Creating an Educational Android App - The Complete Guide
Learning has never been easier than it is now, all thanks to educational apps available in Google Play Store. Education is a niche in mobile app development which comes as the second most popular category on Play Stores. According to a Statista survey, educational apps account for a total of 9.31% of apps available worldwide.
If you want to create educational android apps, for your academy or a complete online startup, this article will help you through it. Vizteck, through the help of its experienced and skilled developers and consultants, is giving you a step-by-step guide.
In this app development process, 6 simple steps are involved which will help you to create educational android apps.
Steps To Follow
Step 1: Decide What You are Planning to Offer
Just like in any other industry, there is a lot for you to explore in the educational industry as well. It is because there are already enough types and ideas in the market and to stand out in them, you are expected to come up with something unique.
Once you are done with what you are planning to offer, it will get easier for you to decide on the features and functionalities of your app. Let’s say you are planning on creating a language learning app, its features will be different from other educational apps.
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Step 2: Do Audience and Market Research
Once you have your app idea, it is time for you to discover the market and your audience. Since you are investing a lot of your money and time in the app, you don’t want to take any risk. So, doing extensive research is very important to ensure the success of your app.
Want to know more about why doing research is important? Here are some points for it:
To analyze what your customers want from your app
To know about the challenges of your audience that you want to overcome with your app
To come up with a potential solution for the educational needs of your audience
To know about the revenue model of your app along with monetization ways
To know about existing market trends and strategies
Looking for ways how you can do market and audience research? There you go with some simple steps:
Go to Google Play Store and look for apps similar to your app idea
Check the reviews and feedback those apps have got and what the audience is expecting
Look for opportunities and mistakes done by competitors in the market
Take help from a professional researcher
You can even conduct a SWOT analysis of your competitors.
Step 3: Features Selection
The best way for you to choose your app features is by keeping in mind your app idea i.e. what you will be offering to your users. One way of doing so is to look into the comment and feedback section of such apps in Google Play Store. Users of educational android apps usually leave their comments about the functionality of the app. Another way of doing so is by creating a poll and letting your potential users share their preferences for features or the features they are looking for.
According to the latest market trends, Vizteck is providing you with an advanced features list that you can consider while making an android app for education:
Live classes and tutorials
Group chat and in-app discussion
Regular practice and analysis
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Step 4: Prototyping
Once you are done with market research, audience research, and features selection now is the time for you to put your idea into a form. You start this by designing the UI/UX and putting together all of those elements in the form of an interactive prototype.
The reason for creating a prototype is to test it with the intended users and the improvements it needs. Doing so is a very helpful step in providing you with a polished prototype of your app which is ready for coding.
Step 5: App Development
In this step, you are going to look for readily available instruments which you can use to create educational android apps. For example, if you want to have an audio-video group call feature in your app, you will need to consider teleconferencing SDKs. If you plan on developing all of these features from scratch for your app, it will cost you a lot of time and effort.
For testing these features of your app, Vizteck recommends you add automated tests with services that allow you to test your created educational app.
Step 6: Deploy
To make your educational app available to a wider audience, you are required to deploy it onto Google Play Store. However, there are still a few things you need to consider while doing so:
Do stress testing of server component
Do not skip testing your app server component if you want to know how your app will work when it has too many active users.
Set up DevOps
This setup is done in the development stage but ensuring its maintenance in the post-release phase of your app is required.
Consider ad-hoc distribution models
There are times when you want certain solutions available to your internal employees. Since you have created an educational app for android, you can send them a link via SMS or a file.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What Is An Educational Mobile App?
Any online platform which provides you with the facility to have remote learning via mobile is known as an educational mobile app.
What Is The Main Feature Of A Good Educational App?
A good educational app provides its users with the ability to decide their own topics/discussions. Also, it should provide them with one-on-one support and communication with their teachers. It is because education is a learning process that demands freedom and ease while doing so.
Is It Required To Be A Professional To Make An App?
It is not required for one to hold a degree in Computer Science or to learn to code. Basic know-how of HTML, CSS, JAVA, and C++ is enough to make an app. However, you can also take the help of developers and designers to provide your users with a smooth and high-end experience.
What Are Some Of The Educational Software Available In The Market?
To build the perfect app, you need to go for the best software for app development, thus here are a few examples of educational software currently available in the market are Google Classroom, ProProfs, Schoology, TalentLMS, and Wisenet.