Google Android Development (Phone and Slate)
Google's Android operating system (for phones and slates) is the world's most widely used mobile OS and rapidly gaining in importance for off-the-shelf products as well as internal business applications, allowing users to gain access to their important data anywhere and any time.
We can help you to build Android applications no matter if you are building a new product, or want to add a mobile version to an existing application. We can help with applications of any size and handle engagements of any scale, no matter whether you just need a little bit of help or whether you need us to build the entire product from conception to marketplace deployment and every step in between.
These applications can be stand-alone applications, or applications that extend existing systems, giving users mobile access to data they otherwise could only access through Windows or Web applications. Of course mobile apps are not just device apps, they also need to connect to a server back-end, which we can help you with as well.
Often, individual mobile app projects are small in size and are feasible to do as low-risk fixed-price projects.
Starting an Android Project
Like most mobile projects, Android projects start with a short Vision & Scope Workshop to determine the overall goals of the project, the size of the effort, and best approach. Based on the findings of this process, we decide on the next steps together, with the customer. Many mobile application projects are small, individual projects (often even larger systems are broken down into smaller "Apps"). For this reason, the next step is to create the first version of a mobile app on the most important platform. This is similar in some ways to our Proof of Concept or Prototype projects, but with more emphasis on polish, to ensure that the first version created is a complete, user-ready application.
Often, mobile projects are small and well defined in scope, making it possible to engage in fixed-price projects.
Project Lifecycle and Development Approach
In general, most mobile projects are relatively small in scope and complexity. Even larger mobile projects often tend to be broken down into smaller individual apps or versions. This enables us to use a small and efficient team and allows mobile projects to take advantage of a very lean and nimble variation of an Agile development approach, with an emphasis on productivity and reduction of overhead.
Android apps do not run in a vacuum. They have to be deployed using Google's Marketplace infrastructure, and we can help you with that. We can also help you to deploy your app via other applications stores, such as Amazon's Android Marketplace.
Mobile projects are often (but not always, depending on size, complexity, and definition of the scope of work) good candidates for fixed-price engagements. When this is possible, fixed-price agreements are great for the customer, because they mean little uncertainty and no surprises in terms of cost. One major risk-element that is common to all software development projects is thus removed (or at least offloaded to us).
When fixed-price is not an option (due to complexity or unknown scope, or simply because we are only part of a larger team), then we offer the option of "time and materials" compensation billed in hourly blocks (pre-paid and service agreement options are available).
Purchasing Our Services
We offer our services in a variety of ways to meet every possible need. Options range from time and materials setups, to hourly blocks and monthly service contracts, and sometimes even fixed price setups (especially for mobile "apps"). Contact us for more information and for a Schedule of Fees.
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Apple iOS Development (iPhone, iPad, iPod)
With the iOS, Apple single-handedly invented a new type of application platform that has gained incredible importance for both personal and business use. More and more business applications, both internal as well as externally sold products, add mobile iOS clients as stand-alone applications or as extensions to existing products.
We can help you to build iOS applications no matter whether you are building a new product, or want to add a mobile version to an existing application. We can help with applications of any size and handle engagements of any scale, no matter whether you just need a little bit of help or whether you need us to build the entire product from start to finish.
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Mobile Device Applications are rapidly gaining in importance and sophistication. Many applications that used to be desktop or Web-only are now available in mobile versions. Such applications may be stand-alone applications, but more often they are integrated with existing systems. We can help you to plan for and construct Mobile Apps. We can help you to extend your existing infrastructure to Mobile Apps. We can even help you with the graphic design of your Mobile Apps.
CODE Consulting develops for all major mobile platforms, including Apple's iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod), Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows Phone, and other platforms, such as WebOS, and more.
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