The quality of your mobile app depends on the expertise of the developer. So, it is not advisable to do a random selection when choosing your mobile app development company
. Here are some tips that should be helpful in the choice of your web developer.
Start by asking for reference
Ask your friends, colleagues, and family for the names and contacts of good android app developers that they know. In addition, you should also do an online search for good app developers. You should end up with a long list of names and contacts.
The next step is to reduce the list to a manageable size. The list should be narrowed down to just four or five. You may use their reviews to narrow them down to the best four or five. After that, you should contact each of the developers discretely to be able to compare prices and terms of service.
Never hire any of them without meeting the other. No matter how impressive any of them sounds, there may be better offers out there. So, you can only be sure you are getting the best deal when you get to meet the others before hiring one of them. It is needless to state that one of the reasons you should meet each of them is to run your own assessment on them and their services.
Of course, it is human instinct to swing the pendulum of your decision toward the app developer with the lowest charges. However, do not base your judgment on only lower cost. You may likely regret it. In fact, you may eventually give the project to another company.
First off, you should bear in mind that inexperienced service providers usually attract clients with lower charges. Secondly, there are other factors that you must consider apart from lower cost. Some other important factors have been outlined below. You must put each of them into consideration before you select a company for your app development.
In the course of evaluating your prospective android app developers, you should consider experience. Experience comes with very high level of expertise, so you should be tilting towards the most experienced app development company because they are likely to offer the best service.
Secondly, offering a particular service for several years is an indication that your services are good. If not, you won’t be able to render the service for that long. However, you have to be careful because it is not uncommon for top app development companies
to inflate their years of experience just to attract clients. Hence, it is advisable to seek proof of years of experience. Never rely on only word of mouth on this.
Assess their portfolio
To be able to evaluate their creativity and innovation, you should ask for their portfolio of past works. You can try out some of the apps that they have developed. This will give you an opportunity to check out the user experience level of their apps. You should also check out the features of their app. The idea is to use the assessment to find out which of them offers the best app. Sometimes judging by experience alone can be misleading. Often times, the best service provider is not the oldest one.
Hire a developer that understands your business
You may also test the knowledge of your prospective app developers on your business process and procedure. Only a developer that understands your business very well will know the features to include in your app and the features that are not relevant.
For example, a car rental company needs to know the location of all their cars at every given time so it is important to including car tracking features in their app. So, you may need to hire the company that seems to understand your business most. You are likely to get the best app from such a company.
Hire a company or a group
When it comes to Android app development
, it is usually cheaper to hire an individual but it is not a good idea for a couple of reasons. First of all, app development requires continuity. Apps are regularly updated based on users request and apart from that, you may also change your business or diversify into other products and services and your mobile app will have to be modified.
It is only a company that can offer the kind of continuity you need. The chances of an individual after 6 months are not so good. He could have relocated or changed his business. He could have even decided to go back to school.
Building an app requires creativity, innovation, coding expertise, and graphics design dexterity. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to find someone that his excellence in all of them. Most app developers are usually great in one and not-so-good in others. So, developing a great app requires some kind of teamwork or synergy between someone great in coding and another person that is a graphic design guru. Only an app design company can offer such synergy. An individual cannot.
Hire a complete package
It is no longer enough to launch a mobile app. You need to first get people to test it. You also need to optimize it for both search engines and app stores. Most importantly, you need to continuously promote or market it. If you come across a company that will handle all the services, you should go for the company.
It is not only cheaper, it is also more convenient for you to get all the services on one bill. These are services that you will still pay for anyway. Remember, it will cost you more to hire different service providers for each of the services.
Assess their communication skill
Since you will have to deal with your app developer for a long time, it is important that you select a developer that can come down to your level while explaining things to you. Stay away from developers whose messages (written or verbal) are fraught with too many technical jargons. It is either he is hiding his ineptitude or he wants to deceive you. Even Bill Gates
once said if you cannot break a term down into simpler words, it means you don’t really understand the term.