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Best Android App Development Practices to Follow

by Akshit Rana, on Oct 19
As per the Statista report on smartphone usage, there would be around 4 million users by the end of 2020.
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As per the Statista report on smartphone usage, there would be around 4 million users by the end of 2020. This market is mainly being dominated by two giants, Android and iOS, that collectively hold a great marketplace globally. Talking about Android, with over 2.6 million app downloads from the Play store, it has left iOS behind in terms of device installations. And, this trend is all set to boom in the coming future as well.

In the below part of this writing, we will go through a few of the best practices to develop an Android application to gain a competitive advantage in the market. Let’s explore.

  • Follow a great Android architecture

An app’s architecture is a collection of libraries that enable Android app development company or developers to design powerful, maintainable, and testable apps. As compared to desktop apps, Android apps hold more complex architecture. In a typical Android app, you would find numerous app components consisting of fragments, content providers, activities, and more.

Three main Android app architecture models include MVP, MVVM, and MVC. However, you need to choose the one that directly relates your App requirements.

  • Stick to best coding practices

Quality always matters. No matter which Android architectural model do you choose, it is always essential to stick to the best coding practices to deliver high-performing apps. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to review code after completing the development process.

During this, developers need to ensure that there is no unexpected behavior of app, unnoticed critical bugs, difficult newly added functionalities, any sort of crashes in the final production.

  • Parcelable class

Many developers use the parcelable class instead of serializable while data parsing in bundles or intents. The reason being such objects implement a parcelable interface that is much faster than using the default serialization of Java as reflection is used to serialize the objects that make the process slow.

On the contrary, the whole of the object does not get serialized automatically when using the parcelable interface. Instead, it is your call which data to be added or left for later deserialization.

  • Test and Test prior launch

For any sort of software development, testing is an important aspect and should never be ignored. It would also include error handling that you might face during the development process that needs to be handled gracefully. During the testing of code, all possible errors from inputs by the user, database transactions, and server responses.

And, the process of error handling involves logging the detected error while intimidating the users, along with all the possible solutions to the same. The whole testing should be inclusive of all forms, including Unit Tests, Performance monitoring, function UI tests, and testing on various OS versions.

FINAL WORDS

Undoubtedly, Android app development opens up numerous ways of business enhancements for any sort of industry. However, it becomes completely a developer’s responsibility to ensure a consistent and high-performing mobile app built on Android.

In this blog, I have tried to include all the essential aspects of a seamless and fruitious Android application for your business. However, it is advisable to consult the Android experts before implementing any of the optimization practices in your development process.

For queries or feedback, you can contact me here.

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