Android App Development

If you are looking for a low-cost, cutting-edge, custom-made Android app, you have come to the right place. We have traded as New Media Aid Ltd in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK (only 30 minutes from Central London and Cambridge) since the year 2000 and we provide low-cost Android app development services throughout the UK by leveraging 20 years of skill and expertise in commercially-proven app development.

The Android apps we create and code are developed with the best Android developer tools and our mobile app developers follow all the latest Android development tutorials from Google’s Android engineers to make sure our custom-made Android apps are cutting-edge whilst still being robust, stable and secure.

As experienced app developers, we will identify your business objectives and then develop your bespoke Android app to meet those objectives!

We offer unparalleled levels of service and support, a fast turnaround service and great cost efficiency. No matter what your requirements we have the in-house technical skills to build a cost-effective, robust solution. We can provide a detailed fixed-price quote if you contact us. We are happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) if you require it.

As a custom-made mobile app development company in the UK, specialising in Android application development and focusing on bespoke Android apps for business (Android enterprise apps), we are often asked about app development costs, i.e. how much would it cost to develop such and such an app. The likely development cost of a custom-made Android app solution will usually be between£2,000 and £5,000.

As well as the time needed in planning, prototyping and testing your bespoke business Android app, the main cost of developing custom-made Android apps is the actual development time needed to code the app and any supporting server/cloud based APIs, databases, business logic layers and system integration.

As in all mobile application development, this cost can be significantly reduced if we have already developed similar functionality in any of our existing apps whereby we can reduce the coding time (and therefore costs) by re-utilising existing tried and tested code for certain common functions (e.g. secure login/authentication, barcode scanning, taking photos and sending these to cloud servers, etc.).

Making use of the latest Android development tools and libraries for creating bespoke Android apps, we live and breathe the Android platform, programming language (Java) and SDKs and are therefore are very fast coders. As we base our app development costs on the number of hours needed to code and test your bespoke app, our expertise, speedy coding and existing code bases means we can offer what we believe to be some of the most competitive prices in the UK.

Steps to obtain a fixed-price quote for the development of your app
  • Contact us and give us a vague overview of your Android app requirements
  • We sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) if you require it
  • You send us a detailed functionality requirements specification (or we can draft this for you based on our discussions)
  • We send you a detailed proposal which lists all deliverables including a fixed price and timeframes
  • If you wish to go ahead you simply sign the proposal and send it to us with a purchase order
  • We get to work (keeping you abreast of all development stages to receive your feedback along the way)
We do not front-load unnecessary fixed costs into our prices as we do not employ sales staff nor do we have an expensive swanky office so we have very low fixed costs and can charge extremely competitive rates for our bespoke Android apps which are delivered on time and on budget!

Android is an open source operating system that is actively developed by Google. Each new version of the Android source code is made available to the Android Open Source Project members (e.g. hardware manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, LG, etc.). These manufacturers then tend to spend some time adapting the Android source code for their devices.

As a leading UK-based Android app development company, our custom Android app development team always like to be developing against the latest version of Android (with backward compatibility of course) so we make sure the core Android devices we have here in the office are from Google's Nexus range (or since October 2017 from their Pixel range) so we get the latest "pure" version of Android to develop and test our apps against. This way we also get the very latest updates and security patches before they would be released by OEM manufacturers such as Samsung on their devices.

Since Android 9 (Pie) was released in late 2018, our UK Android app development team have the ability to test any custom-made Android apps for compatibility with Android 9 by using a Generic System Image (GSI) of the unmodified Android Open Source Project (AOSP) code. This gives our bespoke Android app developers a "pure Android" implementation to test our apps against, safe in the knowledge that if the tailor-made Android app we develop for you works on GSI, we know it will work on almost all Android devices because it provides a consistent testing environment for Android app developers on any compliant device. This allows us to develop our bespoke Android apps using new Android features as well as validating existing apps for forward compatibility.

Android is actually a Linux-based software stack and the diagram below shows the main components of the Android platform.
Android Stack
Android has the largest installed base of any operating system, more than Microsoft Windows!
Whilst Android apps can be written in a number of programming languages, for now we are sticking with the tried and trusted official Android programming language, Java. However, we are keeping an eye on a new Android programming language "Kotlin" to see how this pans out in case it allows us to offer better Android apps in the future. Once we have coded an Android app in Java we then use the Android SDK to compile that code into an APK file (the Android Package) and it is this .apk file which users then install on their Android smartphone or tablet (or for that matter any number of different Android-enabled devices).