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How to Hire the Best Android Developers

When hiring Android developers, it is crucial for employers to have a basic understanding of the Android operating system and the technologies related to it to be able to make a good hiring decision. In this post, we’re going through essential information employers and managers must know to distinguish a great Android developer from the rest.

 

Created in 2003 by Andy Rubin, Android first started as an operating system for digital cameras. After diverting its attention toward smartphones and being bought by Google in July 2005, Android is now the most popular smartphone operating system with more than 3.5 million apps available in Google Play. Apple comes in second followed by Microsoft Windows Store, Amazon Appstore, and Blackberry World.

 

Android apps can be written and developed using Kotlin, Java, and C++. The code, along with any data and resource files, will be compiled by the Android SDK tools into an APK—an Android package which is an archive file with an .apk filename extension. An APK file contains all the contents of an Android app that is used by Android-powered devices to install the app.

 

Android apps are made up of a combination of components that can be invoked separately. One type of app component is the activity which provides the user interface. When users tap your app icon, the “main” activity starts. You can also take the users straight to a different activity from elements other than your app icon, such as from a notification or even from another app.

 

There are other components such as broadcast receivers and services; these components allow your app to run background tasks without a user interface.

 

To be able to effectively manage your Android developers and your app development process, it helps for you to have at least a basic understanding of the application fundamentals.  

Why should you hire an Android developer?

Statista figures show that 52.2% of all worldwide traffic came from mobile phones in 2018, up from 50.3% in 2017.

 

This increase in mobile phone usage has opened plenty of doors and opportunities for businesses to grow and reach more audiences instantaneously. Most businesses with mobile apps are large companies, but small and medium-sized businesses benefit from having a mobile app as well.

 

Here are 7 things you get when you hire an Android developer and build your own Android app:

 

Increased visibility and brand recall
With a mobile app, you increase your visibility and your brand awareness; you allow your customers to reach you through their smartphones, anytime and anywhere. You give them easy access to information about your business and the products or services you offer as well as your contact information, which positively impacts your online presence in the long run.

 

A well-designed mobile app also incorporates your business’ image and branding into every feature and aspect of the interface. The more your customers find your app visually appealing and easy-to-use, the more they will interact with it—eventually establishing a strong brand recall.

 

Easy information dissemination
Having a mobile app is a fast and convenient way for you to send updates to your customers in real time. Moreover, compared to more traditional ways of disseminating messages such as through print and broadcast media, sending updates through your mobile app offers a more personal and intimate connection with the receiver.

 

Improved customer engagement
Mobile apps are interactive in nature, which makes them very effective in building and improving customer engagement. With a mobile app, you can engage your customers by giving them exclusive content, providing special offers and discounts, and encouraging them to leave feedback about their experience with you.

 

Encourage brand loyalty
Mobile apps can be instrumental in encouraging brand loyalty from your customers. With your app, you can offer incentives through loyalty programs, exclusive content or products for customers who sign up for a certain program, or even offers and special bonuses for those who have installed your app. You can also use the app to send push notifications about promotions and discounts.

 

Competitive advantage
When you go mobile, you gain a competitive advantage over your competitors. Having mobile apps is helpful especially if you want to be known as a business that is updated with the latest technology trends. Take advantage of this opportunity to create your own mobile app to widen your audience reach and engage your customers more.

 

A new marketing channel
Your app’s launch in itself is already a marketing strategy because you use other marketing tools and ideas to draw interest to your app (you publish the news about your app on relevant platforms and you send out press releases). You can also use mobile apps to run polls and conduct surveys for your marketing research.  

What kind of projects can an Android developer work on?

There are 6 main types of mobile apps that an Android developer can build:

#1: Lifestyle apps
A lifestyle app is targeted towards aspects of a person’s lifestyle. These apps can be related to fitness, dating, food, music, and travel.

 

As these apps address the user’s habitual needs, there is an assurance that these apps are to stay for a long time. These are the apps that people turn to on a regular basis to help them find the next new song, a new restaurant to try, or a new destination to visit.

 

Examples of popular lifestyle apps are:

  • Spotify
  • Uber
  • TripAdvisor
  • Swarm
  • Moovit

 

#2: Social media apps
Social media apps are among the most popular and the most used types of mobile apps today. In fact, Facebook alone reports over 1 billion active users every day.

 

Today, users share more about their everyday lives than before. Because of this, even apps that aren’t directly classified as social media apps include social sharing functionality to answer the users’ needs. For example, running and cycling app Strava not only tracks your activities, but it also incorporates social sharing functions that allows you to compare your stats with other people in your network.

 

Examples of popular social media apps are:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • Snapchat

 

#3: Utility apps
Utility apps are those which mainly come pre-installed on devices and serve a single function. Users tend to use these apps more often (although for shorter periods of time) without realising they are apps as well.

 

Some examples of apps that fall under this category are:

  • Reminders
  • Calculator
  • Flashlight
  • Weather

 

#4: Games/Entertainment apps
The gaming and entertainment categories are huge, and, therefore, very competitive. Game apps are not only popular among users, they’re also very popular among developers because they are able to bring users back to the app multiple times each week, some even multiple times a day.

 

Examples of popular game apps are:

  • Angry Birds
  • Clash of Clans
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Subway Surfer
  • Pokémon Go

 

#5: Productivity apps
Productivity apps are those apps that are built to help users complete their tasks quickly and efficiently, with some even aiming to make these tasks easier and more fun to accomplish. As more and more people are trying to do more in this increasingly busy world, productivity apps are becoming popular for users.

 

Examples of popular productivity apps are:

  • Google Drive or Dropbox
  • Pocket
  • Any.do
  • Grammarly
  • Tide

 

#6 News apps
News apps, as the name suggests, provide users with news and regularly updated information that they need in a layout and interface that is easy to understand and navigate.

 

Examples of popular news apps are:

  • Feedly
  • Flipboard
  • Google Feed & Weather
  • Reddit
  • Buzzfeed
  • Smart News

What technical skills should you look for when hiring Android developers?

Java
A great Android developer is comfortable working with the Java programming language. While it is possible to develop Android apps using different technologies, the official language for Android app development is Java with Android Studio or Eclipse as the IDE (integrated development environment).

 

Android developers should be familiar with variables, lists, loops, control structures, as well as object-oriented concepts such as class vs. static methods and inheritance. Moreover, the Android developer should also be comfortable using documentation to learn how to use the new parts of Java SDK (Java Software Development Kit) to make work easier and more efficient.

 

Android SDK
The Android SDK includes helpful tools such as sample projects with source code, development tools, an emulator, and the necessary libraries to build Android applications. Here are some of the basic areas of the Android SDK that an Android developer must be familiar with:

  • A basic understanding of layouts and views
  • Activities and their lifecycle
  • User input
  • Getting and storing data from the web
  • Collection views (like ListViews) and Adapters (default and custom)
  • Action Bar
  • Accommodating different screen sizes and densities

 

Working with APIs
Gathering data from the web is a fundamental skill in Android app development, so it is necessary that the Android developer you will hire is able to work with their own API or some other third party API, such as JSON/REST APIs.

What soft skills should you look for in an Android developer?

Analytical Skills
In mobile app development, mobile app developers in general have to properly analyse the users’ needs to be able to create applications that users will want to use. The ability to analyse the way people use their mobile devices and think of unique and creative ways to improve the user experience is very critical to the success of a mobile app.

 

Communication skills
Android developers need to be able to communicate both orally and in writing. This trait is important because throughout the project, they will have to give or receive instructions from team members or colleagues from other departments. They will also need to explain a feature or tool to non-technical team members. This requires the ability to explain technical concepts in clear, easy-to-understand language.

 

Creativity
Great Android developers know how to fuse creativity with efficiency when writing their codes. They are able to create clever and unique applications that help users address their needs and wants without sacrificing the neatness of the code.

 

Problem solving skills
A big part of a developers’ job is to solve problems and to troubleshoot issues. When you hire Android developers, take a good look at how your candidates recognise various technical problems and how they work to solve them.

What is the usual rate for Android developers?

If you are new to outsourcing your mobile app development, it can be hard to estimate how much it costs to hire an Android developer and build a mobile app. For starters, take a look at this table comparing the average annual salary and hourly rates of Android developers from four different countries. The data presented below is taken from PayScale.

 

 

  Average Android Developer Annual Salary Average Android Developer Hourly Rate
United Kingdom GBP 35,365 GBP 28.50
United States USD 97,777 USD 30
Canada CAD 65,847 CAD 21
Australia AUD 81,098 AUD 32.50

 

Companies from startups to large firms who are looking to reduce costs on operations and recruitment are turning to other options, such as working with IT outsourcing providers, to further reduce their costs on operations and recruitment.

 

Here at Cloud Employee, we know and understand this need for firms and organisations to find quick and efficient hiring options to expand their operations and scale their businesses. You can find the best Android developers offshore with us at competitive industry rates fast and risk-free.

 

For a helpful guide on IT outsourcing costs, here’s a quick yet informative read about offshore developer rates from different outsourcing regions.

What interview techniques should you use to hire the best Android developer?

During interviews, it is important for you as the interviewer to ask the right questions to be able to find the right hire. After you have asked the usual generic questions to get a feel of their personality and work ethics, it is now time to ask technical questions to find out how much your candidate knows about Android development. Here are some questions you can ask:

Q: What notifications are available in Android and what are their uses?

A: Snackbars & Toast Notifications. Snackbars and Toast notifications show up as a pop-up message on the surface of the window.

 

Snackbars are temporary, closable notifications typically containing a single line of text related to the operation performed without icons. Only one snackbar can be displayed at a time.

 

Toasts, on the other hand, are used for system messages. They are displayed at the bottom of the screen but can’t be swiped off-screen.

 

Q: What types of flags are used to run an application in Android?

A:

FLAG_ACTIVITY_NEW_TASK
FLAG_ACTIVITY_CLEAR_TOP.

Q: Please name the 7 life-cycle methods of Android activity and give a short explanation about each one.

A: Here are the 7 life-cycle methods of Android activity:

onCreate()

Called when an activity is created. This is where all normal static setups should be done: create views, bind data to lists, etc. This also provides a Bundle containing the activity’s previously frozen state, if there was one. This is always followed by onStart().

 

onRestart()

Called after the activity has stopped prior to being started. This is always followed by onStart().

 

onStart()

Called when the activity is becoming visible to the user. If the activity comes to the foreground this is followed by onResume(); if activity becomes hidden this is followed by onStop().

 

onResume()

Called when the activity has started interacting with the user. At this point, your activity is at the top of the activity stack with user input going to it. This is always followed by onPause()

 

onPause()

Called when the activity is not visible to the user but has not (yet) been killed. This is the counterpart to onResume(). This callback will be invoked on activity A when activity B is launched in front of it. B will not be created until A’s onPause() returns.

 

onStop()

Called when the activity is no longer visible to the user. Depending on the user activity, this is either followed by onRestart(), onDestroy(), or nothing.

 

In low memory situations, this method may never be called because there is not enough memory to keep the activity’s process running after the onPause() method is called.

 

This method may never be called in low memory situations because the system does not have enough memory to keep your activity’s process running after the onPause() method is called.

 

onDestroy()

The final call before the activity is destroyed. This happens either because someone called a finish() on the activity, or because the system has to destroy the activity temporarily to save space.

 

Q: What is a thread, and how do you create a new thread of execution?

A: A thread is a sequence of executions in a program. Threads with higher priority are executed in preference to threads with lower priority.

 

There are two ways to create a new thread of execution. The first way is by declaring a class to be a subclass of a thread; the subclass overrides the run method of class Thread. Here is an example of a thread that computes primes larger than a given value:

class PrimeThread extends Thread {
      long minPrime;
      PrimeThread(long minPrime) {
            this.minPrime = minPrime;
      }
      public void run() {
            // compute primes larger than minPrime
            . . .
      }
}

This code will then create a thread and run it:

PrimeThread p = new PrimeThread(143);
p.start();

The second way to create a thread is by declaring a class that implements a Runnable interface. Here is an example:

class PrimeRun implements Runnable {
      long minPrime;
      PrimeRun(long minPrime) {
            this.minPrime = minPrime;
      }
      public void run() {
            // compute primes larger than minPrime
            . . .
      }
}

This code will then create a thread and run it:

PrimeRun p = new PrimeRun(143);
new Thread(p).start();

How can Cloud Employee help you?

Here at Cloud Employee, we help startups and tech firms bring their ideas into realisation. We’re a fast-growing UK-managed IT outsourcing company in the Philippines connecting businesses in the UK, the US, and Australia to expert developers in the country. Hire offshore Android developers with a reliable outsourcing partner in Cloud Employee.

 

You can start finding your Android developer today by sending us your staffing requirements, skills, years of experience required, and other important details. We conduct a custom search for skilled and available Android developers matching your needs, and afterwards, we send you a shortlist of candidate CVs. From this list, you personally handpick the developers you want to interview and invite for technical testing. You hire only the Android developer you want at no recruitment fees.

 

As your reliable outsourcing partner, we take care of your Android developers for you. We provide them with the necessary hardware, software, and high-speed internet connection here at our modern offices. We also take care of everything else: payroll, taxes, HR and general admin.

 

If your business relies on mobile technology, outsourcing your Android development can be a practical option. Hire offshore Android developers with Cloud Employee today! Our Android developers are also skilled in Android Studio, Android SDK, Java, Corona SDK, SQLite, MySQL, JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3.

What is the dedicated developer model?

Cloud Employee employs the Dedicated Hiring Model which is tailored ultimately for your benefit and convenience. In this model, we provide you with dedicated offshore Android developers, equipment, and resources based on your project’s requirements. You pay a single sum of money which constitutes the team member’s monthly salary and the outsourcing provider’s fee. You only pay for what you need.

 

The biggest benefit of the our dedicated hiring model is that it helps you integrate your outsourced teams into your in-house teams seamlessly. They become part of your infrastructure and project methodologies, reducing risks of miscommunication and unmet deadlines.  

 

Pros

  • Good choice for long-term projects with unclear requirements and frequently changing project scope
  • Has a predictable budget even without a definite project scope
  • You gain full control over the recruitment, selection, and management of your outsourced dedicated team
  • The outsourced team exclusively works for the you
  • With this setup, your outsourced team gains a good understanding of your objectives and expectations

 

This model works best if used in any of the following situations:

  • If you prefer to have a dedicated team to work on your project
  • If you would like to cut down on search and recruitment expenses.
  • If you need flexibility in terms of hiring, workload, and scalability during the development.

 

Aside from working 100% exclusively or you, your outsourced Android developer or Android development team uses only your preferred tools and standards, making them an effective extension of your in-house team.

 

WHY HIRE OFFSHORE ANDROID DEVELOPERS WITH CLOUD EMPLOYEE

  • Access to the best tech talent in the Philippines
  • End-to-end Client Control from custom-recruitment to direct developer management
  • 100% Dedicated Developers working at the same time-zone
  • Full Client Support with our After Care Team
  • Savings of up to 65% or more

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£14 per hour

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