Everyone is getting an app these days, from your next door neighbor to your neighborhood restaurant. It is no longer as difficult or expensive to build as it used to be. If you are planning to build your first Android application - for personal or business purposes - there are some things you need to know first, though:
You need to be well prepared
You need to know Java well if you’re programming. You will also need to write code XML for the application layout. Finally, if you’re new, we suggest you use an IDE like AndroidStudio or Eclipse.
Development will be expensive and time-consuming
You need to write 40% more code on average for an Android compared to an iOS app. Some companies even go as far as hiring two developers for Android for every one developer for iOS.
Testing is a nightmare
There are well over 25,000 unique devices in the market at the moment. It is impossible to test for all of these. However, you will still need to test on the most popular smartphone variants - which is going to cost you a lot of time and money.
Fragmentation translates to fewer mobile users
No matter how extensive your testing, it is still going to be unusable on some devices. You will, thus, lose out on a lot of app users from the get go.
Compatibility with old and new OS versions
Only 12% of all Android phones are running Lollipop at the moment. It will have to be capable of running on old versions of the OS as well as newer ones. When OS gets an update, it takes from 6 to 12 months on an average for device manufacturers to release it.
Rewards are few
Don’t expect to be able to make a fully functional app overnight. It is going to take a lot of time and effort. Also, a large number of users are from developing countries - it is difficult to get them to pay for apps.
So should you develop for Android? With its 70 percent plus market share, you can’t afford not to! You can make it easier for yourself by hiring professional Android App developers in Singapore for help.