Android Development Munich
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Android app development always starts with a solid plan and strategy. We are there to explore and discuss your idea, capture what you want to achieve with your app - that is, what actual real-world problem you are trying to solve and who your target audience is.
Creation of an MVP
Often the first goalpost of an Android app development journey is to create a Minimal Viable Product (MVP). Along the way, wireframing and communication is key to ensure we can build the optimal UX for your audience. An MVP is the ideal starting point from which a mature app can grow.
Android app development is based on Java and Kotlin. Every Android app should follow the latest trends in the scene. We base our mobile developments on the latest native app technologies and customize the features and scope of the app to fit your budget and schedule.
We help you with the challenges and issues you face when growing your app. Scalability is key - Startups and Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) depend on long-term success for sustainable app product development. At appleuten, we're all about growth.
Android App Development of appleute
We know the programming language for Android development, the Kotlin proposed by Google, inside out. We also know the original programming language for Android development, Java, like the back of our hand. Almost three quarters of all smartphones in circulation run on Android. Not only smartphones, but also other devices such as refrigerators or cars implement Android software system. Applications from Apple, on the other hand, do not run on the Android operating system but on iOS. They are traditionally written on Objective-C and since 2014 partly on Swift (for newer iPhone versions).
appleute can run both Android and iOS! Multi-Platform, Cross-Platform are no problem. The Android operating system is based on a Linux kernel, it is open source. Source codes are freely accessible, can be downloaded and edited. In fact, most mobile devices run on one of the two operating systems Android or iOS. The result of Android and iOS App Development are native applications. These enable the creation of native functions. These include the use of the camera, push notifications, GPS, etc.
Can you use Android Program apps by yourself? Theoretically, you can completely without programming knowledge with a App Builder approach the creation of a mobile application. However, for a marketable implementation of a native Android app, an Android app agency is advisable. appleute will be happy to assist you!
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Android development tools
The most popular development environment is Android Studio from Google. It is based on the IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition. The Android Studio IDE (integrated development environment) offers very useful tools for Android development. For example, we can operate the following tasks from the console:
- Editing Java files
- Editing Kotlin files
- Editing XML Configuration Files
In addition, Android Studio has an emulator, which is especially useful for our Designer and developer teams is a very helpful tool. Thus, testing can take place in parallel with Android development.
Alternatives to native Android apps
Of course, aside from native app development, appleute offers the main alternative app development solutions: Progressive Web Apps (PWA), Hybrid Apps. Every app idea is as individual as its solution. appleute finds the optimal answer for your project. Here more about the differences between Hybrid App, Native App and Web App.
Prerequisite for Android development
To create a native application intended for Android, the download of the Development Kit is required. It is called the Android Software Development Kit, or SDK for short. The SDK is available - whether iOS, Linux, Windows - independent of the operating system and can be started via an emulator, whereby functions such as calls, SMS, GPS can be simulated.
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1) Define the customer needs
Also called the reflection phase. What is the goal of your app? What functions should your app provide? Does an app make sense at all, or would a web application or website do as well? The needs of the end user must be the focus.
As soon as the goals and functional scope of the Android app development have been defined, we start working on the roadmap for project implementation. It might even make sense to package the main app into separate sub-apps that can stand on their own and be marketed in the Play Store. Perfectly developed standalone sub-apps can be more successful than bloated main apps that try to integrate a multitude of different functionalities in too short a time.
So it is advisable to design and develop a robust, intuitive Android application, even if the functionality is rather stripped down. We are good at iteratively adding functionality to stripped down apps in versions. So a roadmap of versions makes sense.
2) Analysis of the reusability of app components.
Android has the peculiarity of making use of components of other dedicated apps on the same terminal in an elegant and logical way. Thus, those apps can stand in for certain tasks: Send email, select image, complete purchase, etc.
Likewise, we look to see if you can potentially make your app available to other Android programmer should release for integration. Documentation for the app developers is necessary for reuse.
We build user-friendly apps. Each app goes through a design phase where UI and UX are defined and user flow and logic are defined. Screen adaptations and ergonomics play a central role here. In the process of wireframe creation , also called wireframing, it is not about the final graphical but much more about the logical design image of the application. Here we ask ourselves the following questions:
What physical actions does the user have to perform to realize this or that functional action? Is the number of actions sufficiently small in terms of the importance and frequency of this action? Does the first screen displayed highlight the functional actions that the application wants to prioritize? Ideally, these panels should show how transitions between screens materialize, expectations when processing is in progress, the way error messages are displayed: How should the application graphically indicate that a load of data collected from the Internet is in progress; should this processing occur on the next screen or on the screen from which the action was performed; should a modal window be displayed or should a temporary message appear in the event of an error?
The default settings of a well-designed app should, in our opinion, satisfy at least 9 out of 10 users. Kinematics and ergonomics of an app are key to this. In the course of wireframing, we develop solutions to the following questions, among others:
- How are errors handled?
- Which errors should the app ignore?
- What happens when I try to troubleshoot?
- Should data be temporarily stored locally in the absence of an Internet connection?
- Should a specific caching rule be implemented?
- What does synchronization look like (in terms of offline use)?
We also pin down the interaction with web services. Information transport must be optimized to prevent network bandwidth, load times and CPU performance from suffering. We check the granularity of web services for every Android app that communicates with a server. Here we take care of the layout compatibility (consumption, setting) and the adaptation of the data presentation (JSON and native parsers).
4) The graphic design of the application
Of course, we do not neglect the graphic design in the context of Android development at all. An application needs a colorful design for a professional touch. Especially the icon for the Play Store plays a central role. Our App Designer make design proposals in consultation with you and the project and product manager.
Android, like CSS and HTML, allows you to apply styles to graphical elements. In the same way, Android creates the reuse of the layout of graphic objects in different screens. Our App Developer manage to master the different types of graphical containers so that deep nesting of containers is avoided. Screen as well as style definition are done using XML files.
5) The development of the application
The appleute Android developers initially look whether license-free libraries are available for implementing the Android project. If, on the other hand, calls to web services are necessary and the corresponding code in Web Apps or desktop apps are reused, so we write code that is independent of Android. We only hard code where necessary. Graphical resources are naturally embedded and different application activity patterns are taken into account.
The Android SDK provides tools for analyzing memory as well as processor consumption, which we use. Our Developer Know how to handle Java Garbage Collection (GC) in the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) to conserve resources. In order to understand user behavior statistically at a later stage, we incorporate modules such as Google Analytics, which offer corresponding libraries.
We test the Android app in physical terminals and on terminals with different screen sizes. All edge cases, including low-performance smartphones with older hardware and software, are tested. More precisely, the behavior of the application in offline mode should be examined. The goal is to ensure that the app runs stably. Among other things, the following test scenarios are put under the microscope:
- How does the app react when booting up?
- How does the app react when rotating from Portrait to Landscape and vice versa?
- What happens when the app keyboard is used?
- How does the app react in case of connection problems or when the operating system crashes?
In order to fix bugs, inconsistencies and little useful as early as possible, we always perform tests until the time of delivery. The fact is that for the installation of a App an installation file with the file extension .apk is sufficient. This is convenient for us because it allows testing on many terminals.
7) Publish or list the application
1 - Name of the app and short description
The name of the app is listed in the Play Store search results and the details page. Application used in the search results and on the details page. Maximum 30 characters are allowed. Keywords should be included in the name of the app. If the actual name of an e-commerce (store) app is Mustermann, the app can be called "Mustermann Shop". The short description should be short and crisp - a maximum of 80 are allowed - in keywords the identity of the app description.
2 - Category
Be sure to choose an appropriate category from those suggested by Google.
3 - App icon
The app icon (512x512px) should be expressive. As mentioned above, the designers of the appleute Android Agency ready
4 - Screenshots
Screenshots should serve as a preview and give potential users a taste of your app.
5 - Promotional video
The advertising video is presented statically with a play button and redirects to YouTube when the user taps on it.
6 - Contact details
The contact details in the app details make the Android application look more serious. It is like a kind of imprint on websites.
7 - Define price
Either you offer a free Android app or one with costs. One thing is clear: Your app has to finance itself somehow!
8 - Privacy URL
We will always advise you not to rush the release of an Android app. After all, publishing an app at any cost carries the risk of negative reviews. These in turn lower the ranking and have a bad effect on the frequency of downloads and credibility - this is what app experts call the vicious Play Store circle. That's why it's important to create a first version that has a strong impact, even if that means reducing the feature set. Sometimes, less is just more! With appleute you definitely have the right companion when it comes to a seriously timed and professional Android development goes!