A quick checklist before you decide to build an Android Mobile Application which is aligned with the Goal of the organization.
We had earlier discussed few tips to create Successful Mobile Apps for your business in 2018, and before that, we had also talked about how to make Android Development easy. But before getting into the development mode there are many decisions which IT Teams, Product Managers & Developers need to decide on and move forward with the Mobile Application Development.
There are numerous methods to approach at such decisions and we are emphasizing only on those things which are a prerequisite to Android Mobile Application Development but having said so you should also ensure that an Android Mobile Application is the perfect match for your business requirement.
Choosing the Right Platform
Before getting into the process of Mobile Application Development, we should first decide what type of app to develop and deploy based on user needs. If your users are prominently on an iOS device like Apple iPhone or iPads then going forward with an iOS-based Mobile Application is advisable. But, if the users are prominently on Google Android devices then moving forward with an Android Application is great.
And in-case users are both on Android & iOS we need to consider such scenarios by analyzing the market research results. Product Managers should take note of the effort, time & cost involved both for Android and iOS Applications. The market conditions should be duly noted as well, else the goal of developing the mobile application would become obsolete as well. For IT teams who want both iOS & Android Application developed at the same time, we need to stumble upon another decision which has to be taken wisely.
Should you go Native, Hybrid or Web?
IT Managers who wish to use full advantages of certain device based features then going Native is the name of the game, which is quite difficult as well as time consuming considering the overall time required to build a Hybrid Application.
Native applications has to be built as a standalone application both for Android & iOS and the development time required for both of these applications has to calculated separately.
At the same time, if IT Managers are opting to build a Hybrid Application. They can release the application both on iOS & Android based devices but the capabilities of the applications would be certainly restricted to some extent.
Entrepreneurs who wish to release a Minimum Viable Product both on iOS & Android to understand and test the market scenario, going hybrid is the perfect solution.
Hybrid applications falls between the two, it uses open standard technologies like wen apps, but can take more advantage of a device’s native feature. Hybrid Application make use of the same code over all platform, it is in a way wrapped in a platform-centric shell. This is what makes it possible to access many of the device’s native capability.
Mobile Application Development Platform
After figuring out the best path to start with IT Teams start coming up with the architecture, wireframes, DFDs & what not. But Mobile Application Development just like any other software development needs to be streamlined so that Project Managers could have a control over the entire project and understand the course of the project.
Adopting a Mobile Application Development Platform(MADP) is a good move considering that the goal of releasing the Mobile Application in the market is to keep iterating and improve the quality and experience of the mobile application.
MADP allows a business to rapidly build, test and deploy Mobile Applications on smartphones as well as tablets. There are softwares which provide Native, Web and Hybrid development capabilities, with tools for deploying and securing applications as well.
There are few things to take care of when selecting the right Mobile Application Development Platform, it depends on the type of application which is going to be built as well as how customisable it is. The best platforms should allow developers to build, debug, deploy and maintain applications throughout the applications’ lifecycle. It should have and extensive middleware and backend services that deliver key features.
Then comes the choice between taking the application to cloud or other services, there are MADP vendors who provide both. Another choice has to be made between a No Code MADP & Low Code MADP. We would talk about No Code & Low Code MADP in depth later.
Android Mobile Application Development is attaining the next level of attention by the industry as there are more than 56 billion app downloads from Google Play Store alone. As the world is now witnessing an unprecedented change in the smartphone market with more than 2.3 Billion smartphone users worldwide, the opportunity for entrepreneurs & organizations to leverage this technology is very exciting. We have to wait & watch, how this opportunity would create the next big unicorn in the industry.
The author is a programmer for about 18 years and a blogger at Techathlon.com, LifeHacker, DIYer. He loves to write on technology, Open source & gadgets. He currently leads the mobile solutions team at Fingent.