The Android platform occupies a relatively large market share of 74.6%. Many people want to join this market with their Android app, and if you are reading these lines, you most likely already have an idea for your Android project.
In this article, we’ll cover how you can make it, what pitfalls you should be aware of and where you can hire Android developers. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Note: This is a guest post by Maria Diachenko. The author’s views are entirely her own and may not reflect the views of CodeItBro.
Main Ways to Create an Android app
There are four main ways to create an Android app:
Do It Yourself
This method is the first to come to mind if there is a need to create an Android application. Yes, this method gives you full control over the development process and saves you a lot. But you also need to have excellent technical knowledge. Experience with Kotlin or Java, understanding of coding logic and app architecture is a must.
- The development process is fully controllable.
- No communication difficulties
- No additional expenses
- Tech expertise is strictly required.
- The development process is time-consuming.
This method is quite popular among many entrepreneurs. If you choose this method, you will have a huge selection of specialists from all over the world, and at the same time, the development will not hit your budget too much.
However, freelancers are not always the right choice for long-term projects, and communication difficulties can arise due to the vast distance between you and the developers.
- A lot of specialists from all over the world
- Low development rates
- No additional expenses
- Risk of failed deadlines, project abandonment
- Communication diffuculties
- Difficulties in code-quality evaluation
Build an In-House Team
This method’s main idea is that you rent an office, equip it with everything you need to work, hire developers, and start work on a project. This method is suitable because you and your team are under the same roof, and you will not have any difficulties with communication. But this method is one of the most expensive of all.
- Development process under full control
- No communication difficulties
- Tricky recruitment process
Hire Outsourcing Vendor
The final method you can choose is to contact the software vendor. If you hire a dedicated development team, you will receive reasonable prices and high quality of the final product. Thanks to these features, it is gaining immense popularity. The only minor drawback is possible communication problems, especially if you choose a company from a very distant region.
- High quality, low prices
- Wide choice of companies
- Fast project start
- Communication difficulties may arise
What Features Should Android App Have?
In any app, all features are divided into must-have parts and additional features. Let’s consider each type in detail.
- Must-have features. These features serve to meet the most basic user needs. Take the Uber app, for example. This app has functions for geolocation, travel cost calculation, payment, and routings. In a nutshell, all functions to quickly transport passengers from point A to point B.
- Additional features. These features add various quality-of-life improvements and expand the overall functionality of the app. Let’s go back to the Uber example. Other Uber features are scheduled rides. This feature is not strictly required at the start, but it significantly improves transportation convenience for customers.
Let’s take another example to understand the difference between the features better. Take the food delivery app, for example. The must-have features for this kind of apps will look like this:
- Order tracking
- Order details
- Push notifications
Meanwhile, additional features may look like this:
- Order history
- Estimated delivery time
- Discount system
- Social networks
What You Should Consider When Creating an Android app
The Android app development is quite a tricky process due to certain pitfalls associated with the Android operating system. We will briefly cover three main traps that you should consider throughout the entire app creation process.
To successfully approve an app on Google Play Store, you must follow Google’s strict Material Design Guidelines during development. You can see an example of such guidelines in the image below.
Kotlin is the primary Android programming language that Google officially supports. And its popularity is confirmed by 80% of programmers who use it to develop Android apps.
One of the nice things about this language is that it is fully compatible with Java, which allows you to support Java projects using Kotlin. Don’t forget about simple syntax, which leads to more stable code with fewer bugs.
This aspect greatly influences the development of any project for Android. In simple terms, fragmentation is the number of versions of one OS on the market. In Android, there are many versions of this OS, and it isn’t easy to get the app to work correctly on all possible OS versions.
Main Steps of Android app Development Process
Next, we will briefly review the process of developing an Android app from start to finish.
Step #1. First Contact
This is where the first steps to developing an Android app begin if you work with an outsourcing company. You contact them and tell them about the app’s idea, requirements, and business goals. Then you get a rough estimate of your future project.
Step #2. Discovery Phase
At this stage, business analysts collect all the requirements for the future app and study them. Based on this information, you’ll receive specifications, wireframes, and detailed estimates.
- These are schematic representations of app screens and the relationship between each screen.
- Documented features of the app, technologies for their creation, and the connection of components.
Step #3. Development Process
At this stage, all client requirements are turned into lines of code. But before the developers start writing the code, the designers create mockups of the future app with the already finalized design. Based on these mockups, developers create all the project’s functionality.
Step #4. Release Sequence
Here it is, the finishing line of the entire development process. At this stage, the app goes through the last polish, and the release process begins. The app must undergo automatic Google testing, which lasts 2-3 days, and after successful completion, the app appears in Google Play Market.
As you can see, the process of creating an Android app is quite complicated, and it is quite challenging to cope with it alone. But now, you are armed with knowledge and ready to enter the Android market with your digital solution.
Author’s bio: Maria Diachenko is a tech writer at Cleveroad. It’s a web, iOS, and Android app development company in Ukraine. She enjoys writing how-to tech guides, describing programming trends and IoT innovations.