10 Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Mobile App Developer

Are you going to hire a mobile app developer? It’s great that you too want to be a part of the smartphone revolution but don’t rush. Take proper time before you hire a company and deploy it on your project.

Don’t finalize a mobile app developer until you have answers or positive responses to following questions:

Examples of previously developed apps.

Expected answer or response of a professional developer

A professional mobile developer will never hesitate to offer a complete list of apps that it has either developed, or offered its expertise, technologies in the development process. Expert app developers are always ready to provide their clients with the complete, up-to-date profile of all the work done by them. The profile is supposed to cover details for each of the projects, industries the apps have been developed for, and links to all the online stores where apps are available for download.

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The list of current and previous clients.

Expected answer or response of a professional mobile app developer

It is easy to discover who has actually written a book but when the same is tried to do for an app, there is no way to discover who actually developed it. Because most developers are working as third party developers, the owner of the app does not agree on mentioning the name of the developer anywhere in app’s profile.

In this condition, a professional developer is supposed to give a list of all its current and previous clients. Once you have a list of clients the developers have worked for, you can contact them personally and verify whether the company you are going to hire has really worked on the referred apps. If the developer tries to avoid what you are asking for, consider there is something fishy in its commitments.

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Devices used by developer.

 Expected answer or response of a professional mobile app developer

If you are going to hire an iPhone developer, it’s obvious that the developer should be using iPhone too. It shows how passionate the developer is towards particular device and really understands its importance in day-to-day life. Same applies when it comes to hiring Android developers.

Ways of making money through the app.

 Expected answer or response of a professional developer

If you want to aim your app at making money, the developer must be aware of a monetization model that suits your requirement. There are a number of monetization models such as one-time purchase, in-app purchase, ad based revenue generation, subscription based etc that development company can suggest you as per the nature of the app. 

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Modes of communication during the mobile app development process.

 Expected answer or response of a professional developer

The developers are supposed to offer instant ways to communicate with them. Most companies are nowadays using Skype, messaging, email, chat, phone and fax to have quick communication with their clients.

Special feature or desired customization for the app

 Expected answer or response of a professional developer

Professional developers have learnt all the ways to add desired features, functionalities, and customizations to apps. They will themselves provide some top of the app examples in which they have worked on such unique features that have not been added to any app by other developers so far. They may also suggest you all the possible functionalities which can be made around features like GPS, various sensors, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, camera, etc.

Ownership of the app

Expected answer or response of a professional developer

“You” – professional developers will give you this answer. Because they will work as third party developer where their names will not be mentioned anywhere, the end-product naturally belongs only to you. They will also be ready to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

The test method

Expected answer or response of a professional developer

Expert developers know that running an app directly on smartphones will help them in testing it in real-life conditions. They will provide you complete information of the testing process and how will they remove the bug found during the testing or fix an issue while the app is already on the store.

Submission of the app

Expected answer or response of a professional developer

Once the beta version of an app is approved by you, developers should submit the app on your behalf with using your app store account. The process of submitting an app varies from store to store and if your app has multiple versions for multiple versions, the developers should know to do it accordingly.

Developer’s fees and payment terms?

 Expected answer or response of a professional developer

Developers offer several options such as pay by the hour or a flat charge for the entire project. They will also offer you choices of going through business models including fixed bid, dedicated resources, time material etc. and suggest you one that fits your project type.

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Comment (1)

  • techgorillas

    Has anyone had a bunch of red tape with D&B on getting your app to the iphone app store?

    May 5, 2016 at 8:45 am

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