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How to choose the ideal provider for the development of a mobile application?

choose the ideal provider for the development of a mobile application

Who has not ever been disappointed by one of its providers? The risks are real to fall on a person unreliable and whose skills are poor. If you want to create a mobile application, you will need to find a provider, and if possible, the right provider, that is to say, who will be able to offer you a finished product that meets your expectations … and on time. To find the right mobile application provider, you will need to start by choosing the mobile technology that best

fits your needs and budget. Then, begin the serious things: writing specifications, targeting and evaluation of providers, analysis of quotes, etc. We come back for you on all these crucial steps. Choose the technology for your mobile application before choosing the provider Before you even look for a provider, you need to determine the technology for your mobile application. Of this initial choice depends in fact largely the choice of the provider. For a simple reason: the developers, agency or freelancers, do not master all mobile technologies and all computer languages. A developer who designs mobile web applications will not necessarily be able to develop a native application, and vice versa. In addition, costs and development time vary from one technology to another (native applications are the most expensive and the longest to develop). Hence the usefulness of taking the time to explain or recall to start the main features of different types of mobile applications, their advantages and disadvantages.

1. Native mobile application A native application is a mobile software designed for a particular operating system and developed from OS in question. A native application can by definition only work on the operating system for which it was designed. We speak of native language. for iOS, you will have to use the Objective C language. If you want to design an Android or BlackBerry application, it will be the Java language. For a Windows Phone application, the developer will have to know the C # language. The developer who wants to create a Bada application will use the C ++ language, etc. A developer who perfectly masters Java for example is not always competent to design a Windows Phone application that requires knowledge of the C # language. Native applications are available for download from appstores and installed by users on their device. Native apps therefore depend on the distribution of apps for distribution. A developer who designs a native application has features implemented in mobile: camera, camera, geolocation, bluetooth etc. It benefits from an environment and native components already built. This is the first benefit of native development. Second advantage, as a rule, provided they are well designed, native apps are recognized to provide better performance than web applications. They are on average faster, smoother and offer a more enjoyable user experience. Being present on a store – and especially the AppStore and Google Play, the two largest – is the third undeniable advantage of native applications compared to its competitors. This provides assured visibility. Users who are looking for an application for their mobile are actually in the application shops. Another advantage: a native application user without an internet connection. Major disadvantage of native applications: their higher development cost. For at least two reasons: 1 / Developing a native app is more complex and assumes rarer skills in the developer market. 2 / If you want to be present on different mobile platforms, a different app for each OS. Native applications are not multi-platform and their development is often quite lengthy. Another disadvantage of native applications is the lack of indexing in search engines. It is more difficult to work on the visibility of its application and the SEO strategy with a native application. The quasi-only recourse solution is to create a website presenting the application and proposing it for download. 2. HTML mobile application An HTML mobile application (or “webapp”) website designed to be accessible and displayable correctly on mobile devices. It is not software. By definition, an HTML application is accessible only from a mobile web browser and via a URL. No need for installation, a simple internet access is enough. The major advantage of mobile HTML applications is that they are by definition accessible from any mobile and compatible with any operating system, unlike native applications. This both reduces the cost of development and reaches a potentially larger audience. At the limit, it is abusive to speak of mobile application with regard to the web apps. It should be called mobile website instead. In general, the HTML mobile application is designed and adapted from the classic website. If a traditional website can have a mobile version, it is rare to develop a mobile website without going from an already existing conventional website. Web mobile applications are developed in HTML, that is to say with the same language as that used to create a classic website. Disadvantages of HTML applications: fewer features, unable to benefit from the environment of a mobile OS (GPS, camera, etc.), no presence on the appstores, internet connection required to access the app, navigation less fluid in case of bad internet connection, less pleasant aesthetics, etc. 3. Hybrid mobile application A hybrid application, as its name suggests, mixes both the native approach and the web approach. A hybrid application is, in fact, a native application (iOS, Android, etc.) that uses a web programming language: HTML 5, CSS, JavaScript. In other words, these are applications that are initially developed in HTML, before being encapsulated in native applications thanks to some PhoneGap , Titanium mobile or Xamarin technology.. In most cases, native codes are used in parallel to connect the hybrid application to the native features of mobile devices (notifications, etc.). Like native apps, hybrid apps are usually available on appstores and appear as an icon on the mobile’s “desktop”. Less expensive than native applications, hybrid applications overall have poorer performance and user experience. Write a precise specification To receive relevant proposals and quotes from your potential providers, it is imperative to write a precise specification. In fact, for the mobile application that your provider will develop to meet your needs and expectations, you still need to correctly and precisely specify these needs and expectations. Truth of Lapalisse that it is not useless to remember … Especially since the specifications has a legal value: it can be opposable in case of delivery original specifications. The specifications (we can also, more informally and for less technical documents, speak of brief) must include some key elements on your objectives, your needs, the operation and the content of the application. Specifically, you will need to address your business activity, purpose of the application, market and target, primary and secondary competitors, brand identity and graphic identity, sources of inspiration (graphic and functional), organizational structure application and functional model, main functionalities, objectives and scope of the mission that you entrust to the service provider, work organization and deadlines, maintenance conditions. To be sufficiently complete, your specifications must be at least 5 or 6 pages long.our article devoted to the subject . Targeting providers adapted to your mobile project How to find a provider for your mobile application? There are many ways to “find” the right provider, the rare pearl. One of the methods is to consult the freelance platforms like Hopwork, Freelancer or Elance. On these platforms, you can target the freelancers that interest you by technology and business. Reviews and customer reviews are often very helpful in ensuring the competence of service providers.

You can also use the bidding platforms like Coders or La Fabrique du Net. The operation is simple: you publish a more or less detailed offer and you expect the providers who read your offer to contact you. In these cases, it is not you who go to the providers but the reverse: you expect the providers come to you! In general, providers are very responsive. To avoid having an influx of proposals, specify your needs and the professional qualities required. A third, very relevant solution is to target providers who have worked on mobile apps that inspire you. Evaluate the seriousness and professionalism of the selected providers It is always difficult to evaluate a priori the skills and professionalism of a provider, whether in any field of activity elsewhere. To reduce the risk of falling on a careless and incompetent provider, here are some good practices to implement: First, ask the right questions and analyze the answers you are given in return. This topic has already been mentioned in an article devoted to the choice of SEO provider . Asking the right questions involves working well on your file upstream, at the drafting of the specifications. Questions that are too general or poorly formulated will not yield revealing answers, which may be corrected. Examples of typical questions: What technologies do you master? What are the weak points of my project? Do you think this feature can be implemented? If yes, how ? How long can you do the work (breaking down the tasks)? To analyze the answers, do not hesitate to call on someone in your personal or professional circle who knows a little about mobile applications. You can also do research on the internet downstream to check the relevance

of the answers provided by the provider. Also ask about the provider’s background: what work has he already done? What mobile apps has he already developed? Are they of quality? Have they been designed in the state of the art? If you are not able to judge for yourself the quality of work, do not hesitate once again to call a professional web to ask him his opinion. You can also get in touch with former clients of the provider in question to ask them whether they are satisfied or not with the service provided: has the result been in line with their needs and expectations? What is the provider’s way of working? Does it respect deadlines? Overall, is he a serious person in his job? The answers will be more or less subjective, hence the interest of asking the opinion of several customers. Advice: ask your potential provider (freelance or agency) a return on your specifications. To go further on the subject, we refer you to this article published last year. Analyze quotes for your mobile app Following your call for projects, you will receive quotes. The quality of these quotes is an important criterion that must be taken into account to decide between providers. A quality quote is a quote that clearly answers your problem and shows,

t least, a fine understanding of your project. This is the basis. An estimate too general, which could have been sent in the same form to other customers, and which in any case does not take into account your specifications is a priorito reject. Also pay attention to the level of detail and accuracy of the quote proposal. It’s a sign of seriousness. Cost items should be detailed as finely as possible. If no precision is provided on the various cost items (encryption to the big), it probably denotes a lack of professionalism. Do not hesitate to ask for clarification on all lines of the quote that you do not seem clear enough. For example, contact the service provider and ask them to explain all the lines of the quote out loud. Opaque and improperly technical quotes are to be considered with suspicion. A key point often neglected: that of maintenance. The quote must include information on “after sales service”, guarantees, any additional costs in case of problems, etc. For these elements to be present in the estimate, you must make them appear in your specifications. Finally, do not let yourself be swayed by the price. The best quotes are not necessarily the cheapest quotes. It is often the other way round: too attractive quotes in terms of price are often those of the less talented providers. At the risk of stating the obvious, quality pays.

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