Android App Development, Testing And Support
53% of phones in the UK run Google’s Android mobile operating system.
But with a huge volume of phones running on Android comes a huge problem for mobile app developers – how do you get your app to run perfectly across a multitude of devices, all with different screen sizes and resolutions?
By developing your app with a flexible UI, you’ll be able to ensure your product is ready for the next step-change in device type. We’ve adopted this philosophy at Apadmi and, while we don’t profess to know what the next device step-change will look like, we’re confident that flexible UI solutions will minimise the changes required to launch on any device.
Why pursue Android app development?
Accessing 53% of the British phone market is a big pull in itself, but Android is a multi-platform operating system with growing markets in IoT and wearable devices.
The wearable tech market is predicted to be worth $40.2 billion by the end of 2020 and is forecasted to grow rapidly from there. As in the phone market, Android operating systems are becoming more and more common in wearables, with some projections predicting that it will dominate the market as soon as 2022.
If your mobile services extend to these areas, or soon will, Android might be a better starting point than Apple’s iOS. Unlike the iOS market, Android has the unique benefit of device competition across both mobiles and wearables, leading to fast-paced innovation and progress across the entire platform.
There’s a constant slew of device challenges that offer market disruption and the chance to advance over competitors, if your app can adapt faster than the competition. This can also inform iOS development, as avid Android users will gleefully confirm that many of the new functionalities in Apple’s iPhones and iOS platform were first brought to market on Android devices.
What to look for in an Android app developer
Before work starts, it’s essential to understand how your Android app development team will create, test and support your app.
Many development solutions exist ranging from native development, in programming languages like JAVA and Kotlin, to cross-platform (also known as ‘hybrid’) development tools like Xamarin.
Quality testing is essential for Android app development. While a flexible UI avoids much of the challenge presented by device fragmentation, it’s still important to ensure that the devices most commonly used by your customers run your app perfectly.
The key to successful testing is embedding it into the planning and development process as early as possible.
A strong Android app development team will have their own in-house testing teams, and will be able to advise on the testing implications of developing on a specific device during the planning stages. Engaging with a testing team from the start of development is essential for the full picture of the costs and work required.
It’s also important for your Android app development team to provide support after the launch of the app. Adaption to the latest features and devices will be critical to maintaining your edge over your competition.
While many companies offer such services, it can take them a lot of time to get around all of their various clients when a new feature launches, leaving you at the back of the queue and forced to wait while your competition streaks ahead.
A good acid-test for any team is to ask them how they maintain up-to-date knowledge of the latest Google Software Development Kit (SDK) announcements, and how they’ll adapt to new updates through the design process. Will they be contacting you about new functionality you could be using for your Android app, and including it in the long-term roadmap?
They should be.
Ask the question and find out how they’re improving and optimising their existing customers’ Android solutions going forward.
Trends in Android app development
At Apadmi, our team of almost 200 mobile app development experts are constantly looking to the horizon of Android app development for the latest trends. Here are a few of the things that have got us excited recently:
- Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence – While this has been a feature of the app development scene for a while now, the technology behind both machine learning and artificial intelligence is unlocking new features weekly. We’re excited to see how this area will continue to challenge app development in the future.
- Voice Technology – The industry has passed the ‘gimmick’ stage of voice technology and is fully embracing it, as customers are coming to expect that their apps are fully accessible by the likes of Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Siri.
- Connected Devices – The market for connected devices has never been bigger, and we’re certain that the demand for IoT development is only going to grow as the tech becomes smaller and more discreet, winning over sceptics.
If you’re embarking on a new mobile project and want to understand if Android app development is the way to go, get in touch with our team.