For most people, the best way to keep up with the world around them is by using different apps on their phone. It seems like these days, there is an app for just about anything. With the rise of the Android phones, many developers have started taking their talents to this platform.
There are many different factors that go into making a great Android app and neglecting any one of them can lead to your app being less than stellar. The following are a few tips on making your Android app perform like it should.
1. Screen Size and Resolutions
One of the great parts of using Android is that it comes with a variety of different screens to use for apps. You need to make sure that you choose a screen that is both functional and presents your app in the most flattering light possible.
2. Make Use of Folder Structures
When developing your app, make good use of the folder structure that Android offers. This will allow you to keep all of your code straight and will also allow for smoother operation of the app.
3. The Whitespace and Graphic Balance
All great Android apps utilize the right screen layout to keep their aesthetics both bright and not to overpowering. You need to make sure that you keep the white space on your app proportional to the amount of graphics that you have.
4. Graphical Layout Tool
The best way that you can get faster previews of the changes that you make is by using the GraphicalLayout tool. This XML editor will allow you to see real time changes of the app as they are made.
5. Use the Scaling of Images Sparingly
When trying to put your images in for our app, you need to take not of the amount of scaling that you use. Trying to scale every photo that you have will lead to an inconsistent look in the app, which can disrupt the user experience.
6. Beware of Stock Buttons
One of the most important decisions that you will make in regards to your app is the type of buttons you will use. Beware of stock Android buttons because they may not come out looking as you anticipated.
7. Use Slower Phones to Test
When it comes time to test the app you are developing, make sure that you test on a slower phone. This will allow you to better see if there are any speed issues that need to be addressed.
8. Use the Android Lint Feature
If you are trying to catch problems with the app, make sure that you right click on project folder to open Lint. This will run a diagnostic to show you any problem areas that may exist with the app.
By following these steps, you will be able to find the bugs with you app and increase its performance. Be sure to take your time so you can get it right before you put it out to the mainstream.
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