What is Android app development?

What is Android app development?
Android app development is the process of creating mobile applications for the Android operating system, which is used on a variety of mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. The Android operating system is based on the Linux kernel and is developed by Google.

To develop an Android app, one typically uses the Java programming language, along with the Android Software Development Kit (SDK). The Android SDK includes a set of development tools, libraries, and resources that developers use to create, test, and debug Android applications.

The process of developing an Android app typically involves the following steps:

  1. Planning and Design: This involves defining the goals and objectives of the app, identifying the target audience, and creating a design and layout for the app.

  2. Development: This involves writing the code for the app using Java and the Android SDK, as well as incorporating any necessary APIs, libraries, and third-party tools.

  3. Testing: This involves testing the app for bugs, errors, and compatibility issues on a variety of devices and platforms.

  4. Deployment: This involves publishing the app on the Google Play Store or other app stores, as well as promoting the app to potential users.

  5. Maintenance: This involves monitoring the app for any issues or bugs, and making updates and improvements to the app over time to keep it up-to-date and relevant.

Overall, Android app development can be a complex and challenging process, but here at New Media Aid we have the skills and expertise to create high-quality, user-friendly Android apps that meet the needs of today's mobile users.

Android Developers (https://developer.android.com/) provides documentation, tutorials, and resources for building apps for the Android platform.

Here are some authoritative sources for android app regulation in the UK:

  1. The UK Government's Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS): https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/office-for-product-safety-and-standards The OPSS is a UK government organization that is responsible for enforcing product safety regulations, including those related to android apps. They provide guidance and resources on app safety and compliance.

  2. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO): https://ico.org.uk/ The ICO is an independent authority in the UK that promotes and enforces data protection laws. They provide guidance and resources on data protection considerations in app development and use.

  3. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA): https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/competition-and-markets-authority The CMA is an independent UK government agency that promotes competition and enforces consumer protection laws. They provide guidance and resources on app regulations and compliance.

  4. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC): https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/ The NCSC is a UK government organization that provides guidance and resources on cyber security. They provide guidance on secure app development and use.

  5. The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS): https://www.bcs.org/ The BCS is a professional body for IT professionals in the UK. They provide guidance and resources on various topics related to IT, including app development and regulation.

Useful Android app development terms
When you are looking to have a bespoke Android app developed, you will hear lots of jargon and acronyms from Android app developers. We thought it might be useful to provide a summary of some of the most common Android development words you might hear when discussing your Android app development project.

Just click on the links below to read more. Happy reading ;-)

5G Accelerometer Accessibility testing Account Transfer API Activities Ambient Light Sensor Android App Architecture Android Profiler Android Versions android_res_nsend AndroidX Animations / Transitions APK App Bundles (AAB) App data / files AsyncLayoutInflater Audio / Video Autofill Automotive Library Background Tasks Bandwidth Estimation Barometer Biometric Authentication Biometric Library Blobs (large datasets) Bluetooth Low Energy Audio (BLEA) BluetoothAdapter BroadcastReceiver Camera2 CameraX Captive portal Compatibility Testing ConnectivityManager ConstraintLayout Cronet Cross-device SDK Data Access Objects (DAO) Databinding Library Device Discovery API DnsResolver Enterprise Library Exif Fingerprint Recognition Firebase Fragments Functional testing Game Development Kits Google Assistant Built-in Intents Gradle Plugin Graphics Gyroscope High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF) HttpsURLConnection Instrumented tests Intents Interpolator Jetpack Compose Jetpack Media3 Ktor Large screen development Location API LocationListener LocationManager Magnetometer Material Components MAUI MediaStore API Meteredness Navigation NDK Near Field Communication (NFC) NetworkCallback NetworkInfo NetworkReceiver OkHttp Open Mobile API (OMAPI) Paging Palette Performance Testing Play Core Library Play in-app billing Play Install Referrer Library PreferenceActivity Proximity Sensor Retrofit Room persistence library SDK Extensions Sensors Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) SettingsActivity SharedPreferences API SQLite Telecom API Telecom Framework TelephonyManager API UI UI Automator Ultra-wideband (UWB) USB accessory mode WorkManager