If your company, business or enterprise doesn’t have a mobile app yet, then you are seriously missing a great opportunity to connect new customers and tap into new revenue streams. Mobile phones and tablets are where today’s consumers live. If you’d like a mobile app that lets customers buy your products, or simply access products reviews, videos or coupons, you’ll need to hire an experienced developer you trust to custom build it.
Examples of mobile apps, you’ve developed?
Professional app developers will provide you with a list of apps they are personally responsible for creating or at least played a major role in developing, complete with links to each in Apple’s iOS App Store, BlackBerry App World or Google Play, Google’s Android app store.
That way you can begin to gauge whether or not they have the skills, experience and vision to produce the type of mobile app you’re looking for.
List of your current and past clients?
Existing clients’ references can definitely help you in knowing about the capability and proactive-ness about your app developer. Checking references also gives you an opportunity to ask how reliable, responsive and results-oriented candidates are. For example, you might ask whether they delivered on deadline and within budget, and how well they work under pressure.
Existing hardware for testing?
Availability of hardware is key for testing the app in real time. “If you’re telling me that you can build an app for an iPhone, then you should have an iPhone, you should be playing with the apps that you are building and also playing with other people’s apps on a very regular basis.”
Developer’s knowledge about app monetization?
If your primary goal is to generate revenue with your app, the developer needs to know exactly how to build in features that will allow you to make money. You could opt for a pay-per-download revenue model, charging, say, between 99 cents and $4.99, depending on how many features your app offers.
Communication during app development and review?
The quality of your app often depends on how clearly and often you communicate your app design and functionality requirements throughout the development process. Does your app developer prefer to chat in person or via phone, Skype, instant message. Check this point in detail.
Ownership of app source code?
One of the most important questions, as you must seek 100% ownership of the mobile app source code while hiring dedicated app developers. To be sure you own all the rights to the app you commissioned, you and the app developer should sign a written “copyright assignment” or “work made for hire” contract. The document should establish confidentiality and state that you own the app’s design, source code and all of its content.
App Store Submission?
After you’ve approved the beta-tested version of your app, the last step is for the developer to submit it to an app store for approval to be sold there. App submission is often a long, multi-step process that your developer should already know how to successfully navigate.
In general, the basic mobile app can start between $2,000 to $5,000. But you could end up spending many times more if you pay a mobile developer by the hour. More complicated mobile apps, including ones that are database driven or involve 3-D gaming, can cost thousands more.
Growth of Mobile eCommerce, Apps & Mobile Wallets in USA & India.
Mobile app development in USA, is growing fast on wave of mobile ecommerce or mcommerce. As per a latest survey, more than 400 etailers based in United States will grow sales derived from smart-phones and tablets to tune of 36.5% ~ US$ 90 billion. While the biggest online merchants in the United States, such as Amazon.com, Wal-Mart Stores and Apple Inc are riding mcommerce wave, mobile app development companies in USA are focusing on mobile engagement (33%), mobile enabled ecommerce (23%), mobile targeting (22 percent), app development & innovation (22 percent).