Android App Development

Android App Development

From window shopping to, online shopping, net surfing, to now, app surfing! World is changing fast, and in this new world “Apps” have taken a new place in everyone’s mind space. Our little smart phone has literally everything into it, thanks to the boom in app development industry. Google’s Play Store has nearly three million apps to choose from. With so many apps, surfing through the store can become massive.

In 2020, mobile apps are projected to generate $188.9 billion in revenue via app stores and in-app advertising. While every other brand is now trying to get their app developed, it is not always easy and successful until done with a lot of precision and research.  Android software development is the process by which applications are created for devices running on the Android operating system. Google states that “Android apps can be written using Kotlin, Java, and C++ languages” using the Android software development kit (SDK), use of other language is also possible. All non-JVM languages, such as Go, JavaScript, C, C++ or assembly, need the help of JVM language code, that may be supplied by tools, likely with restricted API support. Some programming languages and tools allow cross-platform app support (i.e. for both Android and iOS). Third party tools, development environments, and language support have also continued to evolve and expand since the initial SDK was released in 2008.

Moving on to some essential steps, involved in developing an android app. A design strategy is one of the first things we need to decide upon, a visually stunning, innovative UI should be of prime importance. An extensive research is required, before anything else. Then the wireframes for the design is developed, defining of the architecture for the app is to be done, testing of the app after completion, providing actual usability report on regular intervals, then perform actual device testing taking into account several platforms such as mobile and tablet for uniformity. The last stage comprises monitoring of any issues, testing crashes, optimizing the app and providing solutions.

The very first step involves defining of the strategy. In this phase, you will:
  • Identify the app users
  • Research the competition
  • Establish the app’s goals and objectives
  • Select a mobile platform for your app
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    Analysis and Planning
    By now, the app concept starts taking shape. Analysis and planning begin with defining cases and capturing detailed functional requirements. The next step is to create a roadmap; this includes prioritizing the mobile app requirements and grouping them into delivery milestones. If time, resources or costs are a concern, then define your minimum-viable-product (MVP) and prioritize this for the initial launch
    UI / UX Design
    The aim of an app’s design is to develop seamless and effortless user experiences with a suave look. The success of a mobile app is based on how well users are adopting and benefiting from all its features. It is imperative for mobile app UI / UX design to create excellent user experiences making your app interactive, intuitive, and user-friendly. While smooth UI designs will help with early adoption by the users.
    App Development
    Before starting development/programming efforts, it is important to define: the technical architecture, pick a technology stack, and define the development milestones. A typical mobile app project is made up of three integral parts: back-end/server technology, API(s) and the mobile app front-end.
    Performing thorough quality assurance (QA) testing during the mobile app development process makes applications stable, usable, and secure. The best practice approach is involving your QA team in the Analysis and Design stages. The awareness with the app’s functional requirements and objectives will help produce efficient results.
    Deployment & Support
    Releasing the mobile app requires submitting the app to Google Play. However, a developer account with Google Play Store will be required before launching the app. An app’s release in the app store requires preparing metadata including:
  • App’s title
  • Description
  • Category
  • Keywords
  • Launch icon
  • App store screenshots

  • After the app becomes available in the app stores, its usage should be monitored through mobile analytics platforms and track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for measuring the app’s success. Encourage users to provide your company with feedback and suggestions for your app.

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