Starter Guide for Beginners in Android Development
Starter Guide for Beginners in Android Development

Even among those thousands of flashy android applications in the Play Store, there are many that wither away due to lack of attention or downloads. It is not very easy for the developers to bypass such an outcome, but they can still make it very less likely. For beginners in android development, here is a guide with a few handy tips to get you started on the right track.

Follow the Guidelines

Google released a set of guidelines for android application developers. Although many developers don’t follow the guidelines, it’s critical for beginners in android development. Google designed the guidelines to ensure consistency between the applications effectively making android behave as one in all the applications.

Look out for Latest Trends

Google occasionally surprises developers with updates for the SDK being used for development. These updates mostly makes it easier for developers to add new things in the applications. The navigational bars originally came out as a design concept which developers adopted. Now it’s common in many applications and is something users look forward to use in an application.

Keeping up with the latest releases, updates and trends in application development and mobile technologies can help developers potentially set a new design standard themselves, and stay ahead of the game.

User Input

One of the many things that can give a lot of creative ideas to developers is user feedback. Users tend to easily identify what actually can make the application experience a lot better, and post it as comments in the reviews section. Go through the input to get some ideas on how you can improve the applications.

Users love it when their suggestions are taken into account by the developers. It makes them feel that there is someone listening on the other end. If they are happy with the response to their feedbacks and the support, they will continue to use the app and may recommend your app to other potential users.

Utilize Android Communities

Anyone passionate enough to become a successful android developer should extensively use and tinker with Android devices, and take part in the large Android community. The communities can give great insights in mobile app development that can hone the developer’s skills. Developers can also seek solutions for the issues they encounter while developing an application.

Build Apps for Multiple Devices

Unlike Apple’s iOS which runs only on iPhone models with a standard screen size, Android runs a number of devices with varying screen sizes and technical specifications. The downside is that developers will find it practically impossible to test applications on all devices out there.

However, Google still lets developers retain consistency in the applications. Developers can use density-independent pixels (dip) which the OS will then use to calculate the right amount of pixels in the user’s handheld device.

Optimize the Applications

Applications with a slow performance are never quite preferred by users regardless of the performance capacity of their handsets. If the application also takes a lot of space, users will eventually decide to ditch it to find a better alternative.

Developers, especially beginners, should properly optimize the applications to increase its speed and performance while minimizing memory consumption as much as possible. If they use a lot of objects or variables while developing, it will negatively impact the user experience.