With iOS and Android topping the charts as two of the most remarkable mobile platforms, it is easy to predict that the future will witness the development of applications that are compatible with both these platforms. Today, there are people who after having built a great iOS app are oftentimes interested in reproducing the same for Android users.
Well, if you’re a developer who’s been asked to reframe an iOS app for the Android OS then this is a blog you can’t afford to miss. Here, I’ve jotted down few vital principles that encompass reimagining of an iOS app for Android.
Why is it advised to follow standard principles while reworking an iOS app for Android?
Entrepreneurs who’re able to scale new heights of success via their iOS apps opt for making these apps available to the Android consumers as well. The developer who works on reforming an iOS app for Android needs to abide by certain principles for ensuring that the Android experience for the respective app looks and feels the same. It becomes mandatory for the developer to keep his client’s brand consistent in addition to ensuring a seamless user experience across all mobile platforms.
And now, the principles for a better re-creation of an iOS
1. Envision the task of iOS app re-formation for Android, as a brand new project
Despite the temptation of porting over UI elements from iOS, it’s absolutely essential to start from scratch. Since both, iOS and Android look, feel and perform separately from each other, it is better to follow a strategy that would distinguish the app when accessed by different mobile OS users.
As the first step, determine the count of Android users that you would expect for your app. If your app has web counterparts then simply opt for segmenting out the unique Android visitors. Moreover, you can even choose to try surveying Android-specific users on places such as Android forums and Reddit.
The second step here is to define the primary goal of the app. Remember, you won’t be able to impress the Android users via serving them a plain copy of your iOS app.
As the last step here, do examine your existing iOS app, followed by re-evaluating the feature set with the app goal in your mind. Don’t ignore the fact that your Android and iOS customers are different kinds of users and hence they need to be treated differently.
1Password – An iOS app that’s now available for Android users
After many months of beta testing, 1Password is now available for Android users. Released on June 10th 2014, 1Password serves as the most reliable password management app that’s ever been used by Android consumers. With this app, you can easily protect all your private data in an easy and convenient fashion. As per reports, all features of 1Password have been unlocked and made available for free on the August 1st 2014. Since then, the app is available in the reader mode and requires an in-app purchase for restoring its full functionality.
2. Leverage the full potential of the key differences between iOS and Android mobile platforms
There’s no doubt on the fact that Android is a less limited platform than iOS when it comes to features and characteristics. Hence, it is advised to re-imagine the iOS to take full advantage of the key differences between Android and iOS mobile platforms. Ensure to make the features unique to Android users and not just merely available to them.
Icons in Context and Application, Material Design
Start by going through the Android Design guidelines that would turn to be an invaluable resource for turning the iOS app into one that’s compatible with Android platform. Ensure that the navigation structure for your new app makes more sense than the one that’s found in your app’s iOS version. For your iOS app that needs to be re-shaped into an Android app, opt for building widgets. These widgets serve as amazing tools for encouraging customization. Since iOS doesn’t have them, they can allow you to expand the existing functionality of your iOS application. In addition to this, ensure to look for already existing Android apps that can do some of the work for you. By tying in other apps with your iOS app, you can save yourself from the hassles associated with building every single piece of app functionality.
3. Make your app available for an international audience
By separating a copy of the app in a strings file, you can make it convenient for the app owner to update his/her app to a range of other languages that are spoken in different countries across the world. There’s a good level of possibility that the content cells may have content flow from right to left or there might be an expansion to fit all longer strings when the content has been translated. By making your app international, you can ensure greater user base for your app, with more and more people from all over the world downloading and installing your app at a rapid pace.
4. Opt for a suitable Android app generator tool
While using an app generator tool, it becomes crucial for you to work out how complex the application is going to be and what parts of the app could be separated into a shared library/module. In addition to this, you’d also be required to consider how you’re going to represent your app visually.
5. Opt for frequent updates to the newly developed Android application
With Google Play Store allowing developers to release app updates much more quickly as compared to the iOS Apple Store, you shouldn’t miss your chance of updating the newly developed Android app on a frequent basis. Moreover, with an Android app, you can take the advantage of releasing its alpha and beta versions for inviting users to explore it to the fullest. By participating in the Google Play Store’s update mechanisms, you can easily demonstrate to the users your zest for improving the app performance.
So those were the principles, which if followed seriously can aid you in reforming your iOS app for Android users. Neglecting even a single factor will definitely lead to unwanted results and hence its better to be careful right from the initial stage of restructuring the app for the Android consumers. There are times when Android users feel deprived of certain apps that are made available just for the iOS users. As a developer, you can offer a pleasant surprise to such Android consumers who’d love accessing apps that were initially developed keeping the iOS users in mind.
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