It’s no wonder that the global smartphone market is dominated by Android devices. Part of the reason is its popularity in emerging economies, where price remains an important factor in the end-user’s purchase decisions. Unlike Apple’s iOS, Google has made Android an open-source and its software packages are available to almost every other smartphone manufacturer making it a default operating system for many.
While there are tonnes of apps available on Google Store, a very minor percentage cater to the everyday needs of the end-user. It’s important to know that crafting a successful app in this competitive digital environment is supplemented by user demands and expectations and user-centric apps are only those apps that render exactly those features that a user wants.
Apps that prioritize user experience will always perform better than apps that add fancy technologies just for the sake of it.
Some important features that you should consider during the android app development:
#1 App Navigation
App navigation refers to the interactions that users make to navigate across, back, in and out from an app. It is simply moving between the screens. If a user faces problems in moving between the screen, it means that not enough effort was put in to define its structure. Good Android UX design is easy to navigate and resembles navigation patterns of Android. Apps that are consistent throughout with familiar UI patterns render user experience that becomes automatic for the end-user. Unlike websites, that provide significant information over a page, a mobile app has to be task-oriented. Refer to Google design guidelines to have a comprehensive overview of the app’s information architecture that will help you place the content precisely where it needs to be.
While in the development phase, pay attention to design guidelines on navigation drawers to deliver a seamless user experience.
#2 Offline Capabilities
Offline apps are slowly gathering pace because they are successfully delivering a better experience to the users. The majority of apps work at their best over a Wifi or fast data connection. This is good in a way but not for people who travel or commute extensively. Offline apps are a blessing for those who travel or stay in remote places where connectivity is poor.
Likes of Spotify, Google and Reddit have already added offline mode to cater to their vast audiences. Having an offline feature in the list of your arsenal will definitely drive conversation rates.
#3 Responsive Design
Android-powered devices come in many shapes and sizes, so it is important to have an app layout that provides lag-free experience and is flexible. It’s a well-known fact that a UI designed for the phone won’t offer a good experience on a tablet, but still many apps miss implementing this in the development phase. From IoT devices to tablets, make sure to incorporate responsive designs so that your end-user receives a seamless user experience.
Use the “available width” qualifier to enhance the experience when the user switches from “portrait” to “landscape” orientations. When designing the app for multiple screen sizes, don’t duplicate the UI behavior across the activities. Whether its large screen or range of handsets, use fragments to extract UI logic into separate components so that you can create multi-pane layouts. Don’t forget to test your app on a range of screen sizes and ensure that your UI scales correctly.
Use Android Emulator to emulate any screen size if you don’t have access to physical devices. By supporting as many screen sizes as possible, your app can be accessed by many users.
An Android app developer’s job extends merely beyond crafting a mobile app that suffices the requirements. As long as the product is in the marketplace, his or her job will never get over. User expectations and demands will continue to drive mobile capabilities in the future. Work with an android app development company that not only maintains usability throughout the App’s lifecycle but also helps build long-lasting relationships with customers through timely added features.
The Unprecedented growth in machine learning and A.I will bring forward android app development solutions that will totally change the way we experience mobile applications. There won’t be any shortcomings in the features. However, it’s the number of right features that will decide the success or failure of an app.