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6 Tips for Android App Development

Written on January 3, 2017

Android app development is a very prospective industry as of now. All kinds of requirements are being met with modern, native Android apps as well as mobile web apps. Businesses are leveraging the power of delivering usable content through specific Android apps. Startups are scaling ahead of the industry leaders by providing free utility apps.

In a nutshell, Android app development is here to stay. There are many best practices for increasing performance and functionality of an Android app but they come at the cost of experience. So what shall a beginning Android developer do?

That’s why we’re writing this article. Here you’ll find top 6 tips for Android app development, that can be used by beginners most of all.

1. Develop for a large spectrum
Give your app more exposure by developing for previous versions as well as the new ones. For example, Android 2.3 is still being used very widely. You can really make use of the additional exposure your app will get if it’s supported in many older Android versions.

2. Read Android developers guides
First of all, read the Best Practices for Performance on Android Developers page. It talks about:

  • Managing your app’s memory to keep the memory footprint small,
  • Optimizing your app’s performance to improve responsiveness and battery efficiency,
  • Improving layout performance,
  • Optimizing battery life,
  • And four more major points.

Of course, official Android documentation is a bible but you shouldn’t follow only that. For quicker solutions to problems, it’s often recommended to run a Google search.

3. UI design is more important than actual function
The user interface of your app is actually more important than the whole function of your app. In other words, if your app isn’t captivating, modern, unique, and flashy – it won’t sell popularly. No one likes boring, outdated laggy apps.
You need to make an engaging and appealing design for your app. So if you think you can make a successful Android application just by knowing how to code or use a DIY drag-and-drop tool, you’re wrong. You need to have a good sense of visual design and Android UI trends. You can take it as you need a designer for your app.

4. Getting feedback and analyzing data
Data is more powerful after your app’s launch. Of course you need it to perform research and develop a good app but after launch, data is the best kind of feedback.
Check the ratings, comments, and other channels of feedback and do listen to what people are saying. If you utilize that information, you can make a striking impact on your users.

5. Don’t fall in the trap of extravagant promises
There are many DIY code-less tools that promise to deliver high performance across platforms. They claim they ease the whole coding part and deliver faster results while still maintaining a native look for all the OS.
You should beware of such tools. Run a practical reality check on such overgenerous promises.

6. Modular coding is a best practice
You must develop your Android app using modular coding. Most seasoned programmers and app developers would tell you to use modular coding as it enhances your code quality, enables you to reuse modules of code thus saving time and energy, and also makes it more readable for other debuggers.

Authored by Marvin Minton. Marvin loves to experiment. He’s known as a guy who can explain all design languages in the world to you in one breadth. His Android development career began when he first tasted fame with his first Android app – a basic app about calculating taxes. Marvin hasn’t looked back since then. To know more about his work, visit:

www.cwtsite.com

www.businesszone.co.uk

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