Android Development: The Complete Guide to Getting Started

Looking to build your next app for Android mobile devices? Trio is staffed with a full-time roster of highly experienced developers who specialize in developing mobile apps on Android. 

We can help take your mobile-minded dreams to reality by taking into account what kind of app you are looking to build and what time frame you are looking to build it in. 

By understanding what you are trying to build on Android, we can appropriately assign which of our developers fits your criteria to lend support in building your project. 

What is Android?

Android is the operating system that runs on non-iOS smartphones such as Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and more. Android was bought by Google in 2005 and released in 2007 and is the best selling OS for mobile devices in the world. 

What is an Android Developer?

An Android developer is just a mobile developer that has experience working with Android Studio and their SDK tools along with extensive knowledge of their libraries and frameworks to build Android applications. This also means that they are experienced with using Java and/or Kotlin as their primary programming language. 

Companies Who Use Android

  • Twitter
  • Netflix
  • Pinterest
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Kayak
  • Slack
  • Hopper
  • Duolingo
  • Spotify
  • Amazon
  • LinkedIn
  • Youtube
  • Google
  • Quora

How to hire an Android developer?

For those who wish to take the high road and hire Android developers on your own, we’re still here to help. 

Hiring a developer on your own is a very focused and hands-on process that requires considerable knowledge about software development in general. 

The last thing you want to do is trust your hiring process to someone with no technical ability. If you are a non-technical manager looking to learn a thing or two, we have a great resource here for you to learn more about the hiring process in detail

Otherwise, we’d recommend you contact Trio for consulting and developer allocation. 

What to look for in an Android developer

At a high level, Android developers should be able to:

  • Work with Android Studio and it’s SDK
  • Be proficient with Java and/or Kotlin
  • Work with Gradle
  • Design layouts for multiple screen sizes
  • Work with XML
  • Understand application architecture

How much do Android developers cost in the U.S?

According to ZipRecruiter and other sources the average annual pay for a Senior Android Developer in the United States is between $57,000 and $172,500 a year.

Here’s a chart that visualizes the salary ranges within the United States for a Senior Software Developer.

The average annual pay for a Senior Android Developer in the United States is between $57,000 and $172,500 year.

How much do Android Developers cost in South America? 

Due to economic differences between the United States and South America as a whole, the cost of offshoring software development is significantly lower than hiring full-time with U.S talent. For Senior Android Developers in South America, the average salary is currently around $100,000 whereas a mid-level developer costs around $76,000

How much do Android Developers cost in Ukraine / Eastern Europe?

Eastern Europe shares very similar rates to South America, again due to the economic differences. When looking at salaries in Eastern Europe, data shows that a Senior Android Developer costs around $100,000 on average. 

Hourly rates for Android Developers

Another way to look at developer costs is through hourly rates. While salaries are good to understand for hiring developers for full-time and long-term, you might just need a developer for a period of 3-6 months or 6-12 months. In these types of situations, it’s best to calculate your costs based on the hourly rates of a developer. 

Below is a table that lists the various hourly rates of developers in different locations based on their job title. 

Hourly rates for iOS Developers

Why Hire an Android developer?

Trio Android developers are pre-vetted, interviewed and then trained further to become true software professionals, capable of adapting to situations that are both within and outside of the scope of their general expertise. 

At Trio, we hold our developers to a higher standard. Much like how elite special forces units recruit only the best from main branches of the military, we recruit developers who either show amazing potential or demonstrate exceptional skill. We then take their talents and sharpen them even further.

Another benefit of hiring a Trio developer is that you won’t incur the costs of hiring, which can add up to be around 30% of a developer’s salary on average, as well as overhead costs associated with full-time employment. 

By working with Trio, you can enjoy a highly experienced full-time developer for a fraction of the cost, along with the added project management assistance. 

To learn more, hit us up and tell us about your project so that we can get you started.



Daniel Alcanja



Co-Founder & CTO of Trio. With more than 17 years of programming experience

Frequently Asked Questions

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If you are looking to hire an Android developer, you can use sites LinkedIn and LinkedIn Jobs to create a job posting. In addition, you can create job listings on sites like Indeed and WeWorkRemotely if you are looking to manage the hiring process yourself.

An Android developer builds native mobile applications for phones that use the Android operating system.

The average iOS Developer salary in the USA is $127,000 per year or $43 per hour. Entry-level positions start anywhere between $52,000 - $90,000 per year while most experienced workers make up to $172,000 per year.