In this article I will give an introduction on how to develop Android Apps. I will not go into the technical details, but rather to provide an overview of the approaches that you should consider before you start.
Smartphones are taking the world by storm. In May 2012, a news article appeared, who said that in Europe, more than 50% of all new mobile phones sold were smartphones. In 2011, worldwide sales figures of Android phones have surpassed the iPhone, the phone that initiated the “smart phone revolution.”
With the growing number of Android phones, the number of available apps (small programs designed to run on these devices) also experienced explosive growth. In addition to mobile phones and other devices such as tablet PC running the Android operating system are also gaining popularity. The consequence of this is that there is a growing need for Android.
Google Play Store (formerly Android Market) is growing at a tremendous rate: there are currently over 500,000 apps available. These are very different: the utility applications such as text messengers, project managers and mail clients, but also a multitude of games. The most popular applications are downloaded millions of times. Other categories are interesting applications that improve business. Examples of the applications that allow customers to purchase products from your mobile phone or applications that provide the location of a branch office near the user.
The growing popularity of mobile applications leads to many interesting business opportunities. This trend is unlikely to change in the near future and established businesses in the world recognize this fact. Not only are many companies producing mobile applications to increase revenue or improve their image. The rise of mobile applications seems to change the way businesses and consumers think of the software. A good example comes from Microsoft: the new Windows 8 operating system has a -look and feel mobile- and software system now called “applications.”
So if you want to learn how to develop Android apps where should you start? It depends on your previous experience (if applicable) and the amount of time and money you are willing to spend.
The most obvious way himself any programming is done. For this it is necessary to know the development kit Java programming language and software for Android. If you’ve never programmed, you will learn a lot about topics such as object-oriented programming is necessary and work with development tools. This is the long and difficult road to becoming an application developer … however, if you manage to make your first application, it can be very rewarding and have gained a lot of useful knowledge!
If you do not know how to program and do not want to learn to write Android apps and, luckily, there are other options. There are several software packages that make the application for you. Most of these online applications using -wizards- and models. A limitation of this approach is that you will not have much control over the outcome you would like to do all the programming yourself. Some of these applications are free, others offer a subscription service or a lump sum.
If the software to create the application does not meet your needs, a third way is to hire a freelancer or a company to do the development. If you are an amateur individual or a small business, it can seem daunting and costly. However, the use of a resource like o Desk now have access to many freelancers cheap living outside North America and Europe. Many are able to work, so the development of the application in this manner should not cost much at all.
Personally, I started trying to do any programming myself. I could not find the online application from a manufacturer that met my needs and I did not want to spend much money. However, even if I had a little experience with coding, I’m not a software developer by profession. So when a relatively simple programming problem has reared its head, I was stuck.
After some hesitation, I decided to leave a freelancer to solve the problem and the development of my application accelerated tremendously! It cost a lot of money (about $ 100) and I am able to get the app on the market much faster than if I did it all myself. This allowed me to start testing the reactions of previous customers to see if it was a viable business idea.
-Hybrid- This approach worked for me, but you can find out for yourself what works best for you. The method you choose does not matter as long as you achieve your goal of making the idea that you have at this time for its implementation a reality. Something that people can use and enjoy, and maybe make a little money or help your existing business!
In conclusion, there are several ways to start developing applications for Android. With so much information and services at your disposal, you can make your -dream application- a reality!