Google Play Store rules the roost for higher app downloads, and it’s common for app development companies to undertake projects with just the platform in mind. We bring 5 successful Android app development mantras to remember.
Know your market
Although the largest number of mobile app downloads happen on Android, iOS app developers are reaping the biggest profits in monetary terms. This can be seen as a pro and a cons and whether it is worth starting your application on Android depends entirely on the revenue generation techniques you plan to use. Free apps earn from in-app purchases, advertisements, and paid upgrades. Of course, Android exposes your application to a larger user base globally, so this is a strong point in favor of the platform, especially if your app is designed for regional use.
Responsive to screen size
Android is an open source platform, so variation in screen size isn’t limited to just the shape of smartphones and tablets, but expands to cover the various mobile phones built with the operating system. Therefore, it is extremely essential that your application can ensure a smooth experience across screens of varying sizes.
As mentioned, Android has a global flavor largely due to its open source nature and easy access. So, you need to be ready to make your application available in the regional languages of the countries where Android has a large market presence in order to truly tap into a global market.
It’s not iOS, don’t clone
A common measure of time and cost savings for Android app developers is to replicate iOS app design and usability standards for the Android platform version of the application. Some common iOS app features that are reused and compromise the Android app experience are the use of static tabs at the bottom, using rounded rectangles for app icons, the right cursor in lists, and the button on the screen.
Offline works as well as online
Apps that offer consistent performance in offline and online modes definitely have an advantage as they allow the user to work even when they lose their internet connection. If not all features, enable some key features to work just as well in offline mode so that users are not frustrated.
An ergonomic design and intuitive features are the backbone of any good application, and with Android and its multi-faceted devices, it becomes even more imperative to pay attention to these.
Understand the audience and purpose of your app before taking the plunge to develop the app. Whether it’s local or global, Android will always remain the platform you can rely on to ensure your app is successful among the wider population.