How to Choose Your Boston Mobile App Development Company
How to Choose Your Boston Mobile App Development Company
There are more mobile devices on this planet than there are people. No kidding. As of last year, we surpassed that mark by about 600 million, and just shy of 2 million more smartphones are sold every day. Moreover, the average American spends a whopping 3.3 hours on his or her phone daily, and more than 2 hours of that time is amassed while using apps. All of this adds up to 189 million applications downloaded every single day. We know people live on their mobile devices, so it’s nearly a given that you’ll need an application in order to keep pace with today’s consumer. The problem is, firms that are willing to help are almost a dime a dozen- each one offering bells and whistles or discount rates in order to get you to sign up. It’s tough to know who’s selling snake oil and who’s legit if you don’t have a friend in the industry. Worry no more. We’ve put together a guide to help you choose the best Boston mobile app development company, so that you can feel confident as you explore your options.
Things to Look For on a Boston App Development Company’s Website
When you’re in the early data-gathering stage of your project, you’re probably going to look at a few websites to compare who’s offering what. Be on the lookout for things that showcase quality services and a knowledgeable staff.
Portfolio: Most reputable companies will provide a portfolio right on their website. Take time to look through their previous work. Keep an eye out for unique features, usability, and applications for niches similar to yours.
Testimonials: It’s not enough to create a beautiful and functional application- the firm should have left previous customers with a lasting positive impression. Words of endorsement from people who have received their services speaks volumes. If a company you’re interested in does not provide testimonials, be sure to ask them for references when you contact them, and steer clear of anyone who is deceptive. Lack of positive feedback can indicate that the company is either a nightmare to work with, or is too new to have a proven track record. In either case, it’s best to move along, or you might as well be rolling the dice on your project.
Cross-Platform Design: Obviously, you’re going to want a company that specializes in a particular operating system. Even though Apple and Android dominate today’s market, you may want to create something for Microsoft or other devices later. Your consumers are going to want to have the same experience, whether they’re on a PC, phone, or tablet, so it’s best to start off with someone who can see you through future projects if you decide to grow. Choosing an app developer that is versatile can save you time, energy, and money in the future.
White Label vs. Custom: Nowadays, there are many “developers” that will make one app for many customers, and simply allow you to customize basic details, like a logo and colors. If that’s all you want, a white label solution may be fine, but consumers today want more. They can spot a knock-off from a mile away, and they crave a design and features that are unique to your brand. When you go with a company that does custom work, your application will deliver a better experience.
Things to Ask Your Boston App Design Team:
There are also some things you should know before you begin that you probably won’t find on the company’s website. Ask some of the following questions to get a better feel for how the firm operates.
What is your development process? There not only needs to be some kind of standard order that things occur in, but also milestones at which the company shows you progress. Learn their process, and find out when specific milestones or deadlines are.
Where are you… really?
Your best bet is to work with a company that has the entire team under one roof. Some companies outsource, hire people in other countries, and may not even have a local presence. In order to achieve optimal results, the team needs to be able to communicate freely, which means all the work should be done in-house. Do not rely on an address listed on the company’s website for this- it’s a question that really must be asked directly.
How much experience do your developers have?
Some companies are able to give reduced rates because they hire entry-level developers or junior engineers. While a fresh face can breathe new life into a project, be sure that the project is managed by a hands-on expert.
What devices do you use?
While it may seem like a personal question, the individual who is best-suited for your project is the one who knows the ins and outs of the device from personal experience.
What features do you commonly include that integrate with the device’s native systems?
Consumers prefer applications that integrate with other systems on a device, be it GPS, the camera, or something else. It makes the application feel more substantial, and like it belongs on that device. By asking this question, you’ll learn more about their processes and preferences, and you’ll also find out if they will be able to provide suggestions and solutions as your project moves forward.
What happens if I want changes after the development period ends?
You may learn that your customers want a new feature, or that something can be streamlined as the application gets used by more people. Additionally, sometimes operating system updates can cause an application to malfunction or stop working. You need to be sure that the team you chose will be there to help you even after the application is launched, and you should also have a good idea of what ongoing service will cost.
There’s a lot that goes into your Boston mobile app development project, and choosing the right team from the start will make a huge difference in the outcome. Your application should provide a beneficial service that makes the lives of its users easier or more productive, and it takes a unique group of talents to combine these things with a user-friendly interface. It’s also worth noting that the lack of discussion of rates here was intentional, as choosing the best developer may not be the least-expensive option up front, but it will be the one that pays off in the end.