Android Development Services

BairesDev, Your Android App Development Company

Android is one of the most popular operating systems in the world, empowering millions of devices of all types. That’s why many businesses work hard to develop Android apps: to reach and engage a huge mobile audience. But successfully doing so isn’t easy. You need a solid mobile strategy, a deep understanding of the audience, and a highly qualified team to build the best Android app possible. 

Fortunately, BairesDev can help you with all of that. We are a custom Android app development services company with years of experience working with Google’s OS. Our company was born in the same year Android first appeared on the market, so we grew alongside it. Even then, we saw the operating system’s potential, which is why we built a team of mobile developers who developed their Android skills to better serve our customers. 

Today, we are a mature Android development company with a tried-and-true process, years of combined experience, and in-depth expertise in the OS.  We have worked on multiple Android projects across different industries, and we have the know-how to boost your projects, too. 

Read more about our expertise to understand how we can help.

Our Android App Development Method

Our Android app development method is a comprehensive process that encompasses all phases of the project, from design and ideation to maintenance and support. It doesn’t matter what kind of Android app you’re trying to develop, our methodology will provide you with the results you expect in a timely manner.

Here’s what our Android development process looks like.

  • Setup

    We meet with you to discuss all the details of your project. In this initial stage, we assess your needs and requirements while our Solution Architects help you devise the roadmap that will guide you through the development process.

  • Team building

    Using Staffing Hero™, our proprietary AI-driven team-building solution, we go through our talent pool to find the most suitable candidates for the team that will work on your project. We move quickly through this stage and usually have it done in a matter of days.

  • Android development

    After you agree on the roadmap and the team, we begin working on your project following the predefined plan. We use agile methodologies to build your Android app, providing you with incremental iterations so you can check the progress and give us relevant and timely feedback.

  • App release

    When we get to a stable, high-performing, and easy-to-use application that has all the features discussed in the first stage, we do everything to launch it. This means conducting multiple final tests to ensure the quality and functionality and sending it to the Google Play Store after checking the app’s compliance with the store’s requirements.

  • Maintenance and support

    Once the app is live, we offer you a continued partnership with us. Here, we provide you with app maintenance to ensure your app is always up to date and operational. We can also discuss a plan for future updates and upgrades and restart the process to get them done.

Discover Our Android Applications Development Service

Our Android mobile app design and development services cover everything you need for your Android projects. We can work with you to turn your ideas into a reality, regardless of your industry or company size.

Here are some of the things we can do for you:

  • Android app development:  We build your entire app following a predefined development roadmap and relying on your feedback.
  • Android feature development:  We upgrade your existing apps by working on new features and functionalities.
  • Android app maintenance:  We help you analyze your existing Android apps to discover potential issues and weaknesses and collaborate with you to solve them.
  • Android app consulting:  We provide you with our guidance and help you define a development strategy you can later apply on your own. 
  • Android app customization:  We can take your old Android app and completely change it to better fit your needs, from creating a new branded interface to integrating it with other systems.
  • Android app migration:  We can aid you in migrating your Android app to other systems by creating a straightforward path that multiplies the engagement channels you have with your audience.

Just What Your Company Needs: Custom Android App Development

Android is one of the biggest operating systems in the world today, so getting your company to engage with its users is key. Naturally, an Android app might be the best way to do so. Yet, given the countless organizations vying for the same audience, the whole task can prove very challenging. How can you stand out from the crowd? With custom Android app development.

Building a custom Android app will allow you to completely tailor your application to the needs of your audience. Thus, you can develop an app from the ground up that has all the features, look and feel, and user experience you want. Creating a custom Android app is your best bet to be noticed by your audience as well as the best way to provide them with the features they really need to better engage with you. 

Learn More About Android App Development

Android is a features-packed operating system that offers plenty of functionalities and capabilities.

That’s why, to truly take advantage of Android app development, you need to know some Android essentials, including its most notable features and the main differences from the other major OS of the mobile world: iOS. 

Android Features

For those looking to jump on board the Android development train, here are the basic notions and features they should know before getting started:

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    Interface
    The screen with which the user interacts, based on touch input as well as voice commands.
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    Home screen
    The primary information and navigation “hub” for the OS, analogous to the desktop on PCs and laptops.
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    Status bar
    The thin bar at the top of the display that shows information about the device (such as notifications and system statuses like connectivity and battery).
  • Notifications
    Timely pieces of information derived from installed applications. App lists (also called App Drawer)—lists all the installed applications and allows for their launch.
  • Gestures
    Allow for easy navigation, interacting with applications, and content viewing. Background services—essential services that don’t require an open app to run but are crucial for the OS operation.
  • Connectivity
    Connections to carrier services, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFS, VPN, hotspot, and DNS.
  • Memory management
    Service that handles the device’s memory; crucial for both performance and battery life.
  • File Management
    Ability for users to manage files on their devices.
  • Hardware
    Because Android is available to multiple OEMs, the Android Open Source Project was created to make the open-source Android code available to developers.

It’s important that your developers have a complete grasp of all the elements that come together and make up Android to fully leverage them.

Android vs. iOS

Android and iOS are the 2 biggest mobile operating systems in the world. They have some similarities but plenty of differences. That’s the reason why users, businesses, and developers have to know what makes them so different from one another: to learn which one is the best for them.

While the differences are too many to mention, here are some key aspects in which Android and iOS are different.

  • Open vs. closed system

    Android is an open system, which means that you can install any app that you want (even if the installer isn’t in the Google Play Store). For its part, iOS is a closed system, which implies that you can only use apps and features approved by Apple and available in their official store.

  • Security

    Given that iOS is a closed system and Apple has tighter control over which applications you can install on the system, the number of threats is considerably lower than those targeting Android.

  • User Control

    Being an open system also means that Android is highly customizable, allowing users to tweak pretty much anything they want from the OS. That isn’t the case with iOS, which limits users to the appearance and functionality the company has developed for the system.

  • Updates

    iOS enjoys a healthy and frequent dose of updates with new features and security patches. But Android is different. Given that there are many different Android versions coming from different manufacturers, they don’t receive the same number of updates, which can leave certain Android versions outdated.

  • Availability

    iOS is only available for the iPhone and other Apple mobile devices. Android can run on a lot more devices, including those from Google, Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, Xiaomi, and plenty more.

The Most Widely Used Mobile Platform Should Be on Your Radar

Android is the most widely used mobile platform in the world with a fairly consistent global market share of around 70% over the last few years. Not only does that mean there are massive amounts of Android-based mobile devices on the planet, it means the market for Android apps is huge. 

This implies that you should already have an Android app from your business available in the Google Play Store. If not, you’re way behind the curve. And given how competitive the market is these days, being behind the curve could be disastrous.

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To that end, you want to make sure your development team is already up for the task of developing apps for Android. This means you need to:

  • Carefully plan and develop your app.
  • Deploy an app that serves a specific purpose.
  • Hire the absolute best Android developers you can find.

If you’re not taking care of each of those items above, know that your Android app is going to struggle. But if you carefully plan out an app that not only serves a specific purpose, but also offers your customers a better interactive experience with your brand—and is developed by the best software engineers you can find—you’ll be ahead of the game.

Of course, that type of plan is specific to an app that interfaces with your current company website or makes it possible for customers/clients to more easily purchase goods and/or services. You might be releasing a game or an app in a different entertainment space. Should that be the case, hiring the absolute best developers is a must.

Hiring Guide

Android is developed primarily in Java and its APIs are designed to be called from Java as well, so it’s hardly a surprise that most Android apps are written in Java. However, it’s possible to develop apps in C++, using the Android Native Development Kit (NDK).

What does that mean for your company? You’ll be focusing your Android developer hiring process on Java.

But there’s a catch. Android is based on the Linux kernel, which is primarily written in C. Given that Android apps have to interact with the kernel and the hardware, and nearly all the kernel drivers are written in C and C++, you might need to know C and/or C++ if you’re developing for Android. 

It’s important to mention that you must focus your search on developers with more than just Java skills, as Android isn’t just limited to Java. You can develop apps with other languages, including the following:

  • Kotlin — Google’s preferred language and the “other” official Android language that is similar to Java but easier to learn.
  • C++ Android Studio supports C++ with the help of the Android NDK.
  • C# — an alternative to C and C++ that’s more beginner-friendly.
  • LUA (Corona) — very simple language that allows the calling of native libraries.
  • JavaScript — with the help of PhoneGap you can use this to build Android apps.

    Of course, developing with Android isn’t just about choosing the right programming language. There are other tools of the trade, such as:

    • Android Studio—the integrated development environment for Android.
    • ADB—Android Debug Bridge is a command-line tool within Android Studio used for debugging and QA.
    • Fabric—a platform that gives developers the ability to create using kits.
    • FlowUp—allows developers to monitor the performance of their apps.
    • GameMaker: Studio—one of the most popular tools for creating 2D games with little code.
    • Genymotion—an Android emulator that allows developers to test and preview apps on over 3,000 device scenarios (such as different devices and UI overlays).
    • Gradle—one of the most popular development tools for creating applications at scale.

    How Difficult Is It To Find Good Android Developers?

    It should come as no surprise that finding Android developers shouldn’t be all that challenging. Simply because Android is so popular, you’ll find a massive talent pool from which to choose. Finding quality Android engineers, though, might be more difficult, especially because there’s a fierce competition vying for that talent. 

    There’s always a great alternative that can help you, though. You should be able to reach out to any Android development firm, which can then put together a star-studded team for your Android project needs. 

    How To Choose an Android Developer for Your Project

    It’s important to understand that, when hiring an Android developer, you need more than just the best Java developer on the market. You also need a team with strong UI design skills. Remember, you want to release an app that is the absolute best, which means it needs to be user-friendly with a modern UI.

    So you need to be on the lookout for a developer who understands:

    • Java
    • Mobile app development
    • Mobile app UX
    • Modern app needs
    • Cloud-native development
    • API interaction
    • Mobile security
    • Android Studio
    • Databases
    • Material design
    • Android Software Development Kit (SDK)

    You might not find a single developer who has mastered all these skills and tools, but you can at least ensure that the list is covered by a team of Android developers.

    Interview Questions

    What Are the Components of the Android Application Architecture?

    The Android application architecture comprises the following:

    • Services
    • Intent
    • Resource externalization
    • Notification
    • Content providers

    What Is an Activity?

    An activity is anything that performs an action on the screen.

    What Is the APK Format?

    The Android Packaging Key (APK) is a compressed package made up of classes, UIs, supportive assets, and manifests.

    What Is an Android Manifest File?

    The manifest is a file that presents essential information about an app to the Android operating system. This information is required before Android runs the app’s code.

    What Is an Android Service?

    A service is any activity that runs in the background without UI interaction.

    Job Description

    We are looking for a mobile developer responsible for creating high-performing Android applications and integrating the necessary backend elements to allow for a superb user experience. 

    As a part of our Android development team, you will be responsible for analyzing both user and company requirements to successfully build and deploy a meaningful, useful, and profitable (if applicable) application.

    Responsibilities

    • Design, build, and maintain efficient, reusable, and reliable Android applications.
    • Integrate data storage solutions.
    • Carefully monitor the performance of deployed Android apps and constantly find ways to improve them.
    • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define and design new features.
    • Stay up to date with new mobile technology trends, applications, and protocols.
    • Identify bottlenecks and bugs, and devise solutions to these problems
    • Help maintain code quality, organization, and automatization
    • Analyze user requirements to help inform application design.
    • Define application objectives and functionality.
    • Align application design with business goals and customer needs.
    • Develop, test, and debug software.
    • Produce detailed documentation.
    • Recommend changes to existing web applications and infrastructure.
    • Ensure continuous professional self-development.

    Skills and Qualifications

    • Degree in computer science or related field.
    • Experience with Android app design, Java, UX, database structures, and statistical analyses.
    • Basic understanding of frontend technologies, such as JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3.
    • Understanding of the principles behind scalable applications.
    • Ability to implement automation testing.
    • Solid problem-solving skills.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication.
    • Good organizational skills.
    • Ability to work as part of a team.
    • Attention to detail.

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