We’ll build your Android app for you

With our Android Build service we do everything for you. You give us a FileMaker solution, and we give you an Android app. We run your solution through the LCFM Native software and make any tweaks required to get your app running perfectly on Android. If your solution requires features of FileMaker we haven’t implemented yet – we’ll implement them. We’ll fix bugs and resolve any incompatibilities. We’ll even give you a working project at the end of the process so you can maintain and update the app yourself going forward. All we need from you is a finished FileMaker solution you want to convert to an Android app.

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We’ll test it for you

Once we have got your app running on Android our QA team will test your solution fully on a wide range of Android devices. Unlike for iOS, there are a vast amount of Android devices out there with varying processing powers, operating systems, device sizes and screen resolutions. We will thoroughly test using our in-house test suite and fix any bugs we come across. Once our QA team has completed their testing we will be ready to build. Targeting a specific device? Let us know and we’ll test for that one too.

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We’ll deploy it for you

There is no need for you to worry about anything that is involved in the Android build process. No need to setup Java tools, install Android SDKs, include dependencies or worry about what size your Android icons should be. We will take care of everything and deliver you a working APK (Android app) ready for shipping. We’ll just need you to supply us with the imagery you want to use for your app.

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All this at no extra cost

So what does it cost? We’re including the basic service – building, testing and delivery of an Android APK plus editable project files – free within the cost of your user pack (minimum spend applies). We ask an up front commitment of a portion of your user pack cost, with the balance due on delivery and acceptance of your APK. Your annual user pack subscription won’t start until that final delivery date, so your renewal will be due 12 months after that. Not sure what your user pack will cost? Go here to see pricing.

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Optional extras are available…

On top of the basic service we have optional extra services available. These services include modifying your original FileMaker file to work with our sync model, adding functionality not found in FileMaker through custom script steps, and managing the Google Play app store submission on your behalf. We can also optionally include rebuilding updates for your app as and when they become available.

For a customised quote please contact us and we’ll be delighted to discuss your needs.

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What our customers have to say about working with us

  • The Top 300 Drug Guide was developed in Filemaker Pro, and emerged as the iOS App with very little drama, as expected. LiveCode then enabled a seamless Android conversion, saving a great deal of time, complexity and frustration. The LiveCode team are as responsive and professional as their software..

    Dr. Jonathan Upfal Top 300 Drug Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we can provide custom script steps to add to your LCFM Native Android app. These work via our plugin, so you will be able to use them again in the future in a FileMaker solution compiled via LCFM Native. Please ask us to quote for the particular functionality you are looking for.

Yes, you can get a subscription to LCFM Native and do it all yourself. We provide a detailed, step by step, 182 page user guide that takes you through the build process. You might want to do this if you can’t share your solution file with us (note we are happy to sign NDAs where necessary), or to gain the experience you need to rebuild the app yourself whenever you update the FileMaker solution. If you have a relatively straightforward app, this process can be quick and easy, although setup for Android SDK deployment is always a bit fiddly. Once you are set up, it is much easier to make future builds. Quite a lot of the guide relates to initial setup, and once you have done this you rarely need to revisit it.

You should be aware that our coverage of FileMaker features is not yet at 100%. Using our app building service ensures we add any missing features you may need. You will then receive the compiler along with your app, with everything your app needs to run. At this point, doing it yourself is a great solution to deploying updates to your Android app.

To sum up: going it alone is great for simpler solutions that are feature or nearly feature complete (this information is provided by our tool on first run). Getting us to help is ideal if you need features implemented, or you don’t want the hassle of doing initial setup to build Android apps.

Acceptance for this service does depend on the suitability of your solution and the availability of our team. We are confident we can compile most solutions for Android, but before we accept your solution we will need to see the solution and make an assessment of its suitability. Your FileMaker solution does need to be finished and ready to deploy, with mobile layouts in place.

Yes. We will run your file through on our Mac machines and output an app for you to run on Android.

Typical turn around, including building, testing and debugging can be in the region of 6-8 weeks, but it depends on your solution.

We will only edit in a very limited way. If you have requested us to make it sync ready, we’ll add the necessary tags, if you want deployment to a named user pack we’ll add the script step needed to action that. We may make small tweaks that we know will help with performance on the target platform. Other than that editing in FileMaker is beyond the scope of this build service. You are the FileMaker expert. We are experts in getting your app onto the Android platform.

Yes. We will provide you with a working project which you can edit and update in the future. Your working project will include any new features or fixes we implemented for your app.

For successful deployment with reasonable performance, your target devices must be running Android 7 or later. We also recommend reasonably recent devices with decent performance. Older phones with low specifications may run the app, but more slowly, and/or require more optimisations. Please discuss your target device requirements with us.

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Are you interested in the Android Build Service? Simply complete the form below to let us know you are interested. Once we receive your form submission a member of our Android Build Service Team will be in touch to discuss your requirements and talk you through the process. We look forward to hearing from you and getting your solution running and shipped on Android.

    Terms and Conditions

    To receive the build service within the cost of your User Pack, minimum spend applies. If your User Pack does not meet the threshold there is a $1000 minimum fee for the service. The minimum spend can vary depending on the complexity of your app and how much work is needed for the build, please contact us for a tailored quote.

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