Article by Jaxenter: Payal Goyal
When Blockchain is appropriately configured, it can provide a decentralized solution that reduces intermediates, enhances transparency while securing the data and eliminating unauthorized access. Why integrate blockchain with Android? Catch these seven tips from Payal Goyal and learn how to develop your blockchain app.
In the last few years, Blockchain technology has brought changes in the way we develop and configure everything related to the internet and mobile application. It has proved to be one of the most disruptive technologies in recent times. As a result, digital businesses have been paying close attention to Blockchain and its applications.
When Blockchain is appropriately configured, it can provide a decentralized solution that reduces intermediates, enhances transparency while securing the data and eliminating unauthorized access. Therefore, it has been considered ideal for financial institutes like banks, currency exchanges, and so on. However, it is no longer limited to the finance industry; other industries are using it as well, including supply chain, healthcare, and more.
Why integrate Blockchain with Android?
As discussed above, implementing Blockchain has many benefits, and the same is the case with integrating Blockchain with Android application. Let’s discuss them in detail.
A distributed database is more readily available, and in case of network failure, it functions better than an application which has data stored in a centralized server.
Secure and safe
An app having Blockchain technology in the backend is way safer since it uses cryptography to encrypt data.
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Reduces data loss
Blockchain technology is based on a distributed ledger system in which any authentic updates or changes in the database get distributed to all other databases in the network. As a result, data loss is minimized.
Let’s now discuss some of the essential tips to develop the Blockchain Android App:
Tip#1. Understand the business idea first
It is necessary that before jumping into development, the coder should thoroughly understand the business idea for which the app is being created.
So the developer should plan a strategy underlying the goals, reason, and purpose of creating the app, and choose different front-end, back-end, and deployment platforms accordingly.
Tip#2. Keep the interface clean
Like any other app, Android apps powered by Blockchain also need clean interfaces.
Ignoring the user’s experience during the development process may require a lot of the changes to be done in the app later when you want to enhance the look and feel of the app. The developer needs to ensure that the front-end programming language is compatible with the Blockchain platform integrated with the app to create an aesthetic design for user interaction.
Tip#3. Choose the type of blockchain wisely
Based on the requirement of the app, a developer needs to choose from private, public, or consortium Blockchain, since each one has its own characteristics. With a private Blockchain, mining is not required while a public Blockchain allows anyone to become a member of the Blockchain and access the transaction history.
The consortium Blockchain is essentially a private Blockchain but allows restricted access to the public Blockchain.
Tip#4. Determine the right blockchain protocol
When issues arise in an Android app powered by a Blockchain protocol/platform, developers’ ability to solve these problems are limited by the chosen protocol.
Whether a developer decides to choose Ethereum, Hyperledger, Quorum, Corda, or choose to develop a new protocol from scratch, it essential for them to take the time to study the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Tip#5. Develop a proof-of-concept
Developing a Blockchain solution requires a considerable amount of effort, time, and investment. Therefore, it is wise to create a proof-of-concept first so that you can test the business outcome in a hassle-free manner, quickly and cost-effectively.
However, before developing a POC, you must clearly define the criteria of success measurement.
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Tip#6. Analyze the finer details of the design architecture
If a Blockchain solution is created for use on an Android device, developers must take a closer look at the design architecture to avoid common mistakes. The processors, size, memory and operational systems must be considered while developing the app.
Tip#7. Pay attention to consensus mechanism
An Android app that uses Blockchain technology requires a consensus mechanism for it to function as expected after it is launched.
Without a suitable consensus mechanism, several issues can arise in the app, which might be difficult to solve after its launch.
Mobile technology is already given priority over web technologies since the traffic from mobile devices exceeds that coming from desktops.
Blockchain technology is being adopted by more and more companies to streamline their business processes. So by marrying these two, enterprises can offer services that lead to better customer satisfaction as well as help brands differentiate themselves.