Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Choose the Right Offshore Programmer for Developing Applications for Android

At one point of time, most technology experts believed that Apple smartphones and tablets would rule the mobile devices market for a long time to come. Today, smartphones and tablets running Android OS sell almost as much as Apple devices. The launch and success of Android OS changed the perception of industry experts, while the popularity of Android-based mobile devices made app development on Android OS a lucrative option for businesses around the world. By developing Android mobile apps for smart devices, businesses can make money, promote their brand, and advertise products & services.

People outsource because outsourcing works

Most entrepreneurs and companies prefer to outsource their mobile app development projects. Apart from the obvious cost advantage (offshore app development helps reduce cost of development by 40-60%), there are many other benefits of outsourcing. Not only do you get access to a large pool of skilled developers, but you also get flexible payments options, and you are freed from the need of maintaining a large IT team and IT infrastructure. In some cases, the time-zone difference also works in your favor - your work gets done while you are sleeping.

Freelancers sites are an attractive but risky proposition

Countries like India, China, Indonesia and Philippines have the reputation of being the best places for outsourcing. There are several web portals that connect you with freelance Android programmers in offshore locations.

You can visit any freelancer site and post the details regarding your project. Eligible (and ineligible) developers will respond to your offer. You must analyze their ratings and read reviews written by their previous employers to assess their suitability for your project. A freelancer with impeccable references will work for low rates and provide superior quality work.

However, it is not easy to find an expert freelancer for Android app development. As there is no transparency in the development process when you outsource to a freelancer, your project may actually be developed by a newbie who is watching an Android development tutorial while working on your app! Even if the freelancer develops a decent app, he may not design it well. If your app development project is critical to the success of your business plans, it may be a smart idea to approach an offshore Android apps development company instead.

Reputed IT firms are a safe bet

There are more than 50,000 IT companies in India. China, Philippines, Indonesia and other countries also have thousands of software development firms. More than half of all these firms will be happy to take your money and develop an Android app for you. But you need to find a company that excels at Android development. The company you choose must have Android app developers who know the ins and out of Android development.

Choosing a reputed offshore Android apps development firm will safeguard your project. You must check out the portfolio of the company and talk to its prior customers. If the company has done good work in the past, it will do good work for you too. Also, sign a clear legal contract with the company detailing all the work that they need to do for you. This will ensure that you do not get saddled with substandard Android apps.

Final step: Interview and assess the developer

Once you choose the company or freelancer that you want to hire for your project, ask him technical questions. In case you do not understand technical matters, get a technical person to interview the developer. The best of IT companies will allow you to interview several potential candidates. Choose the one who excels at Google Android development for customized apps.