Android App Development
Over 80% of phones globally run Google’s Android mobile operating system.
But with this 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?
Why choose Android?
Having access to 80% of the world’s phone market is a big pull. And there’s also a growing market for Android IoT and wearable devices. The wearable tech market is already worth more than $28 billion, and growing rapidly.
If your mobile services extend to these areas, or soon will, Android might be a better starting point than Apple’s iOS.
The huge amount of device competition on Android devices is also healthy for innovation and progress of the whole platform. Handset manufacturers want to build new technology into their phones, and Google wants to build new functionality into its Android operating system.
A multitude of companies vying to be the first to market, and provide the best functionality and UX results in a continual innovation cycle, with the end user reaping the rewards.
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 Developer?
Before any work is started, it’s key to understand how your developer will create your Android app – natively using programming languages like JAVA and Kotlin, or as a cross-platform (also known as ‘hybrid’) app using tools like Xamarin.
More information on each of these development processes are available in our eBook here.
Quality testing is essential for any Android app due to the high levels of device fragmentation across the platform.
You can’t test on every device, so you need to understand your user base, select the most commonly used devices to ensure your app works perfectly on them.
Key to successful testing is embedding this into the planning and development process as early as possible.
A good mobile team will have their own in-house testing teams and will be able to advise at the planning stages what implications developing on specific devices will have on the testing process. Including your testing team from the beginning means you’ll get a better idea of costs and the work required.
Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of the latest Google Software Development Kit (SDK) announcements and developments is also a good indicator that your mobile team knows their stuff.
Are they contacting you about new functionality you could be using for your Android app and including it in a long-term roadmap? They should be.
Ask the question and find out how they’re continually improving and optimising their existing customers’ Android solutions.