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Where to Start Learning Android App Development?

When it comes to mobile development, there are a lot of options out there. React Native? Sencha? SDKs? APKs? Xamarin? It can all seem a bit much. Hopefully this guide gives you a good idea of what you are facing when you develop your first Android Application, and it basic steps it takes to get from an idea, to a Playstore listing.

The Idea

The first step to any mobile application is the idea. Think of something that you, or someone you know, would find useful to have on their phone. This could be something simple, like a new way to browse your favourite website, or something more complex, that might even involve a bluetooth device. You don’t always have to innovate, you just have to do something better than what is out there.

The User Experience

Don’t make the mistake of underestimating the value of your user’s experience within your application. If a user gets frustrated with your app, they are likely to stop using it. Have a look at your favourite applications. What makes them pleasant to use? Ask your friends to try the app out, look for feedback and utilise it.

It may help you to visualise the interface and use of your mobile application using “frameworking” and “timeline” software, but you can also just do it by hand on paper.

The Design

The design of your application is also very ac market important. This includes the development of a “Brand”, a consistent design throughout your application and store listing using Logos, colours and fonts.

The Money

No one likes adverts. It’s the painful truth. Ideally, you should avoid trying to monetise your application too early as you may scare away potential long term users. It’s what Amazon did, they took (and are still taking) hits with their business in order to secure long term customers.

The Language

Despite what some people may try and tell you, the ability to write your own software is critical to a well designed application. It may seem scary to start with, but there are a large number of guides out there, such as┬áCodecademy, or scotch.io, that will help you. Don’t try to run before you can walk.

As for which language you should learn, it comes down to what you want from your application, how much you are willing to spend, and what you are most comfortable with, which will be discussed below.

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