Released on 23rd September 2008, the Android platform is an open-source Linux based operating system. It was first introduced by Open Handset Alliance in 2007 and was developed by Google. The Android platform is meant specifically for smart devices like mobile phones and tablets.
Android is now of the leading platforms in smartphones and other smart devices globally. Android devices are popular in many countries, including India, Brazil, Turkey and Mexico. It is Apple’s biggest opponent and has many outstanding features. An Android developer is, therefore, highly in demand. Becoming an Android developer means your position is highly secure, and you are sure to make a lot of money.
NFC: NFC or New Field Communication is a feature that facilitates interaction between devices across short distances.
Infrared Transmission: The Android OS comes with a built-in infrared transmitter. Now you use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control.
Alternate Keyboards: The Android OS supports multiple keyboards in a single device. You can easily install other keyboards and switch to them as and when you like.
Gesture Control: With gesture control, you can control your phone by gestures without touching your device.
Wireless Download: Wireless downloading is a unique feature of Android. You can now download apps on your personal computer and sync them with your Android device without plugging.
Custom Rom: Android developers can customize the Android OS for users. They can build customized versions of the OS with additional features that the user can download.
Widgets: Widget is another unique Android feature. With widget option, you no longer have to open your applications for specific functions. You can display specific features of the app on your home screen and access them quickly.
Android Package Kit or API is the file format for the Android OS. It is used for the distribution and installation of all Android applications.
Set up your Android device: The first time you switch on your new phone, you will be asked to select your preferred language. There are a lot of options you can choose from, including regional languages. You also need to connect to a network source. Then you need to login to your Google account. In case you don’t have one, you need to create a new one. You can use your phone without a Google account.
Security and Backup: Once you have set up your device, go to Settings. In the Settings option, choose the kind of security feature you want. You can lock your phone using a pin, a password, a pattern or your fingerprint. The fingerprint option is a relatively new one and is available on selective devices. You should also backup your phone. You can back anything from contacts to photos. Backup will help you retrieve all your information if you lose it.
Navigation and Gestures: Android devices usually come with three buttons for navigation- the back button, the home button, and the overview button. The more you use your phone, you will get used to it in no time. Android devices also come with a gesture option. With this option, you can control your phone with gestures without having to touch it.
System Apps and Play Store: All Android phones come with some system apps like Messages, Clock, Calendar, FM Radio, and so on. You cannot delete these apps. However, the new Android devices come with an abundance of space so you can download all your favorite apps from Play Store. Download all the apps you need, and you are all set to use your new device.
An Android developer is a software developer who builds apps for Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.
To become a good Android developer, you must have certain skills. Here are some skills you need to be an Android developer:
Knowledge of SQL MySQL databases: You need to learn SQL and MySQL for organizing databases within your Android application. SQL language is used to get information from databases.
Android Software Development Kit and Android Studio Proficiency: The Android SDK of Software Development Kit and Android Studio are open-source. They are free to download. Android Studio is the IDE or integrated development environment for Android. You can use it to write codes and assemble your application. The Android SDK comes with sample codes, coding tools, software libraries, and so on that you can use to build and test your application.
XML Knowledge: XML is used to describe data. You need to know at least the basics of XML to design UI layouts and parse data feeds for your Android app. Although Android Studio has most of the XML features, knowing XML will surely come in handy.
Analytical and problem-solving skills: You must also have analytical skills and problem-solving skills. These soft skills will help you determine what the users want, and you can then develop an app that stands out in the market. You also need to know how to debug your application as and when required.
Once you have mastered all the skills, you need to be an Android developer; you are good to go. Now you can try your hands at application development. Develop an application that has basic features and is easy to use. Once you have your application go ahead and create your CV and portfolio, start applying for jobs at some of the best job portals depending on your level and business enterprises will soon recognize and hire you. After you have successfully built some apps for various companies, you can even try and apply to top companies. You never know when they will hire you, and you will never have to think about your career again.
An Android developer has several functions. Here are some of them:
Create New Features: An Android developer also collaborates with the cross-functional team to come up with new features that are attractive and user-friendly. A developer has to design features that will be highly competitive against the features that Apple provides.
Maintain Existing Applications: Along with building new applications, an Android developer must also troubleshoot all existing applications. He or she must test the applications periodically for technical glitches and bugs and fix them immediately with software patches.
Implement New and Updated Development Tools: An Android developer must stay updated about new technological innovations and developments. He or she must be able to use all modern tools for building new applications and updating old ones.
Here’s all you need to look for in an Android developer:
The first thing to do is to ensure that the developer has the technical skills and knowledge that an Android developer must-have.
A professional Android developer must be experienced in releasing and publishing applications on Google Play Store. These applications will tell you a lot about their work. You can also check out the kind of feedback they receive on their applications to determine whether their apps are user-friendly or not.
A good Android developer must also be experienced in UI design so that he or she can make small adjustments to the project whenever required. Taking the help of a UI designer every time will cost you money and increase your business expenses.
Most apps these days, particularly those connected to social networks, use databases. An Android developer must know how to manage the database of his applications. He or she must know how to use the services that Google provides for database management. In this way, you do not have to hire someone solely for your databases, and you will save a lot of money.
A competent and experienced Android developer will have at least one outstanding application on Play Store. This application will be the best work of the developer and will showcase all his abilities in app building. It will also show if he can build an app that is different from other apps, and that can attract a lot of new customers.
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The employee you hire can work in the time slot of your choice (Indian office hours, your office hours, or any other shift). However, you need to inform GlobalEmployees at the very beginning regarding your preferred shift timings for the employee.
We make sure the quality of the work is not impacted because of the time slot. But people do prefer to work during the day, so if you are open to your employee working in the day slot, you will have a bigger pool of resources to choose from.
You work with your remote employee as you would with any of your in-house or resident employee. We provide your employee with all the hardware and infrastructure they need to work for you remotely.
GlobalEmployees can provide your employee with a local telephone number for your area. You can also utilize other tools such as email, Google Chat or video conferencing via Skype etc
Normal business work hours are eight hours a day, from Monday to Friday, throughout the month. This does not include any time taken for breaks or for meals.
If your hired employee is meeting the set goals, it’s clear that they are doing their job. You could also put checks and balances to monitor your employee’s performance and monitor your employee via web cams, remote login software, phone, and instant messenger. In addition to that, our floor managers ensure that your employee is working at all times.
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We can work with you to store your data locally on your own servers or we can store the data in-house. All data will be protected so that it is saved on a separate work server rather than on the employee’s personal computer. We can also ensure that the employee will not have the ability to send or save data through email or on other data devices such as USB drives.
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We understand that with employees there can be a performance issue and we are always open to discuss and find a solution mutually. Typically, if the performance of a resource is not satisfactory then we endeavor to find a replacement for you. In another situation where a hired resources has delivered a decent performance but has been unable to scale it up, then we will charge you for the number of days the resource has worked and, will refund the remaining amount. We would request you inform of any such dissatisfaction within the span of a week so that we can take appropriate steps. In situations where you have not expressed your dissatisfaction and the resource has delivered considerable amount of work, we will not be responsible. Herein, you are requested to mail us an appropriate notice clearly mentioning the termination of our services.
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This is because GlobalEmployees enters into a legal contract with the employee you hire. Accordingly, GlobalEmployees is legally liable to provide the employee you hire with a paid notice period. Thus, the fee for the 15 days notice period to terminate our services is required in advance before the employee starts working.
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Your employee is entitled to 8 paid holidays in a year. In addition, your employee accumulates one day of paid leave per month. Hence, in one year your employee is entitled to 19 days of paid days off work. Any other days off work are unpaid leaves, for which you will not be charged.
No. GlobalEmployees provides you with a long-term dedicated employee. You work with the same employee every day. Hence, it is not possible to cover the odd absence by an employee. In case your employee requires a substantial time off work, GlobalEmployees can replace the employee.
Your employee will be provided with a new desktop. In addition, your employee will have access to all other computer peripherals such as printer, scanner, fax, headsets, web cams, etc.
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The entire hiring process takes around 1-2 weeks from the time you submit the requirements. In case you are in a rush to find your employee and start sooner, you could subscribe to our Premium service, which would prioritize your case. The turnaround time with Premium service is around 4-6 business days.
The cost of subscribing to our premium service is $100. This charge would be adjusted in your first month’s invoice, thus it is not an extra charge. And yes, the amount is fully refundable if we are unable to find a suitable candidate for you.
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