Of course we consider ourselves to be a top app development company and, of course, our advice would be to choose us for your app development needs. However, we also know that choosing an app development company can be tough, especially if you have never done anything similar before. For that reason we wanted to publish something that will help you make a decision. Below we answered nine questions crucial to choosing the right company. Make sure to ask every potential app company these questions. If you are satisfied with the answers, you might have found the ideal company.
Where can I find examples of mobile apps you’ve developed?
The best proof of an app development company’s skills is its portfolio. When choosing an app development company pay close attention to both the design and the development difficulty of the app. Design paired with an exceptional user experience is what’s going to make users fall in love with your app. Our portfolio of awesome apps is here.
May I see any references from your previous clients?
It is important to know that previous clients were satisfied with the company. Ask company for at least 2-3 reviews from previews clients. We have recently started collecting reviews from our clients here. Reviews on this website are verified by phone. This means that any person who left a review received a phone call from Clutch.co confirming the authenticity of the review.
How will we communicate during the development process?
Communication is the key to a successful project! Once we start the project we connect you to our project management system. There you will be able to speak with everyone on the team: project managers, designers, and developers. During the wireframes and design stages you will receive updates with new screens almost daily. You can respond to our team in real-time and get the changes you want done as fast as possible. During the development stage in addition to staying in contact with all team members we will also connect your phone to our testing server. Through our server you will be receiving new versions of the app that you’ll be able to test on your phone. In addition to communicating through our system we are always open to calls and meetings in our office.
Will I own the code?
Yes, you absolutely must. We are against the practices of some developers that make you pay extra for owning the source code. That simply does not make sense. It is your idea, your app, and your code.
How can my app make money?
This is perhaps the most important question you should ask yourself when starting an app; and an app development company should know the answer. Creating an app means starting a business. If you don’t know how you’re going to make a profit then it’s a hobby. There are three main ways you can make money with your app. First, charge a fee for downloading the app. Advantage: you get the money the moment a user downloads the app. Disadvantage: people are less willing to pay for an app before using it. Second is the freemium model: the app is free to download but you charge user to unlock certain content or features. Advantage: you maximize the number of people who can download the app. Disadvantage: likely only a small percentage of all users will end up paying for the app. The third way is to show ads in the app. Advantage: Still get the maximum number of users and all content is unlocked for users. Disadvantage: it takes away from the app experience; users are annoyed by ads and might leave bad reviews.
How will you test my app?
Testing is an essential component of the app development process. Once we start the development we constantly test your application. In fact at the end of the development we dedicate another week to testing alone. Throughout the development phase you will also be able to download the app and take a look at the newest version yourself.
Will you submit my app to the app stores?
An app development company must help you submit your app to app stores and make sure that it gets approved. Without submission your app does not exist for anyone besides you. It is invisible. We will of course submit the app for you. Whether it is Google Play or Apple App Store we will submit your app and guide you through the approval process. Should Google or Apple require any changes we will take care of them.
Do I need to pay the full amount right upfront?
No way, Jose! With us the payment is divided into four milestones. When we start the wireframes you pay just for the wireframes. Only after you approve the wireframes you pay for the design. Once the final design is done and approved we start actual development. At this point we ask you to pay for only 75% of the development price. The last 25% will be paid only after you approve the final app. With this payment schedule you won’t have to spend the full amount upfront and you will only release the final payment when you are happy with the final result.
Can I meet with you in your office to discuss the app?
Often the best way to explain your idea is to describe it in person. If you are in New York you are more than welcome to come to our office at 175 Varick Street, coffee and beer are included. If you live outside of New York – that’s no problem too. In fact about 30% of our clients are from other cities and countries. With clients outside of NY we are happy to chat over email, talk over the phone or Skype, and once the project starts we will connect you to our project management software where you’ll be able to talk with any team member on the project.
If you have any other questions you want to ask us please do not hesitate to contact me directly at email@example.com. I’ll be happy to help!