In a market full of fierce competitors, only the first to enter the market can play an important role. Because Android mobile app development is notorious for its time-consuming and lengthy development cycle, developers and entrepreneurs are constantly looking for new ways to accelerate the application development process. With this in mind, here are some tips for hacking Android mobile app development timelines – without affecting application quality.
Have a shorter release cycle
A shorter application release cycle not only minimizes the possibility of errors, but also enables continuous delivery. Try to deliver weekly or more as much as possible, as this is one of the best ways to reduce overall application development time. Keep in mind that the shorter the application release cycle, the faster your Android mobile app development process will be.
Use the latest tools
From design to coding to debugging, all Android developers face the same challenge: doing too many things in a short amount of time. While there are no shortcuts to some development tasks, you can take advantage of the latest tools – such as Genymotion, HierarchyViewer, LeakCanary, Vysor and Butter Knife – to accelerate your Android mobile app development process.
Use low fidelity wireframe
While wireframes are one of the most important steps in the application development process, low-fidelity wireframes are better than high-fidelity wireframes from an architectural and development perspective. They are more abstract and less detailed, providing developers with clear enough application functionality and a lot of mobile application development time.
Lean (agile) approach
Rather than developing and launching a complete, powerful Android mobile app, it only launches a minimally viable product, MVP, with only basic features and functionality. It’s a “smarter, harder” technology that not only helps you understand what works and what works, but also speeds up the development process with weekly sprints and shorter application release cycles.
Uninstall non-core activities
Once you’ve built an MVP, you can offload additional activities, such as measuring app analytics, increasing user engagement, and converting free visitors to paid members. These activities take up a lot of application development time and can be better handled using pre-designed applets provided by different mobile engagement platforms.
Consider hybrid mobile development
Cross-platform mobile application development is considered one of the most effective ways to reduce overall application development time. With the power of cutting-edge cross-platform technologies like React Native, Adobe PhoneGap and Xamarin, you can create a single code base for multiple platforms, including Android, saving you a lot of application development time.
Choose automated testing
The best way to achieve a faster development cycle while building high-quality, secure Android mobile applications is to automate the mobile app testing process. With automated test software like Appium, you can test your application against a set of tests that would otherwise take several hours to complete manually.
Outsourcing extra things
If your mobile app is very complex and requires some level of coding, it is always wise to outsource some of your development work to a skilled professional Android mobile app development team. By outsourcing side attractions, you can not only save development time, but also give your internal development team a better focus on core activities.