So, here are five ways in which the most common Android performance issues can be avoided.
1. Building Apps that are Optimized for Low-Bandwidth
When you hire Android app developers, ensure that they do consider low bandwidth users too when they are building the app. A lot of developers assume that all the app users would have high bandwidth internet connection and write apps which only function properly with faster internet connections.
For instance, if there are images used in the app, they should be sized or designed exclusively for a mobile app. Also, using multiple images on an app page should be avoided as this will slow down the performance of the app. Similarly, all the other aspects of your Android app should be optimized for low bandwidth users.
2. Use Asynchronous Design
When working on cloud applications, Android app developers assume that the users are connected to the internet when they are trying to access the app. It is wrong to assume that every user would be connected to the high-speed internet when using the app. If the app wants to use remote services or attempt an API call, the app might hang.
Not all the users would know that such hangs are due to the app processing something in the background and they might entirely shut down the app. If this is a recurring problem, they might end up uninstalling your app. As a result, the developers should prefer using asynchronous design which manages such processes in the background while still allowing the users to use the app.
3. Avoid Unnecessary Processes Which Consume Battery Life of the Device
Most of the Android devices currently available in the market can last at least for 12-15 hours on a full charge. There are other devices which last more. But as the number of apps increases in the mobile phone, the battery starts draining faster as a lot of apps run multiple processes in the background even in idle state.
While there are a few apps which do require processes running in the background, most of them do not need such processes. Your Android application developer should make sure that your app doesn’t run such processes in the background which consume battery life. Apps that consume a lot of battery are considered a nuisance by the users and they’ll probably uninstall the app.
4. Use Mobile-Focused Interface Elements
With desktop computers, users have a keyboard and mouse to enter inputs. But with mobile apps, they rely on taps and touches on the screen. Mobile development is very different as compared to developing a software for a computer. The UI components the developer uses should ensure that users are able to easily select an option in the app with their fingers and enter inputs when required.
The font size should be easily visible, and the elements should be neatly arranged to ensure that they do not confuse the users or make it difficult for them to select an option. If you are looking for Android app developers for hire, make sure that you talk about how they will optimize the UI for better mobile usability.
5. Support Newer Android Versions
If the app supports a lot of old Android OS versions, it’ll only make the coding complex, cumbersome, and can easily result in bugs which can affect the performance of the app. It is better to only support newer Android OS versions.
As per Google’s statistics, 26% of the Android users are using Android Marshmallow and 23% of the users have Android Nougat installed on their phones. The total number of users using the latest Android Oreo currently stands at 4.1% and is considerably increased with every quarter. This means that if your app only supports Marshmallow and newer versions after it, you can easily limit the coding for supporting every version along with testing time while still being available for most of the users.