How can I start coding to make applications for Android?

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How can I start coding to make applications for Android?

Muhammad Zeeshan
- Aug 01, 2019 04:31 PM

I’ll tell you how I created my first android app which eventually reached over 150,000 downloads. I didn’t even code it.

First, may I ask what your strength is? Would you consider yourself to be good at? Is it marketing? design? development? or are you good at the business aspect?

If you are a developer, then great, you can get started on it with by taking courses, or doing tutorials and basically teach yourself. If your strengths are elsewhere, like design, or the other that I mentioned, you can hire a developer instead because they have the expertise which can possibly take you longer to reach if you were to learn it yourself.

There are lot of comments here telling you that you need to learn a few things here and there and pointing you to tutorials, so I’ll tell you how I did it instead since I am not a developer. I am a product designer, so I utilize my strength to the fullest potential.

First, you need an idea. The idea doesn’t have to be a million dollar idea. Ideas are not so much important. Execution of it is 10 times more important. The app does need to do something useful so that people will use it. You can validate your idea by asking people online or look at similar apps that exist and do something similar.

My first app was a weather app that put weather effects on top of your android wallpaper. All the weather apps out there gave you a weather background. Mine allows you to have the effects directly on top of your wallpaper. This was the selling point.

Your design and execution needs to be solid. A lot of developers can code and that is great, but because they are lacking the foundation in design, a lot of their apps turn out to be just average. If you want to succeed, your product must be well designed so that it has a solid user experience.

You need to either learn to develop it yourself or get someone to do it – I hired a developer from upwork to do the programming so I could focus on the design.

It’s important to make sure that your app is well documented so you can communicate all the details and all the screens and how they work together. If you can prototype it, you’ll get a good idea of how the app works without spending the money. This is key. Having a well documented app also prevents developers from running into scenarios that you haven’t thought of, and also saves you from wasting money when they spend time doing the wrong thing.

Test and and iterate – Once you have a good MVP, show it to a couple of people. Run a beta test and figure out what works and what doesn’t, but improve from what you learn.

I thought that launching my beta was the end, but actually it was just the beginning. When I launched the beta, people ran into problems! I had to immediately fix them asap so I wouldn’t lose prospective users. Usually the launch is the busiest because you’ll discover many many things that you need to improve.

prepare for launch – Once your app is solid and you have something you feel confident about, launch it and just repeat. design, build, test, iterate

But also remember this. stay motivated and try your very best to get something out there, even if it fails. You will learn far more from failing than not even trying. A couple of years ago, I was really motivated to get my first app out there and tried talking to a bunch of people to see if they would help me. A lot of them doubted me and skeptically asked how I would make money. Others didn’t want to help because they didn’t think it was going to work, so never even bothered trying. Don’t let these people stop you, because they have never done anything themselves. If you go out there and fail, you would’ve done a lot more than the average person already. Keep that in mind.

My very first app isn’t exactly a success, but it’s not a failure either. I’m making about $300 a month and have been doing so for the last 4 years. It’s still going, and if it is still going, there’s a chance it may still succeed.

Here it is. my very first app. 4 years strong and still going. Good luck

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