In developing mobile apps, companies are targeting Android with the market share of the worldwide mobile operating system. ABC has made Android available as an open source mobile platform. It also updates the mobile operating system at regular intervals with new features and enhancements. But some versions of the mobile operating system have different penetration rates
The alphabet does not control Android smartphones, tablets, and phablets produced by different companies. Therefore, devices manufactured by different companies have variable hardware capabilities, even though they use the same Android version. Therefore; it is essential for developers to build mobile apps with a wide variety of devices running Android versions.
When designing, developing, and testing your mobile app, you have to put great emphasis on accessibility, functionality, performance, usability, and security of the mobile app to pick users independently on the Android device. You also need to look at how the application can provide a personalized user experience on different devices and operating system versions. They still have to face many challenges to develop a robust Android application.
Understanding 7 Common Challenges to Developers for Android Applications
1) Software fragmentation
As mentioned earlier, Android versions have a different market share. According to the latest data released by Google, the latest version of the mobile operating system – Nougat's market share is lower than its predecessors – the droppings, Lollipop and KitKat. New Android versions have many new features and enhancements. Developers need to feature special features in the app to provide the optimum user experience by taking advantage of the new features. At the same time, you need to ensure that your app provides a rich and personalized user experience on devices running older versions of Android. Developers need to target multiple versions of Android to make the application short-term popular and profitable.
2) Variable hardware features
Unlike other mobile operating systems, Android is open source. The alphabet enables device manufacturers to tailor the operating system to their own needs. In addition, it does not regulate Android devices launched by different manufacturers. Therefore, devices have different hardware features, even though they use the same version of Android. For example, two Android Nougat-operated devices may differ in the size, resolution, camera and other hardware of the display. When developing an Android application, developers need to provide a personalized experience for every user with all the hardware features of the device.
3) No Unified User Interface Design Process or Rules
Google has not provided a UI that designed the processor or rules for mobile app developers. That's why most developers are developing Android applications without following the development process or rules of the standard UI. When developers create custom user interfaces in their own way, applications do not look or work consistently on different devices. The incompatibility and diversity of the user interface affects the user experience directly provided by the Android app. Smart developers can choose a sensitive layout so that the UI is compatible with multiple devices. Additionally, developers need to thoroughly test the user interface of their mobile app, both real tools and emulators. But developers often think that they are designing a user interface that makes the app more consistent on Android devices.
4) API Compatibility
Most developers use third-party APIs to enhance the functionality of the mobile app and interoperability. However, the quality of third-party APIs available for Android developer developers differs. Some APIs are designed for a specific version of Android. Therefore, these APIs do not work on devices running different versions of the mobile operating system. Developers need to look at how to work on a single API on different versions of Android. But often, they challenge the applications to run smoothly on different Android devices with the same APIs.
5) Security Errors
Customize your Android to suit your specific needs. But because of its openness and huge market share, Android has become vulnerable to frequent security attacks. There are a number of cases when the security of millions of Android devices is affected by security flaws or Stagefright, Certifi-gate mRST, FakeID, installer vents, and TowelRoot errors. Developers should include robust security features in the app and use the latest encryption mechanism to retain user data despite targeted security attacks and Android security issues.
6) Visibility of Android Search Engine
The latest information on different sites shows that the Google Play Store has a lot more mobile apps than the Apple App Store. In addition, a large percentage of users of Android devices want free applications for paid apps. Developers should therefore aggressively promote their mobile apps to reach higher download numbers and implement the app's monetization options. They must also implement a comprehensive digital marketing strategy to promote the app, targeting key users. Many developers need to take advantage of the services of digital marketing professionals to aggressively popularize their applications.
7) Patent Issues
Users have access to many Android apps that have the same features and features. But developers often have the ability to create custom apps and functionalities. Often the features and features in the app are similar to the many applications available in a Play store category. Unlike Apple, Google does not use stringent guidelines to evaluate the quality of new apps that are running applications. Due to the lack of standardized quality assessment guidelines, developers often deal with patent-related issues. Some developers need to plan and modify their applications in the future to avoid patent issues.
Most Android Developers are nowadays in an agile development environment to quickly develop Android applications. They should periodically coordinate with QA specialists and actively participate in the mobile app test process. Therefore, developers have to address a number of common problems in testing Android applications.