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Choosing the right Android developer for your project

Android runs 4 of 10 mobile devices

And it’s share is growing.  As the predominant OS for mobile devices, you must factor Android into your development strategy.

What should you look for when choosing a developer?

Qualifications

You need a team who knows the ins and outs of the platform.  Where it is strong, and where it is not.  You need a team that is familiar with each version, the popular development SDK’s, add-ons, devices, and of course how to integrate content from your other websites and applications.  They should know Froyo from Gingerbread, and Gingerbread from Honeycomb.

Basically, they should know their stuff.
Android consists of a mobile operating system based on the Linux kernel, with middleware, libraries and APIs written in C and application software running on an application framework which includes Java-compatible libraries based on Apache Harmony. Android uses the Dalvik virtual machine with just-in-time compilation to run compiled Java code.

Most of our clients build applications that require server connectivity.  The apps allow users to create profiles, add and retrieve content, and for updates to be pushed to the device.  Server content can also be protected with an array of DRM methodologies.  Just think of the last time you accessed Facebook, you probably did so from your mobile device.   All pictures, posts, messages, and notifications must be mobile ready and mobile enabled.  Your developer should be familiar with all of these.  Dont let them learn while you pay them.

 

Service

Experts who don’t offer genuinely professional service are of no use to anyone.  Make sure the team you select has a CRM system that allows you to communicate at your pace not theirs.  Make sure they have processes to accept change in the midst of the project.  And they should be prompt about returning calls and emails.

This is our culture and part of what separates us from others.  It is who we are.  You can always reach us by phone, web, email, and various issue and bug tracking platforms that support your project.  We also proactively update your team with relevant details.  We believe the experience of working with developers can be a positive one, and work to make it happen every day.

Solid Development Processes

Make sure they have the following

1. Dedicated project manager who oversees your budget, your requirements, and you time tables.

2. A senior architect who oversees the developers output.   They will help the developer design the best possible structure to the application, and make sure it will scale and perform as needed.

3. A defined testing process, where each part of the application is test for appearance, functionality, and performance.

4. Integration strategy.  No app lives alone.  The must be cross platform capable, and integrate with services such as video, authentication, CMS’, ecommerce, and more

By choosing Logical Design you get all of these.  Call us today 617-418-1107

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