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5 Hidden Secrets for Developing an Android App

Google's Android has some honest and dedicated users in the world and now with Google Play being one of the largest app stores, many of the app developers have made Android their favorite apps. - (Source) The WSJ report for 2015 says that “Google Play had 70% more app downloads than Apple, bolstered by demand in emerging markets such as Mexico, Turkey, Brazil and Indonesia. (Source) The developers are harnessing the chance of developing an android apps and why not? It is one of the most sought after platforms and with the IoT making its mark in the current technology world, Android is surely the next big thing.  We see and hear Android everywhere, right? So, if you want to be the bandwagon of the Android app developer, here are secrets how you can do it, step by step.

1. Know your audience properly:

The Android market has a huge user base when compared to iOS and Apple users. This gives an advantage to the Android app developers to explore the market and get benefitted. know your audience The Android app developer must know the audience before launching any new app. The emerging markets are the main users of Android applications but the purchasing power is less in the developing countries. If you are planning to charge for using the applications, you need to think about the purchasing power of the users.  If your applications are free, you will have many users. You can earn through affiliate programs and Freemium model. The next factor that matters is the geographical location. There are certain advanced countries where mobile usage is higher and if you cater to such segments, you have chances of higher revenues. You can also go with a Cost per install (CPI) model which is also popularly known as affiliate model.  You will be paid when a user downloads or installs the application. For example: If you have developed a travel-related application, you can integrate a CPI program that is into selling hotels and flights. You will be paid a certain percentage of the amount if a booking takes place via your application.

2. Be design ready:

Most of the times the app developers are busy copying the iOS and UI/UX design such that  it doesn’t add much value to the app. You can go with native app or cross platform, but you need to be very careful if you are using the cross-platform mobile applications. So it can avoid duplication. Here are quick design guidelines, you need to keep in mind while developing an android app. Abstraction Principle: You can implement the abstraction principle which will reduce the duplication of information whenever the program is live. Logic Independent: The UI code must be decoupled from the logic code so that both the codes can work independently on all the screens. Thus, ensure that all the programming logics are independent. GitHub: There are several design templates that can be used to develop an Android application. Try out GitHub! Android guidelines: If you have planned to go all by yourself without giving any importance to the guidelines, you are definitely inviting troubles. It is better to have a check on the Android guidelines.

3. Know about set up the tools:

You need to have a development environment so that there aren’t any hindrances till you finish developing an android app. Here are ways to set the tools Android SDK: You must have at least 300 MB of free space and the entire process would take around 20 minutes.
  • Go for SDK download.
  • 'Download the SDK Tools' button.
  • Open the file and save it in your system.
  • Install the file and choose the executables.
  • Choose a location that you can remember later on.
  • Open the SDK Manager and you will give several versions of Android.
  • Choose the ones that are suitable for you.
  • You can choose the extra Android app development tools from the Extra Selection.
IDE: It allows the programmers the facilities to develop software. You can install Eclipse or Android Studio or IntelliJ. android app studio

4. Test and more tests:

You cannot launch your app without testing it. It is always better to hire the professionals to test you app.  The Alpha test and Beta test must be used for the application. Alpha Test: It is carried out by a small group of Android app developers. You will get the bug reports as the professionals will use high-end devices to find out the bugs. They will also suggest you with code optimization tips. Beta Test: A larger audience is involved into test the application. The open beta will allow the user to try the app by using the link. The closed beta will allow the user to use the app using email addresses or Google+ community or groups. Once your application is free from all the bugs and errors, you can launch it. You can also use Emulator which will help you to test Android applications without using any physical device. We hope these handy tips have cleared many doubts and now that you have the idea clear, we hope to see you soon with a successful Android app.
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