With over 80 percent market of the share and almost 1.6 million apps in the Google Play store, it is evident that Android is the most dominant mobile operating system. Being in the mobile age, the Android app industry has become a very booming industry. With the Android mobile app economy luring and expected to grow to over $150 billion by the end of the year, every app developer is keen on getting into the market and for a good reason. While it may be easy becoming an Android developer, it is an uphill task standing out from the rest. Before creating your first Android application, there are some things that will help you hit the market with a bang and make your app a success. Before we go into these details, it is worth looking at the current evolution of the android app.
The Current Evolution Of An Android App
Some years back, mobile apps only showcased the content and things that it had instead of the ones that the users needed. However, the app development scenario is totally different today. Today, mobile apps are coming with just the right content that the user is expecting. This is because user experience and satisfaction are nowadays the main factors that are put into consideration in the app development process. Looking back in the old days, we can see that the first apps to be created and used were mostly the calendars, calculators, and games designed in the long-reigning Java framework.
The first smartphone applications – The very first smartphone to be known, which was developed by the IBM company in 1993, came with these features. These portable devices had an operating system that was referred to as the EPOC. This was the beginning and the first of the recognizable apps which were followed by the Palm OSes operating system. It was specially designed for use with personal digital assistants and was possessed a touch-screen graphical user interface together with several basic and third-party applications that were all programmed using the program C/C++. This was later followed by the (WAP) wireless application protocol browsers which were introduced as their extension. It did not take quite long before the development of Java ME or JME or J2ME. Symbian which was created by the Symbian company, a merger formed by Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola, and PSION followed. Later on, the current smartphones were introduced with lots of apps that to date continues to make our lives easier and better.
With that in mind, we will discuss the top 7 things that every app developer to be aware before creating an android app.
1. Deep Market Research:
It is very important for you to do an in and out analysis of your market before you begin developing your app. You need to analyze the market thoroughly in order to have insights on who your competitors are and what are their weaknesses and strengths. With this information, you can be sure to avoid making the same mistakes that they may have made. When now creating your app, you can try and polish everything for you to have an edge over your competitor’s users.
2. Your App Development Budget:
You will need to use money in all the steps involved in the creation of your android app. Therefore, you need to be clear about your budget and further divide it according to each stage of the android app development. Try as much as possible to ensure that you do not deviate from your budget till the end or appoint someone to help you.
3. Understand The Audience You Are Targeting
Defining and getting to understand your potential clients is very essential before beginning your android app development. You need to have exact answers to the group of people that will use your app and also how the app is going to solve their problems. The easiest way to do this is by looking for opinions and feedback from them. After doing that is when you can proceed to align your strategy their demands. When you know all your user’s expectations and is able to meet them, your creation is more likely to have success.
4. Know The Various Ways You Will Earn From Your App
Pricing is your app correctly is among the most challenging tasks the reason why it should never be ignored. Before you even begin building your Android application, it is vital for you to have figured out all the ways in which you can monetize it. Another consideration to make is whether or not you will charge your users when they download your app.
5. How Long Will The App Take To Make
While it takes between 4 to 6 months to develop a quality app, the actual time has taken usually depends on many factors. Some of these factors include the total number of features, the complexity of these features, the application platform, and the unavailability or presence of a dedicated team to develop the app.
6. Testing Before Launching Is Important
It goes without saying that every app developer has to test their mobile application before they make it public. Testing your app helps you experience what your users will feel when using your app. This will, in turn, enable you to point out any loopholes in the app and get to correct them before it hits the market.
7. How Often You Will Update Your App
Releasing the initial version of your newly created app is just the beginning. After you have released your app, you should plan how often you will be releasing future updates and bug fixes for it. Although normally the total numbers of updates will depend on the feedback you get, on average you should expect to do between 1 to 4 updates each month.
With over 197 billion apps downloaded in 2017, you can be sure that your career as an Android Application Developer will be a stable one. If you have plans of
developing an android app and need it to have lots of opportunities for growth, these tips will definitely help you.
Author Bio: Undule Amon is an independent digital strategist and the Director at Duxte Limited, a marketing agency specializing in Android app development in Tanzania that prides itself on efficient service and happy customers. Follow us here Facebook and Twitter.