Breaking into the world of mobile app development is no easy feat but once you have established yourself as a professional Google Android Developer you will never look back again with potential customers inundating you with requests. The tips I compiled into one article for you here is sure to go a long way in helping you to achieve that.
- Take Direction
Do yourself a favor and follow the neat set of guidelines that Google gives to help you along. They are the ultimate experts in the field and they know what ranks and what doesn’t. Using an app that makes use of these guidelines is a great experience and one instinctively knows what to do to make things work. The guidelines were made the way they are in order to get all Android apps to work as one, so to speak.
- Keep Up With The Times
Mobile App Developers get the opportunity to do things in a new way each time Google decides to release updates to the current SDK. If your app is always up to date you will be first to implement the new features and in so doing become a trendsetter with regards to apps.
- I can’t Stress This Enough – LISTEN
If your users have an opinion you need to listen and show that you take it seriously. If they point out an issue with your app tell the user what you are planning to do to correct it, or even better, what you did to remedy the problem. This will ensure that they remain a user of your product for a long time to come and they will also be an advocate for your brand in the end. This helps you in building loyalty and in rectifying mistakes.
- Android Everything
There are so many Android application developers that don’t even use Android a lot and I cannot help but wonder: ‘Why the heck would you develop for Android in the first place?’ Become a real part of the Android communities, so to speak. Many such communities exist in Google+. They will help you get into contact with individuals that think just like you meaning you could swop ideas.
- Varied Device Development
One thing that Android has that iOS doesn’t is a huge variety. This means that you have more optimization to do for more screen sizes. This is an almost impossible task but an easier way comes from the use of dip or dp which is short for density independent pixels. With this Android can calculate the pixel requirement for a particular device automatically.
- Permissions Limitations
Due to security threats on the increase it is necessary to have permissions to protect from device damage by ways of virus or even spambot but when a single app has too many permissions coming through it runs the risk of simply being removed. Keep permissions to the bare minimum needed to ensure safety but not to scare your users off.
- Monetization Flaws
The ways in which you can monetize your app are as many as they are varied but stuffing an app with intrusive ads that run continuously will make for terrible UX and cause you to lose your user instantly. This scenario is often seen as a Google android developer becomes increasingly money hungry, adding an abundance of ads in order to make more money. This is actually blatant disrespect for a user that was about to support your idea. If you are proactive in the community, selling your app or collecting donations may be a better lucrative option.
- The Fun Factor
Never let your passion die. It stems from the fact that you love what you do and to you, it is a lot of fun. Continue through your challenges and remember that you love what you do. Never stop having fun.
- Understand Your Market
You need to find the things that make your market tick and exploit it for all it is worth. You need to give them exactly what they want in a way that will ensure that your app will become popular. These tips give a few ways in which you can do this.
- IDE Options
The top android app developers favor Eclipse for their apps but many have said that its UI interface that uses drag and drop is disappointing and needs some work.
- Conduct Tests on the Real Device
The emulator is useful for just one thing, to see what your app’s appearance is on varied screen sizes. It is horribly slow and only gives you the opportunity to test a few things. A better option is by connecting the actual device by USB.
- Remember That You Are Still Working With Android
Try to use Android specific solutions with everything you attempt. After all it was made for the specific purpose of being used by the android app developer.
- Google Answers All
Always keep in mind that you have quick access to the answer to any question and it is just a keyword and a click away.
- ‘Multi-Tools’ In App Development
Steer clear as far as you can from tools that claim that they can make any kind of app development easier (across all OS). These often leave an app in a disastrous condition. They are not all alike but before trying them on an app of value, try them on a mock app.
- Get a Certified Android Mobile App Developers
If you are not qualified for the task you may just want to take the easy way out and let the professionals take care of your developmental issues. A genius in the field is more than capable of dealing with the pitfalls and glitches one not trained may easily miss. These are a few of the best tips I could find for novices but there is a plethora of others out there if you only care to search. You could either find the best company to deal with your project or you could find ways of sorting through the hiccups on your own.