Understand the difference between knowledge and wisdom
“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” – Miles Kington. Let’s say that the company you reach out to knows what cards are, and how they could play a pivotal role in collating different pieces of content and further aggregating them into one experience, great. But the million-dollar question is, do they have the wisdom to use these cards only when there is this underlying and apparent need to show a specific bit of information, so as to ensure that there is no clutter left?
Or for that matter, they may excel at iconography, but are they wise enough to realize that icons could be a big turn-off for your end users? Yes, believe it or not, but users are seldom familiar with those abstract pictograms that every other app development company seems to use these days. Little do they realize that if they have no choice but to resort to iconography, they should take to text labeling as well. Make sure that the company you choose does.
Look beyond the obvious
They’ll say they know the drill, and that they are familiar with the nitty-gritties involved, but make no mistake, you would have to scratch beneath the surface and ensure that they mean business. Take, iOS mobile applications, for example. Now, if the company or their developers don’t know how to put a lazy stored property in Swift to some good use, or even worse, have no clue whatsoever about what the said property is, to begin with, chances are that they’ll screw up big time. And well, if you can’t deep dive into the technicalities, no worries, the least you can do here is to ensure that they have a thorough understanding of new as well as foundational tools included in iOS 12, Apple’s latest OS.
Not to mention, you could follow a similar approach for Android apps as well. See, technicalities galore, and so do the challenges, and any mobile application development company worth its salt should be able to address them all. Now, if it’s an “all talk and no action” company, they won’t even know what an ANR notification is, let alone prevent one by using a child thread. You got the drift, right?
For better or (for) worse
You may finally be able to zero in on the best company out there, but who’s to say they can cater to your requirements in the future as well. Arguably, n number of things could be at play here. For instance, you may be looking forward to some operating platform adjustments, or might be in dire need of a redesigned UI. Now, if the company can’t step in and save the day for any reason whatsoever, you’ll lose out on what could be an excellent opportunity. To cut a long story short, make sure that you own the source code, once the project is over. And even if the company is in control of the said code, either during the development phase or after they are done developing your app, do make sure that they take appropriate measures to prevent unauthorized access. You can’t take chances. Choose your mobile app development services company with caution.