11 Android Development Tips for Beginners from Experienced Developers

If you’re someone looking ahead to spend your summer or winter break learning Android Development and planning to launch an app soon then here we have got some 11 top most Android Development tips from experienced developers to help you launch your app and make it a success.

Android development tips
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  • Keep your IDE updated
  1. An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is a software application that provides comprehensive facilities to computer programmers for App development. Android Studio or Eclipse whatever IDE you use for Android development, make sure to keep it updated to (stable) latest version.
  • Develop for all
  1. Being a versatile OS, Android is available for many different screen sizes, so if you’re targeting mobile or tablet, make sure you develop it for all gadget screen sizes that fall under mobile or tablet category.
  • Optimize for Speed
  1. Unlike desktops, many mobile gadgets don’t come with good processing speeds also RAM is limited.
  • Limit Permissions
  1. Limit permissions required by your app, information like user location or Internet access if not required then shouldn’t be asked for as it will make your app bulky and may take more battery which usually frustrates a user and compels them to uninstall the app.
  • Optimize Images
  1. Reduce your use of bitmaps in your Android app to reduce the extra use of memory when your app is running on the device. You can also use third-party tools like Picasso or Fresco.
  • Learn XML and Kotlin
  1. Extensible markup language (XML) is a markup language that’s the foundation for the Android user interface (UI) and elements. Kotlin is the back-end coding language of the Android platform, and it’s used with binding functionality with your XML layouts. Having prior knowledge about them can help you create better apps.
  • Listen to your users
  1. An app that can’t satisfy it’s user needs can’t survive for long! Always and always listen to your users. Ask for inputs through rating prompts like Amazon and Google and using constructive inputs from your users build the next version of your app.
  • Connect with other Developers
  1. Connecting with other developers and discussing your app idea can help you get useful insights on not only about coding but also many developers are so experienced developing with developing Android apps that they can guide you about User experience as well, this plays an important part in making your app a success.
  • Never compromise with Security
  1. User data security should be your utmost priority while developing the app. When creating or storing files on the device, don’t allow all other applications to read and write to them.
  2. Don’t create files with the MODE_WORLD_READABLE or MODE_WORLD_WRITABLE permission options.
  3. Disable JavaScript and plugin support if you don’t need it with your app, and disable local file access to protect your app’s sensitive data. Also, don’t use broadcast intents to pass sensitive data.
  • Never do Real World Testing on Emulator
  1. AVD or Genymotion are great Android Emulators but never use them for final Real World testing, Emulators are just to help developers to develop apps but real testing should always be performed on a real device because the real device may behave differently than an emulator.
  • Have faith in your Hard work
  1. On an average an app takes around 3 months to develop completely, for you it may be higher if it’s your first app. Have faith in your hard work that you put in to develop your app, success may take time but the journey must always be enjoyed!

Originally published at Faultinmycode.com.