Danh has 5 years’ practical experience in developing mobile applications and been focusing on Android development over the past 4 years. The variety in his technical skills set of Android and iOS makes him to be an undoubtedly impressive programmer for Pangara and a multi-talented service provider for clients.
What is Android?
The Android operating system has become the dominant mobile operating system for phones, tablets and other mobile devices. And by dominant, we mean an over 80% market share.
Born on September 23, 2008, Android is not a language — it’s a framework. The official Android development language is Java, and large parts of the of its APIs are designed to be called from Java. Created by Sun Microsystems, Java is a language with over 20 years on its neck. It’s a versatile language, that can be found on anything from smartphones to mainframe computers.
To run Java, the platform requires virtual machine (VM) implementation. And on Android, the original VM is known as Dalvik. However, currently Android runs on its successor, Android Runtime, or ART. It uses the same bytecode and .dex files as Dalvik, but not .odex files. The main goal of ART is to noticeably improve the overall performance as perceived by end users
The job of these virtual machines is to interpret the bytecode, which is really just a set of instructions similar to the machine code found in CPUs, and execute the program on the processor. The VMs use a variety of technologies including just-in-time compilation (JIT) and ahead-of-time compilation (AOT) to speed up the processes.
While Java is the main language of Android, you can also develop apps using C and C++ via the Android Native Development Kit. But this isn’t something Google supports, and hence you should probably stick to Java as your main language if you’re looking to build an Android app.
Android’s user interface, or UI, is the essential face of your application. The UI is critical since it forms the basis of the entire user experience. Android offers several classes and widgets for developers to customize, as well as a general framework. Much of the UI can be specified with XML, but you can also write your own custom subclasses.
Hence the UI scope is quite broad, and offers a wide range of possibilities.
What ultimately separates the beginner from the master, goes beyond pure coding skills. The true differentiator is a comprehensive understanding of the entire framework and the variety of approaches available. On through extensive knowledge of Android, can a true expert developer gauge the different implementation options available, as well as their pros and cons.
Why Should You Use Android?
From a non-developer standpoint, Android is a very solid business case. As described in the introduction, Android has the biggest market share by far.
One of the main advantages of developing for Android is that it’s incredibly easy to get started. Android is compatible with an OS — i.e. Windows, Linux or Mac.
Second, the Android documentation of Android is generally considered as well organized. And since you are not locked into a system — like iOS — you can generally do more with an Android device than an iOS one. If you have an exceptionally out-of-the-box idea, Android is definitely your best bet.
Finally, since Android is so popular, there’s a huge community. The Android community stretches all over the world, which means there’s a vast amount of people around to answer your questions or give you feedback on ideas.
Cons of Android?
You take the good with the bad. One of the main advantages of Android — its huge spread — is also its biggest disadvantage. Since the framework is so widely used, it means its used on fragmented devices. Consequently, you have to worry about cross-device compatibilities, such as screen sizes, performance, sensors, etc.
Since the OS has multiple versions and millions of users, not all users will use the same version. Hence you must make the call which versions you will support, and where to draw the line.
Finding Android Developers
So, you have decided that Android is the way for you? Great! Due to its wide adoption, you basically can’t go wrong with this OS. Now you’re naturally faced with the task of finding developers. And, most likely, not just any developer. Solid, trustworthy developers who are able to follow instructions, as well as think on their feet.
Android developers are in high demand as companies in almost every industry attempt to launch mobile apps. This can make it challenging to recruit and hire a qualified Android freelancer, especially if you are not a tech company. To find the top Android developers, you should ensure you ask the right questions and definitely test them beforehand.
What have they done before? Who have they worked for? And how many years’ experience do they have?
How to Hire an Android Developers with Pangara
If you’re planning to build an Android app to complement your web presence or offer a new app-only experience, then consider working with us to find the right professional developer. It’s a speedy and reliable solution. We ensure all our Android developers have at least three years’ experience, speak good English, and deliver quality work.
Pangara can connect you with a top Southeast Asian developer that matches your requirements for Android programming knowledge and rate.
Pangara thoroughly screens all Android freelancer applicants to ensure they have the right mobile development skills and experience. You’ll find our developers possess a great mix of mobile programming experience and work ethic.
We stand behind our selection process and offer a 2-week guarantee because of our confidence in the professional candidates we submit.
We understand that finding the best Android developer can be challenging and that our clients expect freelancers to be both professional and capable. Our process makes finding affordable talent easier so your team can focus on programming.
If you’re looking for an Android developer to join your team, then contact us to discuss your needs and how our process can help you.