Android app development could be a cumbersome task when you are trying it for the first time. To deal with this problem, here we have listed the top 10 prerequisites that you should follow for app development on the Android platform. It will help you ease the app development process for you.
As it is a bit complex language, it becomes important for developers to be more thoughtful with code and allocating scarce memory resources. Once you have command over this language, you end up writing less code, but it will be more precise, elegant and effective. Java will help you develop from some most basic to most advanced apps in a jiffy. No matter you are developing a call recorder app or map navigating the app, Java is the solution.
XML: XML as a structured markup language was created to encode data for various Internet-based apps in a standard way. It shares numerous features in common with HTML. You can use XML to pass information between different devices in a way that it could be understood consistently. You can use XML to create layouts that could be used as a foundational UI definition for your app. You can also use this to write Java code to modify layout elements even when the app is already running.
Android SDK: The software development kit or SDK is simply a fancy name for a set of pre-packaged code to help you develop an app. Here, Android SDK will work as a Java code to help developers access multiple functions on the device including accelerometer and camera and more. You can use its Gradle component to use other apps in a well-organized manner. You can also use SDK to put together an application in different ways.
IDE: The integrated development environment or IDE helps you compile and run the code in a seamless manner with a touch of a button. It reduces the need of writing two different codes to compile and run the app. Here, Android Studio is one of the most favored IDEs that is trusted by Android developers. It works as great support for multiple common Android SDKs. It is built over the sophisticated IntelliJIDE. It comes loaded with abundant powerful features & capabilities that could only be available in a full-featured IDE. You can use its different features like code completion, code debuggers, memory & CPU monitors, and more to easily monitor & maintain high performance on your mobile device.
APIs: Application Programming Interface or API is a basic term used for this software intermediary. It allows applications to communicate with one another. You can take it as a messenger that helps you deliver your request to the provider and then delivers the response back to you. It is not a database instead it works as an access point to an application that could access a database. While there are abundant of these APIs available, you can also use Google APIs to connect to their own APIs right from your Android application. You can use multiple Google APIs to help users search local places, monitor your users’ location, reference a map, and more.
Databases: If you have developed an app that handles a lot of data, then there are high chances that it won’t be living on your device local storage. Here, your app will interact with a database stored on cloud servers outside your device storage.
Services like Parse or Firebase helps you store your app data on the cloud servers and made it available across devices. In addition to that, you can also use an SQLite database to store data locally using SQL. Here, you need to select the way the database will work and how it queries that data while using it in your app.
Material Design: In recent years, Google has changed its stand on consistent design aesthetics across its products. Now you have interface guidelines and standards released by Google called Material Design that helps you follow standards while designing your app. You may find Material Design example in various apps by Google including Google Drive and Inbox by Gmail. Recently an amazing WhatsApp locker app was developed using smart Material Design that has attracted many users.
A Brilliant Idea: If you are good in the technical aspect of app development, the next important thing is a brilliant idea to develop an amazing app. For that, you can take a cue from your likings or even do research to find one. You can look in the market to find the needs & requirements of users and try to develop an app that helps them solve their problem.
Detailed hypothesis: Now once you are good in the technical part of app development, it becomes important to do in-depth research on your idea. Here, you should perform a hypothesis to understand your target users, what will be their needs, what would be the problems, how you will solve it, what additional you can offer in your app, and more.
Time: Time and more time is another prerequisite when you are planning to develop an Android app for the first time. Here, a lot of things may not work as per schedule thus you need to spend more time researching & implementing things. Thus, you should be patient while planning to develop a new Android app.
So, these are a few important aspects you should consider while planning an Android app development. If you know more such aspects of Android app development, then feel free to comment below.