By: Jay M
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Android App Development | 6 min read
In a market full of stiff competitors, only a first-to-market app can make all the difference. Since Android mobile app development is notorious for its time-consuming and lengthy development cycles, developers and entrepreneurs are constantly looking for new ways to speed up the app development process. With that in mind, presented here are a few tips for hacking the Android mobile app development timeline – without compromising the app quality.
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Have Shorter Release Cycles
Shorter app release cycles not only minimizes the chances of errors but also lead to continuous delivery. Whenever possible, try to deliver every week or more frequently as this is one of the finest ways to reduce overall app development time. Remember, the shorter the app release cycle is, the faster your android mobile app development process will be.
Use the Latest Tools
From designing to coding to debugging, all Android developers face the same challenge: too many things to do in a very short period of time. While some development tasks have no short-cuts, you can take advantage of the latest tools – such as Genymotion, HierarchyViewer, LeakCanary, Vysor, and Butter Knife – to speed up your Android mobile app development process.
Use Low-fidelity Wireframes
While wireframing is one of the most important steps in the app development process, low-fidelity wireframes are a much better option than high-fidelity ones from both architectural and development point of views. Being more abstract and less detailed, they give a clear enough picture of app functionalities to developers, saving their lot of mobile app development time.
Adopt The Lean (Agile) Method
Instead of developing and launching a full-fledged, robust Android mobile app, launch only a Minimum Viable Product aka MVP with just the basic features and functionalities. This is a ‘work smarter, not harder’ technique that will not only help you understand what’s working and what’s not but also will speed up the development process through weekly sprints and shorter app release cycles.
Offload Non-Core Activities
Once you’ve built your MVP, it’s time to offload extra activities such as measuring app analytics, increasing user engagement, and converting free visitors to paid members. These activities take up a lot of app development time and can be better handled using pre-designed applets offered by different mobile engagement platforms.
Consider Hybrid Mobile Development
Cross-platform mobile app development is considered one of the most effective ways to reduce the overall app development time. Leveraging the power of cutting-edge cross-platform technologies like React Native, Adobe PhoneGap, and Xamarin, you can create a single codebase for multiple platforms, including Android, and save a lot of your app development time.
Opt for Automated Testing
The best way to achieve faster development cycles while also building a high-quality, secure Android mobile app is by automating the mobile app testing process. Taking advantage of automated testing software like Appium, you can simultaneously test your app against a complete suite of tests that would otherwise eat up a few hours to complete manually.
Outsource the Extra Stuff
If your mobile app is pretty complex and requires some level of coding, It’s always a wise choice to outsource some of your development efforts to a skilled, specialized Android mobile app development team. By outsourcing the side attractions, not only will you save your development time, you will also enable your in-house development team to concentrate better on core activities.