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Tips for Becoming an Android Developer

Hello everyone. I want to give you some tips and tricks about being an android developer and developing good android applications in this article. These are tips and tricks from my experiences. I want to share my experience of being an android developer with you. I hope, it helps you.

  1. Use Latest Software

First, you should use the latest software. The software you use to develop android applications is constantly updated. You should follow the updates and learn new features that come with these updates. Because every update brings new features. If you learn these new features, you will improve yourself constantly. So, what software we use to develop android applications? Java, android studio, gradle are the main
software for an android developer.

2. Learn Java

You should learn well java programming language. Because Java is a worldwide programming language and open-source software. It is a very good programming language. Software firms are looking for Java developers around the world. And also, it is the basis of android application development. If you learn java programming language well, you can use this skill in your android application development process. I do not say android application development is all about java. But it has a big part in the android development world.

There are other languages to develop android applications such as kotlin. But there is a world built on java. There are a lot of examples and open source projects that are built by using the Java programming language. you can use these sources in your developing
process. At the beginning of this course, there are Java programming language videos. It is together with this course. You should learn well java topics.

3. Be Patient

Another important thing is the patient. You need to be patient in your journey. Because becoming an android developer is needed time. This is not just about being an android developer. This is about being a software developer. Learning to write code is a  challenging process. But it is not unreachable. In the beginning, maybe it will be hard even writing small code blocks. But in time, you will learn how to write bigger code blocks. Do not give up. In the first one or two months, maybe it will be hard for you. Maybe you will think, I’m not a coder. This job is not for me. But between six and twelve months, you will write good codes and you will develop good applications. Even though a little bit, you should study every day. After this process, you will be a good developer.

Do not give up. In the first one or two months, maybe it will be hard for you. Maybe you will think, I’m not a coder. This job is not for me.

Age is not important in this process. You can be a young student or a middle-aged person who wants to change their job. It is not important. Everybody can develop a good application. It is just about time and patience.

4. Be Ambitious, Work Harder

Being ambitious and working hard is another important topic. Being an android developer is a long journey. You should be ambitious on this journey. Developing a good application will take time. You will design maybe weeks and after that, you will write codes weeks. Developing a good application will take your months. Sometimes, you will have a problem and you will work days and days just solving a simple problem. It will be tiring but after you solve the problem, you will enjoy it. Every problem also will teach you new things. Learning how to write code is a process. You will learn from your mistakes. Do not forget, nobody became a  coder without going through this process. If you want to be a good android developer, you should be ambitious and you should work harder.

5. Use StackOverflow

Another important thing is a stack overflow. Stack overflow is an internet site and built-in two thousand eight. It is a successful platform that brings together people in the IT sector and tries to solve their problems. It is a very important resource, especially for Android developers. It is an important platform where you can find solutions to your problems while developing android applications.

If you have a problem developing an application, you can search for your problem at the site. You will see that most of your problems are not just your problem. Most of the developers went through the same problem. You can find answers to most of your problems. If you do not find an answer about your problem, you can open a post and other developers can help you to solve the problem. When I started to learn android development, I used this site and it was very useful for me. I believe it will be helpful for you too. From now on, I want to speak about what you should be careful of when you developing android applications.  You learned some of them through this course. I want to go through briefly.

6. Localize Your App

The first one is localization. While you are developing android applications, you should localize your applications. You should support multiple languages. This is important because everybody does not know English. If you want to develop worldwide applications, you should support multiple languages as much as you can. If you use just your local language, your target audience will be reduced. Supporting multiple languages will take time and effort but you will see, this effort will not go to waste.

7. Use Good Graphics and Pictures

The second one is the user interface. While you are developing android applications, you should use good graphics and pictures. The user interface is so important. You should make beautiful designs Making a good User Interface takes too much time and effort. But while you are developing your applications, you should focus on this area. Because even you develop good applications, if your user interface design is not good, people will not use your applications. Everything is not about just code. Of course, code is so important. But also the design is important.

A good design takes maybe days and weeks, but you will see, it is not a waste of time. You should remember that good applications do not appear in one day. Behind the good applications, there is too much effort.

8. Smaller Size Apk 

Another important topic is the smaller size apk. When you develop an android application, you should be careful about your application apk size. When you publish your application around the world, you should remember that everybody does not have a high-speed internet connection. Maybe, in most of the places, people use limited internet or mobile internet connection. Before the users download an application from the google play, they look at its size. If its size is too much, people will not download it. Most of the time, people download an application just to try. If its size is too much, people do not download it. They try a smaller one.

When you publish your application around world, you should remember that everybody does not have a high-speed internet connection.

So, how can you build a smaller size apk? When you finish your application, before building apk, you should delete unused libraries and pictures. Also, you should use small size pictures on your applications. There are size reducer applications. They reduce the size of the pictures without losing quality. You can use these applications to reduce the size of the pictures. If you reduce the size of the pictures in your application, your size of the apk will also reduce. If you care about this, your application download rate will increase.

9. Multiple Screen Support

Another important topic is multiple screen support. You should learn how to support multiple screen sizes. But this also takes too much time and effort. But this is so important. Most of the time, you will not want to work on this topic. If your application works on your test device, that does not mean, it will work all of the devices properly. You should test it different devices and these devices should have different screen sizes. I know it is hard but necessary. You should design for portrait and landscape positions. Also, you should design your application for tablets too.

10. Learn How to Market Your App

All of these I explained so far create a good application together. If you consider these topics, you will develop good and demanding applications. So, you developed a good application and published it on the google play. But there are thousands of applications on the google play. How will the users find your application on google play and download it?

What do you check when you want to download an app from google play? Google play shows the applications to the user according to score and comments. You should consider the user’s comments and requests. This will increase the download rate.

Also, you should learn how to market your app on google play. You should be careful about the keywords, you use in the description. Also, the application name is so important. the users search for on the google play using keywords. If your app name and app description have these keywords, your application will be at the top. This is an important area. You should learn how to do this. There are online courses on this topic. You can watch and learn about this topic.

So, this article is about tips and tricks. I hope it is useful for you. See you in the next article.

Written by wecodeplatform