Update Your Android App

Sharon Muniz
January 20, 2023
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Update Your Android App

With Google Play now accounting for the most app downloads worldwide, keeping your Android app up-to-date is more important than ever. Updating an Android app lets developers stay on top of the latest trends, take advantage of the latest features and capabilities, and receive priority from the Google Play store. So, to help you figure out what you can implement into your Android app in 2023, this article covers the top 4 trends for Android Apps this year.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) offers a unique and engaging way to interact with digital content. With AR, developers can add virtual elements to the real-world environment, creating new and exciting opportunities for user engagement. You can use ARCore to start creating an AR experience for your app.

AR can improve an Android app in many ways; here are a few examples:

  • Enhancing the User Experience: Add new layers of engagement and interactivity to an app, making it more dynamic and interesting.
  • Increasing Productivity: Provide users with relevant information, guidance, or instructions in real-time, which can help to improve efficiency and reduce errors.
  • Improving Marketing and Advertising: Create interactive and engaging marketing campaigns to drive more conversions and sales.
  • Creating New Business Models: Open up new opportunities for revenue generation, such as virtual storefronts and in-app purchases of digital goods.
  • Improving the Education and Training: Create interactive and immersive learning experiences that can help to improve retention and understanding.
  • Empowering Industry Applications: Improve remote support and maintenance, enable safe training for dangerous tasks, and enhance visualization in various industries like healthcare, manufacturing, and many more.

2. Cloud Technology

Cloud technology allows developers to build and deliver more powerful, scalable, and secure apps. By leveraging the cloud, developers can offload many of the infrastructure and maintenance responsibilities that would otherwise need to be handled on-premises or on devices. These features of cloud technology benefit an Android app in a variety of ways, including:

  • Scalability: Easily scale to meet the changing needs of an app, such as a sudden increase in usage or the addition of new features.
  • Cost Savings: More cost-effective than traditional on-premises infrastructure since developers only pay for what they use.
  • Security: A wide range of security measures are in place to protect data and applications, which can be difficult and expensive for individual developers to replicate independently.
  • Flexibility: Allows greater flexibility regarding where and how an app is deployed. Developers can build apps that run on any device, regardless of the platform or operating system.
  • Data and File Management: Developers can handle large data storage and management easier, and that can improve an app’s performance and user experience.
  • Backup and Recovery: The cloud provides robust and flexible backup and recovery options that can help to ensure the availability and integrity of app data and functions.

3. Personalized User Experience

A personalized user experience can help improve user engagement and retention. Personalization involves tailoring the app’s features, content, and design to the individual needs and preferences of each user. Personalizing an app is so effective that 89% of marketers report an increase in revenue after implementing personalization. You can implement a personalized user experience into your Android app in a wide variety of ways, including:

  • Personalized Recommendations: One way to provide a personalized experience is to use data about user behavior and preferences to provide personalized recommendations for content, features, and products. This can be achieved by collecting data such as search history, app usage, and purchase history and using that data to create personalized content feeds, push notifications, and ads.
  • Personalized UI and Design: Another way to provide a personalized experience is to use data about user preferences and behavior to adjust the app’s user interface (UI) and design. For example, an app could allow users to customize the color scheme or layout of the app to suit their preferences.
  • Personalized Notifications: Personalized notifications are another way to deliver targeted and relevant information to users. By using data such as location, user activity, and past interactions, apps can deliver timely, relevant, and context-aware notifications to users.
  • Personalized Chatbot: Incorporating a chatbot or other conversational interface that can learn about users’ preferences and behaviors and adapt their responses accordingly can be a powerful way to provide a personalized experience.
  • Personalized Onboarding: Onboarding is the process of introducing new users to an app. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, an app can use data about users to personalize the onboarding experience.

While many of these examples can offer your users a personalized experience, you need to consider your audience and the types of personalization they can benefit from most.

4. Foldable Screen Compatibility

Although still a relatively small portion of the market, the share of foldable screen smartphones is expected to roughly triple by 2025. So, you need to consider foldable screen compatibility in your update plans as foldable screen smartphones continue to grow in popularity.

With foldable screens, the display changes its size and shape. App developers need to accommodate these changes by ensuring their apps adapt to them while providing an optimal user experience. When adding foldable screen compatibility to your app, consider the following:

  • Android’s Multi-Resume feature: Android’s Multi-Resume feature allows multiple apps to be active simultaneously, and it’s essential for foldable devices. It allows a device to display apps in different sections of the screen, which enables new possibilities for multitasking.
  • AndroidX library: Google released an AndroidX library that specifically targets foldable devices, which developers can use to make their apps more compatible with foldable devices.
  • Android Emulator: Android Emulator lets developers simulate a foldable device and test an app’s compatibility with the foldable form factor.
  • Flexible Layouts: Developers can use flexible layouts that can adapt to different screen sizes and aspect ratios, which allows the app to adjust to different screen configurations.
  • Test and iterate: Always test your apps on real foldable devices and iterate on their design and implementation to ensure the best possible user experience.

Keeping an Android app up-to-date can take some serious work with the wide variety of device manufacturers for the Android OS. With this wide variety of devices, you need to consider both updates to the Android OS and new devices that come out each year in your plans for updating your Android app. To help update your Android App or add new features, call NCN Technology today.

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Sharon Muniz

Sharon Muniz established her software development consulting firm in Reston, VA after 15 years of working in the software industry. NCN Technology helps clients implement best practices and software to drive their business to success. Ms. Muniz is skilled at strategic planning, business process management, technology evaluation, project and agile software development methodologies.

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