Welcome back to our Meet the Devs segment! In this piece we take a little time to get to know the people who really make Android what it is today and that is the app developers. In this week’s developer interview, we are talking to Prince Studios.
Name: Kirk Prince
Developer Name: Prince Studios
Country: South Africa
Google + Profile/Page: Kirk Prince Google+ page
How many people on your team? 1
Tell us about your company
We are a small company at the moment, consisting of just one developer. But hopefully with a little interest we can grow to include more developers and/or graphic designers in order to be a force in the market.
What level of experience do you have with coding and development?
Around about 5 years worth of teaching VB, but as far as app development is concerned, I currently only have one published android app.
What languages do you know? How and where did you learn them?
Delphi, Java, and Visual Basic. Delphi was the first language I learned back at varsity (NMMU, South Africa), with Java to follow a year later at the same institue. VB was self-taught.
What level of experience do you have with design?
Not much at all, did a multimedia course back at varsity, .but other than that basically just playing around photo editing software.
What apps have you made?
Just one so far, called Flappy Revival and no, it’s not just another clone lol. It’s more of a sequel than anything else.
How do you monetize your apps?
Currently the only way I can monetize is by using advertising, as I am not allowed to create a merchant account in South Africa as yet.
Do you consider yourself successful?
In terms of financial success? Probably not yet. Well not even close as yet. But as far as accomplishing the goals I set for myself in the time periods given, to certain extent, yes.
How difficult is it to make money as a developer?
Very difficult at the moment. If you’re just starting out and you don’t have much connections or reputation, it’s very difficult to be noticed. But I’m sure things the better the longer you stick with it (hopefully).
What can Android do to improve?
Well not to sound like a know it all or anything, but perhaps if they could be a little more streamlined and standardized, it could be a little easier to develop on the platform. I know they’ve come leaps and bounds since the days of Froyo and Gingerbread, so I’m sure it will only get better.
Why did you choose Android? Do you develop for other platforms? What are the differences between them?
I chose Android because I started using android not long after the first android phones were released, so it was a natural platform to choose when I started. Hopefully in the future, if my apps/games do well, I’ll start to think about porting them over to iOS and Windows.
What are your thoughts on iOS and Windows 8
Well, just a random Google search would still suggest that iOS developers make a lot more money than Android, even though Android has a lot more users worldwide, so they must be doing something right over there. As for Windows, their still relatively new on the mobile OS market, but things are looking promising for them for the future.
What are your favorite apps?
What has been your experience working with Google?
It’s been good. Help is easy to find, and someone always has an answer for most things.
What does the future of development look like?
Well it can only grow to major heights. With new hardware coming along like VR headsets connected to your phones, the development opportunities will be vast. And with new platforms like Ubuntu and Firefox etc coming up there’ll always be something to do somewhere.
What tips do you have for aspiring developers?
Well I don’t know how valuable any of my tips would be since I’m very much a beginner still, but I would say just go for it. You have nothing to lose my time. And at the end of the day, whether you’re successful or not, you’d still have a good character building experience under your belt. Just don’t give up until you’re done with whatever it is you’re doing. If there’s a problem that seems insurmountable, just back going, you WILL find a solution, trust me, I’ve had more than I can count.
Good Luck!! You will need it ;)
Anything else you’d like to share?
A programmer’s wife sends him to the grocery store with the instructions, “get a loaf of bread, and if they have eggs, get a dozen.” He comes home with a dozen loaf of bread and tells her, “they had eggs.”
Ok, I’m done.
We want to thank Prince Studios for chatting with us in this week’s developer interviews! If you’re a developer and this looks like something you’d like to do, check out our Meet the Devs form! We look forward to hearing from you.