Development of Android apps

How to Develop an Android App – Part II

Following up on our previous post on developing an Android app, here are the rest of the steps.

Step 6: Plan and Create the Backend

Now with the detailed design and validation of your prototype in hand, it is easy to start planning and creating the responsible for the logic and support of your application, the backend.

Draw an outline of your servers, APIs and data diagrams. This will be a useful reference in the development and, as more people join the project, you will have a self-explanatory diagram to study. Modify your prototype according to technical limitations, if any.

Now that your application has been defined very clearly, it’s time to start defining your system’s backend. You will have to configure the servers, databases, APIs and storage solutions. There are ready-made solutions called Backend as a Service.

Another important thing on your to-do list at this stage is to create your developer account at the App Stores for which you are developing. Approving your account can take several days (depending on the platform) and should not be left until the last minute.

Google’s Android charges a one-time payment of $25. You have the option to register as an individual or as a company if you already have one.

Step 7: Test Again

Once the design and the backend of the application have been completed, you will perform another round of testing. Do not think that everything is ready with what you have done so far.

For the first time you have your real app concept completely in place, all the graphics inserted, all the text as it should be and the backend. Which means that you can finally test your app in the way that it will actually behave.

Step 8: Review and Continue to Build

Once you have tested your app’s design and navigation and collected more comments from future users, you should use these new ideas to improve your app idea. You can still make changes to the layout and change something in the backend.

Improvements and changes are constant, so keep an eye out for user comments and keep building.

Step 9: Refine each Detail

It is not enough just to know how to create an Android application, it is necessary to continue improving and developing your idea, so you will want to follow your new application closely.

On Android, for example, it is easy to install the application on a device to test its functionality in a real environment / device. This step is the last step in the application development process.

You should continue to monitor and collect feedback from your application even after it is launched. To do this, use analytics tools like Google Analytics, which helps you track downloads, engagement and user retention.

Step 10: It’s Time to Launch!

How to create an Android app? Well, now that you have reached the final stage of this step-by-step guide, you already know how to answer this question. The time has come to publish your application in the stores and markets available out there for users to use.

Application markets have very different policies when it comes to publishing a new application. The Google Play Store, for example, takes around 3-5 hours to evaluate and release your app in the store.

There are other alternative stores to publish your application, each with its own publishing rules and policies. See some of them below:

  • Amazon
  • Appstore
  • GetJar
  • Slide ME
  • F-Droid
  • Samsung Galaxy Apps

While you wait for publication, you can submit your application for pre-publication on PreApps.

As you can probably guess from its name, PreApps is an application market that offers developers the opportunity to reach the first users (also known as “early adopters” – people who like to be the first to try new technologies) and receive the first feedbacks about your idea. Once your app is already appearing in the app stores, it’s time to advertise it and reach out to the millions of users out there!