Android platform has brought massive opportunities to the developers as Android is serving bigger audience than the iOS community. Android hardware devices vary according to screen sizes, processor types, custom APIs, etc. It brings significant challenges to maintaining similar user experience and execution performances.
So if you’re aiming to become professional Android app developer, here are five valuable tips for you.
1. Start Researching to know your market
All the applications are ranked in the App Store or Google store. Google gives ranks according to which it appears on Google store. So before approaching an Android App Developer make a list out of a gigantic pool of application. Before starting your development, start researching the market. Are there any application with features, you are willing to develop? If yes, take a note of it and if not, evaluate and think about whether your app bears potential of holding the advanced feature. Never forget you are building an app for your users. So, always make a habit to inquire your users about what they expect new in the application or what drawbacks they are facing in your competitor’s application.
2. Responsive to screen size
Android is an open source platform and differs in screen size according to the smartphone and tablet form alone. It expands to cover various mobile handsets developed on different operating system. So it is essential for Android professionals to guarantee a uniform experience across the varying screen sizes.
3. Check out Android platform’s patterns
It is best to keep your app user-friendly. UI patterns act like your friend. It is much better to think of these patterns as tools than restraints. Users will never learn how to deal with your application. It is your application patterns which will make user know how to navigate and interact.
Action bar will let you know where you are and what you can do. The dashboard pattern describes the primary areas of the app and the top level navigation. Workspaces pattern allows the users to swipe screens left and right between content. The ribbon menu makes it possible to launch the user directly into content.
4. Optimizing UI
It is always recommended to build your application to view in both ways vertical and horizontally. As an Android developer, you can use static code scanning tool that helps you optimize the layouts. It also helps to layout hierarchies of your Android application and helps to detect common coding problems. So, make sure that your Android application is optimized well.
5. Use Android Code Templates
There are several types of Android code templates which can help the developer to create the whole Android application or some specific application components. These are available while a developer creates a new Android module. One can also use Android templates to add new activities to the existing module.
Follow the following steps to use Android templates:
– Go to Android Studio, select File>New>Module
– Get inside the settings of the application. (Application & Company Name, Package name, Domain, and SDK, then click Next)
– Select your application template
– Then enter activity name, layout name, title, Menu Resource name and click finish.
So, these were few important tips for developers who are beginning with Android App development. Follow them and create a best Android App ever!