Android App Development Services are high in demand these days as every potential business need an app to promote its business to potential customers. If you have an app idea for let’s say e-commerce app development and you decided on Android as a platform for your application. Here is what you need to know:
You can hire an android developer who can write your app and even submit it. But you need to read this article to familiarize yourself with what you are getting into and what is going to happen in various developmental stages of your android app development services.
Pros & Cons of Android App Development Services
According to an estimate, Android OS is dominating the Operating System market with over 80% market share. But the iOS market is incredibly popular and has the advantage of a very specific target market. For example, Denmark, Canada, UK and Australia is favoring iOS while Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, and Panama. Look at the graph compiled by Device Atlasbelow.
Your target audience plays a major role in choosing an appropriate application development platform. The Android OS is an open source platform which offers a low entry barrier for developers. It allows developers to use crowd created plug-ins and frameworks in a modified form, which makes it a more feasible choice from a developer’s perspective.
All this freedom has a price though, Android development is complex and takes up the time to master. Also, the wide range of Android devices makes it difficult for developers to test the app for every device so the UX varies. Being open source, the wide number of devices and iterations of Android OS has caused a lot of fragmentation which makes it a real challenge to offer flawless Android App Development Services with smooth UX/ UI on all available devices.
Step by Step Guidance on how Android App Development Services Works – A life cycle of discovering, conceptualization & submission
- Mapping Phase
Before you launch into android development process head first, you need to take a pause to calculate. You need to have a map ready for what you are trying to achieve, who you are addressing, who is already in the game and then devise a strategy.
- Refining Phase
Now that you have a goal for your app, you need a proper strategy to lay out before you so you can visualize how is it that you are going to go about your project. You need a project manager to work on finer aspects of your idea (business logic), get a developer who can work on technical aspects of the project (functionality & features). You will also need to pick a specific device and the earliest Android version your app is going to support.
When you figure this all out it will be easier for your developer to optimize your app accordingly, before and through the testing phase. It will also determine if you are going to need server side scripting or database support. For example, a simple flashlight app won’t require either, a socializing app, however, would.
- Wireframe Phase
Once the tech specification is formalized, you have specified all the required features for your development team, now it’s time for wireframe creation. The wireframe is a user experience map (a blueprint of sorts) that can illustrate what a user experience for an app could be like. It highlights what content is needed and where. It also can include a UI design to help developers think a flow of your app.
- Design Phase Architecture Phase
This phase is concerned with how an app looks, how it works and how it flows on screen. Your android designer will use Android studio to create the UI, which will then create an Android User Interface including the contextual menus, material design (animation, layout, and styles), and action bar to assist with navigation.
- Architecture Phase
This phase prepares your app for future growth adaptions. The Architecting of an app (frontend and backend) prevent you from having to develop an app from the scratch. You can simply develop next version using the same code.
- Frontend/ Backend Coding & Integration Phase
The most complex phase of your app, here you can expect many setbacks while designers and developers sort what can and can’t be done. In this phase, both the front and backend functionality architecture of your app is built. The frontend will decide how the code come to life and backend decides the server side components like the database, API, middleware are coded, integrated and linked to the frontend.
- QA & Testing Phase
When an app is developed, next comes testing (quality assurance). Your app will run unit tests, launch checklist and user tests to see if everything works seamlessly. This load time, functionality and handling performance testing will occur using Emulator to test and debug the app from screen to screen. Android SDK offers tools for debugging. Here developers will review crash reposts to locate fixes.
- Preparation & Store-Submission Phase
During this phase, your developer id preparing for store submission. They will also assemble a release ready Application Package (APK). They will create Google Play Publisher Account, Developer Account, and Google Payments. The APK is optimized, and the code is brushed up for a release key and a final round of testing. The app is finally uploaded to Develop Console for approval. When approved you can publish your app in Google Play Store for end users.
Android App Development Services is an ongoing process, you can keep on adding new features, fix bugs, and accommodate latest OS updates. But if your developers are masters of their skill, your app should gain the attention in no time at all.