Build Your Own Android App

If you’re like me, you’ve at least thought about building your own Android app. “At least,” you’ve thought, “having an Android app could be a great marketing tool for my law practice.”

The problem though is that building a usable app costs money, lots of money. Not to mention a great deal of technical know-how.

Like I’ve told you before though, as web-based tools increase, so does your ability to create a quality product for less.

Introducing, Andromo. This web-based platform promises that you don’t have to be a code jockey to build a great Android app.

For me, sign up was a cinch (oops, did you read the EULA, you subject yourself to the jurisdiction of the courts in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – do I have to be a barrister or solicitor to prosecute my case?).

After signing up, you can edit your profile or create a new project. I opted to get testing.

When you’re ready, you can begin editing your project. There are a number of features you can select and design.

Andromo appears to pay its bills by allowing you to display their advertising content. Apparently, you can opt out of this, which is probably a wise idea, by paying $99 (Canadian? That’s like $200 U.S.!).

While I barely scratched the surface with this platform, I can tell there’s a lot of robust power, and certainly a good way for lawyers to use Android to market their law firms.

3 Responses to Build Your Own Android App

  1. The question is what should the app do? How do you build something useful for your clients that they would actually want to use?

    For criminal defense attorneys I can think of a dozen great ideas: Designated Driver Services, Miranda Warnings, Prison Visitation Info, etc.

    For Personal Injury attorneys: evidence collection, pain journal, expense tracking

    But I have basically no ideas for business attorneys and litigators like myself.

    • Bryan,

      Thanks for the comment. That’s a good point, with great suggestions.

      I think one of the keys to planning a good app is that you sit down and really think about the needs of your clients. Perhaps, dare I say it, actually ask them. I’m not sure that I have a lot of suggestions for business or litigation (unless you narrow down the specific type of litigation), but perhaps a manager’s to-do list, or for employers, an app that provides general rules for employment practices. What about a decent Android alternative to TrialPad, every Android litigator would love that.

      One of the downfalls of attorneys is that we’re too interested in providing “get information to me apps,” rather than just simple apps. Why couldn’t you promote your law practice with a game (not even law-based) or other productivity tool? It’s this out-of-the-box thinking that develops good apps (see Angry Birds), and not necessarily one devoted to “promote me.” Personally, I’d like to see some simple-to-use mileage-tracking apps.

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