Challenges faced by an Android developer
Android dominates the market with 80% market share. Running on countless models of smarphones, tablets and many other devices. Going by this, one would feel that developing an Android app is simple.
Everything changed in 2014. Infact changes were happening so fast that the developers didn’t even come to know about a few changes. The whole Android ecosystem had undergone improvements. From new hardware, new software to new Android OS. The question that arose was how can we make the development process better. This is where the open access and open source showed their true potential.
Developing an app that runs smoothly on Android phones or tablets is easier than making an app that runs smoothly on all Android devices. An app running on all android devices can be hard due to the different operating systems, versions, screen sizes and device capabilities.
Challenges faced by Android app development companies
Supporting Older Android Versions
Android devices rarely have updates unlike Apples iOS device. The latest version of Android, Marshmellow, runs on less than 1.5% devices.
This surely means if you decide to develop an app, you should support older versions as well like kitkat and Lollipop. If you are building an app with the target audience in developing countries then you should make an app that supports older versions as well. This can be done by some open source libraries that are available.
Handling Different Screen Sizes and Densities
Over the years, with more and more advancement in technology, the variety in devices have increased leading to difference in screen sizes and pixel density also began to vary.
The release of Android honeycomb led to the start of support of large screen devices like tablets. The developers are expected to use multiple image sizes and layouts to support the different screens.
Managing the different screen sizes is easier with the Vector asset studio but managing layouts is a rather time consuming process.
Handling Hardware Sensor Availability
Not all devices have hardware sensors the Android SDK supports. Therefore, developers in an Android app development company are expected to write apps that are able to determine the hardware capabilities of a device at run time.
The software developer kit has a sensor framework to make your task simple.
The Android platform is constantly evolving and app developers must keep up with recent trends to be able to build apps that live up to user expectations.
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