The vision for a fully-realized mobile app is there, rooted at the very core of your business waiting to be made visible to customers. But before starting this “app-venture” of yours, you must find a candidate that has not only mastered the trait of developing apps for Android but has an innovative mindset spiced up with unwavering curiosity. And with almost three million apps on Google Play alone, hiring someone remarkable is an absolute must. Here is what a first-class developer and vendor of Android app development services is expected to deliver:
Remarkable Portfolio & Case Studies
Naturally, the first step is to go over the app developer’s portfolio and decide whether you like what you see. As a mirror of the developer’s past projects, the portfolio will reveal whether they have the necessary experience and knowledge in your industry domain, what their vision for every different project was and how they made it come to life.
Perfection demands time, attention, and endurance which is why the case studies presented on the website of the Android app development company that has caught your attention need to be closely examined. Developing an app is no simple process — it’s kind of like a tailored suit or dress — it’s not just about picking the right material and color but it is more about fitting the style to the user’s appeal. Case studies will tell you how the developers implemented the idea and what services were used in the process. Reading through various case studies will also inform you about the challenges Android app developers deal with but more importantly, what actions they take to resolve them and whether this has any impact on the initial timeline set.
Convincing Client Testimonials & Reviews
For this part of the investigation, you have to dig deeper as in pulling a Sherlock because the most revealing feedback or client testimonials are not always presented objectively. Of course, everyone posts the best ones on their website but asking to contact former clients is not unusual so don’t be shy about it. Inquire about how successful this particular Android application development company was in meeting their clients’ expectations, whether said clients would endorse them, how satisfied they were with the final product, and post-launch services, and last but not least, whether the Android software development boosted their bottom line.
Technical Excellence & Skill Set
Professional Android mobile app development requires for the team to meet certain technical skills to a point of excellence. Bear in mind that every project is unique and as such will dictate the combination of different skills used in the development process but in general top Android app developers should be equipped with the following:
- Impeccable record in Android apps development
- Java, Kotlin, or C++ proficiency
- Hands-on experience in Android SDK, Android Studio, APIs and integrating third-party libraries/dealing with APIs
- Knowledge of Android’s UI/UX design standards and Material Design Principles
- Expertise in Cross-platform Solutions
- XML and SQL expertise
- Git: Version control system
- Have/has launched several apps in the Google Play Store
Innovation is all about finding better solutions to meet new requirements or existing market needs and goes beyond the technical competence of any Android mobile app developer. Open-mindedness plays a leading role here. It matters not just in identifying the target users but also in helping the app get a greater success ratio than their competitors. Innovation is also crucial in setting the revenue model the app will be using such as in-app freemiums or purchases, sponsorships, or adverts.
Bear in mind that an idea for an app does not always have to be brilliant. There are many instances of fairly simple ideas achieving great results and making it on the list of the best rated Android apps just because the Android app development companies managed to launch the concept in an innovative way.
Adaptable Problem Solving
More often than not app developers are faced with several possible solutions to a problem. In order for the app to conquer the highly dynamic and ever-changing environment one of the most fundamental requirements for Android app development is flexibility in resolving problems.
Troubleshooting issues with applications on Android platforms is a big part of the developer’s job and ultimately helps them write cleaner and more maintainable code. Critical thinking and a flexible attitude for solving problems meanwhile mean that the Android application developer is able to mentally test each scenario before choosing the most efficient one. For you as a client, this means that the agreed deadline is less likely to be extended which translates to a lower probability of generating extra delay-related costs.
Stellar UX/UI Capabilities
The secret to superb app development lies in creating engaging and effective user experiences. And the developer’s comprehension of the principles guiding UI and UX design are paramount for the app to make it to the top rated Android apps.
Users want quick and easy navigation but also interactive and productive UI/UX which is why we only considered Android development companies that employ exquisite UX design and functionality. And how did we do this? By downloading some of the company’s apps and studying their capacity and efficiency in regards to brand reputation promotion and brand image enhancement. At the end of the day, to effectively please and attract the target audience means to dedicate more time and resources to understand their needs. But more importantly, for you as a client optimized UI/UX leads to more loyal customers, booming sales, and profits.
Part of the Android application development services provided by any reputable company includes testing for bugs before launching the app on the market. Naturally, if any issues come up, it is up to the developer to fix them.
Some other points we reviewed at this juncture were whether or not the developer tests the app on various screen sizes and smartphones as part of the Android app development process so as to check for errors if any, related to the app’s consistency, usability, and functionality. And finally, since in the digital world, quality translates to loading time, security and performance, our list of the best Android developers only includes companies that test and retest before launching the product on Google’s Play Store.
Efficient Workflow and Communication
From setting up the environment to code writing and running the app to optimizing its performance-efficiency, the smooth workflow of the professional Android application development process is imperative. This means that the entire team working on developing and designing the idea, project managers included, needs to adhere to a comprehensive plan and understand it as a key factor that keeps the development cycle in check.
In addition to workflow efficiency, the team of the company offering Android development services must also rely on solid communication channels within the development team and with clients. This will ensure all changes made during the development process are accurately communicated to other team members but more importantly, will keep you as a client up to date with the necessary details about the development phase of your Android app project ideas and whether or not the product will be finished on time.
Due to fierce market competition, Android app development companies are going one step further to gain an advantage over their competition by providing a post-launch plan/support. And this is an opportunity that you as a client shouldn’t miss.
Consider the following scenario: the company has completed the job on their end, you’ve successfully launched the app and everything seems to be going well but suddenly you start receiving crash reports. A different scenario would be that the app is not getting the number of active daily users you were hoping for. Does that mean your investment was a complete failure? The correct answer is no, if the Android application development company has provided you with a post-launch monitoring and support plan.
Highest Level of Data Security
One of the many advantages for professionals working on developing an app for Android is that security-wise the job is almost done for them. Android has built-in security features which makes it very uncommon for any security-related issues to appear. Still, it is up to the company you will hire to ensure your data is secure and pay special attention to eliminating any security concerns by using Android’s signature-based permissions.
The top Android developers should do more and protect your data from malware, insecure data storage, SMS-based attacks, or system information leak by prioritizing security from the beginning to the end of the Android applications development process.
Knowledge of Cross-Platform Development
With the growing mobile market, users are getting divided between operating systems. The good news is that even Google and Apple are committed to bridging the gap by expanding cross-platform solutions. Consequently, many cross-platform development engines have been made available for Android app developers to port their products so they run on different operating systems.
For you as a client this is very convenient because opting for the Android platform, for the time being, might be enough but surely as your business grows you will want to expand your target group. With this in mind, we highly recommend you go for a company that has proven expertise in cross-platform development. Getting everything done by the same vendor whose workflow you are already familiar with and conveniently enough has already done the necessary UI/UX research, will cost you less time and money.
How to Select One of the Leading Android App Developers for Your Project
Now that we’ve looked over the qualities of developers experienced in creating top rated Android apps, the next thing we considered is how to best accommodate your specific needs so you may know exactly what takes priority over what in making the final selection. Here is what you should bear in mind before selecting a partner to develop, test, and deploy the mobile app you’ve conceptualized for your business:
Define Your Requirements
Diving into the Android mobile apps development market underprepared could result in costly, disappointing, and brand-damaging mistakes. Regardless of the level of expertise, if you don’t articulate your app’s purpose, not even the best Android development company will be able to help you accomplish what you need.
This step is tricky for both business owners and marketers but answering questions such as: “What is your competitor’s strategy or unique selling point? Which business goals will the app help you achieve? What does your target audience need and crave? What will be the main functionality of the app?” — will help you boil down your ideas into a few definitive sentences. Plus you’ll avoid making your market rivals’ mistakes and get ahead of the game.
Do You Need an Android App Development Company with Experience & Expertise in Your Domain?
Say you are in the real estate industry and need your app to have features such as easy posting of property ads, calls, and SMS or properties search filters such as area, locality, prices, size, etc. Does it make sense to partner up with a company that specializes in wearable mobile apps? Unless you intend to create some customized wearable app for your employees as a new workplace tool to boost performance and morale, the answer would be no right? So our advice for this part would be that even though there are many Android development companies with industry diversified experience, we strongly recommend that you hire one with a proven track record and expertise in your domain.
Protect Your Idea
Unfortunately, trademark, copyright, and patent laws solely apply to protect the way the idea is expressed. There is no way to legally protect an idea. Luckily there are several steps you can take to ensure your valuable app concept is theft-proof.
We do understand the excitement coming from your idea being brought to life but try to be selective in sharing any details about it. Or if you must, then do so with credible people only. Also, be cautious in choosing the Android apps development company, and make sure their reputation is built on integrity, re-check their client testimonials if you have to.
The code will be owned by the developer unless you have a contract beforehand that stipulates that all app copyrights will be released to you upon completion of the project. Remember, a signed NDA will cost you less than $100 but will go a long way in protecting you from idea pirates.
And finally, trademark your brand and name while during the development process. Turning the idea into a working product is not only the safest but also the simplest way for you and the Android mobile app development company to protect the product.
Choose Quality Over Cost
The million-dollar question is which takes precedence, quality, or cost? On our end, it is a little bit of both as without paying the right price your idea cannot get the quality it deserves. That said, if what you have in mind is a somewhat less complex app, going for the priciest option might not be necessary. And remember, cheap Android app development does not necessarily mean the app will be bad. As long as you know for sure that the partner you’ve selected can meet the quality standard, there is no right or wrong price tag.
Key Questions to Ask Potential Android App Developers
It’s very easy to just sign a contract and start working with the first developer that promises app-awesomeness rather than having to go through the hassle of asking probing questions at the first meeting to find out if you’re getting your money’s worth. Spending time to get to know your future partner is therefore imperative. To help you go around this, we’ve prepared some Q&As for you.
Where can I find the apps you’ve developed?
Actually experiencing the work of the prospective Android app developer will tell you whether they have the skills, expertise, and vision to create the type of mobile app you’re looking for. A qualified developer should be more than happy to show you their previous work and even get you the links to each of their creations at Google Play.
Is it possible to get a list of current and past clients in the same industry as mine?
Talking to former clients in order to verify that the developer has actually built the app is essential. By checking references you will be able to investigate reliability, responsiveness, and overall results, which should help you select the best Android app development company for your needs. You could also inquire about whether they were able to deliver the product within the timeframe set and how they handled working under pressure. Visiting their LinkedIn profile and contacting any mutual connections is also a good option.
What is your app development process like—do you do agile development?
App development companies using the Agile method are generally more efficient and have a much better approach to the MVP. This is why knowing what approach the developer decides to take on for your specific product will tell you how the Android app development agency responds to unplanned challenges or unexpected problems and most importantly, how successful they are at solving them. Remember that the use of Agile methodology for Android application offers much more flexibility and adaptability to changes and minimizes the risks of project failure.
What kind of special features can you create?
If you don’t have innovative and useful features on your app such as push notifications or searchable and dynamic content, you cannot expect it to catch the attention of your target audience. So before you decide on adding special features like 3D gaming or social media sharing, check if the developer can provide you with that type of Android app development services.
How will we communicate during the development process?
Transparent communication is one of the key requirements for Android app development as the quality of your product depends on it. So, whether it is over the phone, email, instant messaging, or in person, make sure it is clear and done on a frequent basis. Some developers also like to use popular project and task management systems to provide their clients with status updates.
How many developers work on one project?
The ‘two heads are better than one’ principle definitely applies for developing Android apps because Android app developers will be cross-checking their work and consult each other to more efficiently fix anything that doesn’t feel right. The number of developers on your team largely depends on the project size and if you are undertaking a major ecommerce website development project that would require payment, inventory, order management modules, then you need one or at least two developers for every module.
What’s your approach to UX and design principles in Android app development?
The purpose of a great app is to perform tasks while giving its users meaningful experiences which is why UX should by no means be underrated. And it is very important to inquire about the approach the company providing you with the Android app development services has on user experience and whether they are equipped with staff to see this process through. If not, then it would be prudent to establish cooperation with some of the reputable UX design firms and give your app a chance to stand out in the cluttered Google app market.
Do you follow coding standards and utilize a framework?
The use of organized coding systems i.e. web application frameworks allowing developers to use libraries, components, and tools needed for code maintainability is paramount. But mainly because even the best Android app developers use it to enable them to work on the same project together. For you as a client, the use of a standardized coding practice or system means that if you are dissatisfied with the developers’ work, you can take what they’ve completed so far to another company where other savvies will just dive in and continue the work but better.
Are you going to submit my app to the Play Store?
Unless you get your app where it belongs — Google’s Play Store — chances are no one will know about it. And although the submission process can be daunting, any reputable Android development company should feel obligated to provide more than just guidance through the long, multi-step process because they are the experts equipped to successfully navigate the app market space.
Will I own the code for the app?
Since you are paying for the app development you should also own the code. In any case, it wouldn’t hurt to have a signed “copyright assignment” and seal the deal on owning all the rights to the app’s design, source code, and all of its content. While the work will be done by the Android app developers, they should respect the fact that the app and the code written for it belongs to you i.e. the client.