Development of Android Mobile Aplications for Business
Android app development for e-commerce, retail, fintech and VR / AR
Developers of mobile android applications use different programming languages, platforms and environments to create certain android applications for different devices. Some programming languages are more effective when creating game android applications, while others are functional for creating e-commerce, corporate or product android applications.
If the company faces the task of creating a functional and high-performance mobile application for android devices, then first it is necessary to conduct a business analysis of the goals and tasks that the future mobile application for android should perform and identify functional tools to implement your ideas.
Often, the goal of creating a mobile application is to provide constant communication with potential customers, round-the-clock sales of goods and services, or create a corporate application for your employees to ensure the convenience and speed of information collection, as well as data transferring and processing. In this case, it is possible to use several alternative cross-platform tools to accelerate the development of a mobile business application.
The banking and finance sector was the fastest to appreciate the benefits of direct customer contact and the wide range of opportunities to sell personalized banking and financial services to its clients. Today, more than 87% of banking and financial institutions offer their customers services and products through mobile applications, employing them, their customers can personally conduct their banking and financial transactions, order the necessary services and buy products of interest.
Today, more than 170 million people in the USA use Android mobile devices for daily news reading, communication on social networks, search and purchase of goods, services, and important information. The number of mobile android platform users is growing by about 2 million people a year. Therefore, an ambitious and growing company in the field of e-commerce, providing various online services (grocery, financial, insurance, investment, medical, etc.) is obliged to use positive market opportunities. This will allow the business to gain an important competitive advantage in the struggle for attention and trust of a huge audience of buyers and customers in the United States.
6 facts about the benefits of an Android mobile application for your company
Users of mobile devices using Android applications learn news, find the necessary knowledge and information, play games or communicate with friends on social networks. The statistics of the use of mobile applications over the past 7 years tells us that there is an active growth in sales of goods and services in the mobile segment of the Internet, and the first contact of a potential buyer of your goods and services in 85% of cases will occur using a mobile device.
Creating your Android application will become the main competitive advantage for your company in the next 6 months, subject to the important rules of switching to the mobile platform for the development of your business.
The main advantages of mobile applications:
Direct contact with your customers
65% of your B2C customers will happily use the opportunity to communicate and purchase your services or products through a mobile-optimized Android app rather than a website. In the B2B segment, the probability of using it for communication or ordering services reaches 83%. It’s just convenient for a mobile user!
Expanding the target audience
75% of users choose Android-based apps, and on average mobile users download 25 apps per month.
The ability to search for important information, goods and services
70% of mobile device users use mobile search to get information about products and services. 60% of mobile users search for information from their Android phone.
Increased sales of goods and services
On the mobile Internet, sales of goods and services are growing at an enormous pace. 63% of mobile shoppers make monthly purchases online.
Increase in the number of orders
88% of people looking for goods or services from a mobile phone purchase within 24 hours. About 70% of mobile device users place an order for a product or service through mobile applications for Android within 1 hour.
Personalized offers based on communication and order history
Your offers of services and goods become more accurate and the user of the mobile application receives personalized shopping offers based on the history and analysis of interactions and transactions. The number of conversions for personalized offers is several times higher.
The main stages of developing a mobile Android application
Android application development and main stages of application creation:
- Setting goals and analyzing tasks for an android application
- Application planning and design
- Application interface design development
- Application functional development
- Testing, debugging, and quality control
- Connecting analytics to collect statistics
- Google Play Publishing and Support
- Analysis of installation work and promotion on Google and Google Play
The analysis of the business goals of a mobile application
Before you start writing an Android application, you need to define the goals assigned to the project. What needs of your customers should it satisfy? What is its value to the target audience? By answering these questions, you can clearly understand what kind of product your business needs. That is why creating an android application from scratch should include a preliminary market analysis, competitors, and the needs of your target audience for such an application.
The planning and design
Building an Android application is somewhat different from developing a website. It is important here to strictly follow the laws of usability and provide only a positive user experience. Potential customers are looking for only useful products and will use them for specific purposes, which means that it is important to make the application efficient and fast, its structure should be simple and easy to use, as well as the interface should be convenient and logical to navigate.
The interface design and an application functional development
When the design of the interface has already been completed according to the proposed architecture and the tasks of the application, it is time to develop the functionality of the application, when it is necessary to make everything that we have described, designed and defined to work according to certain functions. Now developers-programmers come into the business, who carry out one of the most important components of the process – the implementation of technologies and algorithms. The creation of android applications can be performed with high quality only if professional programmers are engaged in this process.
Connecting analytics to collect statistics
Obtaining the necessary statistical data on the functioning of a mobile application is carried out by connecting the application to analytical tools that collect and process statistical data on its operation and the use of the application by users. This is an important stage that will allow further work on testing, debugging and improving the mobile application to provide the application users with the best user experience.
The testing, debugging and quality control of the application
The finished mobile Android application must be tested in automatic mode to find errors and failures in its work. After that, a reusable check of the application’s operability and the functioning of the interface in manual mode is carried out, when the operation without failures and the interaction of the interface with the software part of the application, data exchange without errors are checked.
The mobile application launch
After the mobile application has passed the quality control and fully satisfies the tasks assigned to it, it is published in the Google Play marketplace for Android applications. Now your potential customers can find it and install it on their mobile phones and tablets for use.
The benefits of Android Mobile Apps for Busines
The market for the sale of services and goods via the Internet is growing at a very high speed, as it makes it easy and simple to find, select, and buy the necessary services and goods. Mobile users buy goods and services and they do oftener through mobile applications. This is the main reason that any medium and large business today needs its mobile application, especially if the company operates in the e-commerce segment and the segment of providing services to run its business, communicate with customers and sell. Among the indisputable advantages that an android application will open for you are the following:
Your mobile application must be always at hand for the client
New opportunities for business growth
Digital technologies evolve along with the capabilities of mobile devices
The convenient mobile app monetization
You can accept payments for goods and services directly in the mobile application, as well as quickly create marketing promotional offers to sell faster and earn more using important occasions and market situations.
Rapid sales growth
Mobile users are increasingly actively looking for goods and services, and make purchases on the Internet.
An expanding reach of the target audience
Your mobile Android application allows you to quickly get access to a loyal target audience and your customers within a few days after its publication on the Internet.
The low cost of a customer interaction
The Android mobile application is much more profitable for business due to the low cost of interactions than in traditional media resources and social networks.
The development of mobile Android applications
Any business needs communication with its customers and is looking for opportunities to make contact with the buyer as close and as strong as possible. If you want to always be “at hand” with your customers, then a mobile business application is exactly what you need for online expansion right “into the hand” of your potential buyer.
Today the mobile phone or tablet has become a more important and more used item than a wallet or a wristwatch. More than 290 million Americans annually use various types of mobile devices every day, and more than 200 million people do not part with their “mobile friend” even in bed or at the table.
Take advantage of these fantastic opportunities these small, hard-working, and versatile “online employees” give your business by ordering an Android mobile app today. Our specialists will design and develop prototypes of all application sections, after which the designers will create a working prototype of the application. The development of mobile Android applications, including the design stage, is a complex process that requires specific knowledge and a deep understanding of usability features and design principles.
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- More than 25 projects in 5 years of work in the mobile development market in the USA and abroad;
- 45 specialists – developers and designers, experts in their field;
- We adhere to an integrated approach to business – turnkey application development;
- Dedicated project manager and remote assistant project manager;
- We provide regular weekly progress reports;
- We are recommended by our projects better than any words.
Our advantages and guarantees
- Experience in web and mobile development for over 5 years.
- Effective technical solutions and modern innovations.
- A dedicated team of professional developers for the project: project manager, designers, developers.
- Remote development and promotion specialists if you have budget constraints.
- Online 24/7 technical support and application promotion after publication/launch.
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Features of developing mobile applications for Android devices
Technical specifics of creating mobile applications for Android
It’s just a huge fragmentation of Android devices, which is becoming more and more complex. This is great for users in terms of choice and functions: you can choose a phone for every taste and any technical requirement. But it is very difficult for developers who ensure the stable development of this platform and ecosystem, and this applies to both hardware and software.
Today, an Android device in hardware can have several cameras, SIM cards, a large number of sensors, have a complex dot-screen screen, fingerprint scanners or retina scanners, etc. Physical buttons may or may not be present. There can be two screens: an additional one on the backside or a cover. All this diversity turns a mobile device into a complex technical device that should be multifunctional and high-performance.
The existing elements also have different parameters. For example, an accelerometer sensor or a fingerprint scanner can be installed differently on different devices.
The location of the accelerometer axes may not be the same as in the technical documentation, especially for mobile devices produced in China or India by non-brand manufacturers. It would seem a trifle, but if you are making a game controlled by the tilt of the device (for example, racing), then first you need to ask the user to turn the phone in the given directions for the application to recognize the position of the installed sensor. Otherwise, on one smartphone, for turns, you will need to tilt left and right, and on the other, back and forth. And this is just one example of a simple device control function.
Different versions in many moments have different logic of work. For example, before Android 6.0, applications did not have to request each permission separately (access to the camera, microphone, etc.), they were listed in Google Play and it was assumed that the user reads them before downloading. Starting from 6.0, each permission must be requested separately already at the time the application is running. Accordingly, if you do not implement both of the logic options, the application will not work either until version 6.0 or later.
Programming methods and libraries are changing: some of them are considered obsolete and need to be replaced with newer ones. Thus, there is always a choice: either to support the latest OS functions or to allow as many users as possible to install the mobile application.
The graphical specifics of creating mobile Android applications.
Screen size and resolution are a separate issue for Android devices. For example, if you need to fit an image to fill the entire screen of an iOS device, you use multiple images for the typical sizes of the iPhone 6 and above, iPhone 6 Plus and above, iPhone X, and iPhone X Max. In the case of Android, screens have different resolutions, different aspect ratios, and different densities, and these parameters may change annually.
In this regard, for Android developers, various tools allow you to set the rules for stretching an image when resizing it. Without it, it is difficult to display correctly, including background images, due to the different sizes of screens of mobile android devices.
It is necessary to take into account the peculiarities of displaying the interface on different OS versions and different shells. For example, system controls may look completely different on different versions of Android and different skins of the same version of Android.
The latest versions of the OS have added multitasking to the workspace. The user can display several applications on the screen at the same time and yours can be allocated a perfectly arbitrary area. This must also be taken into account.
The specifics of the architecture of the Android mobile application.
The architecture of the mobile android application itself is a “constructor”. Unlike iOS, where applications are architecturally something of a single whole, in Android they are assembled from logically independent and separate parts – activities and fragments.
This approach was chosen precisely to ensure the operation of applications on completely different devices, including those with very little RAM and very weak processors. If parts of an application are independent, any of them can be thrown out of memory at the right time and not spend precious resources on maintaining its life cycle.
For example, you see a list of restaurants on the screen, then click on an element and fall into it. The second screen, the restaurant card, should not know anything about the previous screen, the list, because at any moment, including immediately after switching to the card, it can be unloaded from RAM and destroyed. This will happen, for example, if many applications are running in the background or you start playing videos in good quality on the card screen.
This aspect of the architecture of Android applications sounds too technical, but it makes it clear why, for example, not all types of applications can be implemented cross-platform: if this is something voluminous in functionality, then it is completely unloaded from memory with a lack of space and on weak devices, there is a possibility that they simply do not work with them.
Key features of Android app development
The main difference from iOS, mobile applications for Android are the interconnection of separate, logically separate elements, as discussed above. That is, you cannot just take and port an application to another mobile operating system by rewriting the code from one programming language to another. It is necessary to lay a completely different architecture.
Material Design is a whole philosophy of building a user interface. The official documentation for this approach includes hundreds of documents detailing both its principles and specific examples of correct and incorrect use of rules for each interface element. The application icon can have different shapes on the screens of different users. But it must always remain “beautiful”.
There should be only one button protruding over the active area (of the same color). Multiple protruding buttons of different colors cannot be used. Button, navigation bar, icon, and all other elements must follow these rules if you want to design a beautiful material interface and get an offer from Google to promote your mobile application on Google Play. Vertical alignment of text and icons cannot be used on buttons. As well as it is impossible to use more than one icon on one button.
Google’s recommended programming language for Android applications is currently Kotlin, not Java. The difference between them is significantly less than between Objective-C and Swift for iOS, but they still use slightly different approaches to development.
Testing on a large fleet of physical devices (not emulators) is extremely important. Even if, due to the huge number of different phones on the market, it does not provide smooth operation on all available models, but at least reduces the likelihood of problems on the most popular devices.
Google Play Publishing Policy for Android Apps
Before being published to the Google Play app store, assemblies undergo much less careful control in terms of compliance with the requirements for the interface building, a theme choosing, and requesting personal data of users.
Even though Google recently changed the approach to app review, making it more thorough and more manual, the average app review time is 2-4 hours. This is significantly faster than 2-3 days in the case of the App Store.
The general scheme of the application verification process: first, algorithms do this, setting a certain point for the assembly, then a living person makes a decision, taking into account its size and other factors
Previously, many used this to promote the application.
Now the promotion of applications has become much more difficult, but first of all, you need to make a cool product, including in terms of the requirements of the Material Design concept. You may not comply with them, but such an application will be advertised on Google Play by Google itself in exceptional cases.
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The best platforms and tools for developing mobile apps for the Android platform
The main programming languages for creating Android applications
Each language and framework has its complexities and nuances, advantages, and disadvantages. Let’s look at the main languages for writing Android applications.
The official programming language which is supported by the Android Studio development environment. According to the annual survey of the resource Stackoverflow, in 2019 Java entered the top five most popular programming languages. Most of the Android apps built before 2019 are written in Java.
The Java-based Android platform is great for smartphones and helps you create innovative dynamic applications.
This allowed developers to implement a wide variety of projects using the full capabilities of the Android system. Now, knowledge of the Java language allows the developer to work with the existing source code of projects that have come for support, but later everything needs to be transferred to Kotlin.
The complexity of Java makes it difficult for everyone to program in it. As an object-oriented programming language, it has many features in the form of class constructors, exceptions that cause applications to crash during operation, and other points that must always be taken into account when developing. However, Java code is easy to read and structured, especially if you follow the accepted standards for its design.
When developing in Java for Android, not only Java classes containing code are used, but also manifest files in XML language, which provide the system with basic information about the program, and the automatic build systems Gradle, Maven, or Ant, commands in which are written in Groovy, POM and XML, respectively. For the layout of the UI part, XML is also usually used.
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The Kotlin language
The Kotlin language was officially introduced to the Android community in May 2017. Already in 2019, Google recognized it as preferred for Android development, relegating the then-popular Java to the background. This also means that the creation of new standard tools (libraries, Android Studio functions) will be primarily carried out for the Kotlin programming language.
Since 2019, many Android developers have been building Kotlin apps. Many android applications written in the past in Java are gradually being translated into the Kotlin language.
The Kotlin has included the best of modern programming languages such as Java, Scala, TypeScript. Among the main advantages are automatic detection of data types, support for the functional paradigm, and extension functions. At the same time, the language received protection against many large-scale problems, for example, NullPointerException. All this explains its popularity – according to many surveys of specialized resources in 2019, the Kotlin entered the top five most popular programming languages for creating mobile applications.
The Kotlin is based on Java, so the transition to it will be easier for experienced developers. Large projects with a lot of legacy code are most likely written in Java.
C / C ++ languages
Lower-level C / C ++ languages that are also supported by Android Studio use the Java NDK. This allows you to write native Android applications for mobile devices, which can be useful for creating mobile games or resource-intensive android applications for the fintech industry. Android Studio offers C / C ++ support through the Android NDK (Native Development Kit). This means that the code will be run not through the Java Virtual Machine, but directly through the device, which will give you more control over such system elements as memory, sensors, gestures, etc., as well as the ability to squeeze the maximum resources out of Android devices to improve productivity.
In turn, it is difficult to configure and not very convenient, therefore it is recommended to use it to write only those program modules where it is necessary to perform complex operations quickly: processing and rendering graphics, video, and complex 3D models.
The Python language
The fact that Android doesn’t support Python to build native apps doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Fans of this language have developed many tools that allow them to compile Python code to the required state, and the presence of various libraries will allow you to build even native interfaces in compliance with Material Design guidelines. The most popular framework is Kivy, which will allow you to create an application for the Android platform in the Python programming language.
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Essential IDEs for a developing of Android mobile apps
Android offers developers a ton of possibilities: it is a versatile, open platform used by millions of users around the world, with a surprisingly easy-to-use platform for distributing applications. There are many tools out there for Android developers to get started quickly.
The Android Studio IDE
This is a type of software called the IDE – Integrated Development Environment. Android Studio comes with the Android SDK – a set of tools for developing for Android and everything you need to develop Android applications.
None of the TOP “Best Android Application Development Tools” is complete without Android Studio. This is the official Android IDE created by Google. This is why Android Studio is number one for developers who want to build apps that are in line with Google’s Material Design and access to advanced platform features.
The IDE is a development environment where the developer performs all the necessary operations when designing and creating applications: Android Studio acts as an editor for the programming language of your choice. Android Studio supports Java, C ++, as well as Kotlin, which has recently also become the official Android language, a compiler that can generate APK files and file systems to organize your project. Besides, it includes an XML editor and an advanced layout editor. Android Studio offers a whole host of additional tools. This package comes with the Android SDK, but you still have to download and install the Java JDK separately.
The developing with Java and the Android SDK has some steep requirements for developer knowledge and experience, but in terms of integration, support, and capabilities, Android Studio is the second to none.
Unity 3D IDE
Unity 3D is the first tool on our list that isn’t pre-installed in Android Studio. Unity 3D is a game engine and the IDE for cross-platform game development. It is very easy to learn and has a lot of features for game development. You can create a game with Android Studio, but in Unity, you can do the same much easier, without a lot of wasted time and headaches. By the way, Unity can create augmented reality apps for Daydream, Cardboard, or Gear VR!
The Unreal Engine
Unreal Engine is a game engine and alternative for those interested in cross-platform and full-featured game development. Unreal, like Unity, supports Android development, but in terms of graphics, Unreal games are vastly superior to Unity games. However, Unity has the best native support for mobile and 2D creations and is the preferred option for most mobile game developers.
The GameMaker: Studio
The GameMaker: Studio is another game development tool, this time for 2D games. It’s much easier to use than Unity or Unreal and allows you to create games with little or no coding. However, if you want to add a little more customization to your game, you can use the built-in programming language for beginners – GML or GameMaker Language.
However, due to the ease of use, you lose some power and functionality. It’s also worth noting that GameMaker: Studio is not free software.
The B4A IDE
The B4A (or Basic for Android) is the least known Android development tool from Anywhere Software, a Rapid Application Development (RAD) concept. As the name suggests, B4A is an IDE and interpreter that allows developers to create applications using the BASIC programming language. The B4A has managed to combine many useful advanced features, such as wireless debugging via Bluetooth, a visual editor for adding and organizing views, etc.
With B4A, you can do everything that you do with Java, but much faster and with less boilerplate. Any performance degradation compared to other IDEs is minimal.
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The Eclipse IDE
Before the advent of the Android Studio, Eclipse was used by developers as the main tool for developing Android applications. This IDE supports several different programming languages, including Java with the Android SDK. Unlike the Android Studio, Eclipse does not offer built-in support and requires more extensive customization. For now, Google has turned off official support.
GitHub is an online service for hosting and collaborative development of IT projects. It also includes a version control system. This is great if you need to make a backup of your project, or are looking for people to collaborate on, or some good code to use as an example to develop your project. If you are a beginner, then most likely you will download the code of various projects to your computer, and then rewrite it as you wish.
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