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Android App Development
App Development on Android
Thousands of mobile applications are submitted to Google, and many of them are professionally built and created to serve a business. Each one of them needs to comply with industry-related requirements, without ever neglecting the quality of the experience the user gets from it.
The language more widely used for the development of these apps is Java, although others can be used. There is a wide range of software to help you build an app for the Android operative system, like Android Studio, Eclipse, and Fabric.
The development of an Android app allows you to reach the wider audience possible, makes your app compatible with the greatest number of devices, and grants an easy and agreeable experience for your clients. Native Android development incorporates attractive and useful capabilities like geolocation, multiscreen, notifications, camera API and fingerprint.
Key elements of Android App Development Process
To develop a successful and useful app, you should go through these phases:
Research – The process for the creation of an app begins with an idea; in the business world, you are probably looking to create an app that will facilitate sales, support customers and enhance the image and mobile presence of your company. Whether this is the case, or if you are trying to accomplish something completely new, you must consider what you want your app to be capable of doing, and how. You should also study your target audience demographics, motivations, and behaviour patterns, defining a strategy for their acquisition. Analysis of your competition can help you estimate the number of downloads your app will achieve, improving opportunities, etc.
Wireframing – to define your app functionalities and structure, you can start by sketching the interface. This facilitates communication between you and the development team. Wireframing will help compose all elements in the design and hone your ideas. This is the time to find and solve any back-end limitations that you stumble upon. It is also the moment to define how your app features and elements merge into a coherent app. Focus on user experience.
Prototype – your prototype should be rudimentary but allow you to see how the app works and flows. Ideally, you will have a common user interact with this prototype; this will help you identify details that the project team might be missing.
Design and Development – once your app has been prototype-approved, you can do the bulk of the work. This includes coding and designing (UX and UI), and you should schedule multiple review stages. The app will go through an initial phase where its functionalities are limited to the main defined elements and will gradually become more refined and integrated.
Testing – in mobile development testing should be early and frequent. You should avoid the appearance of big, unknown-of bugs in the final phases of the development. The application should be tested for usability, compatibility, security, interface checks, stress, and performance. You can have impartial users and review it; you can even make available a beta version to a selected group of testers.
Deployment – You are ready to launch your app by submitting it to the Google Play Store for approval. The app is registered under your ownership, complying with the guidelines provided by Google. You will also receive useful feedback that you can make use of in future app updates.
Things to note before developing an Android app
Android is an open-source operative system, which unfortunately means that it is the target of frequent attacks. Google developers regularly release security patches against malware and hacks, but users that don’t update their phone software are still vulnerable – meaning the app owners need to go the extra mile and take care of user data by encrypting and adding security features.
There are many versions of the Android operating system currently in use, and each equipment manufacturer applies their skins and visual adaptations to the OS. Even within the same manufacturer, you will find a multitude of different models with variations in screen size, performance, etc. This creates some cross-platform compatibility problems, that are solvable but constitute a bit of a headache.
How to select the right Android development team
Choose the team based on key parameters like company’s proficiency in Android app development, expertise in UI-UX, 3rd-party integration record, API development efficiency, app portfolio, Android market penetration and most importantly, VERIFIABLE feedback from existing customers.
Android Development @ Infogion
At Infogion, our job is to find the right team who can take care of your entire app development process. So, before we find the dream-team for you, we first understand your requirements and map those with related technologies, services, APIs and whatever needed in the development process. At this point, our job will be to find the best available options to develop the app.
Next comes another set of mapping. We take the project requirements, its scope, your budget and the dependencies and start looking for the most suitable development team. Once we find our teams, we reassess skills, expertise and experience in similar projects or scenarios and finally select a chosen for you to decide.
App development is a high precision job and to get it done you need a team that is 100% reliable. Infogion will ensure this for you.