Well, the fact is that only a few Android apps are truly great. Some lack an innovative idea, while others are in the wrong market.
But a handful of these are simply the right idea executed incorrectly.
Luckily, you can adopt a few strategies to ensure that you create a well-polished Android app. Let’s cover five in this article.
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Use the latest version of Android SDK
The Android SDK (software development kit) is the primary and probably the most important tool in your arsenal. It’s a collection of core libraries, tools, and frameworks that are essential to building an Android app.
In other words, you can’t build an Android app without its SDK. It goes to show how critical it is. Some tools, like the Emulator, can make app development much easier and faster.
Here’s a breakdown of the components inside the Android SDK.
Google continually updates the Android SDK, typically releasing a new version every year. Therefore, as a developer, you should always ensure you have the latest SDK.
Why is this important?
Google constantly releases new SDKs to fix bugs and vulnerabilities from previous versions. By not upgrading, you risk using old features or libraries that could make your app more likely to get hacked.
Just consider the number of vulnerabilities fixed by a typical SDK release:
Getting the latest Android SDK also gives you access to new features or significant improvements over older libraries.
For instance, the upcoming Android 14 SDK provides localization features, enabling users to set regional preferences (such as using Celsius in all temperature readings) and then apply them automatically for all apps. Thus, you don’t need to implement that code yourself.
The bottom line is that if you want to create the best user experience for your users, the easiest way is to use the latest Android SDK.
Take full advantage of Android’s fragments
A fragment in Android is a self-contained UI component that can be reused in your project. It has its own layout, sub-components, and input and output events.
In essence, they are like mini-apps. However, the difference is that they can’t exist independently—they need to run under an activity.
Fragments allow you to create modular and responsive user interfaces, particularly for foldable devices with split-screen capabilities.
For example, you might want to change your navigation UI to a sidebar if it’s shown on a tablet but switch to a smaller navigation bar when viewed from a smartphone. Fragments allow you to make these transitions quickly and smoothly.
Material Design guidelines are the best practices, tips, and components for creating Android UIs. It’s responsible for giving Android apps a unified, signature look that is instantly recognizable to users.
This familiarity is powerful for UX. That’s because it enables users to intuitively adapt to your interface with a minimal learning curve. This can improve your retention and engagement dramatically.
Furthermore, Android’s design guidelines eliminate practices that could slow down your app. This improves app performance and, therefore, the overall experience.
Best of all, it streamlines your design process. It allows you to create beautiful UIs rapidly, thus speeding up your app’s release. And the only thing you need to do is follow the guidelines.
Comply with Google Play Store’s policies
One of the unexpected bottlenecks that developers encounter is app store rejection.
You’ll need to spend time figuring out the reason for rejection and then devoting resources to fixing it. Depending on the severity of the error, this could delay your launch dramatically.
Luckily for Android developers, the Google Play Store has a reputation for being less strict than the Apple App Store. However, that’s not a reason to be complacent.
The best way to avoid this is to know the Google Play Store policies early on. That way, you can comply with them throughout development.
But rather than a chore, following policies is actually good for your app. Remember, these rules exist so users can have the best experience.
For example, the Google Play Store takes security checks seriously. It will flag an app if it finds code vulnerabilities that could introduce malware.
Likewise, marketing practices that violate user privacy, such as too much spam and fraud, are grounds for rejection.
Google also expects minimum functionality, such as apps that have reasonable response times and don’t crash unexpectedly.
However, there are some Play Store violations that might not be straightforward to fix, which can be frustrating and time-consuming. It’s one of many reasons that having an experienced Android development team is the best strategy of all.
Hire an Android development company
All the best practices and strategies in the world will never work without competent developers implementing them.
But rather than hire individual freelance developers, a better approach would be to work with a dedicated team.
An Applied Sciences graduate and a true connoisseur of tech, Ivan is a software developer with a genuine love for exploring new technologies. QAs love his code, and his fellow developers always value his input. For Ivan, there is no issue too small to talk over, and no problem that can’t be solved together.
When he is not coding, Ivan is usually hiking or playing football. His ideal workspace? Probably a cottage in the mountains, with a serious gaming setup and fast internet connection.