According to the original makers of Android it is “the largest installed base of any mobile platform and growing fast.” This is a claim the company’s site makes and the rise in developers as well as apps seems to support the claim even if only to an extent.
What is clear though is that many business owners who use the web to drive business are now concerned with being Android ready. However, this is not as simple as it may sound, resulting in the hiring of trained developers to get the job done. But when is this really necessary?
How to Know When to use an Android Expert
1. When you want to increase viability within a potential market that is dominated by Android users.
The use of the Android platform continues to grow and a wide cross-section of the consumer market is now accessing business sites from tablets as well as other Android devices.
Websites that do not operate or show well on these devices can therefore be a handicap to your company. In fact, if your site does well on desktops and laptops only, you may be missing sales. Luckily, a developer can help you correct this.
2. When you are faced with the need for an Android app for any particular reason.
The are so many Android apps available today that it is hard to keep track of them and there will continue to be reasons to build more. If you end up with a need to create one you may require the services of developer especially if you don’t even know where to start with the app. Or you need a more innovative app than you can create.
3. When you lack the skill or are unable to find anyone in-house to do the job.
If you have no idea how to build anything that is Android-related and no member of staff can do it either, then you definitely need a developer. Even the most ardent do-it-yourself person will come to realize this the minute they start trying to figure out what the process entails, even if they spend hours looking at Google’s developer hq. It is not that you can’t learn, but you more than likely won’t have the time it takes to learn the basics, much less the advance things your app or project will require.
4. When you have the skill but not the time.
This may sound weird, however, if you have a large number of projects or a busy schedule outsourcing a task or two may be the best thing to do in the long run. If you can find a developer who offers exactly what you need at a really good price this can help your bottom-line financially as well. The person you hire can either do phases of different projects or specific full projects.
5. When having an expert matters.
The Android platform is there for open sharing and it gives you a lot of control over many aspects of the product you launch using the operating system. However, not knowing how to navigate it and not understanding the rules that govern it can be a setback. If you know how to create simple Android apps but still need help with the more advanced stuff you will need an expert.
You will also need one if you know how to develop apps yet you lack experience and know-how in terms of a sound strategy for earning from products or good distribution technique. A developer can help in this case if he or she acts in the capacity of a consultant.
6. When you need someone to collaborate with.
There are many groups or communities of independent developers who are willing to collaborate on projects whether long term or short term. The reasons for a collaborator can range from you needing to have a network to turn to, the need for strengths outside of what you have or simply not wanting to complete a project on your own no matter how much time you have.
Furthermore, if you find that you have great design ideas a developer can do the hands on work as you conceptualize.
Overall the answer to when to use a mobile programmer depends on your specific situation. However, the main reasons center around you lacking time, skill, post-development expertise or you just wanting to share the work with someone else for other reasons. Whatever the cause, the sooner you recognize the need for an expert the better off you will be.