The popularity of Android applications is huge as this OS occupies more than 80% of the whole mobile market. Such a wide-spreading caused a massive demand on those developers, and a lot of beginners saturated this programming market. However, finding and employing the most suitable Android engineer is not the easiest task as it’s hard to define the best fit from the dozens of similar CVs. We in Orange Sputnik use Staff Augmentation approach to help our customer to hire the most appropriate software developer. Every client gets the best possible programmer twice faster compared to seeking himself. At the same time, we take care of all the supporting staff and stuff for sufficient remote work: cosy office facilities, payroll, taxes, and even retention practices. On practice, a startupper receives a dedicated team member, while pays much fewer for the same quality and avoids numerous distracting details related to finding and employing Android developer.
Being located in Ukraine and having 5+ years of experience in staff augmentation, Orange Sputnik creates the most suitable conditions to hire developers for startups and IT businesses from abroad.
One of the most stable trends over the past decades is the desire of the person to be more agile, and quick development of portative devices made this transformation overwhelming. The appearance of smartphones was a turning point as these gadgets made it possible to replace PCs and laptops. Google has already changed their searching preferences to mobile-first indexing, while more than 90% of internet consumers use their mobile phones to be online. In addition to those factors, more than half of digital world retail now is made via smartphones, and this number only increases.
So, people have entered a mobile era, which led to the spreading of mobile operating systems and using gadgets more often. Currently, there are three types of mobile platforms, which have their advantages and drawbacks, but now look like the basis if one decided to cover the whole mobile app market:
There are three major methods of developing mobile applications:
Native mobile development is about creating code for each mobile OS separately, which gives the best functionality possibilities and quality of the app, while increases cost and time on producing an application. On the contrary, Hybrid and Cross-Platform approaches allow writing one code for all operating systems and then adjust it via specific methods. Such a way of creating mobile apps is faster and cheaper but leads to some functionality and compatibility limitations (a more detailed explanation is available in the article about mobile development).
However, a young entrepreneur should know that the best user experience and user interface (UX/UI) can be achieved only by applying Native development type. Also, every startupper has to remember that the whole IT software development is moving to smoother performance and avoiding bottlenecks of digital solutions. That is why a lot of famous startups and platforms switched their developing approach from Hybrid and Cross-Platform to Native. All these confirm that the demand for Native programmers will only increase.
As there are, actually, two programming languages for creating Android mobile apps, a young entrepreneur may ask which one to choose for his or her project. There is no definite answer to this question, but there are some facts and arguments that influence the discussion:
In terms of Android programming, Kotlin is an upgraded version of Java and is simpler, faster, easier, and has full compatibility with older Java-based applications. However, the final answer on the question “which language is better: Java or Kotlin?” is not so definite. It depends more on the starting point of the project. If one has a team of Java developers with suitable experience or many Java-based apps, there is no need to switch the process and people to the new language. Nevertheless, if a startupper makes first steps in mobile business and tries to create a new app from scratch, it is better to find Kotlin developer for such needs.
Like every software developer, an Android programmer should know a lot of aspects except creating a code for mobile applications. We’ve explored dozens of CVs and job postings to create a list of the most in-demand requirements for Android engineers, and it looks like the following:
Google Play Market, there are plenty of universal frameworks that can help in this process. Moreover, those multi-platform approaches are also becoming better. Some tools even don’t require hiring a programmer for creating an Android app. By using Hybrid and Cross-Platform tools, one can deliver mobile applications faster, and it will be cheaper. The most often used frameworks for creating reliable Android mobile applications are listed below (without any rating references):
Before finding and hiring a creator of Google Play Market applications, an employer has to be aware of the recent trends. It will not only help to prepare an interview with the potential Android developer but also give a wider understanding of the mobile app potential and can even lead to new ideas in business. For instance, if the IT sector is switching to cloud technologies, a startupper can adjust a business project and include additional storage approaches or exchange methods. If a new language gaining momentum due to several important reasons, maybe it’s time to add a new programmer to the team and avoid gaps shortening in future?
We selected top-5 trends that are tightly related to Android mobile development and can influence your preferences before employing an appropriate programmer:
In fact, preparation for interviewing an Android developer began a few subtitles above, right after explaining requirements to such kind programmers. It means that a startupper or a young entrepreneur has to define the following aspects before finding a needed specialist:
It is important to mention that a list of technical questions also should be prepared separately. Usually, it can look somewhat similar to the list of requirements to the Android developer discussed above. If one wants to dig deeper into the understanding of language and structure, such a startupper may ask in more details the following:
All in all, the interviewing process can have a clear plan and list of questions, but the conversation with a potential coder for Google Play Market can unexpectedly turn after a specific answer. Thus, active participation of the candidate on GitHub, Stackoverflow, or Meetup can lead to the review of his or her real work, and more specific ones can replace prepared questions. So, one has to be friendly and in a positive mood during the interview, as hiring is always about human relations and emotions.
Even though it is one of the most frequent requests in IT, there is no definite answer. Some rather simple applications can cost a few thousand dollars, while complex ones with multiple functions can cost hundreds of thousand dollars. However, before making some evaluations, a startupper has to understand that there are a lot of factors that influence the price of an Android app.
There are plenty of aspects that influence the price of the Android app, but they can be sorted into three general groups:
It is almost impossible to state a precise number for Android app cost, so we will focus on the developing part only.
|Project difficulty||Time (hours)||Cost of the programmer (per hour)||Price for developing part only|
|Easy (calculator)||less than 150||$10||$1500|
|Standard (data-driven)||250 - 450||$15-20||$3,750-9,000|
|Difficult (social network)||500 - 800||$25-30||$12,500-24,000|
|Super-complex (e-commerce)||up to 1500||$35||$52,500|
According to data gathered by Orange Sputnik, we’ve divided the difficulty of the needed Android-driven program in accordance with the experience of the programmer. For instance, easy applications for Google Play Market can be made by juniors, while the most complex one we allegedly gave to the most experienced coder with an appropriate price. Time parameter was also suggested with reference to the app complexity. Approximate results for creating a software part of an Android application are presented in the table above.
We understand that cover all the aspects of creating an Android mobile application is impossible in one single article, especially if a startupper also needs to know recent Google Play Market trends or how to hire the best programmer. So, if one still has some question, managers of Orange Sputnik are always ready to help you.
Being a popular direction in software development, mobile programming allows earning more than average numbers. Of course, the situation among iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile can vary in particular countries, but it’s OK as can be related to numerous factors. On average, developers of all primary OSs make similar money, as a simple market rule of supply/demand is working. If Android is needed more, it means that there are more suchlike coders but not that they receive higher wages.
The general situation with creating Android mobile apps is rather similar to iOS, where Western Europe, Northern America, and Australia are the most expensive places for software developing. South America and Eastern Europe are the places with a lower level of life, so if one is looking for a remote Android developer, doing appropriate research in those regions is a must.
If you look in more detail and focus on countries, the situation may seem a bit different. However, one has to understand that minimum and maximum rates mentioned in the chart above show only salary bandwidth, while the graph below demonstrates average numbers. Among the most profitable places to live and create applications for Google Play Market traditionally are the US, UK, Switzerland and Israel. On the contrary, a startupper has a much bigger chance to find a cheaper Android developer in the East European countries like Ukraine.
As Orange Sputnik operates from Ukraine and has more than eight years of experience on this market, we can talk in more details about it. Moreover, we have plenty of statistics to make our own charts with salary rates for Ukrainian Android app developers. We’ve divided data into four experience frames to present in more details the variety of the cheapest variants that any European client can find. Monthly rates distribution is presented in the following chart:
It is essential to mention that Ukrainian software developers are a good fit due to several reasons:
A young entrepreneur also has to understand the difference among freelancers, outsourcing, and staff augmentation. Thus, reliable freelancers are usually busy for months, while cheap and attractive variants are more a lottery. Outsourcing assumes giving a part of the software developing work to the company, but when it comes to fixing mistakes or changing something after some time, it is almost impossible to find the engineer who created a code and can make changes fast. Staff augmentation is like having a remote dedicated member, where you have full control over the programmer and can implement new ideas or change something really fast. At the same time, the price for such a developer is usually twice lower than in Europe.