Low cost, bespoke, Android application development that connects to your data in the cloud
Low cost, bespoke, Android application development that connects to your data in the cloud
Low cost, bespoke, Android application development that connects to your data in the cloud

Android App Developers UK

Cutting-edge, bespoke, Android & web app development company in Hertfordshire, UK.
Mobile app development only 30 minutes from Central London and Cambridge!

Secure, robust, scalable Android apps Bespoke, secure and scalable UK mobile app development
Extremely competitive rates Highly competitive rates for our custom-made apps
Delivered on time and on budget Android & web apps developed on time and on budget
Only 30 mins from London and Cambridge Happy to sign NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements)
No job too complex or too small for us to develop No job too complex for us to develop
All app development work done in-house All app development work done in-house
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How much does an Android app cost?

The likely development cost will be anywhere between £2,000 and £5,000
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.

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 enterprise Android app development projects 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.).

Our experienced mobile app developers make use of the latest Android developer tools and libraries for creating bespoke Android apps and our mobile app developers 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 Android app developer 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 for Android app development.

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!

Steps to get a fixed-price quote for the development of your app

  1. Contact us and give us a vague overview of your Android app requirements
  2. We sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) if you require it
  3. You send us a detailed functionality requirements specification (or we can draft this for you based on our discussions)
  4. We send you a detailed proposal which lists all deliverables including a fixed price and timeframes
  5. If you wish to go ahead you simply sign the proposal and send it to us with a purchase order
  6. We get to work (keeping you abreast of all development stages to receive your feedback along the way)

About Our Cutting-Edge UK Android App Development Company

Highly experienced business-focussed professional mobile app development. We identify your business objectives and develop bespoke Android apps that meet those objectives.
Advanced, bespoke mobile app development for Android
We are a low-cost UK mobile 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.

Data Protection

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!

Data ProtectionApp Security
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.

Data Encryption
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.

Software Escrow

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!

Risk Reduction - Software EscrowSoftware 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.

Disaster Recovery

Disaster RecoveryWe 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.

App Development Process
Requirement Analysis
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.

Design
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.

Implementation
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.

Testing
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.

Evolution
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.

Android App Development Case Studies

Please find below a handful of our bespoke Android app development projects.
Custom-made Android apps developed on time and on budget!

Hammond Produce - Nottingham


Hammond Produce - Bespoke Android app and integrated web app development, Nottingham Hammond Produce, based in Nottingham, farms over 3,500 acres across 3 counties and produces over 50,000 tonnes of fresh vegetables each year. They grow, pack, prepare and deliver a wide range of fresh produce in an even wider range of sizes, cuts and shapes to retailers and supermarkets throughout the UK.

We developed a number of bespoke Android apps and integrated web management apps for Transport Management, Production Line Management & Quality Control


Hammond Produce required a bespoke Android app to be installed on tablets which their drivers and production line operatives could use to manage the various stages of the production line and delivery to supermarkets. The questions that appear on the Android apps should be managed through a secure, bespoke web app and all data, photos and signatures captured on the Android apps should appear in a management reports section on a secure web app. The solution we developed provided the following features:
  • A secure web app for management to set up production runs, questions and view reports captured on the Android app
  • A secure customer portal web app where customers can view production line reports
  • Provide a simple "one click" process on the Android app for operatives to answer questions according to business logic as defined by management on the web app
  • Take photos
  • Capture signatures

We developed a number of bespoke Android and web apps for Hammond Produce (Transport Management, Production Line Management, Quality Control, etc.) such as an Android app for Quality Control assessments where operatives answer questions, score and save photos of produce on their phone and a web-based system displays the data for management and customers.

Android Scan Barcode Screen
Android app development, barcode screen

Android Answer & Photo Capture Screen
Android Answer & Photo Capture Screen

Web App Management Screen
Web app development, Web App Management Screen

Example Assessment Detail Screen 1
Hammond Produce Android App

Example Assessment Detail Screen 2
Hammond Produce Android App
Hammond Produce operatives are happy using the Android app solutions as they are very user-friendly and much less hassle than their previous paper-based procedures. Management and customers are happy because of the time efficiency using these apps has created.

These apps developed by New Media Aid mark a new turn towards technology for an industry that’s been slow to adapt until now. With no suitable ‘off the shelf’ solution available below costly, enterprise level software, we were involved in the development process from the start, getting the right solution that suited our operations and our customers.

Ben Guy, Managing Director
Hammond Produce



Wing Parking - Luton, Bedfordshire


Wing Parking - Bespoke Android App Development and Web App Development, Luton, Bedfordshire Wing Parking in Luton, Bedfordshire manage a large number of car parks in the UK on behalf of private organisations and local authorities (e.g. Brent Housing Partnership, Royal Borough of Greenwich, London Borough of Haringey, London Borough of Islington, Kensington & Chelsea TMO, Wandsworth Borough Council and City of Westminster).

We developed a bespoke Android app and integrated web app solution!


Wing Parking wanted a solution which would allow their parking control operatives to quickly and easily flag up issues they encountered when doing their daily car park rounds (abandoned vehicles, graffiti, broken signs, etc.).

They wanted to have a central management app where they could see all reports in real time and where they could update car park sites and user access which would instantly update the Android app on each operative's smartphone.
We developed an Android smartphone app and integrated web-based management app that allowed operatives to quickly and easily flag up issues they encountered when doing their daily car park rounds (abandoned vehicles, graffiti, broken signs, etc.) by simply selecting the car park from the list on the app and choosing the issue category, adding notes and taking supporting photos.

This data is then instantly sent to the management web app where the system works out who should receive the report in real-time based on the customer and issue.

Android app home screen
Android App Home Screen

Android app create report screen
Android app create report screen

Web app management screen - view reports created on Andoid app
Web app management screen - view reports created on Andoid app

Wing Parking management and their parking control operatives are extremely happy with the apps as they have saved them lots of admin time and made it far easier to log and manage issues related to the many car parks they manaage across the UK.

New Media Aid quickly understood what we needed and were able to develop exactly what was required with minimal input from ourselves. As this was the first Android app we had developed we were pleased that it was done on time and within the quoted price. We would gladly work with them again and recommend them.

Mark Austin, Managing Director
Wing Parking



Weblight - Ware, Hertfordshire

Weblight - Bespoke Android app and integrated web app development, Ware, HertfordshireWeblight provides lighting design, installation and maintenance solutions to the Retail, Healthcare, Commercial, Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics and Education sectors, whilst also working in partnership with many Facilities Management companies. Clients include Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Barclays, Iceland, BHS, TK Maxx, Mothercare, New Look, as well as Hospitals and Commercial buildings across the UK.

We developed a bespoke Android app and integrated web management app to help them manage and survey their extensive customer lighting portfolio


Weblight required a bespoke Android app to be installed on phones and tablets which technicians and surveyors could use to survey lighting installations throughout the UK. The questions that appear on the Android app should be managed through a secure, bespoke web app and all data, photos and signatures captured on the Android app should appear in a management reports section on a secure web app. The solution we developed provided the following features:
  • A secure web app for management to set up surveys and questions and view reports captured on the Android app
  • Provide a simple "one click" process on the Android app for technicians to answer questions according to business logic as defined by management on the web app
  • Take photos
  • Capture signatures
We developed a bespoke Android app and a secure management web app to manage the data requirements and questions shown on the Android app.

Android app login screen
Android App Login Screen

Android app checking credentials on cloud
Android App Login Check Screen

Android app survey item save
Android App Survey Item Save

Web app management screen - view surveys created on Andoid app
Web app management screen - view surveys created on Andoid app

Web app management screen - create surveys to show on Andoid app
Web app management screen - create surveys to show on Andoid app

The Android app solution we developed was provided on time and within budget and has exceeded the client's expectations. They will be happy to work with us again when they have further requirements for Android development.

Having recently moved to Android PDAs for our mobile workforce, we identified a need for a Bespoke App and a Web-based Management System to control it. New Media Aid demonstrated a real understanding for our needs and a "can do" attitude that we found extremely helpful. Their solution was provided on time and within budget and has exceeded our expectations. We will be happy to work with them again when we have further requirements.

Trevor Wright, IT Manager
Weblight



Leathermarket JMB Housing Association- Southwark, London

Leathermarket JMB in Southwark, London, is Southwark’s largest resident-managed housing organisation, managing 1,500 homes between London Bridge and Tower Bridge.

Looking after the maintenance of 1,500 homes, their maintenance officers wanted an app to report on issues and take photos as they did their rounds.

We developed a low-cost Android app integrated with a management web app which has reduced reporting admin time by 80%


Leathermarket JMB required a bespoke Android app to be installed on phones which their maintenance officers could use to report on issues and take photos as they did their rounds. The questions and estates that appear on the Android app should be managed through a secure, bespoke web app and all data, photos and signatures captured on the Android app should appear in a management reports section on a secure web app. The solution we developed provided the following features:
  • A secure web app for management to set up estates, patrols, questions and view reports captured on the Android app
  • On the bespoke Android app list all tasks needed to be performed by maintenance officers during their patrols
  • Provide a simple "one click" process on the Android app for operatives to answer questions and add notes according to business logic as defined by management on the web app
  • Take photos
  • Capture signatures

We developed a bespoke Android app and a secure management web app to manage the data requirements and questions on the Android app.

The Android App

Staff Login
Leathermarket JMB, Southwark, London - Android App Staff Login Home Screen

Home Screen
Leathermarket JMB, Southwark, London - Android App Home Screen

Items to Report
Leathermarket JMB, Southwark, London - Android App Items to Report

Add Comments & Photos
Leathermarket JMB, Southwark, London - Android App Add Comments & Photos

Detail Repairs With Comments & Photos
Leathermarket JMB, Southwark, London - Android App Detail Repairs With Comments & Photos

Capture Signature
Leathermarket JMB, Southwark, London - Android App Capture Signature

The Reports Management Web App

Reports & Photos Saved on Android App Appear Instantly in Web App Leathermarket JMB, Southwark, London - Web App Reports & Photos Saved on Android App Appear Instantly in Web App

Repairs & Photos Saved on Android App Appear Instantly in Web App Leathermarket JMB, Southwark, London - Web App Repairs & Photos Saved on Android App Appear Instantly in Web App

Report Locations Saved on Web App Appear as Choices on Android App Leathermarket JMB, Southwark, London - Web App Report Locations Saved on Web App Appear as Choices on Android App

Report Options Saved on Web App Appear as Choices on Android App Leathermarket JMB, Southwark, London - Web App Report Options Saved on Web App Appear as Choices on Android App
Leathermarket maintenance operatives are happy using the Android app as it is very user-friendly and much less hassle than their previous paper-based procedures. Management are happy because of the time efficiency, they estimate that reporting admin time has been reduced by 80%.


Phoenix Group - Redhill, Nottinghamshire

The Phoenix Group, based in Redhill, Nottingham, was only formed in 2007 and by 2010 it had become the UK’s largest cold pressed seed oil producer. Its contract packing business now handles millions of food products each year that are worth tens of millions of pounds.


We developed a number of bespoke Android apps and integrated web management apps to help them manage their cold pressed seed oil production lines


The Phoenix Group required a bespoke Android app to be installed on tablets which production line operatives could use to manage the various stages on the production line. The questions that appear on the Android app should be managed through a secure, bespoke web app and all data, photos and signatures captured on the Android app should appear in a management reports section on a secure web app. The solution we developed provided the following features:
  • A secure web app for management to set up production runs, check sheets and questions and view reports captured on the Android app
  • A secure customer portal web app where customers can view production line reports
  • Record when a production line is started, finished or stopped for breaks or breakdowns
  • On the bespoke Android app list all tasks needed to be performed by operatives during a production run
  • Provide a simple "one click" process on the Android app for operatives to answer questions according to business logic as defined by management on the web app
  • Take photos
  • Capture signatures
We developed a bespoke Android app, a secure management web app to manage the data requirements and questions on the Android app and a secure web-based customer portal for customers to view production reports.

A worker using the Android app in Redhill, Nottingham
Android app development - worker using the Android app in Redhill, Nottingham

The management web app screen where questions can be created to appear on the Android app
The management web app screen where questions can be created to appear on the Android app, Phoenix Group, Redhill, Nottingham

The production home screen on Android app
Android app development - production home screen, Phoenix Group, Redhill, Nottingham

The weight screen on Android app
Android app development - weight screen, Phoenix Group, Redhill, Nottingham

The question screen on Android app
Android app development - question screen, Phoenix Group, Redhill, Nottingham

The signature screen on Android app
Android app development - signature screen, Phoenix Group, Redhill, Nottingham

The prinatble management report on the integrated web app
Web app development - web report screen, Phoenix Group, Redhill, Nottingham
Phoenix Group production operatives are happy using the Android app as it is very user-friendly and much less hassle than their previous paper-based quality control procedures. Management and customers are happy because of the time efficiency and the app solution is making supply chains smoother and supplier-customer relationships stronger.


Curries Online - Cwmbran, South Wales

Curries Online, based in Cwmbran, South Wales, is an online take away ordering system (think "Just Eat", but focused only on currie houses) which allows real-time ordering of curries from thousands of restauarants and take aways in the UK.

They asked us to develop an Android app which would integrate with their existing systems and would allow orders to arrive instantly on an Android tablet in restaurants and orders be printed on a bluetooth thermal printer in the restaurant kitchen.

We developed a bespoke Android app for restaurants integrated with Curries Online's existing web-based ordering systems


Curries Online required a bespoke Android app that could be installed on tablets in restaurants and that would integrate with their existing systems and would allow orders to arrive instantly on an Android tablet at the restaurant and then when the green accept button was clicked that the order be automatically printed via a bluetooth thermal printer so the order could be fulfilled in the kitchen. The solution we developed provided the following features:
  • The Android app should poll the cloud-based ordering system every minute and update orders on restaurant tablets
  • Orders can be viewed and either accepted or declined by the restaurant and this will update the cloud-based ordering system immediately
  • Accepted orders will be automatically sent to a thermal printer in the kitchen via a Bluetooth connection
  • Notes, queries and delivery estimates can be selected/entered by restaurants and will be sent to customers via the cloud-based ordering system

We developed a bespoke Android app which integrated with Curries Online's existing web-based ordering systems.







Initial pilot testing proved positive and the app is awaiting roll-out to restaurants.


Emtep Aviation Logistics - Ilkeston, Derbyshire

Emtep Aviation Logistics based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, have been fulfilling the logistics requirements of the aviation industry now for over 25 years.

Emtep's ability to get 'airside' means they can deliver right to aircraft waiting for crucial maintenance or emergency parts and have daily delivery cycles to all UK airports using their fleet of 35 trucks.

We developed a first-generation Android app integrated with a management web app which connected all Emtep drivers to their delivery jobs and also tracked the location of all jobs by polling the GPS co-ordinates of the Android handsets


Emtep Aviation Logistics required a bespoke Android app to be installed on phones which their drivers could use to view their daily jobs and report on delivery status. The locations and jobs that appear on the Android app should be managed through a secure, bespoke web app and all data, photos and signatures captured on the Android app should appear in a management reports section on a secure web app. The solution we developed provided the following features:
  • A secure web app for management to set up jobs and view reports captured on the Android app
  • Record when a job is started, finished or stopped for breaks or breakdowns
  • Take photos
  • Capture signatures

We developed a bespoke Android app and a secure management web app to manage the data requirements and jobs on the Android app.

The Android App

Home Screen
Android App Home Screen

Choose Run
Choose Run

Job List
Job Lists

Job Details
Job Details

Capture Signature
Android App Capture Signature

Web app development for Emtep Aviation Logistics
Emtep drivers were happy using the Android app as it was very user-friendly and far better than their previous paper-based procedures.

Cutting-Edge Web App Development

As well as being expert Android app developers, we have also been developing advanced bespoke business-critical web apps for over 15 years! Just like mobile application development, web app development is a very fast-moving world where technological advances, browser capabilities and end-user expectations are evolving at a tremendous pace. Whilst we have been developing complex bespoke web applications for over 15 years, we do not rest on our laurels and we keep abreast of all the latest trends and technologies in the web app development arena to make sure we are always offering the most advanced, secure and robust web application solutions for our clients.

We are professional web app developers who build affordable bespoke web apps from the ground up using the latest tools and technologies!

Some of the cutting-edge web app development frameworks we use...

Angular2
The final build of Angular2, which is built and maintained by a team of engineers at Google, was only released on 15 September 2016 and will, in our opinion, be the future of web app development (at least until the next big thing comes alone). The key benefits of using this cutting-edge web app development framework are the speed of development (and hence lower development costs for our clients) and the actual web app performance (e.g. the new Component Router delivers automatic code-splitting so users only load the code required to render the view they request) and therefore the web apps load must faster (important when most people now access web apps on their smartphones rather than on a desktop computer).

Bootstrap
Bootstrap is an advanced JavaScript framework for developing responsive mobile-friendly web apps. We use this to make front-end web development faster and therefore cheaper for clients. Originally created by Mark Otto and Jacob Thornton at Twitter, Bootstrap has become one of the most popular front-end frameworks and open source projects in the world. Bootstrap is maintained by the founding Twitter team and the open source developer community.

jQuery
jQuery is an excellent JavaScript library. It makes lots of web app features quick to code and has a well-supported API that works on all major browsers. It has a lightweight footprint (i.e. will not slow down page load) and more importantly it is CSS3 Compliant, i.e. it adheres to W3C web standards. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community led by the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee. W3C's primary activity is to develop protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web. W3C's standards define key parts of what makes the World Wide Web work.

Node.js
Node.js is a JavaScript runtime built on Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine. Node.js uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model that makes it lightweight and efficient (i.e. does not slow down page load in the browser). Node.js npm is the largest ecosystem of open source libraries in the world. As an asynchronous event driven JavaScript runtime, Node is designed to build scalable network applications.

ASP.NET MVC
ASP.NET MVC is a powerful way to build dynamic websites that enables a clean separation of concerns (i.e. pretty front-end stuff and complex back-end logic) and gives us full control over code for cost-effective agile development. ASP.NET MVC includes many features that enable fast, TDD-friendly development (Test-driven development) for creating sophisticated applications that use the latest web standards.


See below a handful of web app development case studies to give you an idea of the breadth of web app development projects we take on.

Kelly Turkeys - Danbury, Essex

Kelly Turkeys in Danbury, Essex are the UK's leading free-range turkey farmers and their multi-award winning turkeys are highly rated by many famous chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Delia Smith, Michel Roux Jr, Gennaro Contaldo & Nigella Lawson. We have developed a number of mission-critical web apps for Kelly Turkeys, including their mobile-friendly eCommerce website.

We developed a bespoke mobile-friendly eCommerce website


Kelly Turkeys required a bespoke eCommerce system which would meet the following objectives.
  • Mobile-friendly eCommerce website where all content can be updated with ease through a Content Management System
  • Allow people to order KellyBronze turkeys online through an eCommerce system integrated with a credit/debit card payment system
  • Give a means for customers to find their nearest KellyBronze farmers or collection points based on postcode
  • Provide an order fulfilment system to manage FedEx delivery of KellyBronze turkeys for Christmas home-delivery orders
  • Have a gift voucher and promo code system which customers can use to obtain discounts
  • Develop a robust system to manage farmgate-collection orders for collection on collection day
  • Make sure content is optimised for search engines
We developed a bespoke mobile-friendly eCommerce web app with a secure back-end admin system.

Mobile-friendly eCommerce web app development - Kelly Turkeys Mobile-friendly eCommerce web app development - Kelly Turkeys
The mobile-friendly eCommerce website has proved very popular with customers and also with Kelly Turkeys staff due to the ease of order management and significant reduction in admin time.

New Media Aid has been the app development partner for Kelly Turkeys since 2006 and has developed a number of mission-critical bespoke apps for us and we highly recommend them for bespoke application development.

Asa Howard, Finance Director
Kelly Turkeys



Woodhouse College - Finchley, London

Woodhouse College in Finchley, London, is one of top 3 sixth-form colleges in the country and is one of the leading places to study A levels in London.

We have developed a number of bespoke, secure, mobile-friendly public-facing and internal web apps for Woodhouse College


Woodhouse College required a bespoke mobile-friendly web app which would provide the following:
  • Mobile-friendly website where all content can be updated with ease through a Content Management System
  • Student application and management system
  • Job vacancy application and management system
  • Student interview management system
  • Reference management system
  • Content optimised for search engines
We also developed a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) web app which is integrated with the College's internal MIS systems with the following features:
  • Student work placement management system
  • Teacher & tutor reporting system
  • Events management system
  • Attendance SMS sending system (to advise parents when students have not attended lessons)
  • Cause for concern reporting system
  • Course materials
  • Staff development request and management system
  • Student profiles
  • UCAS predicted grades management system
We developed a bespoke mobile-friendly web app with a secure back-end admin system.

Mobile-friendly web app development - Woodhouse College Mobile-friendly web app development - Woodhouse College
The mobile-friendly website has proved very popular with all stakeholders (students, parents, governors and teachers) and also with Woodhouse College admin staff due to the ease of student application and interview management as well as managing staff vacancies and selection. The system has resulted in a significant reduction in admin time.

New Media Aid has been our development partner for both our website and virtual learning environment since 2004. The quality of service has been consistently exceptional in every way. I would be very happy to recommend them for any development and as a highly reliable long term partner as well as for short term projects.

John Rubinstein, Principal
Woodhouse College



BAE Systems - Hatfield, Hertfordshire

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft is a division of BAE Systems based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire and is a leading global provider of managed solutions for aircraft support services and engineering and was the world's third largest provider of commercial aircraft for lease.

We developed a web-based app to manage their fleet of commercial aircraft for lease


BAE Systems had a large team of people spread throughout the globe who managed multi-million pound commercial aircraft lease contracts. Their requirements were as follows:
  • Secure centralised data silo accessible via an Internet connection
  • Store and track sales leads
  • Add and manage prospects
  • Manage sales teams
  • Provide management with statistics on salesperson performance (leads/conversions)
  • View and manage aircraft availability and idle fleet status
  • Store aircraft technical documents
  • A robust disaster recovery plan to ensure recovery and protection of critical data in the event of IT failure
New Media Aid developed a secure, bespoke web app which met or exceeded all the customer objectives. We developed the web app in the object-orientated programming language "C#", integrated with an enterprise-level MS SQL database and hosted the solution on a Windows 2012 datacentre server.

A disaster recovery plan (DRP) which documented the process we would follow to recover and protect business data in the event of a disaster was agreed with the customer.

A source code escrow agreement was offered to mitigate the risk of working with an agile, boutique app development company such as New Media Aid.
BAE Systems management were very happy with the results due to end-user buy-in, increased productivity of the business development staff and the ease of management reporting as well as CRM (Customer Relationship Management). In fact, the person who commissioned the app received an internal BAE Systems award!

New Media Aid has developed a number of advanced, bespoke apps for BAE Systems and we are happy to recommend them for bespoke app development.

Rob Morris, Vice President Marketing & Analysis, Asset Management
BAE Systems



Mason Infotech - Nottingham

Mason Infotech in Nottingham is a telecoms services company with years of experience working within the technology industry. They've gained experience working for National and International companies such as BT, Concert, Siemens and Sprint and they look to their network and hardware suppliers to ensure they are providing the best the industry has to offer. Their knowledge and experience is second to none when it comes to specifying, implementing and supporting telecom solutions.

We developed a bespoke, responsive, mobile-friendly website and customer portal web app


Mason Infotech required a bespoke, mobile-friendly, responsive web application which would meet the following objectives.
  • Mobile-friendly responsive website where customers can place orders and manage their telecom estate
  • System must be both secure and scaleable
  • Must integrate with their back-end billing system and SalesForce CRM
  • All content fully manageable by non-technical staff with a bespoke Content Management System (CMS)
We developed a bespoke web application so Mason Infotech could manage all their customers, products, services and sites and we also developed an integrated mobile-friendly website with a secure back-end admin system.

Mobile-friendly, responsive website development - Mason Infotech, Nottingham Mobile-friendly, responsive website development - Mason Infotech, Nottingham
The bespoke mobile-friendly website and custom-built administration and customer portal web apps have proved very popular with Mason Infotech staff and customers.

New Media Aid has supported the development of a complex store and back office system that significantly helps improve the accuracy of our processes whilst improving the efficiency and service to our clients. Couldn't be happier with a supplier (who we genuinely consider as a partner).

Stephen Mason, Managing Director
Mason Information Technologies



Lincoln College - Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire

Lincoln College is based over three sites, two in Lincolnshire and one in Nottinghamshire, in Lincoln City Centre at Gainsborough and at Newark. The College is the largest educational institution in Lincolnshire, with around 9,000 students of whom over 3,000 are full-time.

We developed a bespoke Exam Certificate Scanning and Distribution web application to manage their exam qualification certificates


Lincoln College required a bespoke web application which would meet the following objectives.
  • Allow admin staff to manage thousands of exam certificates
  • Copy scanned certificates and index them against courses, staff and students
  • Auto distribute certificate scans to relevant teachers and students via email
  • Have a secure, centralised, searchable online repository of all student exam certificates
  • Provide management with statistics
  • Integrate with the College's internal MIS student and course management systems
We developed a bespoke web application integrated with their existing back-end Management Information Systems (MIS).

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The bespoke Exam Certificate Scanning and Distribution System web app has proved very popular with Examinations admin staff and a great time-efficiency tool.

The certificate scanning system developed by New Media Aid is working really well for us and is more efficient than our previous way of processing certificates. It really is brilliant and must have saved us a fortune in paper!

Rachel Bothamley, Senior Examinations Officer
Lincoln College



Excelerate Resources - Warwickshire

Excelerate Resources in Warwick, Warwickshire is a boutique head hunter agency which specialises in the drinks and retail hospitality markets. They work with national and international household names (Carlsberg, Adnams, Red Bull, SAB Miller, Punch Taverns, Starbucks to name just a few). They head hunt and recruit from junior management right through to Director and Chief Executive level, in the UK and abroad.

We developed a bespoke mobile-friendly website and human resources (HR) job vacancy and candidate management web app


Excelerate Resources required a bespoke web application which would meet the following objectives.
  • Mobile-friendly website development where candidates can apply online for job vacancies
  • Provide a secure HR web app where Excelerate Resources staff can add vacancies and candidates and view an audit trail of progress for each vacancy and candidate
  • Allow quick matching of candidates to vacancies based on key metrics
  • Provide a bespoke CRM system (Customer Relationship System) where Excelerate staff can initiate and log all communications with stakeholders
We developed a bespoke HR and CRM web application so Excelerate could manage all their customers, vacancies and candidates and we also developed an integrated mobile-friendly website with a secure back-end admin system.

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HR web app development
The mobile-friendly website and custom-built HR and CRM systems have proved very popular with Excelerate Resources staff and customers alike.

We are thrilled and very excited by our new mobile-friendly website from New Media Aid which is seamlessly integrated with a bespoke candidate and vacancy management system. They have been extremely responsive and patient and have talked us through the whole process. They are always available for queries and trouble-shooting not only on this project but also with other web apps they have developed for us. We couldn’t recommend them more highly.

Millie Harvey, Marketing Manager
Excelerate Resources

What is Android?

Android is a mobile operating system (OS) currently developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. As of 2015, Android has the largest installed base of all operating systems.

At New Media Aid we try to keep ahead of the curve by continuously learning about advances in Android. Announcements made by Google at their Google I/O conferences and via Google's Android Developer YouTube Channel are a great place to start and we make sure we follow these channels regularly (some examples of what we read and learn below).

A couple of Google I/O 2016 videos for Android developers...

Android Security
New Android security APIs and best practices for protecting data and keeping apps secure.

Android App Battery and Memory Optimisation
The problem with smartphones is their very limited battery life. If you use an app which drains your battery or memory you will not be a happy customer. This video highlights best practice for developing battery and memory efficient Android apps.

Contact Us

To receive a no-obligation quote or advice regarding a bespoke Android app, please feel free to contact us using the details or form below.

How to find us

App Developer for Android
New Media Aid Limited
Bunyan Road
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG5 1NW
United Kingdom

Tel:  +44 (0)1462 627 848

Android App Developers UK Blog

Some of our musings related to Android app development...

Could Android and Chrome OS be merging to create a new OS?

Speculation is rife that Google’s media event on 4 October 2016 is going to announce something massive and this could be the merger of Android and Chrome operating systems to become a new operating system which can run on phones, tablets and desktop computers.

A tweet by Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome OS & Play at Google, could simply be a teaser but it does look like something very interesting is about to happen in the world of Android app development. Watch this space…
Posted: 25 Sept 2016

Android apps on Chromebooks

Android apps can now be used on Chromebooks and downloaded via the Google Play store though initially you will only be able to use them on the Acer Chromebook R11 and the Asus Chromebook Flip. However, there is increased speculation that at Google's super-hyped media event on 4 October 2016 they will be releasing new hardware which may include a new Chromebook for running Android apps (though it is more likely to focus on their new range of 'Pixel' smartphones being developed by HTC).

As UK software engineers focusing on bespoke Android app development, the only constant is change in this fast moving world. Exciting times...

Android apps on Chromebooks
Posted: 23 Sept 2016

Android 7.0 Nougat successfully installed on Nexus 6P phones

The OTA (over the air) update of the new Android operating system (version 7.0 Nougat) happened yesterday for our Nexus 6P devices and we spent all yesterday afternoon testing the bespoke Android apps we have developed for various clients to make sure there were no issues. So far, so good, all functionality in all our apps is working as intended and we have not experienced any of the battery draining problems experienced by other Nexus 6P users when the original OTA update was unleashed earlier this month. We love the feel and functionality of this new version of the Android operating system. Don't know why but the custom-made Android app we developed for Curries Online looks great on this operating system (perhaps it is just our impression).

Curries Online login page on Nexus 6P running Android 7.0 Nougat
Posted: 22 Sept 2016

Android Studio 2.2 (official IDE for Android app development) released today

We manage to charge such competitive prices for our custom-made business Android apps because we use the most time-efficient tools for our coding (fewer development hours equals lowers prices for our bespoke enterprise Android apps). This latest version of the official Android development IDE (integrated development environment) helps us code even faster and smarter. Android Studio 2.2 includes support for Android 7.0 Nougat (e.g. code completion for Multi-Window support and upgraded Notifications) as well as better code analysis plus many other features which will help us build better bespoke Android apps, faster.

Android Studio 2.2
Includes a new layout editor, APK Analyser, Test Recorder, Firebase Integration, C/C++ Improvements, and a lot more.

Posted: 19 Sept 2016

Android for Work is perfect for deploying and managing bespoke enterprise Android apps

As we specialise in the development of bespoke enterprise Android apps we are really excited about Google's Android for Work initiative which focuses on giving IT managers the power to comprehensively protect business data and apply work profiles (think of Windows roaming profiles) to their employee's Android devices. We often hear objections from IT managers about giving their staff an Android device running our bespoke enterprise apps as they worry their staff will be downloading apps from Google Play which could cause security problems (or simply mean the engineers are playing Pokemon Go when they should be working).

The main features of Google's Android for Work are:
  • Profile management: Separating and protecting business data from personal apps and content.
  • App use restrictions: An IT administrator can define which users are able to see which apps.
  • Data leakage prevention: IT managers can restrict data flow and prevent information sharing.
  • Remote wipe of business data: Business apps and data can be remotely wiped without affecting personal apps and content.
  • VPN: Secure networking can be applied to specific business apps
Read more about this on Google's Android for Work website and also their Android for Work security white paper is really worth reading.
Posted: 17 Sept 2016

Android 7.0 (Nougat) has some great new features

Android 7.0 Nougat is hitting phones now and brings new features and capabilities which will in turn offer Android app developers like us the chance to improve the user experience of the bespoke enterprise Android apps we develop for our clients.

Here is a summary of what we believe are the important new capabilities:
  • Multi-window support: Users can now open two apps on the screen at once (side-by-side or one-above-the-other in splitscreen mode).
  • JIT/AOT Compilation: A Just in Time (JIT) compiler which lets it constantly improve the performance of Android apps as they run complementing the current Ahead of Time (AOT) compiler and improving runtime performance.
  • App Install Speed: Large apps that required several minutes to optimize and install in Android 6.0 can now install in a few seconds.
  • Notification Enhancements: Redesigned notifications to make them easier and faster to use.
  • Doze on the Go: Any time the screen is off for a period of time and the device is unplugged, Doze applies CPU and network restrictions to apps. This means users can save battery even when carrying their devices in their pockets.
  • Background Optimizations: Project Svelte is an effort to minimize RAM use by Android apps. In Android 7.0, Project Svelte is focused on optimizing the way apps run in the background. Background processing is an essential part of most apps. Background processing can consume RAM (and battery) and affect system performance for other apps if not done correctly.
There are lots of other improvements which you can see here
Posted: 15 Sept 2016

Battery problems with Android 7.0 Nougat on Nexus 6P phones

People who installed Android 7.0 Nougat on their Nexus 6P phones before the OTA update was pulled are reporting that after a full overnight charge the phone battery was dead by 2pm. Is anyone ever going to develop a smartphone battery which lasts for a week? I did try the Cubot H1 smartphone which had excellent battery life (circa 4 days from full charge), however, the screen stopped responding after 3 months so that became a brick...
Posted: 9 Sept 2016

Android now running on 86 per cent of all smartphones

According to a report released by industry analysts Gartner, Android is now running on 86 per cent of all smartphones and Apple iOS has lost almost two percent, going from 14.6 per cent a year ago to just 12.9 per cent. Microsoft’s Windows smartphone platform has almost dropped off a cliff.

As mobile app developers we are so glad that back in 2010 we decided to concentrate on developing for the Android platform rather than iOS, Blackberry or Windows Mobile.
Posted: 19 August 2016

Android Studio is now the official IDE for Android

As Google’s Android team announced they were ending development and official support for the Android Developer Tools (ADT) in Eclipse (an IDE used for Android app development) at the end of 2015 (namely the Eclipse ADT plugin and Android Ant build system) we are about to start on the process of migrating all the Android apps we developed in Eclipse over to Android Studio.

Android Studio is now the official IDE for Android, so all new apps we build will now be built using Android Studio rather than Eclipse.
Posted: 10 Jan 2016

Google Glass scrapped, hopefully not forever...

Glass was a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD). It was developed by Google with the mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer.

We were members of the UK Glass Explorer Programme where cutting-edge Android app developers could help shape the future of Glass by developing apps for Glass.
App development for Google Glass

In our opinion the biggest mistake here made by Google (let's face it they rarely make mistakes) was that they pitched this as a consumer device whereas we saw it as a perfect match for our enterprise app customers (you may get shouted at and bullied in the street when looking like a cyborg but this is not going to happen on say a factory production line if this is part of your uniform).

The Glass platform was designed to make the existing Android SDK work perfectly on Glass. This let us code in a familiar environment, but for a uniquely novel device. In addition, we could use all of the existing Android development tools, and the Glassware was even delivered as a standard Android package (APK).

We admit that the usability (and particularly the battery life) was pretty poor and the context stream as a vertical list of cards took some getting used to, however, we could see this hardware working really well for some of our enterprise app customers such as Phoenix Oils (the UK’s largest cold pressed seed oil producer) for whom we have developed a bespoke Android app to be installed on tablets which production line operatives use to manage the various stages on the production line and bottling lines (see below).

Android app development - worker using the Android app in Redhill, Nottingham
Posted: 19 January 2015