How to Future Proof an Android App
The mobile world is changing as we speak. As we saw in the newest CES convention, our smartphones are changing quite rapidly. Flexible screens, new Quad-Core processors with even more power than before; everything is changing. But what does this mean for the developer? How can a person manage to build an app, which will sustain the flow of time and still be compatible with the newest Android devices. Nothing can be certain; however, there are a few tips, which you can follow in order to future-proof your android application.
1) Make your app available to as many devices as possible
Test your application to a wide variety of devices. Don't assume that all of your users will have a physical keyboard, for example, and create an alternative version of your app for different devices.
2) Avoid Piled up Layouts
An application with a lot of view hierarchies and cluttered layouts will most probably cause crashes. Even if, it runs well on one device, it may cause problems in the future. That's why if you want to future proof your application you should avoid adding unnecessary layout view hierarchies. A thing you could try doing is utilizing the frame layout or table layout in order to simplify your layouts.
3) Don't add settings Manipulation
As Android is changing, it is becoming more and more strict about how an application can change the settings of the phone. In the future applications would only instruct the user to change the settings. That's why your application should not mess with the settings of your phone.
4) Look Out for Phone Orientation and Rotation Issues
Generally you should not mess with the rotation settings of your device. If your application requires the use of the accelerometer make sure that you program your code perfectly, so it doesn't mess up the orientation of the device. As aforementioned, you should try your app on as many devices as possible in order to avoid hardware glitches.
5) Application Programming Interfaces
APIs are the thing you should look out for the most if you want to future proof your app. Almost every year APIs for internal tasks, such as brightness control or toggling the Bluetooth, are changed. That's why, if you use these APIs your application may crash on newer devices. Make sure your avoid them.
Overall, there is no way you can make your application sustain the quest of time. You can not know for sure what will come out next. However, if you avoid some general glitches and follow the aforementioned tips, you app could be available and fully operational to a lot more android devices to come.