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An update on Google’s GMS certification for Android devices

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Jan 2019

An update on Google’s GMS certification for Android devices

In GMS certified hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Coming out with a new Android device requires the Android product vendor to consider whether or not they need Google Mobile Services (‘GMS’) certification on their hardware.   Devices intended for standard consumer use generally require GMS since so many popular apps fall under the GMS umbrella.  This includes all the standard Google apps that […]

The Most Important and Often Overlooked Part of Custom Android Development

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Nov 2018

The Most Important and Often Overlooked Part of Custom Android Development

In Blog hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Let’s cut to the chase, everyone knows about user testing, but no one thinks enough about the impact it has on a Custom Android Development timeline. When I suggest this to clients they initially unintentionally ignore the suggestion until the benefit becomes apparent during prototype testing.  Rarely do companies realize how important this is until […]

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Oct 2018

The Nightmare we Share – Lessons from Working with the Wrong Chinese Android Supplier

In October we got an email from a company, Peppercorn (not real name), that had reached out to Hatch over a year ago about making a custom Android tablet for them.   The project itself, from a technical standpoint, was perfect for Hatch, but the company wasn’t mature enough to commit to the volume we […]

Getting Certified, The Inside Story

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Oct 2018

Getting Certified, The Inside Story

In GMS certified hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

  This article provides broad and firsthand information about the certification process for FCC, CE, and similar certifications useful to anyone manufacturing Android hardware like tablets and phones.  It includes the most relevant details you should know from before, during, and after the certification process.  Note that Hatch handles certification for our clients that as […]

When is the Right Time to Make a Custom Android Device (and What to Do Before Then)?

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Sep 2018

When is the Right Time to Make a Custom Android Device (and What to Do Before Then)?

In Before Production hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

The process of making any custom Android device with the sophistication of a tablet or smartphone takes a multi-discipline expert understanding of technical engineering For example, there must be a hardware architect with knowledge of: the hardware at the component level  the parameters around firmware and OS  what customizations are possible the amount of work […]

Juggling Curve Balls: Electronics Manufacturing in China – Part 2

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Aug 2018

Juggling Curve Balls: Electronics Manufacturing in China – Part 2

In China Manufacturing hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

This is a continuation of last month’s article, Juggling Curve Balls: Electronics Manufacturing in China – Part 1. Surprise problem delivers a blow to plans Word comes back from our engineering team that there was a miscommunication between the head engineer and the project manager. The PCBA is missing 2 little passive components that regulate […]

Juggling Curve Balls – Electronics Manufacturing in China

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Jul 2018

Juggling Curve Balls – Electronics Manufacturing in China

In China Manufacturing hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

This article gives insight into the previously untold story of many businesses that push through defining moments to create their destiny. It should also provide an education of how companies succeed with Electronics Manufacturing in China that isn’t written about in business school textbooks. Three simultaneous truths existed in 2004.   One, I was competent […]

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Jun 2018

Considerations when starting development of a Custom Android Device

In Before Production hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Out-Sourced Development Usually, companies that contact Hatch to make custom Android device, custom tablets or phones, have more in-house expertise with software than hardware since the core value of their product comes from the software (front end and/or backend) that’s interfacing with the Android device. The end product, often with a custom case design and […]

Considerations when starting a Custom Android Development

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May 2018

Considerations when starting a Custom Android Development

In Before Production hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Assembly Factory Size When you set out to get a custom Android development, tablet or smartphone or any custom Android device, there are a lot of considerations to take into account which will impact the success of your project. Deciding on the right supplier to work with is the initial and most important decision to […]

The Difference Between Android Product Development Success and Burnout

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Apr 2018

The Difference Between Android Product Development Success and Burnout

In Case study hardware-manufacturing Testing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

A few months ago personal friends of mine – let’s call them The Dream Team – asked me if I wanted to get involved with making a custom Android tablet for use in a car, primarily as a navigation and DVR system, but also with some entertainment functionality.  Key details of the project were that […]

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