The Myriad Shades of an Android Developer

It was at the start of the 16th century, and the maestro put the finishing touches on what was to become the Mona Lisa. The maestro, was, of course, Leonardo da Vinci.

Fast forward a hundred years or so to the middle of the 19th century when the post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh painted his landscapes, portraits and self-portraits.

Then it was the turn of abstract expressionism in the 20th century, with Jackson Pollock among its chief proponents.

But why are we talking about these painters? In a post purporting to be about Android Developers?

Well, the answer is simple. We know that the common theme among the three protagonists is that they were painters. Working in their own inimitable style. But it would be silly to bucket them all into one category. Or paint them all in one brush if you like. 😛

In other words, not all painters are the same. They have their own styles, beliefs and motivations.

Similarly, it would be silly to put all Android developers into one category. Although all Android developers have a certain basic skillset, they express it in different ways. (Just like the aforementioned painters.)

Let me illustrate this by way of examples from our hackathons and hiring partners.

Let’s start with the most recent and work backwards.

On the Halloween weekend, we held a hackathon for Grabhouse, an online real-estate portal. Some of the profiles they were looking for were Android developers. But not any old Android developers. These developers had to have a certain amount of domain knowledge. And also have a strong familiarity with the Google Maps API. That’s Grabhouse in a nutshell.

If we go a bit further back, we have”The Geeks and Games” hack for Moonfrog labs. Here, they were not looking for Android developers per se. But Moonfrog labs is a mobile gaming company. So it’s kinda obvious they wanted people with experience in building mobile apps.  Mobile games in particular. But they also wanted people with experience in building scalable systems. So you can see that the JD for this role is quite a bit different from the previous.

And if we really stretch back into our memories, we have the Micromax Droidfest. Here, the folks at Micromax were looking for Android people with the ability to actually tamper with the Android framework. As you can see, a different skillset from the previous two!

The takeaway is that Android gurus specialize in a variety of domains. They are much in demand, and each position requires different skills to be brought to bear.

Want to showcase your specialized Android skills? You could do no better than to sign up for the Grabhouse Codesign Android challenge and showcase your niche abilities!

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