So, you have decided to enter into Android app development landscape? It is a potentially profitable business decision. But before you begin developing an Android application right away, you should be aware of common misconceptions about Android app development. These misconceptions are dangerous as they can erroneously shape your thoughts on Android app development, which may lead to a blunder. Here’s a list of seven common misconceptions:
1. Android requires lesser time and efforts than iOS
Developing a new Android application takes a lot of time and effort. You cannot simply cut, copy, and paste other elements into your app and hope that your product will miraculously succeed. So, sit back, take your time, and chalk out a plan to create an app that’s not just unique but provides value and solves customer needs at the same time.
2. Focus More on Retention Than Downloads
Generally speaking, when an enterprise introduces a new Android app, it tends to heavily prioritize new downloads. The emphasis on retention doesn’t appear to be of importance to them. Having your Android app downloaded by thousands of users for just one-time use does not make it successful; repeated use of it is what makes it successful. Here’s a tip for you: You can track data to know where exactly the drop-off occurs between the app download and its use and accordingly focus on its retention with relevance.
3. Expect immediate ROI on launching your app
Yes, it’s actually a misconception that your Android app will fetch immediate ROI on being released in the market. It’s natural to have high hopes when starting a new venture but remember that less than 1% of apps turn out to be financially successful. So, alter your plans of building an Android app if your motivations are solely profit-related.
4. Your Android application cannot benefit from offload non-core activities
If you sincerely believed that an application cannot benefit from offload non-core activities, you were wrong. Once you are done building the core product, think of strategies to engage your customers through your Android application. Mobile application engagement platforms have numerous pre-made applets, which can be added to a core product. And guess what it doesn’t even require additional coding.
5. Outsourcing non-core app development features are futile
You must have heard this from colleagues, friends, seniors, and others that outsourcing non-core features for your Android app are of no use. It isn’t true. If your Android app requires coding, why not consider outsourcing some of the app development efforts? More than often, outsourcing is more effective and efficient than having an in-house team cover it all, especially if you are coding versions of your app for various devices or coding add-ons to the core product. By outsourcing, you’re also ensuring that your in-house app development team is focusing on the main operations.
6. Low-Fidelity Wireframes are not needed
Yet another misconception about Android application development is that low-fidelity wireframes aren’t needed. In reality, before beginning with the app development process, you should ideally make use of low-fidelity wireframes and map out the layout of your Android application from an architectural and design perspective. Wondering why you should you not consider high-fidelity wireframes? Well, low-fidelity wireframes will help save time as they are more abstract, include fewer details – basically, they work as rough blueprints. A wireframe will provide your Android app developers with a better understanding of your desired app functionalities. Similarly, UX designers will know how to seamlessly design the user interface. In other words, having everyone unified and on the same page will save you both time and effort in the long run.
7. You can launch an Android app without testing
An average of over 6,000 Android apps was released daily in the last quarter of 2017. It signifies high competition that this market has to release an app that users will download instantaneously. Many app developers and enterprises make the mistake of not testing their mobile app rigorously before launching it in the Google Play Store. But it’s a misconception. The quality of your mobile app is vital since it represents your brand. Ensuring that your mobile app isn’t failing and has undergone extensive beta testing will increase the chances of successful brand growth for your company. By automating the testing procedure, you can run an array of tests that would have taken several hours if you did it manually. By speeding up the testing process, you’ll be capable of expanding test coverage within the same time limit and be sure that your app is bug-free.
Now that you are aware of the misconceptions, chalk out a plan and get started with your Android app development ASAP.