember to embrace the diversity of the Android ecosystem. This blog will provide several important pointers that will help you with Android mobile application development process.
Implement Best Coding Practices:
Java is the main programming language for Android. This means that developers need to be clear with the fundamentals of object-oriented programming. An in-depth understanding would allow you to develop sophisticated and robust application that will delight your users.
Embrace Fragmentation and Diversity:
Android apps contain application classes, activities and fragments. The Android platform is available in different OS versions and screen resolutions. Unlike iOS, Android developers need to support a variety of devices. This makes testing an app on every Android device available a rigorous task. Using density-independent pixels in place of pixels in layouts, helps tackle this problem. This approach allows Android to auto calculate the correct amount of pixels of the user’s phone, leading to consistency over a variety of devices. Always keep in mind that the more versions your app is meant to support, the more rigorous testing will need to be.
Don’t copy UI Elements from Other Platforms:
Developers are looking for quick time to market factors on different platforms. However, in this mad rush to distribute apps for several platforms, developers often mimic UI elements. Do not forget that different platforms have special rules and best practices governing user experience. Design choices for one platform will look horribly out of place in another platform. There is no one size fits all approach. You might alienate users by creating inconsistent apps. Android provides their own set of UI elements to give users the best experience. For example, each platform provides icons for common functions such as deleting or sharing documents. While migrating your app to Android, do not forget to substitute icons with Android-specific counterparts.
When it comes to Android mobile application development, keep in mind that navigation allows users to quickly find content in your app. Navigation allows users to identify paths to perform actions. It is important to identify your users’ goals to devise a navigation structure that meets their priorities. If you own a travel app, your users may want to make reservations or post reviews about hotels. The navigation should allow users to perform the actions they want to, quickly in a hassle free manner.
Never Compromise on User Experience:
The Android world is highly competitive, developers work really hard to launch the perfect app. However, it could be very tempting to take a route that would result in quick monetary gains. In the app world, advertisements are often placed in an intrusive manner resulting in a deterioration of the user experience. There are several ways to monetize Android apps. You do not have to bombard the users with advertisements. Users are willing to pay for ads-free app as they dislike ads. Just focus on creating high quality apps that your target audience would love. Think about in-apps purchases to monetize your app.
Focus on Performance Optimization:
Today’s mobile users don’t have time for apps that are slow on performance and speed and absolutely hate applications that eat device space or drain out battery. The size and speed of your Android app will play a defining role in your app’s success. Optimize your app for speed and performance and avoid using needless space.
We hope these tips help you during the Android app development process. You may come across hurdles and may get bogged down by the fragmented world of Android. However, concentrate on the millions of users that you could reach out to with your Android application. Just focus on your users and you will experience success.