Understanding & Hiring Android Developers

What is an Android Developer?

An Android developer builds applications for mobile devices on the Android operating system.

What skills are required to be an Android Developer?

Android developers need to know the Java and/or Kotlin programming languages, as well as the various libraries and frameworks for hooking into the Android operating system. Some developers may be using other frameworks like React Native that allow writing parts of an Android application in Javascript and make it much more similar to front-end web development.

Android Developer archetypes

Android Product Engineer

Archetype

This is a mobile engineer who focuses on building Android applications from a product perspective. They know Android Studio and Android UI libraries inside and out. They focus on UI and product (and less on performance or systems-level Android development).

Android Systems Engineer

Archetype

This is a mobile engineer who focuses on building Android applications from a product perspective. They know Android Studio and Android UI libraries inside and out. They focus on UI and product (and less on performance or systems-level Android development).

React Native Engineer

Archetype

This is a mobile engineer who uses React Native. They may have a mix of mobile and front-end experience. They probably take more of a product approach to what they do.

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