Android powers about 71% of the total smartphone market, and all the software's that runs on these devices are Android Apps. Some of the examples of some famous Android apps would be - Facebook, Netflix, Candy Crush, etc.
As per reports there are about 2.7 Million apps running on the Google Play Store! All these apps are built to serve different purposes. Many of these apps are meant for gaming, some are social media networks, some sell stuff. All in all an Android app is an interface that connects users to a virtual world where they can do anything.
An Android App Developer is a software engineer who specializes in creating Android Apps, or certain elements of an Android App. The apps designed can be used in Android smartphones, or other Android powered devices such as TVs or wrist watches. An app developer specializes in creating software meant for the Android operating system.
Android App developers usually do not operate alone, as developing a fully functional robust app is a result of the collaboration of people from different backgrounds.
Let’s take an example to understand this better. Mr. Arun is looking to build a dating app, and approaches an app development agencies where he’s recommended that there would be the need for the following -
UI/UX designers who can design a friendly user interface for users to navigate through the app easily.
Freelance Graphic Designers who can design images, and other media files that will be used as content to add relevance to the app structure.
Freelance Content Writers who will write content for the different screens of the Android app.
One should have a clear understanding of their requirements, as that is a crucial factor in determining the kind of resources they’d need, and answer the question if a freelancer would suffice.
The simplest answer to this question is a little obvious. An Android App Developer can develop Android apps, but there are further subcategories in Android Development which often requires expertise. Therefore an Android App Developer can do any of the following things for you.
Designing and Prototyping - There are full-stack developers for hire with a complete knowledge of the entire creative flow of the creation of an app. They can help create prototypes and initial designs for your app.
Development of your app - In most cases, the designs, wireframes of the apps are ready before it goes to the Android Developers. The android app developers job is to write code for the Android App.
Scale your App - Let’s say Mr. Sharma runs a food delivery company, and has been facing issues with scaling the Android app from 10,000 users to 100,000 users. In such cases he will hire an app-development agency that can work on the current app to improve it intrinsically.
Quality Testing - Mr. Sharma’s new android app is ready to be released in the market, but can he risk launching it without undergoing rigorous testing and bug fixing? An android app developer can test the app under different scenarios that allows them to check for vulnerabilities, and bugs that can be fixed before release. In real-time scenarios the testing bit is usually performed by a different agency.
Android App Integrations - Let’s imagine a situation where Mr. Sharma now wants to connect old data from his pre-android app days with the Android app. This is just one unique possibility where a professional android app developer would be needed. There are 10000s of business apps that may need to be connected with Android apps in the backend to build a seamless connectivity of data.
Debug and Fix errors - Running online stores involves working with various apps, and technologies, and with time there can be occasional bugs which can be fixed by an expert.
Android App Consultation - Mr. Dharma wants to work on his dream of building an android app but before investing a huge amount of money he wants to consult with an expert before he shortlists the agency. In such cases senior android developers are willing to consult in exchange for consultation fees. But this decision can help businesses save a lot of money, and bad decisions.
Java primarily powers Android, but Kotlin is another software that is preferred if you’re using Android Studio. There are other frameworks that are frequently used to develop Android apps such as Android studio, React Native, Flutter, etc that help Android Developers to develop apps.
Although for databases there are different options available such as MySQL, MongoDB, etc. The tech stack required to build complex apps can be diverse, and often involve multiple languages.
Let’s take a look at some examples to better understand the costing structures -
Mr. Brighton has an idea for an Android App, but all he has is just an idea. In this case if he’s serious about getting an app made, in such cases he has to bear expenses for UI/UX design, prototyping, content creation, copywriting, development, testing, etc. which would cost a lot of money.
Mrs. Sonia has the idea of an android app, but being a designer herself, she’s built the wireframes, and designs for the app, and now wants someone to build it for her. In such cases, she will bear lesser expenses since the majority of the work revolves around consulting the client, understanding needs, and translating them into designs and wireframes.
The cost of hiring an android app developer will depend on multiple factors that are majorly determined by the business use-case in question. Some of the factors are listed as follows -
Scope of work - Are you looking for a full-fledged app which needs to be designed from scratch or do you need someone to design the backend for you? The cost is dependent on the scope of work because it determines the amount of time, expertise and resources that would go into the development work.
App Complexity - Some apps are super complex, and require multiple layers of work to be done. Say for instance you’re building an app that is expected to handle 1 Million simultaneous users vs building an app that will be used by a few 1000s. Which one do you think would cost more?
Expertise, and Experience - Experience and expertise go hand in hand, and the cost is proportional. In some cases, the consultation costs from an experienced developer can exceed the development costs of some small time apps and the same goes with iOS app freelance developers.
Location of the app developer(s) - An app developer in Ahmedabad will charge much less than what an app developer in California would. India has grown incredibly fast because of it’s skilled workforce, and cheaper costs for operations.
Fixed Costs - There are multiple costs associated with app development such as hosting, costs of using APIs or other related costs that are to be borne by the developer. Hence one should account into the costs of development.
With over 2.7 Million Android apps there are multiple possibilities where businesses and individuals are using Android apps to create a connection with their users, and solve their problems. Some of the many use-cases are as follows -
Ride sharing Android apps such as Uber, Ola, Rapido enable users to hire rides without the hassle of physically contacting, and waiting for the services.
People use Food Delivery Android apps such as Swiggy, and Zomato to order foods of their choice from restaurants
Education and Learning - There are plenty of apps that are meant for educational purposes teaching students an array of topics. Some of them are Unacademy, Khan Academy, Vedantu, etc.
Games - There are millions of games on the playstore to entertain users.
There are multiple advantages of an Android app over a typical website developed by any hired website developer. Some of them are listed as follows -
Faster and Easier access - It is easier for an user to access an app on their smartphone vs visiting a website on the browser.
Higher Repeat use - An app will bring your user more frequently than a typical website visitor because of their availability on the smartphone.
Offline Usage - Websites cannot function without the internet, but apps that don’t require internet connectivity to run can function seamlessly without internet.
Access to user data through the device - If you compare a website to an app, the app can extract permissions from the user to access data such as geolocation, media files stored on the phone, contacts, etc but a website cannot seek such permissions.
Notifications - App owners can send notifications to engage with their users, whereas for website owners to send notifications, they need to be on their browser and have notifications enabled which is a daunting task and easier for app owners.
Time - Users tend to spend more time on apps, and business conversions, and transactions are higher as compared to websites. This explains why brands like Amazon, and Flipkart launched their apps with special offers that weren’t available for websites.
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Can you design and develop an Android app that fits my budget?
What versions of Android will the app be compatible on?
What is the scale at which the app can operate?
What are the metrics to be measured to check the performance of the app?
Where will my app be hosted? What would be the costs associated?
What kind of analytics will I receive for my Android app’s performance?
Do you work on the projects yourself, or do you outsource them?
Do you have a team of designers, and other freelance software developers to work with?
Will the Android app be developed from scratch or will you use templates?
Do I get access to a dedicated account manager who will guide me through the development cycle of the app?
How much time will it take to complete the app development process?
What are the things needed from my end to start the project?
Will the app follow the best practices for production and adhere to Google guidelines?
How do you go about incorporating changes in the design?
What hosting services will you use?
Will you train me or my team to maintain and run the app?
Will you provide maintenance, and support after the app is deployed?