To tell you frankly, there is nothing wrong with Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS (4.0 0 4.0.4) which itself is a wonderful product. However, if you launch a third party app that fails to follow similar design principals as the OS, all hell will break lose.
In order to prevent such occurring, Google has released a long list of User Interface (UI) guidelines, so that developers can follow those while creating apps that will have similar consistent look and feel as the OS. Nevertheless, this is the first time Google has initiated this move whereas both Apple and Microsoft had done it long before. And as a result, iOS and Windows Phone apps are so perfect that you won’t be able to tell a third party app from those built-in. Presumably, Google now hopes to achieve similar consistency.
Also to be considered is the fact that Ice Cream Sandwich itself is accessible only on 1% or less of the devices out there and as a result developers hardly find any motivation to modify their apps for ICS. Another factor to be considered as to how these modified apps will appear on older versions of Android. In any case, Google should now find out ways and means about how to heighten ICS usage on Android so that more and more developers may choose it. Incidentally, this post will also throw light on some of the blunders that developers commit while creating Android apps that are listed below.
Ill-suited planning and development perspective are some of the biggest blunders that are committed by many Android app developers. The majority of them fail to find out where the user’s interests are hooked as also to analyze the market trend, which naturally ends in poor audience response. So, next time when you plan to develop any Android app, make absolutely sure about the requirement of your target audience.
Android has walked through a lot of modifications from its opening version. From Cupcake to Jellybean, there are at least eight different versions of Android that are currently running in the market. But, sad to say, most developers restrict their app that functions well with only a few specific versions. This is a big blunder because people are not supposed to stick to any particular version for an indefinite period of time. Therefore, it is always desirable that you develop an app that will work well with all the versions of this great OS.
Inappropriate designing of the user interface is one of the primary reasons why many Android applications fail to electrify users. App developers must recognize the significance of user experience and why it is absolutely essential to create a truly arresting UI. Also, the design of Android UI is likely to diverge from device to device, so it is crucial to create an app UI which will be suitable for all screen sizes.
Many fledging Android app developers, in their eagerness to create eye-catching apps, try to pack as many features and tones of functionality in their apps as they can muster, thus resulting in such monstrosities that people tend to shy away from these overcharged applications. In fact, it is always better to include and highlight only those features and functionalities that are relevant to the app. More the Merrier ideology does not work in the case of Android apps.