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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 […]

Industrial vs Consumer Electronics – Differences in Engineering Design

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Mar 2018

Industrial vs Consumer Electronics – Differences in Engineering Design

In hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

When approaching a new electrical design, there are many factors an engineer must consider. These are defined by the specification of the project: namely, whether the application is intended for industrial or consumer use. This decision has a considerable effect on the design of the product and is the basis for this article. Choosing between […]

Android Treble: blessing or trouble – Part IV

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Feb 2018

Android Treble: blessing or trouble – Part IV

In hardware-manufacturing By Ben Dolgin Gardner

Karim Yaghmour, CEO Opersys inc. (www.opersys.com) Inside Treble (continued) This is a continuation of the “Inside Treble” section of Part III. Vendor NDK (VNDK) As I mentioned earlier, the lack of testing of the native layer by the CTS made it such that “anything goes” underneath the framework.  Since there was no limit to what […]

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