We are a low-cost Android app development company who have traded as New Media Aid Ltd from our office in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK for the last 15 years.
We are cutting-edge Android app developers only 30 minutes from Central London and Cambridge.
We offer high quality, custom, Android app development services and make sure that each bespoke Android app we develop follows Google's Core App Quality Guidlines
We specialise in the development of business Android apps (rather than quirky consumer apps) and of course offer all the related services needed for high-end Android app development such as web development, database development, graphic design and secure hosting in a state-of-the-art data centre. After all, you will want your Android app to connect to your data in the cloud and we can deal with all this for you. A one-stop-shop for your app development requirements.
We are experienced programmers of enterprise-level web and Android applications using only the most robust, secure and scaleable programming languages, techniques and platforms.
We develop bespoke mobile applications for the Android platform by leveraging over 15 years of hard-won skill and expertise in commercially-proven app development. We build robust, state-of-the-art Android apps with a focus on business apps integrating with corporate IT systems.
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 set up our app development company, New Media Aid, in the year 2000 and concentrated on developing robust, secure and scalable bespoke web apps (mainly e-commerce websites, intranets and productivity/project management web apps). In 2008 when Google launched the T-Mobile G1 in the UK we decided we would shift focus towards mobile app development and with this in mind we decided to concentrate on the Android operating system and therefore concentrate our skills and experience on android app development to become specialist Android app developers.
We fully adhere to the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and use appropriate technical and organisational measures to forbid unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and protect against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.
Personal data captured or stored in the apps we develop (where we arrange the cloud data hosting/storage) shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the UK and the hosting infrastructure we offer for web app hosting and Android app cloud data is robust and secure.
The UK data centre we use has ISO 27001 certification which demonstrates that the data centre protects the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all the information within its organisation. This includes your information.
All staff at the data centre take security seriously. Very Seriously. This includes security of the data centre, servers, software, infrastructure, buildings, information, people and equipment. Everything in fact.
ISO 27001 Certification
To prove that the data centre has the strictest security measures in place, it is formally certified to the internationally accepted global Information Security Management System standard ISO 27001.
Physical and Cyber Security
As well as taking wide-ranging technical measures to keep servers and software safe from cyber-attacks, the data centre also has extensive physical security controls. They systematically examine the information security risks within their organisation and take account of the threats, vulnerabilities and possible effects, all backed up with on-going processes to ensure the controls are adequate, maintained and effective. In this way, our customers have reassurance that the data, websites, business applications and other information held on our cloud hosting infrastructure is as secure as possible.
We protect your data as if our lives depended on it!
We develop our apps with the assumption that they will be targeted by hackers and therefore we make sure that pages/screens are coded in a way that protects them from hacking attempts (e.g. SQL Injection, Cross-Site Scripting, Cookie/Session manipulation, etc.). We keep abreast of current hacking trends and engage in "white hat" hacking attempts and "penetration testing" of our apps to help keep them secure.
Where requested by the customer we will make sure that all data captured and stored on the apps we develop is encrypted with the strongest cryptography currently available for that web or mobile app to allow secure encoding and decoding of data.
We are extremely confident in the quality of the apps we develop as well as the level of support we provide. However, we do understand that using a boutique app development company such as New Media Aid can be seen as risky by large corporations. As the saying goes: "Nobody ever got fired for choosing IBM".
To give complete peace of mind to customers we are happy to enter into a Software Escrow Agreement where the software source code is deposited with a neutral, third party escrow agent. The software source code can be released to you if we fail to maintain and update the software as specified in the software license agreement.
Your peace of mind is important to us!
Software Escrow is a simple way of protecting both our intellectual property rights whilst ensuring the long-term availability of your business-critical systems.
Most of our clients do not ask for ecsrow agreements as our level of support is outstanding and because the fees charged by escrow agents can be relatively high compared to the low prices we charge for the actual development of our web and mobile apps.
However, if you want the peace of mind of an escrow agreement we are happy to deal with your escrow agent of choice.
We work with our clients to define a disaster recovery plan relevant to the app solution we have developed for them. In the disaster recovery plan we specify the procedures we will follow in the event of a disaster. It will list the actions to be taken before, during and after a disaster. The objective of a disaster recovery plan is to minimize downtime and data loss. The plan minimises the disruption to operations and ensures an orderly recovery of data and service.
Servers can always fail. It is how you deal with the failure that counts!
Benefits of drafting a disaster recovery plan
- Minimise data loss risk
- Provide a sense of security
- Minimise risk of delays
- Guarantee reliability of standby systems
- Provide a standard for testing the plan
- Minimise decision-making during a disaster
- Lower stress levels during a disaster
Our Android App Development Process
Our Android app development process is comprised of a number of clearly defined phases which are used to plan, design, build, test and deliver robust apps that exceed customer expectations within scheduled time-frames and cost estimates. We also focus on understanding our clients' businesses in order to provide the most suitable solution which will gain internal traction and end-user buy-in.
PRINCE2 - A Structured Project Management Methodology
PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a process-based method for effective project management. PRINCE2 is a de facto standard used extensively by the UK Government and is widely recognised and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. We try to adhere to PRINCE2 methods for all customer projects.
We schedule conference calls with the customer to go through their objectives in detail and play devil's advocate where necessary to highlight problems and feasibility with the project. Based on these conversations we provide a detailed costed proposal listing deliverables, costs and timeframes.
If given the go-ahead we design the structure of the app, database schemas and system integration methodologies where relevant and present these to the client for their approval.
At this point we commence the actual development of the app(s) and any associated databases. We give the customer access to the apps under development so we can get their feedback during every stage of development.
When we have finished coding the app we then put it through vigorous testing to identify bugs or usability issues which are then rectified before release.
Once the app is live and being actively used there will normally be some user feedback requesting enhancements to add extra functionality or deal with usability issues. Such enhancements are dealt with as change requests which we can fully cost before implementing. In the event of any bugs appearing within six months of go-live, these will be fixed free of charge.