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Every android phone will have a minimum of ten to fifteen applications present for different tasks. Be it social media, games, or any other application; every application follows through a process of development before it is ready for use. The process of creating a mobile application for any purpose or goal for Android devices is called the Android app development.

The android development process is quite a tedious and complex one that involves the use of codes and programming languages using the Android software development kit, otherwise referred to as SDK. In a sense, we can say android apps are "written" when we refer to development.

Writing these apps is important and vital to the improvement of technology and bringing the world together as one global village. The variety in-app availability through app development makes using mobile phones fun and exciting, satisfying your every need.

Although Android development is almost always concluded exclusively to entail mobile application development, it is more than that. Not only phones or mobile devices run on the Android operating system. There are Smart TVs, home appliances, medical devices that utilize the Android operating system for their operation. In other words, app development for android is not only for mobile phone use. This is why android app development needs to bloom.
Android App Development Process
The process of developing an app will include the pre-development phase, which is pitching an app idea, creating and development phase, which will include all processes from conceptualizing the base blueprint of frame of the application to testing, and the final phase is the app post-deployment. To make this easier for you to understand, let's take these three phases into an eight-step process that can be applied to any android application development process. These eight steps include:


Conceptualization
Every app always starts as a thought or an idea in anyone's mind. It could be the developer or any random person's idea for a business, day-to-day personal tasks, or maybe even a gaming idea. Turning this idea into a well-thought grounded concept, which is the foundation of development, is the first step in developing an app. The question of "What purpose or solution does this app serve" should be answered in this step. The intrinsics of features present in the application and the necessary groundwork necessary for all other steps are foresighted in this step process.

Developing A Wireframe
Like building a home, a blueprint is necessary to view the architectural structure of the building. This is the same purpose developing a wireframe for your app serves. It is a blueprint which maps out the general vision of the app and helps you see the integral aspects and cost-intensive processes that will occur.

Feasibility Assessment
After developing a blueprint of what your app will look like, a feasibility assessment is sourcing for the tools and looking into the technical complexities that are required for the development. It is all research done to measure the possibility of development. This is like where the fairytale idea of a blueprint turns into a full-fleshed process that is either feasible or not. Here, every aspect of the app, from software to hardware, is looked into. Extensive research is done on the functionalities and the technical requirements the app will require. Once a feasibility assessment is carried out, then the app is ready for design.

Design
Every app is a cumulation of a back-end and front-end designing process. The app's design is building the visual outlook and user interface of the application, usually by a User Experience (UX) Designer and UI Designer. You get to see how your app will look like in this phase. This multi-step process is quite essential, especially before functionality and prototype development. It is the customer satisfaction step process of app development, be it mobile application development or not.

Development
All the lines of codes put into creating the functionality of the design created are done in the development proper. This is where the actual writing takes place. This phase comprises various cycles and test processes to ensure that the application "functions" in the tasks it is built and developed for. Usually, the development process is such a broad scope of work, especially with multifunctional applications with a broad scope. So, developers are keen to break down the process into smaller bits, tackled and tested in a repeated cycle till the development is complete.

Testing
Knowing how the user interface, security, speed, and other functionalities of the app are fairing in relation to its use and stability is what testing is. This will aid in the discovery of bugs that require fixing. It is necessary to test an application before deployment to eliminate avoidable issues and save costs. Deployment may be delayed, but skipping the testing phase is setting your app up for failure.

Deployment
A lot of mobile apps are deployed on Google PlayStore for accessibility for download. Deployment is the release of the application for use. The deployment stage will involve the submission for approval, rights, and policy development and implementation amongst many other plans that need to be systematically planned before it is then released to the public for download for use. Take note that this is not where development ends.

Post-Deployment
Apps are like children, as children grow, so do apps too. Continuous updates for an improved user interface, better security, faster processing, and additional features are necessary to keep the functionalities running. In a sense, developing an app may never end, as updating is a continuous process.
Apps For Phones, Tablets, and TVs
Android is still the most popular operating system for smart devices and is present in Smart TVs, mobile phones, and tablets. It may be evident that there will be an obvious difference between Smart TVs and mobile devices. However, is there a difference in the development of apps for tablets and phones? Let's take a more in-depth look into the app development for these devices.
Apps For Phones
Apps for phones are developed in such a way to help users navigate efficiently and perform all necessary functions at any point in time. The speed and optimum functionality are required for consideration when dealing with a mobile application for Android phone devices. The screen is smaller compare to tablets and TVs. Therefore a portrait mode design specialisation is preferred. Other user interface and design technicalities in terms of storage capacity and speed are considered in order to create the best mobile application ranking at the top.
Apps For Tablets
Although tablets run on typical android os and the mobile development Android functions are typically the same in phones, there is a difference in the app development. The difference in the mobile application development of apps on tablets is seen in the user interface. A well-developed UI that will accommodate the wide size and optimize layout in tablets large screen is necessary. The font and touch targets are also featured to take into consideration in the mobile application development for tablet applications. Navigation must be easy to control, so as not to inconvenience a user holding their tablet. Elimination of features on the tablet apps that are not compatible as it would have been on the phone is also considered in the design. Like in TV apps, tablet design is different from mobile as the features must be optimised for the best advantage to the users.
Apps For Smart TVs
Technology advancing brought about Android TV, where you can access the internet and use apps from the comfort of your couch. High-resolution TVs with smart features are usually the models which can accommodate Android OS. The apps developed for smart TVs are quite different from typical mobile application development. The user interface and design are specialized to ensure that navigation is done in a simple click. The app's design has to be in such a way that texts will be kept to the bare minimum and must be viewable from a long distance. An appropriate layout sizing is utilized to make viewing easy on the eyes. The depth of color and contrast of the background is necessary to make users understand functions. Apps for TVs are developed for easy navigation in a simple design with landscape orientation to accomplish the size and resolution of the TV and make it easy for a user to navigate between screens and pages in the application.
Android App Development Cost
The cost of android app development is usually dependent on the features and the broad functionality of its use. The more complex and detailed the problems your app will provide a solution to, the more extensive the price range. There are several factors to consider when costing that there is no defined rate for app building.

The variabilities in cost will depend on the design, the features, the testing, the update, and support. Therefore it is quite complex to determine the cost on an average. To find out the exact price and estimate, send us a mail, and we'll provide you with a comprehensive breakdown of how much it will turn to take your idea into a fully functioning application.
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