An Android developer is responsible for designing and creating applications powered by Android – an open source mobile operating system (OS) designed primarily for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. As of May 2017, Android is the most popular OS worldwide with over two billion monthly active users. The Google Play Store features over 2.6 million apps powered by Android as of December 2018, and about 88% of smartphones in the world run on Android OS.
Naturally, the demand for experts in Android mobile development worldwide continues to increase. If you’re an owner of a startup software development company looking for mobile developers or an HR recruiter hiring additional developers for your company, you’ve probably wondered where you can hire Android app developers”? This will serve as your guide on the top sources to hire these developers.
What does an Android developer do?
Job responsibilities and roles
Let’s first discuss the job responsibilities and the potential roles of Android developers. Here is a list of a developer’s major job responsibilities:
- Design and build applications for devices powered by Android
- Maintain quality and ensure the responsiveness of the application
- Collaborate with the software development team to design, define, and launch new application features
- Maintain the application’s code integrity and organization
- Do regular unit tests and bug-fixing to ensure the usability, reliability, and robustness of the application
- Perform continuous evaluation, discovery, and implementation of new technologies to maximize the efficiency of mobile app development
Most Android app developers perform one of the following developer job roles that are in high demand in today’s mobile development market:
- Mobile app developer
- Mobile architect
- Android developer
- Android engineer
- Mobile embedded software engineer
- Mobile lead software engineer
Both technical skills and non-technical skills are the main factors to consider when you hire Android developers.
Below is a list of technical skills that Android developers should have:
- Java - Developers should have a well-rounded knowledge of the syntax and programming structures of Java and know control structures, lists, loops, object-oriented concepts, and variables. They should also know how to proficiently utilize both the core concepts, as well as the updated or latest additions of the Java Software Development Kit (SDK).
- Android - The areas of the SDK that developers should be familiar with are the basic understanding of layouts and views, lifecycle activities, user input, getting data from the web and data storage, collection views (ListViews) and adapters (default and custom), action bar, and working with different screen sizes and densities.
- APIs - Developers should be able to learn and work with their own application programming interface (API) or another third-party APIs. Some of the recommended APIs they should learn to work with include JSON/REST and XML/SOAP.
- Android Studio - The preferred integrated development environment (IDE) for developers is Android Studio, which has many of the capabilities that developers need from a full-featured IDE. Android Studio features code completion and code debugging, and helps developers to make sure their code will maintain high-performance on mobile devices.
- Databases - Apps handle large amounts of data that will likely interact with external databases such as cloud services like Firebase and Parse. Understanding how databases work, the methods on how to query data and use the data in the application is important for developers because it will help them to develop apps that can store data efficiently, and even externally when an app is offline.
And these are the non-technical skills you should look for in Android developers:
- Collaboration and communication - These skills are essential because developers mostly work in team environments. They collaborate and communicate with other developers, designers, management, client, and sometimes the intended end users of the application. Developers should make sure they can clearly and simply explain and convey what they are working on to both technical and non-technical people.
- Written communication - Developers should be comfortable in communicating through written text. They are expected to write technical documentation, work summaries, daily and weekly reports, user-facing text in the apps being developed, and regular communication with concerned parties via chat and email.
- Passion for work - Many employers often post job listings that mention “passionate employees” as one of the job requirements. What this really means is that a developer is genuinely enthusiastic and interested in the job that he or she is applying for. When you interview applicants and you observe that some of them have thoroughly researched about the company and position and ask relevant questions about them, it shows that they are passionate about the job being offered.
Sources where you can hire Android developers
There are two types of sources where you can hire Android developers – the first is the traditional source and the second is the online source. The traditional sources include posting job advertisements in newspapers, hiring the services of local job placement firms, and verbal social networking with friends, peers or relatives looking for work.
The disadvantage of newspaper job advertisements is that they tend to reach fewer applicants because most software developers have turned to online sources when looking for jobs. Job placement firms can be expensive because you have to pay them to screen and refer applicants to you often without the assurance that these applicants have the qualifications you are looking for. Traditional social networking has limitations because they depend on the size of the network of acquaintances. The fewer people in the network, the fewer responses to your job vacancies.
The main advantage of online sources is a much larger number of opportunities to assess many applicants since many developers prefer to post their resumes online; there is also a wide variety of online sources that you can search. These include employment websites, freelancing platforms, developer community forums, and social media sites. These sites are also either free or require a minimal fee for posting job listings. Another advantage of employment and freelancing sites is that you can search for applicants according to the type of employees you need – full-time office based, freelancer, and contract-to-hire or project-based jobs.
Indeed, Monster, GlassDoor, and CareerBuilder are the most popular employment websites in terms of the number of unique monthly visitors. Each of those four websites have their own U.S. and international versions. You can find thousands of software developers from these sites, many of which are available for local or remote employment.
Let’s discuss the other websites where you can hire Android developers:
- Toptal - This site focuses on the quality of its pool of developers because you have access to the top 3% of developers in the world. Each freelancer member of Toptal must pass through a strict screening process before being eligible to accept jobs from clients.
- Upwork - A global freelancing platform that has more than 12 million registered members, and allows you to interview, hire and work with freelancers. In Upwork, you can hire freelancers for various tasks from simple coding tasks to long-term contracts for complex mobile app development projects.
- Freelancer - With over 25 million registered users, Freelancer has a huge pool of Android developers ranging from junior, mid-level to senior developers. There are developers who can do simple mobile app development up to complex mobile apps that can solve complicated tasks.
- GitHub Jobs - GitHub is a cloud-based service that helps developers to store and manage their code and to monitor and control the changes to their code. This site has over 28 million users. GitHub’s job board is GitHub Jobs which is focused on IT talent. For a small fee, you can post an Android developer job listing that will be viewed by GitHub’s huge developer community.
- Stack Overflow - This is the largest Q&A site for developers to learn, share their knowledge and build their careers. The Stack Overflow job board allows you to search a large pool of skilled Android developers both locally and abroad.
- People Per Hour - What makes People Per Hour unique from other freelancer platforms is that it holds skills contest for its registered freelancers, and allows them to post their own job postings. In this site, you can easily post job listings, contact freelancers, and pay for them through the site’s safe and secure payment system.
Offshore your Android app development from Full Scale
Another option you should try if you want to hire Android app developers is enlisting the services of an offshore service company like Full Scale. We are located in Cebu City, Philippines, and we have a decent roster of skilled Android developers and other software developers.
Contact us about your Android app development project, we will evaluate your needs and timeframe, and figure out what kind of development, testing, and design you need for your project. Then we will offer you a roster of highly skilled Filipino software developers who can work on your project. If you need additional Android developers, we can recruit more through our comprehensive screening process that includes technical interviews by our senior developers and technical exams.
Our current Android developers have extensive experience in mobile app development and participated in the development of various mobile app projects prior to starting at Full Scale. They have junior to intermediate (two to three years) experience in Android mobile development and are proficient in Native Android (Java), Android (Hybrid application), C++, Java, and Kotlin. They have skills in the Android testing frameworks of User Interface Automator and Espresso.