Best practices to follow for Android App Development

Android app Development

In the application development market, you need to develop Apps for Android and iOS both but it’s not mandatory. Android smart phones are wide spread, it covers almost 70 to 75% of the market share. Some apps are specially designed only for Android users. Success on the Android platform can bring you success on other platforms too. The competition has increased immensely, and you need to stand out. To make a unique app you need to follow these practices.

1) Development method

Which method do you want to use to develop your app? It is the biggest question. You need to keep in mind the pros and cons of each method. The method that fits your requirement list is the one for you.

● Native apps are developed for a particular platform. These apps can be downloaded from the play store on all android phones. All the features of the app are easy to access and can be used to the fullest. Native apps can also work offline.

● Hybrid apps offer cross-platform development. They are also like native apps; to be downloaded from the play store and can use all features. They rely more on HTML being embedded in the app. It requires less maintenance.

Web apps are apps that have an URL address. When you click on the URL it directs you to the app. Web apps are generally used by large organizations to keep their employees updated about things or a company’s app which is not made public. You can add features as per requirements.

2) Code quality

While coding many tend to write long codes and lose the quality of the app. You can be creative and write small codes. Take guidance from an expert and study and understand the way they have coded. Maintaining the code quality is tedious work. Try to make your code simple and avoid complexity. Strive and maintain high code quality.

3) Design

User Interface design (UI) and User Experience design (UX) both are crucial while developing an app. UI designs focus upon the graphics of the app, the colors to be used, and the visual design format. Typography and the layout of the app are done by the user interface to connect more with the users. UX designs focus upon architectural information about the app, discipline, functionality of the app, and how useful it will be for the users.

You need both User Interface design and User Experience design to make your app work. The app will be built around the UI and UX. An attractive app can attract users and keep them engaged in the app.

4) Usability

Testing the app’s usability is one of the most important things to consider. The core functions should work properly, and the other features should be aligned with the core functions. The usefulness of the app will ensure more users. Mobile Apps should work effectively on different types of android smart phones. Error prevention is a must, many bugs won’t let the app work effectively. Once the app is ready a usability test should be done. All the features should work properly.

5) Debugging tools

As you will develop the app and keep on adding more features, the app may tend to work slow. This can be caused due to bugs. These bugs need to be fixed. Debugging tools will detect and help you fix the bugs. It is highly recommended to use debugging tools. There are different types of tools you can use as per your requirements. 

6) Security

The app security should be tested before launching the app. After the app launches, every few months it should be checked. Cyber threats are increasing rapidly. The user’s privacy should be taken care of. Security breaches can make you lose users and spoil your brand name. The personal details of the users should be secured in the application. As a developer, you should use encryptions to protect sensitive data. When writing the code, implement the cyber security practices to be on a safer side.

Think about the business model while developing the app. All the necessities of the business model should be there in the app. You need to market your app pre-launching and after launching. Competition is strong, if you want your app to reach numerous users you need to take efforts in marketing. Create an app that has high utility and functionality, this will keep the users engaged. Your app should work both offline and online, it will be convenient for the users. Keep all these practices in mind while developing an app. They will guide you on your way to building the best app. Test all the features and security of the app. Make sure you do not make any decision which are compromising on the quality of your app.  

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