Android application development takes hundreds of hours of back-end and front-end development and differs in programming language in comparison to iOS native apps. Put simply, you cannot release an Android native app in the iOS app store and vice versa. Doing so would bring on endless problems with usability, user interface, and the overall user experience for all app users. It is up to you as the business owner to decide which platform (Android vs. iOS) is best suited to your business and its goals. In some scenarios, the best platform could very potentially be both.
Here are a few more reasons why your business should take the dive and begin the Android application development process:
1. Your customers are on mobile
The amount of users relying primarily on mobile usage versus desktop usage is increasing every year. By creating an Android application for your company you gain the potential of greater sales revenue and profits due to the large number of users on Android OS. Don’t miss out on the thousands of potential customers who are reliant on their Android mobile devices and get your business in the Android app store.
2. Ability to reach your customers easily
By developing a high quality and fluid Android OS application for your business, you gain access to your customers almost instantly. In the development process you can talk with your Android app development team about implementing push notifications. A push notification is a message that pops up on a mobile device. You can choose what the message says, the time of day, and more. A great example of implementing push notifications for your business’s app is to notify your customers about any sales, or new products they would be interested in.
3. Accessibility for your customers
Having an Android OS app for your business allows greater accessibility for your customers as well. Customers have 24/7 access to your business through your app to make any purchases, inquire about products etc. all within your Android application. This is great for eliminating any issues your business may have geographically in regards to customer service and more.
When hiring an Android application development team it is extremely useful to be familiar with what goes into the process of app creation and development. Here’s a brief overview of the main steps of Android app development:
1. Research and concept creation
Prior to hiring an app development team you should already have a good idea of the goals, look and feel you want your Android application to have. If you’re not sure how to narrow your ideas down, get in contact with some UX and UI developers for their input and ideas as well.
2. UI design
Also known as ‘prototyping’, this is where the user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) developers make blueprints or wireframes of how your app will be structured. This step would include figuring out platform details, app specifications, and other various features.
3. Back-end coding
This major step begins after all design and user experience aspects of the Android app are established and approved. Back-end coding is where all of the app’s functionalities are brought to life and made to work.
Testing is one of, if not the most, important steps in app development. Testing your app multiple times is the best way to ensure that the app is bug and issue-free making for a fluid user experience.
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