He learned about the Android universe by building its own apps to solve his daily problems and now he is a total expert coding for Google Play. Francisco is our very talented developer and he explains us how he made a way of living out of his passion for the technology.
1.- Why do you love Wave?
I love Wave because of two principal aspects. The first one is that it lets you keep connected with someone that you really want in real time in a private way. On the other hand, I highlight that Wave is so easy to use that anyone can use it. For example, I often use Wave with my wife when I travel and with my friends when we meet on the weekends.
2.- How did you get into mobile development?
When I was in my first year of university I have been attracted to the idea of creating apps that I could use with my smartphone and share them with my family and friends. I started researching information about mobile development, reading books, doing courses and publishing my first apps. Now I am very happy because Wave has given me the possibility of creating apps for millions of users.
3.- Why did you choose Android?
There were two main reasons, the first one is that when I started on mobile development I did not have a strong knowledge about programming and Java (Android development language at that moment) and it was much simpler than Objective-C (iOS development language at that moment).
On the other hand, iOS development requires to use a Apple device and in that moment I did not own one. Nowadays I develop for iOS too in my free time.
4.- What does interests you most in the process of tech development in Wave?
For me, the most interesting part is the final union of all tech processes in Wave, i.e. all engineers need to make different parts in each area and finally we join all the parts to make the product works. That moment is very interesting and special because it makes you feel good seeing that all works as expected.
In addition, there are very interesting situations in which we have to investigate a new area to find out new solutions to daily problems.
5.- You joined Wave on its earliest stage, how do things have evolved in your field?
It has been an amazing evolution for me and for Wave. When I joined Wave, I was alone on the Android team so I had to refactor all the project and search solutions to existing problems.
Since then, our team has grown a lot and we have been adapting to all new versions of Android. In this way, we have used several architectures, different paradigms, a lot of new libraries and we have learn.
6.- What future tech development most excites you?
I think that Artificial Intelligence in mobile development is one the most attractive features nowadays. New smartphones are more powerful than ever and they will let us apply different algorithms to improve the user experience.
In addition to Artificial Intelligence, in my opinion, blockchain will change a lot of the current technology processes in the following years.
7.- How do you keep yourself fresh? What does inspire you?
I feel very satisfied creating products for millions of users and it makes me happy that they really help them in their daily life. In this huge objective I need to continue learning everyday. Tech is a crazy sector, you have to keep yourself fresh continuously. To do that, in my free time I usually take courses, read books, research papers, listen to podcasts and attend to congresses.
8.- What developments introduced at the latest Google I/O will impact in your work at Wave?
Google showed to the world the power of Artificial Intelligence in the last Google I/O, you only need to see Google Duplex, something incredible for this 2018. The possibility to apply Artificial Intelligence algorithms in mobile development is a great opportunity to improve the user experience and it will let us take Wave to the highest level.
9.- How do you see Wave in the next 5 years?
It is a very difficult question because technology changes every day, but I think that Wave will be the location tech reference in 5 years because we are continuously learning, researching location techniques, improving the user experience and trying out new ways to improve Wave.
With the expansion of the Galileo satellite in the next few years and the appearance of the new GPS chips, the location will be more important if possible so we will be there working hard in that line.