Nowadays most people like to download apps, movies and TV shows as well as music and in that regard an Android smartphone with a memory card slot is a just effective in saving money. As instead of paying a huge sum for added built-in storage, you can just buy a 64GB microSD card at way lesser amount. However, phones with old operating system fail to make use of the extra storage capacity. Though if you did receive the “Insufficient Storage Available” message while trying to save a photo or update an app, then you must have knowledge of this issue.
Mobile app testing is a crucial factor and various factors must be considered while you process with it. Now what holds utmost significance is whether mobile app testing should be done on real mobile devices, emulators or both. The answer is quite simple as it depends on what you are keen to test.
More and more people today prefer upscale mobile phones and there is a big reason behind it. Certainly these tech-lovers are getting sold for the myriad enchanting features offered by these mobile phones that tend to be of great use for them as well as their work.
Good news for the Android lovers, as on Wednesday Google released the first preview built for the next version of Android, that’s called Android N. Comprising of an updated software development kit (SDK), this new preview build is available for the official Android Emulator developer tool that you can install on Google’s Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9 and Pixel C devices.
Among the several of interesting mobile platforms, Android platform is considered as most significant and diverse. As you go out there you will come across 1.3 billion devices running numerous versions of Android platform, paving way for android app developers who now have so many varieties of platforms to test the application.
Well, Downtime is mainly something that describes the 8 wastes of product development, consisting of Defects, Over-production, Waiting, Non-Utilized, Transportation, Inventory, Motion and Excess Processing. These wastes lead to longer development cycle, affecting the quality of products, arising scope creep risk and increasing project risk.
Mobile app development is creating waves in the world of technology and everyone is making best efforts to exploit it, however surprisingly there are companies that hesitate in adopting this innovation. It’s realized that most enterprises are slow in adopting mobile app development as they feel that this would put off the existing equilibrium and it’d be sure be tough substituting it with a new one. They often fear about the security risks involved in mobilizing an organization and thus they fail to make the most of this trend.
Whenever the word Windows clicks to the mind, we instantly think of its dominance. This is the leading operating system on the desktop though it’s still very rare on phones. Going by the latest data collected through various sources only 2.5 percent of all mobile phones sold are Windows mobile. Microsoft was the first to introduce smart phones and first cloud based phones.
By the year 2017, users will have downloaded more than 250 billion mobile applications. There are already more than 1.9 millions apps available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store boast more than 1.4 million applications. In a recent study, more than 50 percent of mobile app users confirmed that they experienced some glitches while using their app. According to a study by Localytics, the app abandonment rate after only using it just once is more than 20% for last 4 consecutive years, but the percentage is declining which is a good sign.
What do these numbers suggest?
The number of alternatives that a smartphone user have is more than ever. There are mobile apps for almost every need imaginable and in every category possible. Looking at the future of apps, as more and more people and companies are embracing them for their productivity, we can safely assume that the focus on quality will be of prime importance.
It is not enough to push a “cool” or fun-to-use and innovative app. Users are likely to reject any app, no matter how alluring the features or benefits are, if there are issues in basic functionality. And if we talk about more guarded app stores, like that of Apple, your app may not even pass the moderation phase if it crashes or has bugs.
Generally, more than half of the poor reviews (less than 3 star rating) cite buggy experience or crashes for the substandard experience.
Testing is as Important as Coding
With the rise of sole mobile app developers working in their silos, the concept of app testing has taken a backseat. Naturally, a lack of dedicated team is one of the reasons, but it is not uncommon to discover an obvious bug in some decently popular applications.
Developers sometimes assume that they are testing the app for every single circumstance, but the number of ways an app can go wrong are many.
Getting to The Basics of Testing
Ideally, the conditions of app testing must be similar to what users are likely to use. It can be vaguely termed as functional testing.
Functionality tests should include the search functionality and checks for submission forms.
Additionally, application testers should also examine media components such as video and audio playback, the compatibility of scripts and libraries, and any manipulations or calculations that the app is supposed to carry out.
Smartphone users are hard to please now-a-days. A functional app is just the bare-minimum. Make sure that your application is O.K. tested with strict quality checks.
This is the fourth post in the series of Android Application Development articles. To read the previous post, click here.
Numbers don’t lie, and that’s why boring pie-charts, histograms, and tables (no offense to business analysts and data scientists) still hold an important place in the company boardrooms. If numbers are so important, why not to consider them before taking the plunge in entrepreneurship or appreneurship, which is probably a more suitable term to signify mobile app as a viable business.
Here’s the five stats that you must check if you are planning to or have already ventured into appreneurship.
Have A Look At The Sheer Volume
There are more than 1.9 million apps on Google Play Store, and it is fast approaching the 2 million mark.
Source: App Brain
The chart shows that the number of apps was close to 1.5 million at the start of the year 2015, and in the span of one year, it has grown by more than 30%. The competition is huge, and it is only going to increase in the foreseeable future, so the right time to develop an Android app is now.
Note: All 5 top spots of Android Smartphone are taken by Samsung. Make sure your app is responsive for screens of both smartphone and phablet.
Top App Category
Source: App Brain
This chart shows the total number number of free and paid apps in each category in Google Play Store. (Don’t confuse it for the number of app-downloads in each category.)
Education category has the highest number of applications followed by the categories Lifestyle, Entertainment, and Business. The number of paid apps is highest for apps in personalization category. In nearly each category the number of free apps is 10x more than the number of paid ones.
Top Applications (in terms of number of downloads)
Source: App Annie
These are the top applications till January, 2016, in the U.S. Social and chat applications are popular in free app category, while Games are a popular choice in the paid category. Naturally, the list of top-grossing has many popular game titles. All top-grossing apps have in-app monetization model.
Following are the top-10 Android Apps in Singapore:
The Importance of App Rating
Source: App Brain
The apps with less than 2.5 average rating have only 16% of apps that are downloaded more than 5000 times. On the other hand, 43% of applications with 4.0-4.5 star rating have been downloaded more than 5,000 times.
The reason why we are seeing contradicting figure for those apps that have been rated more than 4.5 stars could be “the number of total ratings” for those apps. There are thousands of apps on Google Play Store that have high but very few ratings. Users interpret these ratings as those given by friends and family and hence, don’t really believe the app to be of high-quality.
These are some new and important stats that you must consider if you’re somehow related to Android App Development space. There are some useful insights that can be drawn from these numbers.
Next Week we have a pretty interesting and important topic to cover i.e. How To Engage Users With Your Android App. A lot of good stuff is coming. Stay Tuned!