Android is an operating system (OS) from Google. Android is open source. Android has a huge market share. Smartphones with Android sell more than other operating systems. Android is compatible with apps. Hosannas sung in favor of Android can fill an earthmoving truck! Android is claimed to be app dependent, which is good news for smartphone users who can download cart apps. However, app development is not without its pitfalls, indeed some serious ones.
Disadvantages? No, challenges!
The overwhelming presence of Android has triggered an application development market that is getting bigger by the day. Google Play Store, the online store that sells app items is filled with apps of all shades and sizes. Users are in abundance and the challenges encountered in developing Android apps are of equivalent proportions. So what are these challenges?
Multiple suppliers: Many smartphone manufacturers use Android as their operating system, albeit with many modifications. Libraries, features and others are changed or deleted leading to an annoying increase in fragmentation problems.
Lack of usage policies: The creator of Android, Google, has been quite lenient by allowing app developers to tweak and distort it to suit their purpose. This no-holds-barred approach allowed all developers of Tom, Dick, and Harry to go wild, resulting in bumpkin apps sharing silo space in the Google Play Store. How can we ensure that quality apps alone get access to Play?
Software and hardware diversity: Multiple software versions launched quickly represent an app compatibility issue for more than one version. As for the hardware, the market is flooded with smartphones of all screen sizes, operating mechanisms and processing speeds that increase the headache of app developers to ensure satisfactory performance of their apps on these devices.
Marketing blues: Once an app is ready for sale, the app developer must pay Google a fee upfront to host their app. Google carefully examines the app to detect and remove any malware, causing a significant delay on the marketing aspect. The temptation to include advertisements in apps can provoke users’ anger. You should also keep an eye on the patent aspect, lest someone sue for plagiarism.
While all challenges cannot be swamped with lasting solutions, alternative solutions are available that should help you get away with it.
Software and hardware: It must be accepted that a single app may not suit all mobile devices with different versions of Android. Diversity in hardware and software is a reality that must be accepted. Fortunately, hardware nowadays shows flexibility in running apps based on different versions of Android. App developers need to research the target devices and versions and decide what is best for targeting their apps.
Commercialization: in this case too, research plays an important role. Identify target users and devices so that you can earn revenue from using the apps of this target group. This would also free you from the need to use advertisements in your app to drive away your users. Or, make your app so user friendly that users won’t mind encountering a couple of small ads on the side.
The challenges can be endemic or widespread, but those involved in Android application development find ways to overcome these problems. Diversity in Android can be both a boon and a bane depending on how we approach app development. To reiterate, in-depth research and a passion for achieving the set goal will allow you to overcome initial problems and successfully launch your app. Ready Set Go!