When you want to eat in a restaurant or buy a new dress for your mom, there’s an app that will help you decide where to go or buy, and which food or dress to order. Deciding what to choose is easier because your options are shown to you and often, they come with details and customer reviews. Don’t you wish there was an app that can help you pick the right mobile app development agency?
It’s ironic that there are no apps that cater to those who want to create apps. However, this is understandable because choosing the ideal mobile app development agency is an entirely different matter than deciding what or where to eat or which dress to buy. There are several vital factors that you have to consider. No worries, though, as there are tips that you can follow to make the process easier.
Your Guide to Choosing the Ideal Mobile App Development Agency
Over the years, revenues generated from mobile apps have gradually and steadily increased. From US$97.7 billion in 2014, global mobile app revenues are expected to total to US$935.2 billion by the end of 2023. So, it is understandable that more and more companies and developers are switching to mobile app development.
If you are planning to contribute to the abovementioned numbers, the best way to start your journey is by picking the right mobile app development agency. Here are some tips and suggestions that can help you come up with informed decisions.
1. Determine your budget.
Before you knock on mobile app development agency doors, create a budget plan first. If you know how much you have and how much of this you can use, discussing fees and other money-related issues with your potential partner agency will be easy.
You don’t have to make a detailed budget list; just have a total amount and do the breakdown later when you’ve already picked a mobile app development agency.
2. Study the agency or company.
What kind of agency do you want to work with? There are three factors to consider: the end-to-end process, UI/UX design & development, and research process.
Choose a mobile app development agency that follows a standard process or steps when designing and building apps. A company that has an organized order of tasks is confident, dependable, knowledgeable, and capable of delivering excellent results. You wouldn’t want to work with an agency that doesn’t know how to start, what to do next, and how to complete a project, would you? That’s going to be one messy and confusing experience.
A company with an experienced, well-trained, and professional staff of designers and developers is ideal. With a complete team, coming up with a customer-centric UI and UX won’t be a problem.
The agency’s research process – or absence thereof – is also important. Regardless of what kind of app you want to develop, a mobile app development team should gather all project-relevant data and information they can find before moving to the coding process.
3. Do due diligence. Reviews are essential.
Get reviews, feedback, and opinions about the mobile app development agency, either from past clients or through various online sources. Some of the most popular review sources are Clutch.co, Goodfirms.co and Appdexa.co. You can also check the company’s portfolio of clients and completed projects. Asking for samples is also a good idea.
4. Get to know the company’s culture.
What is the working style of the company? How much do they value company-client relationships? How to they approach their customers? A mobile app development agency that listens to and finds time to get to know their clients, understands the industry, and is passionate about every project is the right one for you. Company culture is all about the agency’s working style. If you are comfortable with their approach, working together won’t be a problem.
5. Make sure they’re expert coders – proficient in major programming languages.
Find a mobile app development agency that have expert coders. Designers and developers should follow a coding standard that allows them to create the best applications – whether native or hybrid. Likewise, these team members should be trained, experienced, and skilled in using various app development frameworks.
6. Ask if they can develop on different platforms and devices.
Look for a mobile app development company capable of building apps for different platforms and devices (cross-platform applications). The agency and its teams should know the ins and outs – the rules – of each platform (iOS and Android).
Likewise, be sure that the apps they create can be used not only on smartphones, but on other mobile devices as well.
7. Check if they have tech support and maintenance team.
The development process does not stop after the app goes live on the App Store and Google Play. You’ll have to pay attention to user reviews and feedbacks to find out if there are bugs or errors. As such, an on-call technical support and maintenance team is vital for every mobile app development agency.
8. Prepare a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).
An NDA or non-disclosure agreement protects your ideas, plans, and other intellectual property. This agreement ensures that sensitive details are kept private between you and the mobile app development company. Both parties should sign the NDA before the partnership is sealed and finalized through a contract. A partnership built on trust will definitely succeed.
9. See if they have enhanced app security features.
Choose a mobile app development agency that can ensure your application’s security. You need a partner that values security and understands the importance of protecting data from threats, such as malware, trojan, virus, and other attacks.
10. Know their app testing procedure.
The ideal mobile app development company has an app testing phase. It has a strategy that allows you to test the app before it’s formally launched. This process helps ensure that your product will have no (or very minimal) flaws when it is released on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
Follow these 10 tips and you’ll soon find the ideal mobile app development agency that will help you turn your dream apps into reality.