Statista’s survey reports state that Android has maintained its hold over the mobile OS market share with approximately 72% in the fourth quarter of 2022. This huge share worldwide has also catapulted the use of Android mobile apps.
Businesses worldwide have leveraged its popularity (and continue to do so) to reach out to potential customers via Android applications. But the competition is tough and the presence of many apps emphasizes the need to have an Android app with a remarkable build.
For this, one needs to hire dedicated developers from a reputable mobile app development firm. It’s easier said than done because even here, options vary along with parameters. Every other firm you approach will claim that it has the best team, but you can’t take anything at face value.
That’s why we share some simple yet valuable tips and crucial factors to consider before you begin your venture to find and hire Android app developers for your project. Let’s begin.
Crucial factors to consider
#1 Profile Check
Profile check is the foremost thing to do while hiring Android developer(s). Thanks to LinkedIn, clients can get a good look at a developer’s profile and can learn about the companies they have worked with. They can also ask for their updated resumes to learn and know more about their experience, roles, and any specific expertise.
#2 Knowledge Check
A detailed conversation on this is necessary. Over the years, Android has upgraded to different versions, the most recent one being Android 13. The technologies related to Android development have upgraded too. Its SDK is now more than Java and different cross-platform frameworks are available.
Ask the right questions to check their knowledge. Do some homework on your side too. Ask them how they will prep the single app to work smoothly across different versions.
#3 Portfolio Check
Besides checking work summaries and knowledge, it’s essential to know about the technical skill set of your chosen or preferred Android developers. Some developers build their portfolios or upload their apps in the app stores.
Look at some of their work and use a couple of their apps if needed. This will give you a fair idea of their competence and will provide you some insight into how good they’re going to prove for your project.
#4 Client Reviews
What better way to verify the expertise of a developer than their client’s reviews? However, if you’re hiring Android developers from a company, chances are that you’ll receive generic testimonials.
In this case, you can check on the ratings and reviews they have received on their uploaded apps. You can also check for endorsements on LinkedIn.
#5 Skill Updates
Another crucial factor to consider when hiring an Android app development team is their ability to polish and update their skills with evolving technologies.
Look for developers who are skilled in the latest technologies including Kotlin, React Native, and Xamarin.
Developers should be able to implement the latest design patterns and technologies to create a sophisticated, user-friendly app.
#6 Pay Attention to Quality
We all know that cost is a primary factor in mobile app development. But in the lure of cost-effectiveness, don’t get tricked into poor-quality results as that is only going to cost you more in the long run.
So pay attention to quality instead of falling for the promises of low-budget developers. Be ready to go flexible when it comes to getting a feature-rich, good-quality app.
#7 Go for Trusted Development Partners
One of the most ensured ways to get good developers is to join forces with reliable partners. You might get tempted to hire freelancers (which is all good if you land up with the right people), but you can risk a lot of things here including the privacy of information and data assets.
Going for a registered company on the other hand can ensure a lot of things. Firstly, it will ensure that you get to work with certified professionals. Secondly, things will happen within protocols since most companies work with fixed ones.
Thirdly, your information is safe since most companies have strict privacy protocols and have NDAs. Last but not least, you can hold someone accountable in case things go south.
#8 Proper Communication Skills
Communication is critical when working with a team of developers, especially when outsourcing your project to an offshore development company.
Try to have long and frequent conversations with your developers and make sure that they get your ideas clearly and can also convey theirs.
Not only should they be able to communicate ideas clearly but they also provide you with regular project updates. Good communication skills are an absolute must because developers mostly work with cross-functional teams nowadays where they need to collaborate with designers, testers, and project managers to ensure that the app is well-built.
#9 Post-development Support and Maintenance
It’s not enough to develop and deploy an app. Its maintenance and continual support with proper updates are equally important to keep it going. So before you finalize your firm and hire app developers, do remember to ask about their post-development tasks and support.
Right from bug-fixing and version updates to improve it with new features, discuss everything that’s going to be included in the packages.
#10 Availability and Time Zone
Do check the availability and time zone of your hired developers. If you’re outsourcing your project, then chances are that your development team will be located in a different time zone.
In this case, ensure that there is enough overlap in working hours to ensure seamless communication. This becomes more necessary if they are working on multiple projects simultaneously. You will also need to ensure that the team can deliver it within the agreed-upon timeframe.
Finding and hiring experienced and competent Android developers is a crucial decision for any investor. While there’s no shortage of talented people in this field, it can be weary to find the right ones. You don’t know where to start, what to look for, and most importantly how to find the right people for your project.
By considering the above-listed factors, you can head in the right direction and ensure that you get the right people onboard.