How to Make an Android App in 2021 [4 Steps Guide]

In 2020, Google Play Store generated gross revenue of around USD 40 billion through Android mobile apps.

A quite big amount. Isn’t it?

Being an entrepreneur, if you have also decided to create an Android app, then this is the right time for you.

But, the question arises, how to make an Android app. Right? Well, here is the comprehensive guide that helps in making applications for Android (the most widely used operating system worldwide). So, ready to explore this guide?

How to Make an Android Application from Scratch

  1. Conduct Market Research

  2. In the following table, we have shared in-depth details on market research for your mobile app.

    Why Research?What to Research?How to Research?
    • To make better decisions related to your app
    • To identify market trends and users’ requirements
    • Instant reports, insights, and feedback to strategize process
    • To improve upon the existing strategies
    • Competitors
    • Competitors’ strategy
    • Competitors’ strengths and weaknesses (SWOT analysis)
    • Gaps in the industry
    • Look for opportunities
    • Mistakes made by competitors
    • Check Google Play Store to find apps that are similar to your idea
    • Evaluate their feedback to know the requirements of your target audience
    • Hire a professional market research company

    Once you complete your market research, move ahead with setting your requirements for your Android development.

  3. Set Your Requirements

  4. It is the essential step where you will need to decide on your priorities and actual requirements. If you need help to set your requirements, then you may consider the following list for your project. This will help you to explain the exact requirements to the app developers.

    • Decide the type of app you want to build
    • List down the features and functionalities you want to include
    • Your preference for any specific programming language, technology, like Machine Learning and IoT, and tools, such as Android Studio
    • Any specific requirements with app design and app layout
  5. Select App Maker or App Development Company

  6. Now, you need to decide whether you wish to develop your app with the help of an application maker or through a professional application development company.

    Just ensure you weigh all the pros and cons of app makers and app agencies based on your business requirements. However, if you have decided to go for an Android development company, consider the various factors to select the best one.

    How to Select an App Development Company?

  7. Get Involved in App Development Process

  8. Once you choose a maker or hire an app agency, get involved in the application development process. If you decide to outsource, then the development company will sign the NDA to keep your idea safe.

    Later, the team will design a wireframe to help you to understand the flow of the system. The team will also discuss your preferences for UI/UX design and start the mobile app development process. Once the app is ready, it is inevitable to keep testing your app. This stage will also include publishing your app on Google Play Store.

Have an Android App Idea?

Want to validate your app idea? Want to get a free consultation?

If you want to know how you can create an app for Android without coding, refer to the next section, where we have shared everything in detail.

How to Create an Android App Without Coding

If you have decided to develop an Android application for your project, and it is becoming challenging for you to code, opt for either of the options we have shared.

  1. Android App Maker

  2. Android app maker is a tool that lets you build an Android app without the need for coding or with low code. These tools make the whole process of application development simple and engaging.

    In this section, we shared a list of top Android app makers based on their price, reviews, features, and their availability of demo.

    App MakersFeaturesPriceReviews (G2)DemoFamous App
    Appy Pie
    • In-app purchases
    • Ads
    • Upload eBooks
    • Instant messaging apps
    • Free
    • Basic – $99/month
    • Gold – $1499/month
    4.7/5.0 545 ReviewsAvailableMr. Olympia
    AppSheet
    • Data integration
    • Multi-platform support
    • Data visualization
    • Basics of hybrid cloud enablement
    • Automated workflow with this app builder
    • Free
    • Premium – $5/month
    • Pro – $10/month
    4.8/5.0
    251 Reviews
    AvailableHusqvarna Connect
    BuildFire
    • Offers in-depth coding assistance
    • Introduction of simple and intuitive app builder
    • Limitless functionalities with SDK
    • Premium – $4500
    • Signature – $7500
    • Enterprise – $15000
    4.7/5.0
    118 Reviews
    AvailableKids Learning Tube
    Andromo
    • Build apps in multilingual (24 languages)
    • Hobbyist – $8
    • Pro – $21
    • Ultra – $36
    5.0/5.0
    3 Reviews
    NoRelaxing Music 2021
    Shoutem
    • User authentication
    • User dashboard
    • App-level navigation
    • Navigate locations and check the time
    • Push notifications
    • Add photos
    • Android Only – $49
    • Standard – $79
    • Professional – $149
    4.3/5.0
    3 Reviews
    NoCharis By Karie

    You might be astonished to know that you can use Android app makers to build apps without code or low code. However, these Android application makers also come with their own set of cons and have constraints too.

    Please go through the cons of app makers:

    • Lack of customization
    • Limited integration
    • Difficult to create API
    • Low security
    • Not useful for heavy and complex apps, like Zoom and Clash of Clans

    Now, you must be looking for some ways to build a heavy and complex Android application without having these constraints. Isn’t it? Don’t worry; you have another opportunity as well.

  3. Outsource Android App Development

  4. In 2019, the global outsourcing market size reached USD 92.5 billion. People prefer outsourcing because it helps to save costs without compromising the quality of the product. Moreover, here are some other reasons why businesses choose to opt for outsourcing:

    • Saves time
    • Minimize risks of projects
    • Makes scaling easier
    • The larger labor pool of talented professionals
    • Access to multiple services

    How to Outsource Software Development

    Every entrepreneur would want to develop Android apps that reach various milestones. We are sure that you are no different. Therefore, you need a trusted and reliable outsourcing application development company, such as Space-O Technologies.

    No matter how complex your needs are, we will help you to deliver high-end software solutions. Space-O Technologies offers complete Android mobile application development services from development to deployment and migration to maintenance.

    Even if you check the top websites to hire a professional development company, such as Upwork, Clutch, and GoodFirms, you will know that Space-O is a leading app development company.

    Upwork

    Source: Upwork

Still, have questions like how much it costs for building Android apps or how to build an Android app for free? No worries, we have answered the most asked questions in the next section.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to develop an Android app?

The estimated cost to build an Android app would range between $10,000 to $1,00,000. This range will vary based on multiple factors, such as the type of mobile app, complexity, design, features, and location of the Android app developer.

How to build an Android app for free?

There are plenty of free app makers available in the market, such as Appy Pie and AppSheet that you can use to create Android apps.

Ready to Build Your First Android App?

Now, you must be ready to develop your first Android app. Right? With discussed steps, top app makers, and outsourcing options, it must be easy for you to make an app of your choice. For any guidance and assistance from professionals, get in touch with our team of experienced Android app developers who have vast experience in developing many successful Android apps.

Glovo is one of the apps developed by our Android app developers, which is the most downloaded on-demand delivery app in Spain with 30+ million installs. Not only this, the app has funding of over 530 million USD from 28 investors. So, if you also want to make such successful apps, then just fill our contact us form and let our representative get back to you.

Author Bio
Amit Patolia
Amit Patolia
Designation: Android Team Lead

Amit Patolia is an Android Team Lead at Space-O Technologies. He has over 9+ years of experience in Android app development. He has guided to develop over 100 Android apps with unique features and functionalities. He also has expertise in Kotlin-based apps.