Android is an operating system (OS) from Google. Android is open source. Android has a huge market share. Smartphones running on Android outsell other operating systems. Android is app friendly. Hosannas sung for Android can fill an earthmoving truck! Android is said to be app dependent, which is good news for smartphone users who may download apps by the heaps. However, app development is not without its hurdles, in fact some serious ones.
Disadvantages? Nah, challenges!
The overwhelming presence of Android has unleashed a market for app development that is growing day by day. The Google Play Store, the online store that sells app products, is packed with apps of all colors and sizes. The users are many and the challenges encountered in Android application development are of equivalent proportions. So what are these challenges?
Multiple Providers: Many smartphone manufacturers use Android as their operating system, albeit with many modifications. Libraries, functions, and others are modified or removed, leading to an annoying increase in fragmentation issues.
Lack of usage policies: The creator of Android, Google, has been quite lenient in allowing app developers to tweak and tweak it to suit their purpose. This no-rules approach has allowed all of the Tom, Dick, and Harry developers to run amok, resulting in small-town apps sharing silo space in the Google Play Store. How do we make sure that only quality apps access Play?
Diversity of software and hardware: Multiple versions of the software being released quickly pose an application compatibility issue for more than one version. When it comes to hardware, the market is flooded with smartphones of all screen sizes, operating mechanisms, and processing speeds, adding to the headache for app developers to ensure satisfactory performance of their apps on these devices. devices.
marketing blues– Once an app is ready for sale, the app developer must pay Google an up-front fee to host their app. Google scans the app for and remove any malware, which causes a significant delay in the marketing aspect. The temptation to embed ads in apps can anger users. You also have to watch the aspect of the patent, lest someone sue for plagiarism.
While durable solutions may not solve all challenges, there are workarounds available that should help you get ahead.
Software and Hardware: It must be accepted that a single application may not satisfy all mobile devices with different versions of Android. Diversity in hardware and software is a reality that must be accepted. Fortunately, hardware nowadays shows flexibility to run applications based on different versions of Android. App developers should do some research on target devices and versions and decide on the best option to target their apps.
Marketing: Once again, research plays an important role. Identify target users and devices so you can earn revenue through app usage from this target group. This would also free you from the need to use ads in your app to drive your users away. Or, make your app so easy to use that users don’t mind finding a couple of little ads on the side.
The challenges can be endemic or widespread, but those involved in Android app development find ways to overcome these problems. Diversity in Android can be both a boon and a bane depending on how we approach app development. To reiterate, thorough research and a passion for achieving the intended goal will enable you to navigate through the teething problems and successfully launch your app. Ready, Set, Go!